Word from Digital Photography Review is in. The K10D disappoints where it matters most: image quality. While the camera has definitely a lot of strong features â€“ a weather-sealed body and in-camera Shake Reduction to name just a couple â€“ the K10Dâ€™s image quality is not as crisp as it should be, considering its supposedly high quality image processing pipeline.
This is not to say that photos taken with the K10D are bad. Itâ€™s just that it fails to deliver crisp sharp edges, perhaps because of â€œa poorly implemented demosaicing algorithm or a strange choice of sharpening parameters,â€ according to DP Review.
â€œPentax may well have been aiming for a smooth film-like appearance but I at least feel that the inability to tweak this out by increasing sharpness is a mistake,â€ said reviewer Phil Askey. Overall, though, DP Review gave the Pentax K10D a Highly Recommended rating because of its other strong features, but just barely.
So, will I buy the Pentax K10D? No, not today, sir. I say again: cameras are all about taking pictures; if you donâ€™t take good pictures, youâ€™re not a good camera. And that 22-bit jazz makes no difference at all.