Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D front
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 793g - 142 x 101 x 70mm
  • Released December 2006
  • Replacement is Pentax K20D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Pentax K10D overview

Pentax K10D is Pentax's Advanced DSLR digital camera first introduced on December of 2006. It includes a 10 MegaPixel, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3872 x 2592.

Pentax introduced the newer Pentax K20D (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.

The K10D stands at #63 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras and all around #508 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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Below is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Pentax K10D history

The Pentax K10D is part of a family of cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Pentax-K-3-Mark-III front thumbnailPentax K-3 III
K10D vs K-3 III
26MPAPS-C12.0 fps2021
Pentax-KP front thumbnailPentax KP
K10D vs KP
24MPAPS-C7.0 fps2017
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Pentax-K-3-II front thumbnailPentax K-3 II
K10D vs K-3 II
24MPAPS-C8.3 fps2015
Pentax-K-S1 front thumbnailPentax K-S1
K10D vs K-S1
20MPAPS-C5.4 fps2014
Pentax-K-3 front thumbnailPentax K-3
K10D vs K-3
24MPAPS-C8.0 fps2014
Pentax-K-5-IIs front thumbnailPentax K-5 IIs
K10D vs K-5 IIs
16MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
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Pentax-K-5-II front thumbnailPentax K-5 II
K10D vs K-5 II
16MPAPS-C7.0 fps2013
Pentax-K-30 front thumbnailPentax K-30
K10D vs K-30
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
Pentax-K-5 front thumbnailPentax K-5
K10D vs K-5
16MPAPS-C7.0 fps2010
Pentax-K-7 front thumbnailPentax K-7
K10D vs K-7
15MPAPS-C5.0 fps2009
Pentax-K20D front thumbnailPentax K20D
K10D vs K20D
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
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Pentax-K10D front thumbnailPentax K10D10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006

Pentax K10D Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Pentax K10D based on factors which are normally viewed as useful in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
flash built-in
has Top screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
saves RAW files
sensor has phase detect auto focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
weather sealing
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
missing external microphone socket
missing HDMI socket
missing headphone socket
missing Timelapse function
MP count low (10 megapixels)
no liveview
no moving screen
screen has low resolution (210 thousand dots)
screen is small (2.5")
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
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Pentax K10D Sensor info

The spec of the sensor on the Pentax K10D is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3872 x 2592 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 10 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 100 to 1600. RAW format is supported therefore the user has wider margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the K10D's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The K10D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is highlighted in green.

Pentax K10D sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax K10D dimensions

Pentax K10D has a weight of 1.75 lbs (793 grams / 27.97 ounces) and features outer measurements of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams and the Pentax K10D is on par compared to various rivals.

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Underneath is a shot of the Pentax K10D besides a soda so you can have a sense of its scale.

Pentax K10D dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button design on the K10D.

Pentax K10D topview buttons dials

Pentax K10D Lens info

The K10D fits the Pentax KAF2 mount and has 17 lenses available to buy. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the K10D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Pentax-smc-DA-50-135mm-F2.8-ED-IF-SDM lensPentax smc DA 50-135mm F2.8 ED IF SDM50-135mmf/2.8 685g
HD-Pentax-DA-55-300mm-F4.0-5.8-ED-WR lensHD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED WR55-300mmf/4.0-5.8 466g
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Samsung-D-Xenon-12-24mm-F4-ED-Pentax-KAF lensSamsung D-Xenon 12-24mm F4 ED12-24mmf/4.0 430g
Venus-Laowa-100mm-F2.8-2X-Ultra-Macro-APO-Pentax-KAF2 lensVenus Laowa 100mm F2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO100mmf/2.8638g
Samsung-D-Xenon-35mm-F2-AL lensSamsung D-Xenon 35mm F2 AL35mmf/2.0 195g
Samsung-D-Xenon-18-55mm-F3.5-5.6 lensSamsung D-Xenon 18-55mm F3.5-5.618-55mmf/3.5-5.6 225g
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Pentax-smc-DA-16-50mm-F2.8-ED-AL-IF-SDM lensPentax smc DA 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL IF SDM16-50mmf/2.8 565g
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Pentax K10D Connectivity

The K10D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send files and sometimes alter camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

A few applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Pentax K10D Video info

Pentax K10D does not take video. If you are searching for a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be a problem.

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Pentax K10D Weather Sealing

Pentax K10D has weather sealing making it a fantastic pick to use during tricky environments. This can be particularly valuable when you are uncertain about the elements you might encounter during outdoor photography.

Pentax K10D Screen and Viewfinder

The Pentax K10D includes a 2.5 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 210 thousand dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support. The K10D also comes with a Top screen so you're able to quickly checkout the camera's settings.

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The View Finder specs regarding Pentax K10D are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.64x

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be quite useful.

Pentax K10D Shutter info

Pentax K10D is able to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Pentax K10D Flash and Hot shoe info

Pentax K10D has got both in-built flash and external flash ability. The max flash sync is 1/180s.

Pentax K10D Autofocusing info

Pentax K10D has got both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

It includes 11 focus points to select from. Pentax K10D boasts manual focus when needed during low light conditions or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Pentax K10D Battery life

The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has the highest possible (2260) battery life within this type of cameras.

Here is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras with the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
K10D vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
Photography Glossary
Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
K10D vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
K10D vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
K10D vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Pentax K10D for varying categories of photography

The following chart displays a analysis of the Pentax K10D for varying categories of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Pentax K10D

The Pentax K10D gets a score of 53 which is decent, meaning that it is relatively acceptable to use for portraits. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files plus the option to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
sensor resolution not great (10MP)

Pentax K10D Street photography features

Having a above average rating of 64, the Pentax K10D is a very decent choice to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
weather sealing
screen does not articulate

Pentax K10D Sports photography info

A reasonable sports photography points total of 53 suggests the Pentax K10D is somewhat appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
environment proof
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview feature
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10MP)

Pentax K10D Travel photography information

Portability is very important in selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Pentax K10D gets a modest 49 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly acceptable to purchase for your travels.

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weather proofing
flash built-in
missing Timelapse recording
MP count low (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly

Pentax K10D Landscape photography information

For anybody who is looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Pentax K10D at it's modest grade of 55 for a landscape camera is somewhat suited among its competitors.

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focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
small screen (2.5 inch)
does not have liveview
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse recording

Pentax K10D Vlogging information

A vlogging camera ought to come with a articulating display screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Pentax K10D is not appropriate for vlogging as it comes to a bad score of 9.

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can't record video

Pentax K10D Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the K10D, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Advanced DSLR.

The chart down below provides you a summary of the K10D vs it's top scoring rivals shown earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may check out as alternate options. To check out a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Pentax K10D
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
3872 x 2592
RAW data
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
Resolution of screen
210 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Auto Red Eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/180 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Max video resolution
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
793 gr (1.75 lb)
Physical dimensions
142 x 101 x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Card slots
Launch price