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Pentax K200D Review

September 2008 | By Lars Rehm

Review based on a production Pentax K200D

The K200D was announced in January 2008 as a straight replacement for the K100D (actually the K100D Super which itself was a minor upgrade of the K100D launched in June 2007). The new model is aimed at the entry level segment of the market where it will have to compete with the likes of the Nikon D60, Olympus E-520 and the Canon EOS 450D.

Despite of a fairly tempting price point the K200D certainly does not compromise on features. It comes with a CCD-shift type 'Shake Reduction' system, Dust Removal and Pentax' 11-point Safox VIII AF system. Very unusually for this class of camera it also sports a weather-sealed body and a relatively large viewfinder with 96% coverage and a magnification of 0.85. What you won't get though is a live view system.

Did Pentax get the feature mix right? What about image quality? Click through to the following pages and read our in-depth review which will give you an answer to all these questions.

Compared to K100D - key differences

The Pentax K200D replaces the K100D which was introduced back in May 2006. From a specifications point of view the most notable difference is, as usual, the increase in megapixels from 6.1 to 10.2 MP. But the new model also features a CCD cleaning system, Dynamic Range Optimization and a larger screen along with some more, rather minor, changes.


Pentax K200D

Pentax K100D
Body material Plastic, stainless steel chassis, weather-sealed Plastic, stainless steel chassis
Sensor • 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD sensor
• 10.7 million total pixels
• 10.2 million effective pixels
• 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD sensor
• 6.31 million total pixels
• 6.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 3872 x 2592 pixels
• 3008 x 2000 pixels
• 1824 x 1216 pixels
• 3008 x 2000 pixels
• 2400 x 1600 pixels
• 1536 x 1024 pixels
Dust reduction CCD-shake No

• Built-in P-TTL electronic pop-up flash
• Guide number: approx. 13 (ISO100/m)
• Angle of view coverage: 28mm wide-angle (35mm equivalent)
• Flash sync 1/180 sec
• Wireless flash capability

• Built-in P-TTL electronic pop-up flash
• Guide number approx 11 (ISO 100/m)
• Angle of coverage 18 mm (27 mm as 35 mm equiv.)
• Flash sync 1/180 sec

Shooting modes • Auto Picture mode
• Picture mode
• Scene mode
• Program AE
• Sensitivity-Priority AE
• Shutter-Priority AE
• Aperture-Priority AE
• Metered Manual
• Bulb

• Auto picture mode
• Programmed AE Mode
• Shutter-Priority AE
• Aperture-Priority AE
• Metered Manual
• Bulb
• Picture modes
• Scene modes

Drive modes • 2.8fps for 4 frames (JPEG and Continuous (Hi), RAW
• 1.1fps until the memory card is full (JPEG and Continuous (Lo))or for 4 frames (RAW)
• Single shot
• Continuous (2.8 fps, up to 5 JPEG frames)
LCD monitor • 2.7 " TF LCD
• Approx. 230,000 pixels
• 2.5" TFT LCD
• 210,000 pixels
Custom functions 23 functions 18 functions
Dimensions 133.5mm x 95mm x 74mm (5.2 x 3.7 x 2.9 in) 129 x 93 x 70 mm (5.1 x 3.7 x 2.8 in)
Weight With lithium batteries and SD card: 690g (24.3oz.) 660 g (1.5 lb) (reduced by approx. 20 g if using CR-V3 batteries)

Foreword / notes

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