I'm looking into purchasing k200 myself and this forum has valuable info, so is not my best interest to pursue the off-topic nature of this discussion. However the truth is (as always) in the middle. Lets not forget k200 is marketed as an entry-level SLR, for amateurs upgrading from a p&s. (Btw the term itself, 'entry-level dSLR' is odd enough). There are lots of bridge cameras with good IQ right out-of-the-box; I guess people buying dSLRs are more appealed by the versatility of such a camera.
The 'default-settings' discussion doesn't apply to FF cameras where 'defaults' means nothing less than years of heavy practice as a pro photographer.
Caleb, I'd appreciate a lot if you can provide some details on your previous reply:
already know that the K200D has horrid default image processing
Usually people avoid strong words so your experience will help me (and maybe others) in making the best choice. Besides k200 I have on the list sony a200 and nikon d80.
and Hello everyone, as this is my very first post on this impressive forum.