Pentax K200D Review
Top of camera controls (right)
There are four controls on the top right side of the K200D, the power / DOF preview switch, the shutter release button, the exposure compensation / aperture value button and the new green button which has been taken over from the K20D. At the back 'under your thumb' are the command dial and Auto Exposure lock button.
|Av||Exposure compensation / Aperture value
Hold this button and turn the command dial to set exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps) - not available in all modes. In manual exposure mode hold this button and turn the command dial to set aperture, turn the dial on its own to set shutter speed.
|AE-L||Auto Exposure Lock
Locks the exposure at the currently metered point, this is automatically reset after approximately 20 seconds.
The green button resets the camera exposure in Program mode (if shifted to aperture or shutter priority) and also adjusts the exposure in Manual exposure mode.
Top of camera controls (left)
On the left top of the camera is the exposure mode dial. The AUTO PICT mode is indicated as the 'best choice' for novice users and the green line extending around the edge of the dial indicates the picture modes automatically selected in AUTO PICT. You can manually select one of the six picture modes, additional scene modes or normal SLR exposure modes. When you turn the exposure mode dial the camera will indicate the selected mode on the LCD monitor along with a brief description.
Exposure Mode Dial
|P|| Program Auto Exposure
In this mode the camera automatically selects aperture and shutter speed based on the current metered exposure value, exposure compensation and selected ISO sensitivity.
|Sv||Sensitivity Priority Exposure
In this mode you select the ISO sensitivity (ISO) and the camera will calculate the correct aperture and shutter speed depending on metered exposure and exposure compensation. Turn the command dial to select sensitivity (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps). The camera automatically calculates the appropriate aperture and shutter speed for correct exposure.
|Tv||Shutter Priority Exposure
In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Turn the command dial to select shutter speed (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps). The camera automatically calculates the appropriate aperture for correct exposure.
|Av|| Aperture Priority
In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the correct shutter speed depending on metered exposure, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Turn the rear command dial to select aperture (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps). The camera automatically calculates the appropriate shutter speed for correct exposure. (Exact range depends on lens used)
In this mode the shutter is open for as long as you press the shutter release button. Select aperture by turning the command dial.
Optimal for capturing portraits. * (Larger apertures for shallow depth of field)
Deepens the focus range, emphasizes contour and saturation of trees and the sky, and produces a bright image. * (Smaller apertures for more depth of field)
Lets you take vibrant pictures of flowers and other small subjects at short distances. *
Lets you take sharp pictures of a quickly moving subject, such as a sporting event. * (Prioritizes faster shutter speeds)
|Night Scene Portrait
Lets you capture people against a night view or dusk. * (Allows flash slow sync; slow exposures in combination with flash)
The built-in flash is deactivated. Other settings are the same as 'Normal' mode. *
Lets you select from 8 additional shooting scenes depending on the shooting conditions. * (Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Food, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum).
* Description of picture modes taken from the Pentax K200D user manual with permission. Note that each scene mode has its own set of image parameters (color saturation, tone etc.) which aren't detailed by Pentax.
- 16 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 17 Photographic tests (DR)
- 18 Photographic tests (DR)
- 19 Photographic tests
- 20 Compared to
- 21 Compared to (JPEG)
- 22 Compared to (JPEG)
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (RAW)
- 25 Compared to (RAW)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 28 Compared to (Resolution)
- 29 Conclusion
- 30 Samples
Join DPReview editors Rishi Sanyal and Carey Rose on Facebook Live as they share their experience and answer your questions about the new Sony a9, Wednesday at 9:30 AM Pacific time. Click here for additional details and time zones
German media reports that the founders of the company behind the Panono 360-degree ball camera have filed for bankruptcy at a court in Berlin. Read more
With a claimed 800 new custom parts, Microsoft's updated Surface Pro comes with the latest Kaby Lake processors, better battery life, a new hinge, plus the Surface Pen is updated as well. Read more
DW Photo is attempting to resurrect the Hy6 medium format camera, though the legal tangles of its development may stop it being branded Rolleiflex.
The Kodak EKTRA, the company's 'camera first' smartphone, is now available to purchase in the United States. Read more
Apple and Nokia have settled their years-old patent dispute. Apple will make an undisclosed payment to Nokia and sign a licensing agreement related to digital health products with the Finnish company.
David Gibson, one of Britain's best known street shooters, shares all.
Photographers from the SKYGLOW project travelled 150k miles and took 3 million photos in increasingly rare locations: those without light pollution.
The world's fastest 200mm was produced for 16 years. In that time, only 8000 were made.
Photokina, the biennial photo industry trade show in Cologne, Germany, has announced that it will become an annual event beginning in 2018, and expand its focus to additional areas of imaging technology. Read more
No mic socket? No problem. In this video, Daniel Peters at Photo Gear News shows you how to make a lapel microphone using just a smartphone and a pair of earbuds.
How does the iPhone 7 Plus stack up against the Arri Alexa cinema camera? Watch this short video to find out.
Canon Australia's video series "The Lab" is designed to make photographers experiment and think outside the box. In the latest video a group of photographers create images based on their sense of taste.
The GH5 is expected to get a firmware update this summer to support 400Mbps internal recording. NewsShooter explores what memory cards you'll need to make it work.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro offers Intel's latest processor generation and improved battery life.
Riding a mountain bike downhill is dangerous enough in daylight, but potentially lethal at night. Which is where drones come in.
Rumors abound that Canon (and maybe Nikon) may produce a mirrorless camera based using their existing DSLR mount. Does this guarantee immediate great lens choice or a perpetually second-rate experience? Read more
According to rumors, the next camera from Nest will be able to capture 4K video, though that resolution will be only used for 'virtual' pan and tilt functions.
Boundary's Prima 'fully modular' backpack is expandable to 30L and has a removable camera case and tablet sleeve. Early Kickstarter backers can get one for $189.
Stanley Greene captured 'brutally honest' photographs in the war zones of the Middle East, Chechnya and Georgia. He was also one of the few African-American photographers working internationally.
Owners of Leica M cameras that suffer from peeling CCDs will be able to claim a free repair in the future so long as the camera was purchased within five years of the fault becoming apparent, the company has announced. Read more
The Carl Zeiss Jena BIOTAR 75mm F1.5 Red T lens is very rare and priced accordingly. It can be yours today for the low, low price of $15,000.
The MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a drone that does not require any human control for recording tracking shots. Read more
In this terrifying video, Iraqi journalist Ammar Alwaely narrowly misses a sniper's bullet, which takes out his chest-mounted GoPro. Warning: strong language. Watch the video
A new report expects action camera growth to increase about 15% by 2021, with Ultra HD cameras driving demand. Read more
Profiles for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom have been released for Irix's ultra-wide 11mm and 15mm primes. Like all profiles, these correct for distortion and vignetting.
An upcoming firmware update from DJI will cripple its drones unless they are 'activated' on the company's website. Live streaming will be turned off and flight radius/altitude will be limited.
Brent from ShareGrid rounds up the 10 most common products filmmakers are renting from one another for productions; chances are good you own one or more of them.
DaVinci Resolve is making strong moves to compete with Premiere and Final Cut Pro, including affordable control panels for colorists. According to Premium Beat, they're really good.
If you are not planning to fly your drone commercially you are not required to register it with the FAA anymore. This decision was handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.