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Old Jan 23, 2008, 11:46 AM   #1
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Pentax Germany made public the K200D press release. Here are the specs that I was able to extrapolate:

10.2 megapixel CCD
PRIME engine
DDR2 buffer
Weather and dust protection using 60 seals
Shake Reduction
Dust Removal system
Dust Alert system
Dynamic Range Enlargement
Optional battery grip with 14 weather seals
Separate RAW button
Burst speed of 2.8 photos/s up to 4 JPEG, 4 RAW
Battery consumption reduced around 8x compared to K100D Super (can take 1000+ pictures with a set of lithiums)
Advancement of the digital preview (bad translation)
11-point AF with 9 cross-sensors (SAFOX VIII)
Sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 1600
2.7-inch LCD display with 230dpi resolution
Pentax KAF bayonet mount (DOES support SDM)
Dimensions (in mm): 133.5 (B) x 95 (H) x 74 (T)
Weight: 630 g

Price: 799 Euros with 18-55mm II lens
Availability: Spring 2008

Depending on the price of the K20D in the states and if this has wireless flash support, the K200D might be a great alternative.

Here's a link to the PDF from Pentax Germany: http://www.pentax.de/downloads/photo...mitteilung.pdf

Attached is an image of the K200D from the Pentax Germany brochure: http://www.pentax.de/downloads/photo...atalog_GER.pdf

EDIT: Looks like Pentax Germany acted too early. They just pulled the PDFs off their site. Good thing I saved the files to my computer!
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 1:08 PM   #2
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I don't read/understand the German Language. But, I'm pretty sure that links says something to the effect of "Page Not available".
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 2:04 PM   #3
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"Pentax KAF bayonet mount (does not support SDM)"

That is a huge step backwards, my wife's K100D Super has SDM support.

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Old Jan 23, 2008, 2:10 PM   #4
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Monza76 wrote:
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"Pentax KAF bayonet mount (does not support SDM)"

That is a huge step backwards,* my wife's K100D Super has SDM support.

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Yes, it does seem wrong to go back to the KAF mount. Perhaps I translated wrong? On second look, it may support the SDM function...

EDIT: My mistake. It does appear to support SDM.

Here is the text from the specs PDF:

PENTAX KAF-Bajonett kompatibel mit PENTAX KAF2-, KAF-,KA- Objektivbajonett
Unterstützung der neuen SDM-Objektive mit Ultraschallmotoren
Keine Unterstützung der KAF-Motor-Power-Zoom Funktion
KM Objektive können eingeschränkt verwendet werden.
Objektive mit M42S-Anschluss oder Objektive der 67/645 Mittelformatkameras können jeweils mit Adapter und unter bestimmten Beschränkungen verwendet werden
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Illuminati wrote:
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Unterst�tzung der neuen SDM-Objektive mit Ultraschallmotoren
Keine Unterst�tzung der KAF-Motor-Power-Zoom Funktion
KM Objektive k�nnen eingeschr�nkt verwendet werden.
Objektive mit M42S-Anschluss oder Objektive der 67/645 Mittelformatkameras k�nnen jeweils mit Adapter und unter bestimmten Beschr�nkungen verwendet werden
"Supports the new SDM-lenses with ultra speed motors

No support for KAF-Power Zoom function

KM lenses can be used with restrictions

Lenses with M42 mount or lenses for 67/645 middle format cameras can be used with an adapter and with certain limitations."

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Old Jan 23, 2008, 2:56 PM   #6
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Interesting that they were able to add the weather sealing and still keep it under the weight of the K10.

The thing that I notice is that it sounds like it's using the same sensor that the K10 has - pretty much what I expected. If I were a first-time dSLR buyer, this camera would be really interesting (love the weather sealing!). However, in my situation this camera wouldn't tempt me at all. If I do any upgrading, I'll keep the K100 and upgrade the K10 to the K20. The K100 is lighter at 569g vs. 630g for the K200 (advantage K100), has ISO 3200 and cleaner ISO 1600 pictures than I get with the K10 (again advantage K100). Unless they've changed the dust removal system, it doesn't work well. The dust alert system might be interesting (or not) and I wonder what the Dynamic Range Enlargement does - that has the potential to be really interesting.

P.S. - The lower weight is probably because they didn't add the K10's on-body controls - I notice there's no front adjustment dial.

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What I would like to know about the K200D and the K20D is if one of them or both supports TTL flash. I picked that up through a rumor thread with a link toRussian spec site, but it sounds too good to be true. And also if K200D had a pentaprism viewfinder, to me that's a decisive point. Otherwise the 200 sounds very competitive, nearlyon par withK10D whilst the K20D sounds like a step further up the ladder.

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Well, the K200 does not really sound like much of an upgrade to the K100D super and is clearly a downgrade to the K10D.. iF anything, I like the HIGH ISO performance of the K100D super, so it in a way is a step down...Sure you pick up more resolution, but unless your printing larger than 11 x 10 or so, you will never miss it...
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And it's weather sealed...
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