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Although the K200D is currently the junior member in the Pentax DSLR line-up from a feature and price point of view it is comparable with some of the other manufacturers 2nd level models - cameras such as the Canon EOS 450D, Nikon D60 or the Olympus E-520.

Competition is fierce in this element of the market and any camera which wants a slice of the pie has to convince consumers in both areas - features and quality. From a feature perspective the K200D is up there with the rest although it lacks one key functionality that most rivals offer: Live View. If you can live without Live View with the Pentax K200D you get a well-built and weather-sealed body with a top LCD, in-body image stabilization, 11-point AF and arguably the largest viewfinder in its class.

So, if featurewise the K200D satisfies all your requirements, one big questions remains: How does is shape up against the competition in the image quality department? Read on to find out.

Pentax K200D advantages

  • Weather-sealing
  • Top LCD
  • User controllable ISO noise reduction
  • DNG format
  • 11 AF points
  • Large viewfinder
 
Pentax K200D

Canon EOS 450D

Nikon D60

Olympus E-520

Price (Body only)
(With kit lens)

$560/£400
$630/£450 [check]
$640/£430
$700/£450 [check]
$ - /£345
$600/£380)[check]
$575/£450
$660/£490 [check]
Construction • Plastic
• Weather sealed
• Plastic
• Plastic • Plastic
Dust removal • Sensor-shift shake
• Anti-static coating
• Sensor-shift shake
• Anti-static coating
• Low pass filter vibration
• Airflow Control System
• Supersonic Wave Filter
• Anti-static coating
Image stabilization • Sensor shift • Kit lens • Kit lens • Sensor shift
• Horizontal and Vertical panning modes
Effective pixels 10.0 million 12.2 million 10.0 million 10.0 million
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 3:2 4:3
FOV crop 1.5x 1.6x 1.5x 2x
Live View • No • Yes
• Up to 10x magnify
• Contrast or Phase AF
• Different modes
• No • Yes
• Up to 10x magnify
• Contrast or Phase AF
• Different modes
File formats • JPEG
• RAW (PEF)
• RAW (DNG)
• JPEG
• RAW (CR2)
• RAW (compressed)
• JPEG (3 levels)
• JPEG
• RAW (ORF)
Auto focus • 11 point
• 9 cross-type
• -1 to 18 EV
• 9 point
• 1 cross-type
• -0.5 to 18 EV
• 3 area TTL
• Range: -1 to +19 EV
• 3 point
• 1 cross-type
• 0 to 19 EV
Metering sensor 16 segment 35 zone • 420 pixel RGB sensor 49 zone sensor
Metering modes • Multi-segment
• Spot
• CWA

• Evaluative
• Partial
• Spot
• CWA

• 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
• Digital ESP
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
• Highlight based spot
• Shadow based spot
Exp. comp. +/- 2.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV +/- 5.0 EV +/- 5.0 EV
Continuous rate (high) • 2.8 fps
• 4 frames JPEG/Fine
• 4 RAW frames
• 3.5 fps
• 53 JPEG/Fine frames
• 6 RAW frames
• 3 fps
• Unlimited JPEG/Fine frames
• 7 RAW frames
• 3.5 fps
• Unlimited JPEG/HQ frames
• 8 RAW frames
White balance • 8 presets (with adj)
• Manual preset
• Kelvin temperature
• 6 presets (with adj)
• Color temp (K)
• Manual
• Auto
• Six presets
• Manual preset
• Fine tunable
• 8 presets (with adj)
• Manual preset
• Kelvin temperature
Image parameters • 6 presets
• Saturation +/- 4
• Hue +/- 4
• Contrast +/- 4
• Sharpness/Fine +/- 4

• 6 presets
• 3 User defined
• Sharpness 0-7
• Contrast +/- 4
• Saturation +/- 4
• Color tone +/- 4

• Six preset looks
• Sharpening: Auto, 6 levels
• Tone: Auto, 5 levels, cust.
• Color: 3 modes
• Saturation: Auto, 3 levels
• Hue: -9° to +9°
• 5 presets
• 1 User defined
• Saturation +/- 2
• Contrast +/- 2
• Sharpness +/- 2
• Gradation 4 settings
Noise reduction control 4 levels 1 additional level No 4 levels
DR extension mode DRng Highlight Tone Priority D-Lighting Auto Gradation
External flash • Hot-shoe
• Wireless flash
• Hot-shoe • Hot-shoe • Hot-shoe
• Wireless flash
Flash sync speed 1/180 sec 1/200 sec 1/200 sec 1/180 sec
Viewfinder • Pentamirror
• 96% coverage
• 0.85 x magnification
• Pentamirror
• 95% coverage
• 0.87x magnification
• Pentamirror
• 95% coverage
• 0.8x magnification
• Pentamirror
• 95% coverage
• 0.92x magnification
LCD monitor • 2.7 " TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• 3.0" TFT LCD
• 230,000 dots
• 2.5 " TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• 2.7 " TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
Top panel LCD Yes No No No
Vertical grip Yes, D-BG3 Yes, BG-E5 No No
Dimensions 134 x 95 x 74 mm
(5.3 x 3.7 x 2.9 in)
129 x 98 x 62 mm
(5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)
126 x 94 x 64 mm
(5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)
136 x 92 x 68 mm
(5.4 x 3.6 x 2.7 in)
Weight (inc batt) 690 g (1.5 lb) 522 g (1.2 lb) 471 g (1.0 lb) 490 g (1.1 lb)
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