But there are times when I want a bit more resolution. Short of going out and buying a D, this was about the best I could do with Pentax. I have not been disappointed. Maybe it was the algorithms that Pentax used but, whatever it is, it is certainly real.
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Pentax also notes that the camera body is designed to be compatible with new "supersonic motor-driven" AF lenses which are currently in development. The sensor sits on a free-floating electromagnetically controlled platter that can move horizontally, vertically, and even rotationally. Other sensor shift mechanisms are mounted on fixed rails and hence only able to move the sensor horizontally and vertically, according to Pentax. Courtesy of this sensor-shift mechanism, called "Shake Reduction," the K10D can offer image stabilization with every Pentax-branded lens that can be fitted to the camera.
While in that camera Pentax said you could get up to 2 to 3. As with several other manufacturers pioneered by Olympus, and also including Canon and Sony , Pentax has equipped the K10D to fight a common problem of digital SLRs: dust.
Second, courtesy of the Shake Reduction mechanism, the K10D can vibrate the sensor at high speed to shake any remaining dust off. An adhesive strip positioned at the bottom of the mechanism captures the dust. The K10D has a 2. The shutter mechanism is rated for , releases. ISO sensitivity varies from a minimum of to 1, equivalent, and as well as the usual Program, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority and metered Manual exposure modes, the K10D offers two unusual options.
A Sensitivity-priority AE mode allows you to quickly select an ISO sensitivity and have the camera select an appropriate shutter speed and aperture. A built-in five-mode popup flash has a guide number of Other features include a number of digital filter modes, a two or second self timer, and a zero or three-second remote control mode.
Connectivity includes USB 2. It turns out that was good, because reviewing the K10D quickly would be a mistake. I just had to approach the K10D a little differently. The K10D is a camera for those who like to work the same way they worked with film: with planning and forethought.
Like the Canon 5D, the Pentax K10D has no Scene modes, and though it has a Green zone and some interesting helper features, these features are aimed at the experienced photographer, not the novice. When I reviewed the Pentax KD last year, I really enjoyed my experience and the pictures, but I was disappointed with its indoor performance. That includes its Auto White Balance setting, where he tries to keep a sunset the way the eye sees it, with reds and oranges, rather than trying to turn it white as some white balance systems would do.
That could be why I have more trouble with indoor white balance with the K10D, especially with tungsten lighting. White Balance is a tough task, no matter how you look at it. Incandescent light is slightly yellow to my eyes. I think many cameras fail our indoor incandescent test because the camera programmer wants to leave a little yellow in when incandescent light is detected. Leave it to me to do all that analysis before getting to the actual User Report.
Though it has a green mode, that green mode uses the Auto White Balance bias I just described as well. For spontaneous photos of children, I prefer other cameras. Left grip: I started using it before I noticed it was there. Traditional Build. The grip is solid and comfortable, bolstered by a rubbery, comfortable thumbrest that is positioned just right. Its tapers and contours look good; I came to find that at least one of them served a purpose.
Just twist the power switch past ON, and the K10D will capture an image at the current settings and display it onscreen. Memory door. The body of the Pentax K10D is sealed against rain and moisture, so the SDHC card door is sealed with a pressure flange that seats into a rubber gasket. You have to flip up a little metal hasp and turn to the left to release the springloaded door, which swings open with a boing.
The hasp is a little small, but it works in this application. Battery release: Tough to grasp, but the door seems well-sealed. This door is also sealed, but with a different method. Sealed port door: A solid hinged door is much easier to work with than a rubber door. The connector compartment door is hinged and opens via a simple edge that you pull open with your thumb.
Smart choices. I could go into the layout of the controls, how I like the position of the AF button, or the e-dials. Too often. On an intermediate camera like this, both the infrared remote and self-timer light are going to be used more often from behind the camera than from the front, so this is absolutely brilliant and long overdue.
Want another? By default, the camera then reverts to JPEG only. Beats looking at the back of the camera and operating a menu. Pentax is a camera company that thinks about how its target customer shoots, and builds accordingly. Green button: Bring Manual exposure within range quickly with the press of a single button.
Revolutionary modes. Capture modes are another area where Pentax has innovated, building in a quick-exposure button and creating two entirely new modes. First is the Green button. As with Program mode on most digital SLRs, you can either accept what the camera decides, or turn one of the dials to adjust it.
With the K10D, you turn the back dial to change the aperture, and the front dial to change the shutter speed, and the Hyper-program mode will adjust the other to keep the exposure correct.
Not a big deal, but an interesting idea. I prefer using the Green button in Manual mode, though. Again, like most digital SLRs, the Pentax K10D remembers what your manual settings were last time you turned the camera off. From there, I can make my adjustments and fire.
After all, why should I have to turn a pseudo-analog dial past thirty settings when the actual computerized value can be set more quickly with the press of a button? Time was, you set the ISO and forgot it. Just pick the film from your bag, drop the roll in, and that was it. If you were good, and your camera was manual enough, you could rewind the film mid-roll, leave the tail out, and mark the canister with the number of frames captured; then load a roll of ISO But times have changed.
You can change ISO with each shot, with just a few button presses; and many cameras, like the K10D or Nikon D80, will change it for you automatically if it senses the need. You can even place a limiter on this ability, locking out ISO settings that you deem too high--or too low. But the K10D has two new modes that open new possibilities. Marked by Sv on the dial, Sensor priority mode allows you to quickly select an ISO and the camera will pick an exposure.
I can see myself using the next mode a little more. Yes, you could leave the camera in Program mode and let the camera pick the ISO if necessary, but TAv mode allows you to set a particular aperture and shutter speed that you want to maintain, and the camera will adjust ISO to make it happen.
Shooting an indoor wrestling match with a mm lens? White balance tuning: The first shot using Auto White Balance was a little yellow. Switching to Tungsten gave a technically correct result, but lost some of the amber tones I wanted to maintain.
Instead, there are more practical functions available, some via the Function button. Just press this little button, nestled beneath the four-way controller, left of the Shake Reduction switch, and a menu comes up offering four choices to adjust with the aforementioned four-way controller. To the left appears a long list of icons. Instead, the K10D was designed for those who like to tweak, and take their time. If I scroll down to Tungsten, that yellow light source turns white. If I press the right arrow, I move down to the color chart in the lower right of the display, and I can tweak the color I see.
First I move to the upper right corner, toward the greatest combination of yellow. But that leaves too much green. So I move it down toward amber, and get some of the color of the wood back, while the highlights on the Samsung GX come back from green toward a warm white.
But the K10D made a decent guess; more importantly, its smart interface made it incredibly easy for me to match its setting to exactly what I am seeing here at my desk. SLRgear mode almost. Shortly after we created SLRgear. The function is "Program line," and you set it to MTF to enable this mode. Shake Reduction. Its bearing-mounted sensor can not only move in four directions, it can even rotate to compensate for excited shutter mashers. The more ways a camera can compensate, the better, because only a robot can limit their shaking to just four directions.
For more on this, see the KD review. The K10D also has a Dust Removal mode. If you enable the startup function, the camera rattles noisily for about a second every time you turn it on. Battery grip. The battery grip is an excellent addition to the K10D. The camera is more comfortable in my hands with than without it. I like how easily the grip stows in a bag when disconnected.
Less fiddling. The grip does not work with the Samsung GX, by the way. If you have two, you can load one in the body and the other into the tray.
Pentax K10D Operating Manual
Look out for forthcoming reviews of Pentax lenses at Cameralabs. The range of the mm kit lens is shown below; these images were taken with Multi-segment metering and no exposure compensation. A dial on the back of the body switches between the three focus area modes: Auto which selects from all 11 points, SEL which allows you to manually choose one of the 11 points, and Center which sets the focusing area to the centre of the viewfinder. The K10D offers the choice of three focusing modes, adjusted by a switch to the left side of the lens mount: AF. S is the standard single shot mode which locks once in focus; AF. C continuously focuses with the shutter release pressed halfway; MF is manual focus only.
Pentax K10D User Manual
Around the base of the dial is a rotary switch to select the metering mode, more details below. The Sensitivity Priority Sv mode allows you to dial-in a preferred ISO setting, leaving the K10D to automatically select an aperture and shutter to match — think of it like Program mode with easily adjustable sensitivity. The K10D sports both finger and thumb dials for adjusting settings, while a green button next to the shutter release resets the exposure settings. This is surrounded by a rotary switch to select the three focus area modes — see next page. While the K10D coped fine with most situations, scenes containing unusually bright or dark areas often required manual exposure compensation; interestingly the K10D also seems to slightly under-expose most shots, although some may prefer the protection of blown-highlights as a consequence. See our Gallery for more examples.
With this manual, there will be a lot of information obtained. Something like specification, camera parts, function, and others will be so much beneficial to support the operation of this camera. Therefore, we aimed to provide you the Pentax K10D Manual for a better use of this amazing camera product. Pentax K10D comes with weather and dust resistant body with more than 72 seals along button point and seam lines. The battery is also specially built in weather and dust resistant with 38 seals. It is such a good thing of having this advantage since you can go further without getting worried of dusty area and rain.