Editor’s Choice 2007-Advanced DSLR Cameras

Pentax K10D

Bigger, heavier, and sturdier in its construction than Pentax’s recent six-megapixel D-SLRs, the actual ten-megapixel Pentax K10D defies their mid-tier price. No other type in its class is as well sealed against the elements, for instance. And its bright, sharp pentaprism viewfinder is among the biggest we’ve ever seen on a D-SLR camera, making manual focusing easy for those of you who are using older Pentax K-mount optics. Having said that, the camera’s 11-point wide-area autofocus technique features nine cross-type points for fast and also accurate motion tracking.

Another K10D feature- one that is certainly especially valuable in low light along with slower lenses, can be its sensor-shifting Tremble Reduction (SR) technique. Because it’s included in the cameras body, it works along with any ordinary, recently produced Pentax lens. Just as advertised, it allows photos but still get sharp effects at shutter speeds up to 4x slower.

The K10D’s brain matches its beautiful body. Two modern exposure modes go with the standards. In Sv (Sensitivity Value) method — essentially “ISO priority” — most of us set the ISO along with the camera chose the actual shutter speed and also lens aperture. Within TAv (Shutter and also Aperture Value) method, we manually fixed shutter speed and also lens aperture, along with the camera automatically fine-tuned the ISO to attain proper exposure.

The K10D is exclusive in its power to write RAW photos as either Pentax PEF or perhaps Adobe DNG data. For us, though, the K10D’s main “wow” is their in-camera processing functionality. It allowed us to adopt a digital-preview test shot, adjust light balance, and view those changes real time on the LCD display screen. We could additionally “develop” RAW photos as new JPEGs and also “push” or “pull” the exposure in video camera — or change their size, high quality, contrast, sharpness, saturation, and white equilibrium as needed. The Pentax K10D may be the only D-SLR currently available to offer this winning amount of sophistication.

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