General Description

When introduced in 2006, the K10D was the top-of-the-line Pentax DSLR. The robust “semi-pro” body is much larger and heavier than its predecessors. The K10D incorporates the then new in-camera “shake reduction” (first introduced in the K100D), dust and weather seals, and it can operate lenses with in-lens focusing motors (SDM or DC). It was a success on the market and won the Japanse Camera Grand Prix 2007, the European EISA Camera award 2007, and the 2007 TIPA Digital SLR Expert award.

As Pentax and Samsung co-operated from 2005 until 2008, Samsung lauched a twin camera model badged as “Samsung GX-10”.

The K10D GP camera body, D-BG2 GP Battery Grip and the O-ST55 Camera Strap make up the “PENTAX K10D Grand Prix Package”. This limited edition package was sold in July 2007 as a commemoration of the K10D winning the prestigious Grand Prix 2007 Award in Japan. The camera body and battery grip are lined up with dark-brown rubber. The PENTAX logo on the camera’s pentaprism housing, the K10D logo at the upper-left corner of the camera’s front panel, and the mode digital indications are accented in a standard gold color signifying the limited-edition status. The “CAMERA GRAND PRIX 2007” lettering and the award logo mark are also displayed on the lower part of the LCD monitor of the camera’s back panel. The specially designed leather camera strap features the “CAMERA GRAND PRIX 2007” lettering, the award logo mark, and the K10D logo, in the same gold color. Each camera body is identified with a serial number, which is exclusive to the PENTAX K10D Grand Prix Package. Pentax produced 5000 Grand Prix packages, and about 200 were sold in Germany for 1099 Euro each.

Product Information
Exact Name K10D
Color black
Year of Introduction 2008
Catalog Number 19095
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount "crippled" KAF2
Mount Limitations digital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity) SAFOX VIII, 11 sensors (0 ~ 19 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses yes
Power-Zoom Features auto-lens retract, power zoom
Self-Timer 12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release CS-205
Infra-Red Release remote control F
Custom Functions 32
Additional Features weather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth 141.5 x 101 x 70 mm
Weight 715 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count 10.2 megapixel
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 15.7 x 23.5 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor 1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage Formats RAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage Media Secure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reduction yes
Dust Removal yes
Live View
Orientation Sensor yes
Exposure System
Exposure Modes Av, HyM, HyP, P, Pgreen, Sv, TAv, Tv
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses center-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses 16-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter Material SPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) +/-3 (1/2 EV steps)
+/-2 (1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lock yes
Meter Range 0 ~ 21 EV
ISO Range 100 ~ 1600 ASA
Construction electronic (vertical)
Material metal
Shutter Speeds 30 ~ 1/4000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage] 0.95x [95%]
Aperture Indication LED
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Screens yes
Power Source
Batteries 1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI50 rechargeable
External Battery Grip D-BG2
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting 3 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
Features HS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN) 11
Coverage (35mm equivalent) 28
Auto Pop-Up
Red-Eye Reduction yes
AF Assist yes
Fitting Case(s) soft case: O-CC55