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
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
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 photographers
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.
the K10D delivers exceptionally high image quality and responds
brilliantly to the exacting demands of advanced photographers.
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
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.
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 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.
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 directionshorizontally,
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
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
Original exposure system for faithful reproduction of creative
Hyper Program function
The K10Ds 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
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
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.
& 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.
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 K10Ds 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 K10Ds auto sensitivity control function automatically
sets the optimum sensitivity up to ISO 1600, based on such data
as the subjects 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
Continuous shooting at approximately three images per second
To trace the movement of an active subject or capture a sequence
of the subjects 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.
The K10Ds 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.
features a flash synchronization speed of 1/180 second for
more versatile flash photography.
11-point wide-frame AF
The K10Ds 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
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 images 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
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
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
Pentax-DA 70mm F2.4 lens
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.
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.
download the Pentax K10D Digital SLR Camera Specifications Sheet
(Pentax PDF) see