An entry-level DSLR featuring facets of its more advanced sibling – too good to be true?...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K200D

Overall score:88%
Image Quality:90%


  • Build, image quality, features, low noise


  • Speed, kit lens AF, easily scratched shell, tight SD slot


Pentax K200D Review


Price as reviewed:



I really enjoyed using the K200D. It is logical to handle and its build quality means I’d be happy to use it in harsher conditions. The images I got from the camera also were very pleasing, especially considering previous exposure problems with other Pentax cameras, and the ‘Bright’ mode is certainly my favourite for JPEGs.

Despite its positioning as a beginners’ DSLR, though, there are enough higher-end features to satisfy the more advanced photographer, making this a great camera for the film to digital convert, or anyone wishing to go beyond the Auto-club. The only let down really is the drive speed and the AF with the kit lens. Look for deals that feature a better lens, or buy the body on its own and invest in a superior optic and you’ll find yourself with a lovely little kit.


AF Points:11
Cable Release:No
PC Socket:No
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Built-in Flash:GN 13m @ ISO 100
DoF Prview:Yes
White Balance Bracket:No
Colour Temp Control:No
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1/3 or 1/2 increments
Shutter Type:Vertical focal plane
Focusing Modes:AF-S, AF-C, Manual
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes
Weight:630g (without batteries or card)
Dimensions:95 x 133 x 74mm
Live Mode:No
Power:4 x AA cells
Connectivity:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Field of View:96%
White Balance:Auto, 9 presets, manual
Viewfinder Type:Fixed moulded penta-mirror
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Metering System:TTL 16-segment metering, evaluative, centre weighted, spot
Drive Mode:2.8fps over four frames (JPEG)
Compression:Best, Better, Good
File Format:JPEG, PEF, DNG
Exposure Modes:Auto, PASM, Sv, five scene
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec + Bulb
Lens Mount:Pentax KAF2
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
LCD:2.7in, 230k dot
Output Size:3872 x 2592 pixels
Sensor:CCD type, 10.7MP total / 10.2MP effective
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  2. 2. Features page 1
  3. 3. Features page 2
  4. 4. Design
  5. 5. Performance
  6. 6. Image Quality
  7. 7. Value For Money
  8. 8. Verdict
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