Pentax K200D Review

Review Date: July 3rd 2008
Author: Mark Goldstein

Leave a comment about this Review

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

SENSOR
Effective Pixels 10.2 megapixels
Type 23.5mm x 15.7mm Interline interlaceCCD with a primary colour filter
Total Pixels 10.75 megapixels
Sensitivity Auto, Manual : 100-1600 (1EV steps or 1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps)
Colour Depth 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW)
TYPE
Camera Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure digital SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
IMAGE SIZE
Still

JPEG: [10M] 3872 x 2592 pixels, [6M] 3008 x 2000 pixels, [2M] 1824 x 1216 pixels

RAW: [10M] 3872 x 2592 pixels

FILE FORMAT
Still

RAW (Original Pentax PEF and DNG), JPEG (Conforms to Exif 2.21), Conforms to DCF (Design rule of Camera File system) 2.0

Quality Level

Compressed: JPEG - Baseline (***: Best , **: Better, *: Good)

Compressed: RAW ( PEF )

Non compressed: RAW ( DNG )

STORAGE MEDIA
External

SD memory card , SDHC memory card

LENS
Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount
Usable lenses

PENTAX KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses.

* Power zoom function not available. K-mount lenses usable with restrictions. S-mount lenses, 67/645 lenses usable with adapter and with restrictions.

FOCUSING SYSTEM
Type TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Area Auto, Select, Centre
Mode

AF-single (with focus lock); Manual focus; AF-continuous available*.

* Auto Picture and Picture mode : only when the Action mode is selected.

* Scene mode : only when the Kids and Pet mode is selected.

* P/Sv/Tv/Av/M/B : AF.S or AF.C selectable

AF assist available (by Built-in Flash)
EXPOSURE SYSTEM
Metering TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (coupled with lens and AF information)
Metering Area Multi-segment, Centre-weightedor Spot metering
Compensation 2 EV (0.5EV steps or 0.3EV steps)
Metering Range EV 0 - 21 (at Standard Output Sensitivity 100 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Exposure Modes (1) Auto Picture mode, (2) Picture mode, (3) Scene mode, (4) Program AE, (5) Sensitivity-Priority AE, (6) Shutter-Priority AE, (7) Aperture-Priority AE, (8) Metered Manual, (9) Bulb
Auto Bracketing 3 frames within range of 0.5EV, 1.0EV, 1.5EV (0.5EV steps) or 0.3EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV (0.3EV steps)
Auto Exposure Lock available
SHUTTER
Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed 1/4000 - 30 sec. and bulb
FLASH
Type Built-in retractable P-TTL pop-up flash
Guide Number approx. 13 (Standard Output Sensitivity 100/m)
Angle of View Coverage 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Exposure Compensation -2 EV - +1EV (1/2EV steps)
Synchronization Hot shoe, sync-speed: 1/180 sec., P-TTL, high-speed-sync, wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated flash
DRIVE MODE
Modes

Single-frame , Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote control (0s, 3s), Auto bracket

approx. 2.8fps , sequence : 4 frame (JPEG and Continuous (Hi)) 4 frame (RAW)

approx. 1.1fps , sequence : until the memory card becomes full (JPEG and Continuous (Lo)) 4 frame (RAW)

WHITE BALANCE
Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Flash, Manual setting, with WB fine adjustment
SCREEN
LCD 2.7" TFT colour LCD monitor, brightness adjustable, Wide angle view, 230,000 dots
DIMENSIONS
Height

95mm

Width 133mm
Depth 74mm
Weight approx. 630g (22.2 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
POWER
Source

Four AA (lithium, alkaline, and rechargeable Ni-MH) batteries

Optional AC adapter also available.

Performance

approx. 1100 (Normal Recording)*2 , 550 (50% use Flash)*1

*1 Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

*2 According to the result of PENTAX in-house testing.

INTERFACE
PC USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)
AV Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
PictBridge Single image, All images, DPOF, Paper Size, Paper Type, Paper Quality, Border
LANGUAGE
Language English, French, Germany, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkey, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
COMPATIBILITY
PC

USB: Windows XP, Windows VistaTM was pre-installed

Mac USB: Mac OS X 10.2 or later was pre-installed at Macintosh PC
VIEWFINDER
Type Fixed molded penta-mirror type
Focusing screen Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen
Field of View approx. 96%
Magnification approx. 0.85X (with 50mm F1.4 lens, infinity, -1m-1)
Diopter adjustment approx. -2.5 - +1.5m-1
Indication (1) AF frame, (2) Spot AF frame, (3) Focus point indication (high lighted in red), (4) Shake Reduction, (5) Flash status, (6) Shutter speed, (7) Aperture, (8) Focus indicator, (9) Manual focus, (10) EV compensation, (11) AE lock indicator, (12) ISO warning; (13) Number of recordable images/EV compensation/Confirm sensitivity
EXTERNAL LCD PANEL
Indication (1) Shutter speed, (2) Aperture, (3) Flash mode (Flash-On, Red-eye reduction, Auto discharge, Auto, Flash Off), (4) Drive mode (Single frame/Continuous/Self-Timer/Auto bracket/Remote control), (5) EV compensation, (6) Battery level, (7) White balance, (8) ISO warning, (9) RAW/RAW+JPEG caputure, (10) Number of recordable images
PLAYBACK
View One Image, Two Images, Index (4 or 9 or 16 thumb nails), Enlargement (up to 16X, scroll available), Image Rotation, Folder view, Slideshow ,Histogram, Bright/Dark area
Digital Filter B&W, Sepia, ColoUr (18 type), Soft (three-level amount adjustable), Illustration, HDR (3 type), Slim (+/- 8 level amount adjustable), Brightness (+/- 8 level amount adjustable) (at playback mode)

Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

DIWAPhotographyBLOG is a member of the DIWA organisation. Our test results for the Pentax K200D have been submitted to DIWA for comparison with test results for different samples of the same camera model supplied by other DIWA member sites.

Compare Prices

Support PhotographyBLOG: Buy the Pentax K200D from one of our affiliate retailers: