Pentax K10D with Nikon D300S Comparison

Pentax K10D and Nikon D300S Main Features

  • December, 2006
  • November, 2009
  • 10 MP APS-C CCD Sensor
  • 12 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 1600 ISO
  • 200 - 3200 ISO
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • -
  • 2" Fixed Screen
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
  • 3.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 7.0 fps continuous shooting
  • -
  • 1280 x 720 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 142 x 101 x 70 mm, 793g.
  • 147 x 114 x 74 mm, 938g.
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Pentax K10D Scores


Imaging score
49
Features score
44
Value for money score
67
Portability score
72
Overall score
51

Nikon D300S Scores


Imaging score
51
Features score
63
Value for money score
75
Portability score
66
Overall score
61

Nikon D300S with Pentax K10D Overview


Let's compare Pentax K10D with Nikon D300S. These models are included in the Semi-Pro DSLR cameras. Pentax K10D was released in 2006, and Nikon D300S in 2009. D300S is newer, which is a plus. K10D 3 years older.
The sensor resolution of K10D is greater than that of D300S. However, the difference of 2 MP is not very significant. The more megapixels the camera has, the more detailed and clear the picture will be. The number of megapixels will also affect the maximum size of the photos, which then can be printed without loss of quality.
At the second camera (D300S), the minimum ISO value is lower, which gives more opportunities for shooting in daylight. A larger maximum ISO allows you to take good pictures in the dark. At Nikon D300S, the maximum ISO is greater by 1600. K10D has image stabilization(Sensor-shift), D300S doesn’t, it is a big minus. Nikon D300S has a larger 3-inch Fixed screen, the other camera has a 2-inch Fixed screen.
Both cameras have a optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. All viewfinders has no electronic viewfinderk dot resolution. Burst mode, also called continuous shooting mode, sports mode or continuous high speed mode, is a shooting mode in still cameras. Pentax K10D has 7.0 fps continuous shooting. Pentax K10D has 7.0 fps continuous shooting.

General K10D D300S
Brand Pentax Nikon
Model K10D D300S
Announced December, 2006 November, 2009
Body Type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Lens
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2 Nikon F
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5 1.5
Number of Lenses 150 305
Macro Focus Range n/a n/a
Screen
Screen Size 2" 3"
Screen Type Fixed Fixed
Screen Resolution 210k pixels 920k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.64 0.63
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 11 51
Number of Cross Focus Points 0 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash 12.00
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Auto Red Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C APS-C
Sensor Type CCD CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Sensor Area 369.0 mm² 372.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 10 MP 12 MP
Max Image Resolution 3872 x 2592 4288 x 2848
Max Native ISO 1600 3200
Min Native ISO 100 200
Max Boosted ISO 0 6400
Min Boosted ISO 0 100
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution None 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None Optional
Wireless Connectivity Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 0 shots 950 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model EN-EL3e
Physical
Weight 793 g 938 g
Physical Dimensions 142 x 101 x 70 mm 147 x 114 x 74 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/MMC/SDHC card Compact Flash Type I/SD/SDHC
Storage Slots 1 2
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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