Pentax K200D Review

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Pentax K200D Digital SLR
The Pentax K200D is a 10.2-megapixel digital SLR with a 2.7-inch LCD monitor and Pentax’s Shake Reduction image stabilization system. The camera has a dustproof, water-resistant body that is compatible with every Pentax lens ever made. Pentax says the K200D “contains all the advanced imaging technology of the award-winning K10D, but is designed for new digital SLR users who want a camera that will allow them grow as they learn about photography.”

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Pentax K200D - DC Trip, Airport


  • Inexpensive
  • Dust and weather resistant
  • Shake Reduction image stabilization built into camera body
  • Surprisingly good image quality at ISO 1600
  • Uses convenient AA batteries
  • Allows simultaneous recording of RAW and JPEG format images
  • Dust Reduction system
  • Big 2.7-inch LCD
  • Good flash metering
  • Light weight

  • Plasticky body
  • Auto focus lock does not work in continuous AF mode
  • Loud auto focus motor
  • Might be uncomfortable in big hands
  • Exposure compensation is only plus/minus two stops
  • No dedicated ISO button
Pentax K200D - front and back

The last Pentax SLR I touched was the K1000 35mm film camera I had in high school. The K1000 was a well-built, fully manual camera — a great learning tool. Along those same lines, the K200D is a high-quality, entry-level to serious amateur digital SLR. It’s a great crossover camera with both point-and-shoot and professional DSLR features. I brought it along with me on a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

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  • Christiane says:

    Is there an image available of the special editon white model? Is it even available yet?

  • ben wigg says:

    does anyone know the battery life as it says it takes AA batteries

  • Bill says:

    The Rechargeable Batteries , Do Not Last Long in the K200D , even with the Ni-MH .

    Pentax Reconmends to Use Lithium AA 4 Pack , which is going to set you back about $15 -$20
    But they will take up to 1500 to 2500 pictures .

    If You Do use Ni-MH , Used the Duracell Ni-MH ,
    I have a few different brands AA Ni-MH ,and was Duracell is the Best Performer .
    ( And ,No ! I am Not Getting Any Comission )

    I Have Own Canon Digital Rebel and the Nikon D50
    I Presently Own a Pentax K200D ,due to the Price and the Weather Proofing , i wasn,t Expecting Much From this Camera , But It Surprised Me .

    The Pentex K200D Falls in Between the Two , and You Have to Read Your Manual
    Or Go on Youtube , and Search it out . Some Good Tips .

  • Pentaxinaut says:

    The ability to use AA batteries is key to me, as I tend to keep cameras for a long time and I want to know that this new camera will still be usable ten years from now.

    And FWIW, good luck finding proprietary battery packs and/or proprietary chargers — just 5 years after you buy your proprietary dSLR.

  • Robert Ramos Simi Pro says:

    I had this camera for a year now and I been able to use my old lens with out any problems from my film cameras. I do head shots and I also cover special events and family event and I love this camera. I find it hard to pick up my Film Pentax cameras and even My bronica. Since my bronica is Medium form time to time I still use it. The result are unreal excellent. I even used a flash head from my film camera and put it on auto and it work great. I was afraid at 1st to damage my electronic on my digital. But I got great result. I will buy a dedicate flash soon. But is nice to have a back up.
    As a make up artist I like to get detail work on print and this camera is awesome.

  • Robert Ramos says:

    I purchase Metz 48AF-1 Digital and a LumiQuest quick bounce and loving my result even more

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