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Pentax K200D Camera Review

written by: Lori Soard•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 2/18/2009
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Looking for a camera that takes fabulous pictures even in poor conditions? Find out if the Pentax K200D has what you're looking for.

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    Below are sample images taken with the Pentax K200D. Please click on any image to enlarge.

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    The Pentax K200D & Sample Photos

    Pentax K200DIn motionLow light
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    Specifications

    Rating Average

    The Pentax K200D is a great beginner SLR camera. This particular model comes standard with the following features:

    • Water resistant in inclement weather
    • Automatic modes for any condition of light or other elements beyond your control
    • 2.7 inch LCD monitor
    • Backwards lens ability (compatible with other Pentax lenses)
    • AA batteries
    • Both internal and removable memory
    • Multiple language support
    • Compatible with various Windows platforms, including Vista

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    Accessories

    Rating Average

    The Pentax website offers many different accessories for the Pentax K200D. In addition, the Pentax is compatible with any Pentax lens ever made. This means that users of other Pentax cameras, who wish to upgrade to this digital beauty will not have to reinvest in costly lenses, but can use the ones they already own. In addition to the many lenses Pentax offers, users will find other accessories, such as a wireless P-TTL Flash and even DSLR sling bags for carrying everything.

    The camera takes four AA batteries, which initially come with the camera. Many AA batteries can be recharged and are quick and easy to transport. Hundreds of pictures can be taken before the batteries must be replaced or recharged, although a lot depends upon the length of time between shots.

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    Features

    Rating Average

    Though the camera is both dust and water resistant, some users have complained about unreliable colors that don't quite match what is true to life.

    The camera offers a wide range of features and the ability to use any Pentax lens is a definite plus that this model can boast. However, the basic package that comes with the camera is fairly limited as far as accessories. Additional accessories must be purchased separately.

    Although well balanced and with a shake reduction feature, the camera is a bit weighty at almost three pounds (2.87 with lens).

    A definite positive is that images can be saved both in JPEG and RAW format both Pentax's (PEF) and Adobe's (DNG).

    The camera features a Dynamic Range Enlargement feature, which is often seen in higher end Sony and Nikon models.

    This particular camera claims a speed burst of up to 2.8 frames per second (fps). However, its performance is a bit disappointing and slower than one would expect out of models claiming slower speeds. Images in motion are fairly clear in some instances, but a bit blurry in others.

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    Price to Value

    Rating Average

    The cost of a basic Pentax K200D runs around $599.95 (or $699.00 with 15-30 mm lens kit) and comes in box with:

    • USB Cable
    • Software
    • Strap
    • Hot shoe Cover
    • Eyecup
    • Body Mount Cover
    • Finder Cap
    • 4 AA Lithium Batteries