Support Cameralabs by shopping at our partner stores or donating via Paypal
 






Follow my RSS feed at Camera Labs RSS Feed
 
  Latest camera reviews

Sony A3000 review
Canon EOS 1200D T5
Sony WX350
Nikon P600
Sony Alpha A5000
Sony Cyber-shot HX400V
Panasonic Lumix GH4
Panasonic TS5 FT5
Sony Alpha A6000
Canon SX700 HS
Canon SX600 HS
Olympus TOUGH TG2
Nikon AW1
Nikon D3300
Fujifilm XT1
Olympus STYLUS 1
Sony Cyber-shot RX10
Olympus OMD EM1
Panasonic Lumix GM1
Nikon D610
Sony Alpha A7
Nikon D5300
Canon PowerShot A2500
Sony Alpha A7r
Canon ELPH 130 IXUS 140
Nikon COOLPIX P520
Nikon COOLPIX L820
Canon PowerShot S120
Panasonic Lumix GX7
Canon SX510 HS
Canon PowerShot G16
Fujifilm X20
Panasonic FZ70 / FZ72
Canon EOS 70D
Sony RX100 II
Canon ELPH 330 IXUS 255
Panasonic Lumix GF6
Fujifilm XM1
Olympus EP5
Panasonic Lumix LF1
Panasonic TZ35 / ZS25
Olympus XZ2
Sony HX300
Panasonic Lumix G6
Sony HX50V
Fujifilm X100S
Canon SX280 HS
Canon EOS SL1 / 100D
Panasonic TZ40 / ZS30
Nikon D7100
Nikon COOLPIX A
Fujifilm X-E1
Canon EOS 6D
Nikon D5200
Panasonic Lumix GH3
Canon PowerShot S110
Panasonic Lumix G5
Sony NEX-6
Panasonic Lumix FZ200
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon COOLPIX P7700
Olympus E-PL5
Canon EOS M
Panasonic TS20 / FT20
Canon PowerShot G15
Nikon D600
Nikon COOLPIX L810
Canon PowerShot D20
Sony RX100
Panasonic Lumix LX7
Canon SX500 IS
Fujifilm HS30 EXR
Sony HX200V
Panasonic FZ60 / FZ62
Canon 520HS / 500HS
Canon 110HS / 125HS
Nikon D800
Canon EOS T4i / 650D
Canon PowerShot A3400
Panasonic ZS15 / TZ25
Olympus E-M5
Nikon D3200
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Canon PowerShot A2300
Canon SX240 / SX260
Samsung NX200
Sony Alpha SLT-A77
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Panasonic ZS20 / TZ30
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Sony NEX-7
Panasonic GX1
Olympus E-PM1
Nikon V1
Sony NEX-5N
Canon EOS T3 / 1100D
Canon EOS 600D / T3i
Nikon D7000
Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 550D / T2i
Canon EOS 7D

All camera reviews
 
 
   
 
  Best Buys: our top models
   
  Best Canon lens
Best Nikon lens
Best Sony lens
Best budget DSLR
Best mid-range DSLR
Best semi-pro DSLR
Best point and shoot
Best superzoom
Best camera accessories
   
 



Camera Labs Forum

Any questions, comments or a great tip to share? Join my Camera forum and let everyone know!
   
 
  DSLR Tips



 
Support me by shopping at B&H!
Pentax K10D Gordon Laing, April 2007

Lenses and viewfinder
/ Screen and menus / Sensor and processing / Anti shake and anti dust

 
Pentax K10D screen

Pentax K10D screen
 

The Pentax K10D is equipped with a bright and detailed 2.5in colour monitor with 210K pixels and a 140 degree viewing angle.

Upon first powering-up, the screen briefly shows the shooting mode along with handy guidance on what the main controls will do – for example indicating the rear thumb dial will adjust the f-number in Aperture Priority mode; see below right.



  Pentax K10D TAV Priority screen
   

Like most mid-range DSLRs, the K10D uses its upper LCD status screen for showing shooting details, while pressing the INFO button briefly presents a summary of all the settings on the main colour monitor; unusually this also includes the metered aperture and shutter speed at the moment you pressed the INFO button, although it’s a snapshot and not updated in real-time; see below left.

Pentax K10D Shooting Information screen
 

Pressing the MENU button takes you straight to the K10D’s Recording Mode options which include adjustments to the resolution, compression and image parameters, details of which are on the next page. Pushing the right arrow button toggles between the K10D’s other three menu tabs, covering Playback, Setup and Custom Settings.


   
Pentax K10D Record Menu screen Pentax K10D Program Line Screen
   

One of the more unusual options found under the Custom Settings menu allows you to choose between four different exposure lines for the K10D’s Program mode. In addition to Normal there are lines biased toward faster shutter speeds or larger apertures, along with a neat MTF option which reads data from compatible lenses to bias the aperture to the optimum quality setting. This is one of the many advanced features of the K10D which takes it beyond normal DSLRs.

Pressing the INFO button in Playback mode cycles between a clean view of the image, one with basic shooting info, RGB or brightness histograms, and finally one showing a thumbnail of the image accompanied by a broad array of shooting details.

Pentax K10D Brightness Histogram Pentax K10D RGB Histogram Pentax K10D Playback Information screen
     


  Pentax K10D Playback FN screen
   


Pushing the FN button during playback presents four options selected using the four-way rocker control on the back of the camera. Pushing up presents the DPOF printing options, pushing right starts a slideshow, pushing down performs a RAW to JPEG conversion, while pushing left applies a choice of filters.

Pentax K10D RAW development screen Pentax K10D Playback Filter screen
   


The last two options are again examples of the K10D’s more unique facilities. RAW files can be processed in-camera with the option to adjust settings including the White Balance, Sharpness, Contrast and Saturation.


Digital filters can be applied to any image and include Black and White, Sepia, six different coloured tints, softness, brightness and, ahem, a slimming filter which stretches the horizontal or vertical axes. The latter is a bit of fun, but unlikely to be used a great deal on a camera of this class.



Pentax K10D features continued...

Lenses and viewfinder / Screen and menus / Sensor and processing / Anti shake and anti dust

If you found this review useful, please support us by shopping below!
All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2014 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.

/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs