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.