|Pentax K10D digital reflex camera - Design
The Pentax K10D looks really attractive when seen from the front. It's a bit thick set this gives it a cool, sturdy appearance. The shutter speed dial is on the front of the hand grip, underneath there is an indication for the self timer. The Pentax K10D's lens mount, which is metal, is located in the middle. The unlock for disconnecting the lens is to the bottom left. All lenses with a K-mount fit on the lens mount. There are a lot of these lenses and you can use SLR lenses you have had for years. Of course, you will then miss out on certain functionality. Noticeably, Nikon and Pentax were the only brands that did not change their lens mount when AF was introduced.
Pentax K10D SLR - RAW & JPEG shooting
The switch for the various auto focus settings is to the right of the lens mount. They can be set at single, continuous or manual. Above this, there is a special button marked RAW. By pressing this button, you can make a RAW+JPEG very quickly, no matter what setting the camera is in. Personally, I would always save pictures in RAW, and it is handy that Pentax has made RAW so directly accessible. The button for folding out the in-built flash is right at the very top.
Pentax K10D - SD / SDHC Memory compartment
On the right side of the Pentax K10D digital SLR camera there is a flap concealing the external contacts for USB, the external power supply and the remote control. There is no contact for a studio flash, which is a pity in a camera in this class. It is true that this can be remedied simply with an optional accessory, but the camera is not complete without a studio flash contact. On the other side, there is a door concealing the Secure Digital memory card. As you would expect from a new camera, the Pentax K10D can use high capacity SDHC cards. This is not an unnecessary luxury with a ten Megapixel image sensor.
Pentax K10D - Pentax DBG-2 camera battery
The battery is placed underneath the Pentax DSLR camera in the hand grip. Underneath, there is also a metal tripod and some digital contacts. These contacts pass a signal to the optional battery grip, the Pentax DBG-2. This grip has place for a second battery and has a second shutter release button with several buttons. Placing the grip underneath the camera improved the already excellent hand positioning.
|Pentax K10D DSLR - Light metering
On top of the camera, the selection dial for the various exposure programs is located completely to the left. Around it is the switch for the three light meterings: spot, central or multi field. The in-built flash and standard flash shoe in the middle are located logically. To the right, space has been made for a large LCD screen which shows all elementary facts. The shutter release is, of course, on top of the hand grip. Around the button is the main switch, with which you can carry out the depth of field check. You can activate the Hyper program using the green button beside the hand grip.
Pentax K10D digital SLR - LCD screen
Finally, let's take a look at the rear of the camera. There is a lot going on there, and frankly it all takes some getting used to. The rear looks "full" compared to previous Pentax reflex cameras. The large 2.5-inch screen centre stage. It is high quality and you can find a lot of information there if you are interested. Above it is the viewfinder with the aperture setting behind the eye-cup. To the left of the LCD screen, there are buttons for bracketing, the menu, the trash can, info button as well as a button for showing the photos.
Pentax K10D - Command dial & Four way switch
There is a large command dial on the other side of the screen. At first, it looks as if it turns, but appearances are deceiving. You can set the number of focal files with this switch. In the middle, there is a four way switch with an OK button. On top of the round switch, there are buttons for exposure compensation/LCD lighting and auto focus. On top there is another command dial with an exposure lock on its right. This button is so far in the corner that I kept missing it. Under the camera, there is another function button, the switch for image stabilisation and the unlock for the flap for the memory card. The function button will bring you to the speed menu, where you can set image speed, white balance, sensitivity and the flash.