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I own the Pentax K10 and I am extremely pleased with the camera. I has so many features found on higher end cameras that, for me at least, this camera wins on all fronts. It takes beautiful pictures and while the RAW format does consume a lot of memory, having an extreme 111 memory card makes life a lot easier. It responds well in terms of speed and offers too many features to list. One feature I do particularly like is the Digital and Optical preview which provides the user with a good idea of the depth of field before the photo is taken. White balance and the various options available are also woth mentioning.
The photographs are crisp and I have blown a few to 12 X 18 and found no noise or distortion.
I rate this camera a 5/5. Canon XTI and Sony 700 are not in the running. With this unit you do not need to spend major funds on zoom lenses ( I found a 70 to 300 lense SIGMA unit for les than $250)
The manual is well laid out but you should purchase other reference books to really maximize what this camera can do. Yes a new photographer will find this camera somewhat overwhelming initially but the time spent learning what it can do for you makes the effort well worthwhile and very rewarding.
Purchase the mid range flash unit and the remote control that works with the camera and flash unit. Needless to say you should purchase polorizer lenses to protect your camer lense.
First, let me just say I DON'T have this but I'm getting one next time I go to the US whilst the $ is on it's knees. I have a load of good Pentax 35mm lenses collected for use with my Pentax, Chinon and Ricoh bodies. As other brands ran away with the DSLR market I wondered if I should get rid of my Pentax lenses and go down the Nikon / Canon route. No more!
This camera has won a few photo media awards.
If, like me, you've been waiting for Pentax to bring out a serious DSLR, the wait is up. This camera is of course pretty much indentical to the Samsung 10mega pixel DSLR so it makes hardly any difference which one you get.
If you don't have the time to read DSLR reviews, I know how you feel though I have spent a fair few hours recently reading about this model and I now feel confident enough in this model to take the DSLR plunge and refrain from selling my PK fit lenses.
DO shop around for best prices though AND, if you happen to be taking a trip abroad, check the exchange rate and prices for this camera at your destination. You may save enough money to cover the cost of your flight.
I won't duplicate the content of reviews written by others here but there are plenty of them out there on the net written in various degrees of technical / non-technical language.
A general point I'd like to make about digital photography and "is film dead?", I have some 6x4.5 medium format cameras. As far as I know, digital cameras are just getting close to the kind of resolution you can achieve with 6x4.5 film .... but how big are the files for shots with this resolution? What are the storage / data implications? How will digital overtake 6x4.5 and higher film formats?
I sometimes really enjoy taking a Ricoh KR-10 out with a pentax 50mm lense on the front and shooting a roll of print film. IS there something about shooting on film that will keep it alive as a format / medium?
I make no apologies for writing a review of a piece of kit I don't own BUT, at the time of writing, there WAS no review on dooyoo and I HAVE read a lot about this camera I thought it would be a shame if people missed a good camera because no-one had written anything about it.
The rating is what I see as a conservative average of the reviews I've read. DO read other eviews on this camera. This review is merely a pointer in that direction.
The PENTAX K10D digital SLR features an array of PENTAX innovations including 10.2 effective megapixels and a PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system that effectively offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as macro and telephoto photography or low light settings without a flash. Also featured is a newly developed Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) designed exclusively for PENTAX digital SLR cameras to produce well-balanced, true-to-life images. PENTAX also incorporated a new high performance 22-bit A/D converter to quickly transfer images with accurate color tones and richer gradation from the CCD to the imaging engine. The new Dust Removal (DR) system incorporating PENTAX-original Special Protect (SP) coating helps keep the CCD surface dust-free, and adds a shift mechanism to shake dust off the CCD. All this is housed in a dependable dust-proof, weather-resistant body construction featuring 72 seals throughout the camera to allow photographers to continue shooting even in dusty or rainy environments.