- Front and rear control dials
*ist D users will be pleased to learn that the K10D has control dials on both the front and rear of the camera to facilitate quick exposure adjustments.
- Green button
The green button located near the shutter release can be used in the manual mode to set the shutter and aperture automatically. When this button is released, manual adjustments can be made as normal, which should make manual control much quicker.
- Flash system
The K10D is compatible with the current range of Pentax digital flashguns including the powerful AF-500FTZ announced at PMA and Focus 2006.
- Exposure modes
Pentax have put a lot of thought into the exposure modes on the K10D and produced some interesting new automatic programs that could change the way you shoot. The first of these is Sensitivity priority mode, where you can choose the appropriate ISO, and the camera will take care of the shutter speed and aperture. Another program of interest is the Shutter & Aperture priority mode. Here you can set a shutter and aperture and the camera will adjust the sensitivity to give the correct exposure.
During my time with Pentax, I also had a chance to look a a couple of recently announced lenses. These were:
|Pentax 10-17mm fisheye zoom
|Personally, I love the distorted ultra-wide view that can be achieved with a fisheye lens, and the ability to zoom makes what is normally a highly specialised lens much more useful.
The working sample I tried was sharp in the centre wide open, especially at 10mm, and was a lot of fun to use.
|Pentax 40mm f/2.8 Limited
|If you've ever wanted the extra sharpness of prime lenses, but hesitated at the thought of carrying a ton of lenses everywhere, then Pentax's new range of pancake lenses could be right up your street.
A Pentax DSLR with the 40mm f/2.8 limited lens fitted feels more like a bulky compact, than an SLR.
The pre-production sample I tried seemed nice and sharp, even wide-open.
Unfortunately, because the sample I used was a pre-production model, I cannot comment on the image-quality produced by the camera.
Pentax have certainly kept their loyal customers waiting for their new flagship model, but with all the extra features included in the K10D it seems it may have been worth that wait.
This camera will be the natural upgrade for existing Pentax users, but will it be enough to tempt photographers from other systems? On paper it seems so, but the real proof will come when we get hold of a production sample for review.