This review seems...very well-written for a user. I don't doubt much\nof what is said, but....\n\nExcellent offering from Pentax\nStrengths: A lot of features and excellent image quality and build.\nWeaknesses: Requires good lenses to get the best out of - since a 10MP\nsensor will easily show flaws in average/bad lenses.\nSummary: The K10D was a highly anticipated camera ever since it was\nannounced in September of 2006. Now that it is out and I have been\nusing one for about a week I can easily recommend this dSLR to anyone\ninterested in a verstatile, well-built and extremely functional dSLR.\nIt was most definetely worth the wait and for a price tag that is very\nreasonable for everything that this camera offers, it is one of the\nbest buys for a sub semi-pro body. The camera is in a class above the\nNikon D80 and Canon Xti yet the cost is a little more than the Xti and\nin-line with the D80. A remarkable achievement by Pentax considering\nthe K10D pretty much skimps on nothing.\n\nIt has the superb ergonomics and handling, a big and bright pentaprism\nviewfinder, excellent layout of controls and buttons, highly\ncustomizable features and lots of external controls for quick access to\nsettings such as Metering, Focus points etc. It is also constructed\nextremely well and feels perfectly balanced in the hand. The grip is\nalso superb and the camera just generally feels like it was designed\nwith the photographer in mind. Also lastly throw in the weather and\ndust resistant body and you know you have a superbly built camera in\nyour hands. No other camera in the market even comes close to offering\nsuch a feature in a camera under 00.\n\nThe image quality is excellent - the Pentax metering system is very\nreliable and the camera produces beautifully rendered images with great\ndetail, contrast and tone. The High ISO performance is in-line with the\nother 10MP contenders such as the D80 and the Xti with the camera\noffering low-noise levels but also superb tones and sharpness even at\nhigh ISO's. The same cannot be said for some other 10MP dSLR's which\nshall remain unnamed. The camera also offers two RAW formats including\nthe Adobe DNG format. Add in the built-in CCD shift stabilization\nsystem entitled Shake Reduction (SR) by Pentax and you have a serious\nlow-light machine. The CCD shift mechanism also provides the feature of\nDust Removal to shake off those pesky dust spots that may get stuck on\nthe camera when changing lenses. It also accepts the new SDHC format SD\ncards and can do continous shooting at 3 fps up to 9 RAW images or\nuntil the memory card is full when shooting Jpeg's so long as you have\na fast enough SD card.\n\nThis camera promised a lot when it was introduced by Pentax in\nSeptember and I can confidently say that it has indeed met and exceeded\nall my expectations. There are so many nice touches that they cannot\nall be mentioned in a review but I am finding smart and useful touches\neven still. Some other superb usability features are two new modes such\nas the Sensitivity priority (Sv) and Shutter & Aperture Priority mode\n(TAv). The Hyper Program mode (P) works very well and with just a touch\nof the two controls wheels the camera can instantly be swithced into Av\nor Tv modes. Another great feature is the digital preview image. This\nlets you take an image and displays it on the big and bright 2.5" LCD\nmonitor and make adjustments. For example, you can turn the blinking\nhighlight/shadow indicators on/off to see if any highlights are blown\nor if exposure needs to be corrected or you can go into the WB settings\nand change the WB settings and see the changing results in effect on\nthe preview image that is stored in the cameras buffer (but not saved -\nso it doesnt take up space in your memory card). The camera is\nliterally filled with smart touches such as this.\n\nThe K10D is an absolute joy to use and couple it with the reputable\nPentax lenses and you have yourself a camera that delivers in every\naspect - it is also the first Pentax body to accept the upcoming DA*\nline of pro-quality lenses that are also weather and dust sealed and\nfeature ultrasonic motors for fast and quiet focusing. If youre looking\nfor a dSLR that offers a ton of functionaly and build quality along\nwith superb image quality - look no further than the K10D - anyone who\nis new to the dSLR world who may be thinking of getting an Xti, A100 or\nD80 now has a camera that is significantly more full-featured and\nwell-constructed than any of the other current 10MP cameras in the\nunder 00 price level - throw in the built in stabilization which\nworks on any lens you can stick on the camera and it offers superb\nvalue for money. This feature alone will save hundreds of dollars of\npremium many users will have to pay for to get stabilized lenses for\ntheir Canon or Nikon cameras. For anyone thinking about switching\nsystems from their current one the K10D opens a whole new world and\ncontends some serious thought in favor of the Pentax brand. For current\nPentax users the K10D is the next natural step in the upgrade path and\nis the easy choice when looking for a dSLR body that is in the semi-pro\nclass and above the current 10MP entry-level dSLR's. The bar has just\nbeen raised.