As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K200D is also often compared to pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Pentax K200D's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K20D and the K-5) and Fujifilm (such as the FinePix S3 Pro and the FinePix S9100)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K200D compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a weather sealed body, has much less startup delay (500 ms vs 1100 ms), has much less shutter lag (125 ms vs 182 ms) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 25fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.55x vs 0.60x), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 14.5 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Pentax K20D

Pentax K20D
similar age

Significant advantages of the K20D (vs the K200D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.5 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has live view
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.55x

Significant disadvantages of the K20D (vs the K200D)

  • None found

common strengths of the K20D and K200D

  • Weather sealed

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
2 years newer
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the K200D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much less shutter lag: 104 ms vs 125 ms

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the K200D)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 and K200D

  • Weather sealed

Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D
1 year older

Significant advantages of the K10D (vs the K200D)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.55x
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the K10D (vs the K200D)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the K10D and K200D

  • Weather sealed

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Sony Alpha DSLR-A300
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the K200D)

  • Has live view
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A300 (vs the K200D)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.49x vs 0.55x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the DSLR-A300 and K200D

  • None found

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
4 years newer
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the K200D)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the K200D)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-30 and K200D

  • Weather sealed

Pentax K100D

Pentax K100D
1 year older
$399 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K100D (vs the K200D)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 630 shots vs 80 shots
  • Smaller: Prosumer size (129×93×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (134×95×74 mm)
  • Thinner: 2.8" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the K100D (vs the K200D)

  • Much lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 10 MP
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the K100D and K200D

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K200D compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (2.7" vs 2.5"), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body, has much less shutter lag (125 ms vs 270 ms) and is newer (january 2008 vs august 2005).

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.55x vs 0.71x), doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (2.8 fps vs 5 fps), has much more startup delay (500 ms vs 200 ms) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro

Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
4 years older

Significant advantages of the S3 Pro (vs the K200D)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the S3 Pro (vs the K200D)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.7"
  • No weather sealing
  • Much larger: Large (148×135×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (134×95×74 mm)

common strengths of the S3 Pro and K200D

  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
2 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the K200D)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 2.8 fps
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the K200D)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×113×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (134×95×74 mm)
  • Heavier: 920 g vs 690 g

common strengths of the D200 and K200D

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
5 months older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the K200D)

  • Has live view
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 2.8 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the K200D)

  • No weather sealing
  • Larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (134×95×74 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 40D and K200D

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (134×95×74 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
2 years older
$2,499 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5D (vs the K200D)

  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.55x
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the 5D (vs the K200D)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (152×113×75 mm) vs Prosumer size (134×95×74 mm)

common strengths of the 5D and K200D

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K200D compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (2.7" vs 2"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body, is newer (january 2008 vs august 2006) and is thinner (2.9" vs 5.1").

However, on average it has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7
1 year older
$640

Significant advantages of the DSC-H7 (vs the K200D)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H7 (vs the K200D)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-H7 and K200D

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×83×86 mm) vs Prosumer size (134×95×74 mm)
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 2.9"
  • Light weight: 405 g vs 690 g

Fujifilm FinePix S9100

Fujifilm FinePix S9100
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S9100 (vs the K200D)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the S9100 (vs the K200D)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 2.7"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the S9100 and K200D

  • Each supports an external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second