Reliable & Fairly Capable, but lacking many nice features

Started Nov 26, 2011 | User reviews
hikenhi Regular Member • Posts: 498
Reliable & Fairly Capable, but lacking many nice features

This is Staight-up a nice DSLR for ISO 200 or lower, maybe 400 in bright light. I was able to produce several nice photos with this camera. I couldn't have asked more for my 1st DSLR and at the time fulfilled my needs.


The low resolution LCD on this camera and the K-20D was reason enough for me to pass on he K-20D and wait for the K-7. I can't stand not having a direct ISO button, but is not as necessary because of its lack of High ISO performance. No Video. Autofocus limits action photography capabilities. Camera can't operate below 32 degrees/Freezing--major drawback for where I often shoot over the K-7 & K-5's 14 degree operating low temp. No HDMI out. Dust removal is not that great--had to clean it a few times. Noisier than the K-7 & K-5. 10MP puts 8x12 300 dpi limits on your printing. Exposure not as accurate as the K-7 & K-5.

 hikenhi's gear list:hikenhi's gear list
Pentax K-7 Pentax K-5 Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM +5 more
Pentax K10D
10 megapixels • 2.5 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: Sep 13, 2006
hikenhi's score
Average community score
bad for good for
Kids / pets
Action / sports
Landscapes / scenery
Low light (without flash)
Flash photography (social)
Studio / still life
= community average
Pentax K-5 Pentax K-7
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