Pentax 10.2 Megapixel K10D Digital SLR With Built-in Image Stabilization

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Pentax just announced a few cameras, but we'll start with the big boy.

The K10D, has a generous 10.2 Megapixel sensor, 2.5-inch LCD, and vibrating CCD dust removal system. If that sounds like a familiar set of stats to you, well, you're being reminded of Canon's brilliant, affordable, Digital Rebel XTi that comes out later this month. The K10D has a few other things that put it ahead of the Canon, though. Most notably, its image stabilization system that shifts the CCD in X, Y, and rotational directions, neutralizing your voyeuristic jitters, even without dedicated lenses. And...

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It also has 72-seals that guard against dust/moisture, and an 11-point autofocus system, to Canon's 9. Neither has the stury magnesium body typical of pro DSLRs. Both have ISO light sensitivity ratings of 1600.

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The Pentax has a price advantage of $100 (Body costs $799, vs Canon's $899.) Out in Mid October. Which is better? I don't know, yet. But one thing is clear: Both should be good enough for me to take porno shots of shiny gadgets for you guys. Pervs.

Pentax K10D DSLR Page [Via Let's Go Digital, DC Resource Page, and DP Reviews]

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DISCUSSION

pentax FA lenses are generally on par with L series lenses, but not quite so overpriced. If you knew anything, you'd know they also have their own "limited" series of lenses, which includes one of the best auto-focus primes EVER made - the 31mm. just shows how marketing-brainwashed people are, and (unfortuneatly) how non-marketing minded pentax is. i have to say this camera along with the current and past pentax lenses available should make pentax the choice for any informed consumer looking in this price tier. also, don't forget the 22-bit ADC - still not sure what this effectively means, but it's there and it means something (another component the canon doesn't have). hopefully the reviews should be telling.