The Pentax / Samsung relationship has been something of a strange affair when it has come to their DSLR output, continually resulting in two products that can only be separated by the maker's name and price...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K10D

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:85%


  • Professional build quality, Top-end spec, Excellent price point, Good AF system


  • Multi-area metering underexposes too easily, Occasionally wayward auto white balance


Pentax K10D Review


Price as reviewed:



What we’re looking at here is a pair of cracking DSLRs – the Samsung GX10 and the Pentax K10D – that redefine what we should expect at this price point. If you think ‘Nikon D200 at a D80 price’ you won’t go far wrong and I’m genuinely shocked to be saying that in many ways Pentax/Samsung are now ‘class leaders’ and certainly not the ‘also-rans’ they had risked becoming.

The key to getting the best from them lies in how much work you are willing to put into your photography. If you want to shoot Raw, have a basic understanding of exposure metering and white balance then you won’t go wrong, but if you just want to point and shoot you’ll be better served elsewhere.

As for whether you buy the Pentax K10D or the Samsung GX10, I have to say the final decision has nothing to do with the cameras themselves, or the images they produce. While the respective manufacturers may talk about ‘firmware tweaks’ it remains a mystery what tangible difference they make; certainly if you make comparative prints up to A3 in size you aren’t going to separate them, hence there’s no choice but to give the same overall score for both models.

However, if you want me to pick one over the other it’s the additional 12 months’ peace of mind offered by Samsung’s two-year warranty that swings my vote to the GX10.


Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
PC Socket:No
Cable Release:-
AF Points:11 AF points
Built-in Flash:Built in, GN11m @ISO: 100, Hotshoe
DoF Prview:Yes
White Balance Bracket:Yes
Colour Temp Control:3 settings, Kelvin
Exposure Comp:±3 EV (1/2EV steps), ±2 EV (1/3EV steps)
Colour Space:Adobe RGB / sRGB
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Focusing Modes:Selectable automatically or individually
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Shake Reduction (SR) system
Dust Reduction:72 water and dust seals, dust removal system
Dimensions:141.5 x 101 x 70mm
Weight:10g (without battery / card)
Power:Li-Ion, Optional AC Adaptor
Live Mode:No
Connectivity:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Field of View:95% coverage
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism type
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (3fps for 9 frames RAW / card capacity with JPEG)
White Balance:Auto, 8 presets, Manual, 3 x colour temperature
Compression:JPEG: Best, Better, Good. RAW: PEF, DN
Exposure Modes:Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Shutter & aperture priority, Sensitivity priority, Manual
ISO:Auto / Manual 100-1600
Metering System:16-segment Multi, Centreweighted, Spot
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec + Bulb
Output Size:JPEG: [10M]3872 x 2592 pixcels, [6M] 3008 x 2000 pixels, [2M] 1824 x 1216 pixels. RAW: [10M] 3872 x 2592 pixels
File Format:RAW (.DNG / .PEF), JPEG, RAW + JPEG
Sensor:23.5 x 15.7mm CCD SENSOR: with10.75mp total / 10.2mp effective
Lens Mount:Pentax KAF2
LCD:2.5in LCD with 210,000 pixels
Focal Length Mag:1.5
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  5. 5. Design
  6. 6. Performance
  7. 7. Image Quality
  8. 8. Verdict
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