Pentax K200D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens


The PENTAX K20D next to thePENTAX K200D (right) for size comparison.

Also rare at this price level – and very welcome – is the Pentax K200D's 11-point auto focus system, which is quick to determine subject matter, though unusually busy scenes can cause it confusion. Focusing is quite quick and consistent in good light with the standard 18-55mm kit lens, with the 11 point AF system offering fairly generous scene coverage, and the camera happily achieves focus indoors and in low-light situations. The camera is also quick to get going. Flick the on/off switch that handily encircles the main shutter button and you're up and shooting in around a second, and with no noticeable shutter delay. This ensured it was rare that I missed a shot. Note that the 18-55mm lens has an annoyingly loud focusing mechanism though, and the powerful AF Assist lamp can only be used if the built-in flash is raised.

The large 2.7 inch LCD screen is bright, clear and has a perfectly acceptable refresh rate and pixel count. It takes less than a second to store a single JPEG image at the highest quality setting with no discernible lockup between taking shots, allowing you to keep shooting as they are being recorded onto the memory card. For single RAW images the Pentax K200D is just as fast, again with no lockup between shots. In the continuous shooting mode you can hold down the shutter button and take 2.8 frames per second for up to 4 JPEGS or 4 RAW files, or there's a slower 1.1fps mode available which allows you to shoot JPEGs until the memory card becomes full (there's still a limit of 4 RAW files in this mode though).

Included in the box with the Pentax K200D are the following items:

Included in the box with the Pentax K200D are the following items:

There's only so much room we have here for comparisons, but also consider the beginner-friendly , the small and light and the new entry-level .

Pentax K200D final verdict

Dust removal is twinned with a shake reduction feature, meaning that any attached Pentax KAF mount lens immediately becomes stabilized. Turn it on via the switch on the rear of the camera and the K200D automatically compensates for camera shake, which is a slight blurring of the image that typically occurs at slow shutter speeds. In practice I found that it does make a noticeable difference, as shown in the examples on the page. You don't notice that the camera is actually doing anything different when Shake Reduction is turned on, just that you can use slower shutter speeds than normal and still take sharp photos. Of course, it could be argued that the Pentax K200D's family market aren't going to be changing lenses or shooting under particularly testing conditions with any regularity, but both dust removal and shake reduction undeniably offer the camera a certain edge.