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Pentax K10D
Digital SLR Camera

Pentax 10.2 MP K10D Digital SLR

Pentax K10D Digital SLR

September 13, 2006

(Pentax Canada PR)



Pentax has today announced the Pentax K10D digital SLR camera. The K10D combines 10.2 effective megapixels with a host of advanced technologies, including the Pentax-original Shake Reduction (SR) system and a weather-resistant body.

Pentax K10D Digital SLR Back View

Pentax K10D Digital SLR Back View

Designed to deliver high-quality digital SLR photography and responsive operation for advanced photo enthusiasts, the Pentax K10D features an array of Pentax innovations in image capture and image functionality. Key features include the Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system that effectively offers a 2.5 to 4 EV advantage for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, a newly developed 22-bit A/D converter designed to convert a large volume of data more faithfully and swiftly, and a new Pentax Real Image Engine (PRIME), designed exclusively for the K10D, to produce well-balanced, true-to-life images.

The K10D also comes equipped with a new Dust Removal (DR) system to keep dust off the CCD surface, a Pentax-original exposure system for faithful reproduction of the photographer’s creative intentions, and a dependable dust-resistant, weather-resistant body construction featuring 72 seals throughout the camera to allow photographers to continue shooting even in dusty or rainy environments.

All combined, the K10D delivers exceptionally high image quality and responds brilliantly to the exacting demands of advanced photographers. The K10D will be available in Canada early November 2006.

In the US the Pentax K10D body will ship by November 2006 for US $899.95, and as a kit with the DA 18-55mm lens for $999.95. The newly announced D-BG2 Battery Grip for the Pentax K10D will ship at the same time for less than US $190.00. The new Pentax DA 70mm lens will ship in October 2006 for less than US $600.00.

Pentax K10D Digital SLR
Major Features

High-quality image reproduction

The K10D features a large, high-performance 23.5mm x 15.7mm CCD with 10.2 effective megapixels as its image sensor, assuring the reproduction of true-to-life, rich-gradation images.

Pentax-original Shake Reduction mechanism for blur-free images

The K10D is equipped with the exclusive, Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark or at night without supplementary flash illumination, or using extended exposures for sunset scenes.

This innovative mechanism shifts the position of the CCD image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force, while adjusting the shifting speed in proportion to the amount of camera shake detected by a built-in sensor. It offers a camera shake compensation effect equivalent to 2.5 to 4 shutter-speed steps. As a result, it does not require special anti-shake lenses, and can be used with almost all existing Pentax interchangeable lenses.*

* Lenses compatible with this mechanism are the Pentax K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- are 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be applicable with certain lenses.

Based on a free-floating sensor design, PENTAX SR is superior to other sensor-moving systems because it uses no guide rails, allowing the sensor to oscillate in three directions—horizontally, vertically, and rotationally. Over 30 patents have been filed for this SR system, which uses a ball-bearing-mounted oscillator unit with four electromagnets that hold the free-floating image sensor. Angular velocity sensors detect camera movement and relay the amount of compensation necessary to the electromagnets that move the sensor to compensate for any shake.

Newly developed A/D converter for truthful image data conversion

The K10D incorporates a high-performance A/D converter, which faithfully converts the analog data collected by the CCD image sensor into digital data. With the highest resolving power (22 bits, or 4.2 million gradations) among all existing digital cameras, it offers a digital-conversion capacity 1,024 times greater than conventional 12-bit, 4,096-gradation A/D converters.

Newly designed PRIME imaging engine

The K10D incorporates the new PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) as its imaging engine. Designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras, this new imaging engine produces high-definition, true-to-life images through well-balanced control of CCD signals, including saturation, brightness, white balance, sharpness and contrast. Its new memory (DDR2: Double Data Rate 2) also serves to enhance speedy image processing and high-speed data transfer.

Dust Removal system to keep the CCD surface dust-free

The K10D features the new Dust Removal (DR) system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the low-pass filter over the CCD image sensor. Applied to the low-pass filter over the CCD surface through a vapour deposition process of a fluorine compound, the Pentax-original Super Protect (SP) coating effectively prevents dust and stains from sticking to the surface. Additionally, dust that still remains on the surface will be shaken off when the SR system shifts the CCD at high speed. The dust that is shaken off the CCD will fall onto an adhesive sheet positioned at the bottom of the SR unit, eliminating any possibility of its returning to the CCD surface.

Dust-resistant, weather-resistant construction

The K10D boasts a reliable dust-proof, water-resistant construction, with special seals applied to 72 different parts of the camera body, including the shutter release button and switches/levers/dials, making it possible to use the K10D in rainy or at dusty locations without worries.

Original exposure system for faithful reproduction of creative intentions

  • Hyper Program function
    The K10D’s Hyper Program function allows the user to instantly switch to the Shutter- Priority AE (Tv) mode or Aperture-Priority AE (Av) mode from the Program AE mode, with a simple turn of the electronic dials on the camera body or optional vertical release grip D-BG2 (one on the front for index-finger control, and the other on the back for thumb control). To return to the Program AE mode, simply press the green button positioned next to the shutter release button.

  • Hyper Manual function
    When shooting in Manual mode, a single push of the green button allows the user to instantly set the proper exposure for the subject. The user can select what is adjusted to achieve the correct exposure, shutter speed alone, aperture alone or both shutter speed and aperture.

  • Sensitivity-Priority mode
    The K10D features a new Sensitivity-Priority AE (Sv) mode, which is designed to automatically select the optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed for a user-selected sensitivity. The sensitivity can be shifted instantly (in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps) by turning the electronic dial. This mode eliminates the need to recall a menu screen for sensitivity changes, allowing the photographer to react more quickly to changing photographic conditions.

  • Shutter & Aperture-Priority mode
    Another exposure mode offered by the K10D is Shutter & Aperture-Priority AE (TAv) mode, which is designed to automatically select the most appropriate sensitivity for a user-selected shutter-speed & aperture combination.

  • Customizable Electronic Dial Functions
    The function assigned to the front and rear electronic dials can be changed to suit the users’ preference further enhancing the creative control of the image.

Pentax K10D Top

Bright, clear viewfinder

Featuring a glass pentaprism, the K10D’s viewfinder offers a 95-percent field of view and a
0.95-times magnification, for easy viewing of the subject and effortless confirmation of focus and composition on the large viewfinder image. Coupled with the acclaimed Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen, it delivers a large, bright subject image.

Auto sensitivity control up to ISO 1600

The K10D’s auto sensitivity control function automatically sets the optimum sensitivity up to ISO 1600, based on such data as the subject’s brightness level and the lens’ focal length. The sensitivity range can be adjusted for both the highest and lowest value to be used. Since this function allows the use of higher shutter speeds in poor lighting situations (such as indoor sports events and night scenes), it helps the photographer to effectively reduce camera shake and prevent blurred images. For specialized applications, the sensitivity can be set manually from ISO 100 to ISO 1600.

Continuous shooting at approximately three images per second

To trace the movement of an active subject or capture a sequence of the subject’s expressions, the K10D offers a continuous shooting mode that allows the photographer to capture a series of images at a maximum speed of approximately three images per second. In the JPEG recording format, the user is allowed to take as many images in succession as desired, until the capacity of an SD memory card runs out. In RAW and RAW+JPEG recording formats 10 images and 6 images respectively can be taken before the buffer is filled.

Reliable shutter unit

The K10D’s shutter unit is designed to withstand nearly 100,000 releases, while assuring high-precision operation over the entire shutter-speed range — up to a top speed of 1/4000 second.

It also features a flash synchronization speed of 1/180 second for more versatile flash photography.

11-point wide-frame AF

The K10D’s sophisticated SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle of the image area) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off centre. The in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation. Manual focus point selection is possible.

Extra-large, wide-view LCD monitor

The K10D incorporates an extra-large 2.5-inch colour LCD monitor on its back panel. Its wide-view design allows the photographer to check the monitor image from 140 degrees both vertically and horizontally, ensuring effortless image viewing even from a diagonal position. With approximately 210,000 pixels, it also offers digital zooming of playback images up to 20 times for easy confirmation of the image’s focusing status and details.

Powerful rechargeable batteries for extended shooting

The K10D features new, large-capacity lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which can capture approximately 500 images** when fully recharged.
** Under testing conditions prescribed by the CIPA standards (flash illumination used in 50% of images).

Compatibility with supersonic direct-drive motor lenses (SDM)

The K10D is designed to be compatible with supersonic direct-drive motor auto focus lenses (currently under development), which are expected to provide smoother, quieter autofocus operation than conventional lenses.

Additional features:

• Choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, centre-weighted metering and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications

• High-rigidity stainless-steel chassis

• 32 custom functions to personalize camera operations

• Extended bracketing function to capture three images of the same subject at different exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness or white-balance levels

• Compatibility with conventional SD memory cards and newly introduced high capacity SDHC memory cards

• Choice of two preview functions (digital/optical)

• Simultaneous recording of RAW and JPEG images

• Two RAW formats, Pentax RAW (PEF) and Adobe Digital Negative (DNG) with in camera RAW processing possible

• Manual fine adjustment of white balance

• Date folder to simplify the arrangement and search of recorded images

• Six built-in digital filters (Black-and-white, Sepia, Slim, Soft, Brightness and Colour) for easy editing of recorded images

• Remote shutter release from the front and back sides of the camera using optional remote controller

• Pentax Photo Laboratory 3 RAW data processing software and Pentax Photo Browser 3 browser software included

• Compatibility with PictBridge, DPOF, Exif Print and PRINT Image Matching III systems

Optional D-BG2 battery grip available

Along with the body, Pentax announced a D-BG2 battery grip for exclusive use with the Pentax K10D. This battery grip can be used in combination with the camera's rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to double the camera's battery life. With a vertical shutter-release button, preview lever, two control dials, AE-lock button and green button, the new battery grip makes vertical-position shooting simple and effortless. It also features the same dust-proof, weather-resistant construction as the K10D camera body.

New Pentax smc Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 lens

smc Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 lens

Pentax today also announced the smc Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited lens, designed for exclusive use with Pentax digital SLR cameras and featuring an ultra-thin pancake design and uni-focal, medium-telephoto optics. With a medium-telephoto perspective, this new lens is ideal for many applications including portraiture and landscape.

The high-performance optics ensure outstanding image quality, and provide distinctive visual expression. Materials used for this lens are selected for optimum holding comfort and operability, and the new lens is designed to be extremely thin and lightweight, for go-anywhere portability for casual, day-to-day snapshot photography.

To download the Pentax K10D Digital SLR Camera Specifications Sheet (Pentax PDF) see here

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