Pros great pic quality with good lenses, compatibility with old cheap Pentax lenses
Cons none really, except you have to spend some time learning how to use it
Summary my review is mostly to point out how bad the CNET review was. DO NOT READ THIS SITE FOR CAMERA REVIEWS.
why do I think this review is bad? it's simple, this statement in the CNET review bottomline:
"Only unremarkable performance holds it back from joining the pack leaders" and yet the rate is 7.7
If you think the performance is unremarkable, then don't give the camera a good 7.7 rating! picture quality is 90% of the quality of a camera, so either the picture quality is bad and you give this camera a 4, or it's good and then you can give it a 7.7.
It takes different skills to review a dSLR and a USB Key, so go to the right sites for dSLR reviews.
OK, now my opinion about this camera.
What should be anybody's keypoint in deciding whether to buy this camera is, in my opinion, the possibility to use older Pentax lenses.
If you own some old (as old as 1970's or 1980's), some non-autofocus good quality lenses like some Pentax 35mm 1:2 or 50mm 1:1.4 then you should buy this camera.
The kit zoom is OK, but the camera really comes to life when you use high quality lenses. Pentax has made some superb quality lenses, that rival nikon or canon counterparts, and mostly, old lenses (even manual focus, non A aperture priority) are fully comptible and very easily usable with this camera. My father gave me is old late 70's MX with a set of lens and they all work and make great pictures.
As far as I know, compatibility with old lenses is much less good for nikon and canon. Plus old pentax lenses can be bought cheap.
- if you have some old Pentax material, get this camera
- if you don't care about autofocus and would consider using high quality, manual and affordable used lens, I think you should also get this camera
- if you must use autofocus, hence only recent lenses, then try this camera against its nikon+canon competition
- solid built
- numerous useful and well placed buttons
- it takes some time to master all the right settings, but it's worth it
Pros Shake reduction, good image quality, solid build
Cons None I have found
Summary For $900 street or less, this is one heck of a DSLR. CNET says the shake reduction buys a stop or so; in my real-world use, how about 1/4 sec shooting with a 50mm lens? Tack sharp. The instant histogram and/or highlight-shadow review is a must-have once you use it. The display is bright, the hyper-program mode super-flexible, and the camera has two LCD screens (one on top), in keeping with its pro-oriented design. It will work with old, current and future Pentax lenses, too. Highly recommended.
Pros Construction, features, image quality
Cons Built-in flash
Summary The Pentax K10D sets a new standard for sub-$1000 cameras. With dust and weather sealing, shake reduction, and 22-bit A/Ds this camera breaks all records in quality construction and image quality. I have used many film and digital cameras in my day and this one has me cheering.
I find Shake Reduction helps a lot with hand-holding images at less than "recommended" shutter speeds. This camera has a 1.5x crop factor, so the slowest recommended handheld speed would normally be 1 / (focal lenth x 1.5). for a 100mm lens, that is 1/150 sec. With the K10D I find I can easily handhold that lens to 1/30 or even 1/15 and get sharp images.
The built-in flash is one weak point. It has a high infant failure rate. But the external flashes for this model are excellent.
But what I really can't get over are the rich, detailed textures and colors produced by this camera. It looks closer to film than any digital camera I've owned. Shots up to ISO 560 are flawless. ISO 800 is very pleasing, with a light film-grain look, and ISO 1600 is even quite good.
If you are looking for an advanced SLR, you must look at this camera. Pentax does not have the advertising budget of Canon or Nikon, so don't look for lots of reviews on this product -- go out and look at it for yourself. You will be amazed.
Pros Excellent Image quality in RAW and that is all I ever use.
Cons Absence of Flash X Synchro cable input.
Summary I have been a Pro Photographer for about 25 years. I am a Canadian based in Paris, France.I have worked in New York, London, Paris, Milan and LA and have used everything from Bronica to 'Blad's to Sinar to Fuji 680 to Pentax 6-7 and 645 and Canon. I was sponsored here in France by Canon. I had been quite curious about the new direction of Pentax and their affiliation with Samsung and Tokina/Hoya. I always loved Tokina lenses especially their 80-200 f2.8 lens. Most of my work gets published in magazine and on occasion as PLV's and catalogues. In almost all cases I used my 8 MP Canon camera's for all of my magazine work.
As of about two weeks ago, I decided to go with Pentax and am now sponsored by them. I was not approached by them and was not offered any financial remuneration for doing so. I made the decision to switch because of the fine reputation has had with all of the pro studio photographers. I just think that the K10D does 80-90 percent of all of the things I would expect from a camera. I am also using all of their pancake lenses as well as their 12-24, 16-45 and 100 macro. I will receive the 16-50 and 50-135 when they come out in March.
I will use the K10D for an up and coming editorial in "Issue One" magazine UK.
I really think Pentax DSLR's have come of age
Pros Fully adjustable for different appature, ISOs, speeds, et al., and, weatherproofed & works in a very intuitive manner.
Cons Could use more storage areas in grip
Summary This is the digital SLR which I have been waiting for and it fulfills my needs to produce film-like work with a moderate priced digital SLR. I have the ability to work all the way from fully automatic to manual and in many useful modes in between in a most intuitive manner that shows that the designers of this camera are obviously photographers in addition to being engineers. I could not be happier! This camera is recommended to serious enthusiasts who do not want to be spoon feeded and enjoy experimenting. It totes like a real camera, not like a toy (such as the Canon Rebels) and really has a wonderful feel as one uses it.