After working with Hewlett Packard on their first digital project, Pentax turned to Samsung to cooperate on the next step. With the digital K in 2006, Pentax marked their breakthrough in the digital world. The K10 D won japanese reward "Camera
of the year". Samsung released their parallell program through the 10 and 20 series. As Nikon and Canon had got their know how through working with Kodak during the late 90's, Pentax got the necessary assistance from HP and Samsung.