|Pentax K10D SLR camera - Viewfinder
During the test period, the Pentax K10D became a very pleasant companion that I liked to take along on tours of the city. The viewfinder is not very big, but is comfortable enough and a lot better than many others. Unfortunately the eleven focus points cannot always be easily seen. There is not much to say about the rest. A lot of information is shown on the viewfinder. The ISO value is shown on the viewfinder in the Sv and TAv setting. This can be at the expense of the image counter. It is a pity that both cannot be shown at the same time. The image counter is also sacrificed to the ISO in the secondary LCD.
Pentax K10D DSLR - Shutter release & Auto focus
You can take a photo almost immediately after turning on the camera. The shutter delay is extremely short. If you press in the release shutter, you hear a rather piercing sound. The auto focus reacts very quickly but is not top of the league. It would go a lot quicker with the ultrasonic motor in a lens. You can also activate the auto focus with the special AF-button on the rear of the camera. You cannot remove the auto focus from the shutter release and only fix the exposure. This is a pity as it is very handy to be able to disconnect these two in some situations. To lock the exposure, you must press in a small button. I thought the positioning of this button was rather unhandy - it is totally to the side of the camera and I had to keep looking for it. It is not as if you can find the button intuitively. Placing it between the dial and the viewfinder would have been more logical. Of course, its just a matter of getting used to it.
Pentax K10D camera - Function button to enter the speed menu
The same goes for the function button which brings you to the speed menu. I kept missing this as well, thanks to its location. It's an important dial because you use it to set essential things like image speed, white balance, sensitivity and flash setting. These are all things that a semi-pro will use regularly. I would have preferred separate buttons for the functions. It would have been possible with a bit of reorganisation. The function dial should be given a more prominent position in any case. But ok, when you have used it for a while and become used to it, you will be able to find the buttons blindfold.
|Pentax K10D digital SLR - Depth of field control button
The preview option accessed by using the depth of field control button was surprisingly good. You can both find and access depth of field in both the viewfinder and screen. With the latter, you can zoom in on the picture and call up a histogram to check the exposure. It is an improvement on the K100D, which could not zoom in. The depth of field control button can also be used to see a preview of the white balance. This also allows you to assess the colour temperature properly. If you are used to a saturated picture on the monitor, that is. It is a typical Pentax thing, but personally, I would prefer a bit less saturated reproduction. You can also see what the white balance does when you have taken a photo. The changes can be seen on an already existing photo also without the changes. I noticed that I used it more than I had expected to. This is a handy, effective functionality.
Pentax K10D d-SLR camera - Exposure programs
The exposure programs are unique to Pentax and set it apart from the competition. The familiar Hyper program enables you to alter aperture and shutter speed easily in the P setting without having to adjust the exposure. It is almost the only setting you need. By pressing the green button on top of the camera, everything goes back to how the factory programmed it. The same button enables you to let the camera choose shutter speed and/or aperture in the manual setting. You can choose to lock both values in the menu. It's perfect! If you use the AE-L key in the manual setting, you can change aperture or shutter speed, and the camera will adjust the other value to obtain identical exposure.
Pentax K10D reflex camera - Exposure sensitivity
The fact that Pentax has used sensitivity to arrange exposure in the K10D is truly excellent. This variable is often missed or only used in an emergency, but is perfect for setting things. The Pentax K10D is the first camera to have a sensitivity priority, called Sv (Sensitivity value). Just choose the sensitivity you want to work with and the camera will arrange shutter speed and aperture. It's like putting a different film in the camera. The shutter speed/aperture priority (TAv) is extremely clever. The photographer chooses the shutter speed and aperture and the camera arranges the sensitivity itself. I used this setting a lot - it understands how a photographer thinks. I didn't mind the sensitivity being raised considerably sometimes as a bit of noise won't do any harm. Way back in my analogue days, I even used to underexpose films and push to get a bit more grain.