For our studio scene 'test box' comparison we selected the Nikon D80, Sony DSLR-A100 and Canon EOS 30D as the main competitors to the K10D (as per the previous page).
For comparisons (and the resolution chart) we always use sharp prime lenses stopped down (typically to F9). In the case of this comparison we used 50 mm lenses; Pentax 50 mm F1.4, Nikkor 50 mm F1.8, Minolta 50 mm F1.4 and Canon EF 50 mm F1.4.
Studio scene comparison (JPEG)
Pentax K10D vs. Nikon D80
- Pentax K10D: Pentax 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural IS), Self-Timer (auto MLU)
- Nikon D80: Nikkor 50 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Normal), Self-Timer (+exp delay)
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Crop for crop the K10D actually delivers about the same amount of detail as the D80, the biggest difference is down to the crispness of edge detail which appears softer in the K10D image than the D80. As we speculated earlier this would appear to be down to the type of demosaicing / sharpening algorithms used as the actual detailed delivered by the CCD is higher and can be extracted fully by shooting RAW.
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