I used to own a Canon Rebel. I am never going back.
I decided to switch to the K200D for the following features:
- The use of AA batteries means I always have a backup and don’t have to carry an extra charger (I use AA rechargeable batteries – enelopes – and already use a AA charger).
- Water resistant and shock absorbent body stands up to the rigors of travel.
- Built in image stabilization (built into the body) means any lens I buy is cheaper because I don’t need to pay extra for an IS lens. Additionally, with this feature I can often get away without the use of a tripod.
- All Pentax cameras fit all Pentax lenses ever produced…ever.
All of these reasons are things that make Pentax DSLRs unique in the market. Neither Canon nor Nikon offer these features on any DSLR.
Since using this camera I’ve also discovered I can control the the power of the built-in flash which I believe is also a unique feature amongst entry level DSLRs. In line with the rest of the entry level market, this camera still offers several familiar shooting modes. The one advanced feature this camera does not have, which I would very much like to have, is the ability to dial a specific kelvin temperature for the white balance rather than using one of several confusing presets. I can set a manual white balance but I rarely find this to be useful.
The biggest negative to this camera, and really the only negative once one compares it to other entry level SLR cameras, is its weight. The 4 AA batteries and the reinforced body add substantially to the weight and this can put some strain on the neck when hanging by the strap. I use a Zing for storing my camera and shoot with an awesome Pentax Lens.