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Pentax K10D Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Pentax K10D
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
September 13, 2006
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Pentax K10D receives a score of 40/100 in our assessment. Launched in 2006 at a price of $900, this DSLR camera measures 142 x 101 x 70mm and weighs 793g (1.75lbs). When compared to today’s market, the K10D’s specifications are somewhat outdated. However, this camera still has value for those seeking a budget-friendly, entry-level DSLR. The Pentax K10D may not be the top choice for professionals, but it remains a decent option for casual and beginner photographers.

Pentax K10D Overview and Optics

The Pentax K10D receives a score of 46/100 for its optics. With 10 megapixels, a shooting speed of 3 frames per second, and a CCD sensor, this camera has standard specifications. Its Prime processor and APS-C sensor size contribute to its DXOMARK sensor score of 66. The Pentax KAF lens mount accommodates a wide range of lenses, while the built-in image stabilization enhances image quality.

Comparing the Pentax K10D’s optics to current market offerings, it falls short in terms of resolution and shooting speed. Modern cameras often feature higher megapixel counts and faster shooting speeds. However, the K10D’s image stabilization and lens compatibility still hold value for photographers today.

The Pentax K10D’s optics may not be the most advanced, but they remain functional and reliable for various photography needs. Its compatibility with a diverse range of lenses and built-in image stabilization make it a suitable choice for those seeking a dependable camera.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
10 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
3872 x 2592 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
16 x 24 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
3 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Pentax KAF
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 4000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentaprism)

Pentax K10D Video Performance

The Pentax K10D lacks video capabilities. This camera only captures still images.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.

Pentax K10D Features and Benefits

The Pentax K10D features score is 28/100. The camera has a 2.5-inch screen with a resolution of 210,000 dots. It does not have a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth capabilities.

Comparing these specifications to today’s market, the Pentax K10D falls short in terms of modern features. Many current cameras have larger screens with higher resolutions, touchscreens, and connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. These features enhance user experience and provide added convenience for photographers.

Despite its low features score, the Pentax K10D has its merits in other aspects such as general specifications, optics, and video. However, for those seeking a camera with up-to-date features, the Pentax K10D might not be the best choice.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
210,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Pentax K10D Storage and Battery

The Pentax K10D receives a storage and battery score of 27/100. This camera has a single memory card slot, compatible with SD, SDHC, and MMC cards. In comparison to modern cameras that often feature multiple card slots and support for faster, larger-capacity cards, the K10D falls short in terms of storage options.

Regarding battery life, the K10D can capture up to 500 shots with its D-LI51 battery. This is a relatively low number when compared to contemporary cameras that offer longer-lasting battery life. Additionally, the K10D lacks USB charging capabilities, which is a feature that has become increasingly common in recent camera models.

Taking these factors into account, the Pentax K10D’s storage and battery capabilities are not on par with what is available in today’s market.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
500 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
22.7 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
11.6 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
B&H photo video
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