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Pentax K200D 18-55mm Lens Kit (10.2 MP Entry Level DSLR With Professional Characteristics)
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- CCD with 10.2 Megapixels resolution resulting in photographs of impressive depth and brilliance for superb prints
- Dust and spray protected body
- 60 individual seals on the body ensure that humidity, dust and dirt have no effect on the working parts of the camera
- Reliable system against dust on the sensor-seals prevent dust contamination, coating of the Low Pass filter prevents adhesion of dust particles, vibration eliminates dust from the sensor, an adhesive strip collects dust shaken from the sensor and the Dust Alert system warns of persistent adhering particles on the sensor
- PENTAX Dynamic Range Enlargement (DRE). The PENTAX DRE system finds all the details and intricacies in demanding situations for more true-to-life reproductions
- The special advantage of PENTAX Shake Reduction: it is integrated into the camera body so it is always available and with any lens
- Picture Modes and automatic functions provide for precise camera settings
- The camera can independently recognise which programme is best suited for each photograph situation and immediately adjust for the optimal settings to match the situation
- PRIME Processor - the heart of the camera, provides for the optimal operational sequence of the camera's internal processes
- RAW and JPEG data can be stored into memory simultaneously
- 18-55mm lens kit - an ideal universal lens for unknown photographic occasions
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So what is it that the Pentax does that, for example, the Sony A350, Nikon D60 and Canon 450i don't do? Well, for a start, it might be worth explaining that it in many ways it does exactly the same as those three big name models. It takes excellent pictures, offering rich, strong colours and it copes pretty well with even quite low-light situations. It offers a range of preset modes, which fiddle with a whole range of settings to help out novices users, and it offers the standard range of Av, Tv, P and M modes for more flexibility. It comes with a standard kit lens of 18-55mm, which allows for a pretty broad wide-angle shot (though by no means a true fish-eye) through to about 4x apparent magnification of the subject. The 50-200mm lens is a worthwhile addition, and performs very well in a range of situations. The camera is relatively small (compared to semi-pro and professional DSLRs), but boasts a large, bright screen and yet isn't too cluttered with buttons.
So what makes it special? Why did I spend my money on this, and not a Sony (for its live view), an Olympus (for its small size) or a Nikon (for the ability to borrow my mate's amazing collection of lenses)? Well, there were a number of reasons:
- The feel: I have quite large hands (I'm 6'5") and found the Olympus and Canon to be very uncomfortable when I tried it in a shop.Read more ›
The kit lens is among the best kit lenses out there surpassing many with very clear shots and very good auto focusing.
The K200D has simple settings for the beginner and lots of manual control for advanced photographers.Read more ›
1. Build quality far better than competition
2. Handling far better than competition
3. Great image quality
4. Good kit lenses
5. Weather seals for British climate
6. Can use rechargeable or lithium AA batteries
7. Access to more than 30 years of great Pentax lenses
8. Shake reduction in body means old lenses benefit from latest technology
9. Partner the camera with a £150 Pentax 50/1.4 or 50/1.7 autofocus prime lens and you will have a fantastic low-light image-stabilised camera which will allow the taking of extremely sharp pictures indoors without a flash
1. Sony A200/A300/A350 - really a Minolta camera, very poor kit lenses, other Sony lenses are expensive
2. Olympus 520 - too small, expensive lenses, poor viewfinder, poor high ISO
3. Nikon D40/D60 - no autofocus mechanism in camera means you can't use many Nikon lenses. Lacks in camera stabilisation
4. Canon 1000d/450d - nice electronics but with horrible handling. Prime lenses not image stabilised
AA Batteries. now with Eneloop batteries they hold their charge as well and are far more convenient
Weatherproofing. this is fantastic in an UK climate but you will need to buy a 17-70 pentax lens when it comes along ... then the whole system is good for the great UK outdooors. It is unique in ths!!!
Dust removal .. a boon
Dust detection .. brilloiant so easy to see where the problem is.
Image stabilising .... wonderful
Heavy ... but i like that ...
Go get it ....
PS you can use all the pentax lenses ever made ...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I brought the pentax k200d just under a month ago! and I absolutly love it! Iam doing photography at college so I wanted to get an slr. Read morePublished on 14 Sept. 2009 by Carolyn Miller
I've always had a interest in cameras and even as a child used an SLR 35mm camera, I was still happily stuck in my ways until borrowing a digital camera from my partner on holiday. Read morePublished on 17 May 2009 by elihulk
This is my first SLR so I spent quite some time looking at other products in a similar price range on the market (Nikon D60, Canon 450). Read more