Pentax K200D digital SLR Review - Pentax K200d Review

Some other of the tools of the K20D are included, like the separate Raw button to quickly change file format from JPEG when you want to take higher quality pictures. Amongst the in-camera post capture digital tools are include High Dynamic Range tool (HDR), digital filters and Raw to JPEG conversion. And like the K20D, the K200D gives you the choice of saving files in Pentax’s native PEF Raw file or the universal-wannabe DNG format. Amongst the more consumer friendly tools is a slimming filter designed to stretch the image a little and make the more padded amongst us appear less so.

When it comes to exposure control the camera features the usual range of scene modes such as portrait, landscape and sport along with eight others, such as moving kids, food and pet modes to name just three. If that’s too hard to fathom or you just want to take pictures and move on, there’s an ‘auto pict’ mode, which selects the scene mode for you.

More advanced photographers will appreciate the standard PASM options as well as a Sensitivity priority AE mode (Sv) which adjusts the ISO speed to the lighting conditions. Incidentally Pentax has changed the ISO settings since the K100Ds ISO 200 to 3200. The K200D has dropped this to ISO 100 to 1600. In other areas the camera conforms to the expected standards of an entry level DSLR.

Shutter speeds cover 30 to 1/4000th seconds and Bulb for long exposures, while metering options include the standard evaluative, centre-weighted and spot metering. The 11 point AF is the same as on previous models, with the AF points set automatically by the camera or individually selected by the user. The metering can also be tied to the selected AF point for greater accuracy with certain subjects. This is useful for backlit portraits for example. Exposure compensation and auto bracketing are possible over +/- 2EV, which is also complemented with flash exposure compensation over the same range.

Like other cameras at this level, there’s a built-in flash with a Guide Number of 13m at ISO 100, while a hot-shoe accepts Pentax dedicated flash units with wireless flash operation using the pop up flash as either master or controller. Standard flash modes covering red-eye reduction, auto flash and so on are available.

There’s a number of preset colour/custom image functions, such as portrait, landscape and so on. Each can be customised via hue, saturation, contrast and sharpness sliders. A colour wheel (as on the K20D) displays as this is done.

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