Pentax K10D SLR Review

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Pentax K10D



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Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

PENTAX PHOTO Browser is software for viewing and managing images taken on your digital camera and saved on your computer. When you select a folder containing saved images, PENTAX PHOTO Browser compatible images in the folder automatically appear as thumbnails.You can select a thumbnail image to view an image. (Files with extensions [.PEF (RAW)], [.TIF (TIFF)], and [.JPG (JPEG)] are supported)

PENTAX PHOTO Browser also does the following tasks:

  • Save image files under a new name, change file names, copy, cut, delete and paste.
  • Create new folder, change folder name, copy, cut, delete and paste.
  • Save Image Data List
  • Check Image Data
  • View RAW image data easily.

You can also start RAW image data editing software PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory and camera control software PENTAX REMOTE Assistant from within PENTAX PHOTO Browser.



Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

The PENTAX PHOTO Browser window layout:
  • Tree view:   Internal data on your computer appears here as a folder tree. Select the folder containing saved image files here. Also, the tree view handles operations such as creating new folders, erasing folders or moving/copying folders. (Applies only to Windows)
  • Thumbnail pane:   Images in the folder selected in the tree view appear here as thumbnails. The size of thumbnails can be selected from four sizes. When a thumbnail image is selected in the thumbnail pane, the image appears in the preview pane and the image data appears in the image data pane.
  • Preview pane:   An image selected in the thumbnail pane appears in this view.
  • Image data pane:   The image information for the image selected in the thumbnail pane appears here.




Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Double-clicking on a thumbnail image opens the edit window, where tools are provided to crop, fix and rotate the image, or invoke PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory.





Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

PENTAX Photo Laboratory 3 processes undeveloped RAW image data produced by the K10D, enabling them to appear on commercially available image viewing and editing software. Enhancements over version 2 include print bracketing, noise reduction, lens aberration correction, crop/resize, rotate/shift, a more advanced tone panel and enlarged preview panel for selecting a grey point for white balance correction.


Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

When you click the [View] button, a dropdown menu allows you to select the RAW processing tools to use. When you select each item (White Balance, Tone, Noise Reduction, Lens aberration correction, Other settings [Sensitivity, Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness], each setting panel is displayed.



Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Setting the Sensitivity / Contrast / Saturation / Sharpness
    Adjusts the sensitivity of development processing.
    + : The image becomes brighter.
    - : The image becomes darker.

    Adjusts the contrast between light and shadow.
    + : Increases contrast between light and shadow.
    + : Decreases contrast between light and shadow.

    Adjusts the strength of the colors after RAW data development.
    + : The colors become stronger.
    - : The colors become weaker.

    Adjusts the sharpness of the edges.
    + : Image contour is enhanced.
    - : Image contour is softened.





Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

White Balance settings panel with the preset selections shown. You can select the Camera Setting, use a preset, select a gray point from the image or manually set the color temperature. The changes made will be shown realtime in the preview window.



Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Tone curve:   The relationship between the input level and output level is set using a graph (Up to 16 points.). If the graph is left clicked, the line on the graph moves to that spot and the point can be set. The point can be released by right clicking (Windows only).

Histogram (Brightness) displays the light distribution when combining RGB.

    Histogram (R) Displays the light distribution for R (Red).
    Histogram (G) Displays the light distribution for G (Green).
    Histogram (B) Displays the light distribution for B (Blue).
Reset Deletes the tone curve settings, and returns to a straight line.



Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

The Lens aberration panel provides three tools: Marginal lumination compensation, Distortion Correction and Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction.

The Marginal lumination correction reduces light falloff at the corners. Sliders are provided for lens angle of view and brightness correction.



Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Distortion Correction resolves lens aberration that photographs straight lines as curved lines. The Correction balance slider adjusts the distortion correction level between the center and margins of the image. (Slide to the right to widen the range.) The Compensation slider sets the compensation level.



Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

Lateral Chromatic Aberration corrects differences in the image magnification and image size due to different color wavelengths at the image margins. The Red compensation slider adjusts the magnification of red light and the Blue compensation slider adjusts the magnification of blue light.



Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

The Noise Reduction panel offers tools for reducing image noise. Random noise reduction reduces random noise (especially electrical noise visible in dark areas). Spurious color signal reduction settings are provided to reduce moire.



Pentax K10D, image (c) 2006 Steve's Digicams

The Tool dropdown menu lets you change Image Tone, Rotate and Crop/Resize the image. The available save formats are JPEG (5 levels), TIFF 8-bit, and TIFF 16-bit.



PENTAX REMOTE Assistant

This software has an additional function that controls the camera from a computer. To use PENTAX REMOTE Assistant, you will need to purchase and install PENTAX REMOTE Assistant separately. PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory and PENTAX REMOTE Assistant can also be run as standalone applications.



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