Michal Čihař - Nikon D80 or Pentax K10D?

Nikon D80 or Pentax K10D?

That's the question I'm trying to solve right now. From wide range of cameras, I reduced to this choice, but the decision is now quite hard. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and there is not easy to choose as it was to cut down previous list.

I used Google a lot in last weeks to find some experiences with both cameras, but none of them really helped me.

Pentax pros:

  • Shake reduction in body (saves money on lens).
  • Dust removal from sensor.
  • Modes like TAv.
  • Manual tuning of white balance looks much easier to use and provides many options.
  • Dust-proof weather resistant body (although I won't have matching lenses at beginning).
  • Manual flash control - it won't pop up when I don't want.
  • Dedicated RAW button (I probably will take most photos in JPEG, but I want to be able to switch without going deep into menu).
  • In camera RAW development (I'm not sure I will use this).
  • Won lot of awards this year, so it should not be a bad camera, right?

Pentax cons:

  • Underexposure in some conditions (maybe I just set something wrong on camera in shop).
  • Lower lenses availability in Czechia (but I'm in Japan for next few months, where it is not that big problem).
  • No option in kit lenses.

Nikon pros:

  • Faster AF.
  • More lenses and accessories available (but I'm not sure if I really need them).
  • Scene modes (but I might anyway stick with manual settings).
  • A bit cheaper here.

Nikon cons:

  • Feels slightly less comfortable in my hand.

From the list it is visible that I was able to find more pros and cons on Pentax. Nikon seems to do its job pretty well, but does not provide any extra gimmicks. This is also reason why Pentax is winner for now. I'll buy the camera sometimes during next week, so things can still change.

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