The K200D's design is definitely more evolution than revolution. The rounder and softer shapes that we first saw on the K10D and the K100D have been refined and smoothed even further, making the K200D a comfortable camera to hold and operate.
The camera's build quality is excellent. Like its predecessor the K200D's body is made of re-enforced ABS plastic. Underneath the hull though you'll find a stainless steel chassis (image below). Unusually for an entry-level camera the K200D is also splash- and dust-proof.
Side by side
Below you can see the K200D beside two of its direct competitors, the Olympus E-520 and the Canon EOS 450D. The Pentax is slightly larger than these cameras (higher and deeper than the Olympus, wider and deeper than the Canon) and at 700 grams including batteries and SD card the K200D is almost 180 grams heavier than the Canon which makes it the heaviest camera in its class. However, with its rubberized grips and steel chassis it feels more like a 'real camera' than some of the rather plasticy competitors.
(W x H x D)
(inc. battery & card)
|Olympus E-520||136 x 92 x 68 mm (5.4 x 3.6 x 2.7 in)||568 g (1.3 lb)|
|Nikon D60||126 x 94 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)||522 g (1.2 lb)|
|Canon EOS 450D||129 x 98 x 62 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)||526 g (1.2 lb)|
|Sony DSLR-A200||131 x 98.5 x 71 mm (5.2 x 3.7 x 2.8 in)||626g (1.4 lb)|
|Pentax K200D||133.5mm x 95mm x 74mm (5.2 x 3.7 x 2.9 in)||700g (1.4 lb)|
In your hand
The rubberized grip on the K200D is a decent size and ensures a safe hold even with large hands. As with the K100D the grip is ergonomically shaped to match the natural shape of your hand. The rear thumb grip provides extra support and all of the cameras main 'shooting' controls are within reach of your thumb and forefinger.
The K200D's screen measures 2.7 inches and provides a resolution of 230,000 dots and approximately 160° of view. The brightness of the screen is adjustable.
|The K200D is the only camera in the entry-level segment that feature a top LCD panel. It provides a wide range of information about the current camera settings and exposure. The panel is not backlit though.|
A breakdown of information displayed on the LCD panel can be found on the diagram below.
Like its predecessor the K200D comes with a pentamirror viewfinder that provides a relatively large view for a camera with an APS-C sized sensor (96% coverage, 0.85x magnification). It also offers dioptre correction (-2.5 – +1.5 dpt).
When looking through the viewfinder you'll see the AF frame and the spot metering frame. Normally the AF areas are not visible, the image below is simulated to indicate the position of the AF points. You can choose from Auto AF-point selection, manual point selection or center point only.