Pentax K20D Review Summary
Pentax K20D Assessment
The 14.6 megapixels Pentax K20D is amazingly fitted with nearly every feature possible for a DSLR camera: stabilization, dust-reduction, weatherproofing, advanced customization, digital white-balance preview, depth-of-field preview and live-view. Among similarly-priced cameras, It is only outpaced in terms of continuous shooting speed by the 10 megapixels Canon EOS 40D and the 12 megapixels Sony Alpha A700
Sony Alpha A700 which shoot at 6.5 FPS and 5 FPS respectively. It also lacks an eye-start sensor which can automatically turn off the rear LCD like on the Sony Alpha DSLRs and the Canon Digital Rebel XTi.
The Pentax K20D performs quite well, both in terms of image quality and responsiveness. Its high-resolution sensor gives it the highest resolution in its class. The sensor delivers plenty of details without increasing noise levels compared to an average lower-resolution DSLR. Still, image noise is slightly behind the latest offerings from Canon.
With several innovative features, the K20D distinguishes itself from its competitors. These features include: sensitivity priority mode, shutter-and-aperture priority mode (camera selects ISO), choice of program line for automatic mode, digital white-balance preview and in-camera RAW conversion. Digital white-balance preview is an incredibly efficient way to select the appropriate white-balance. Otherwise, one has to take test shots until the desired results are obtained.
The bottom line is that the Pentax K20D is a feature-rich camera with excellent ergonomics and a rather good overall performance. Only the Sony Alpha A700 comes close to the K20D's feature set. The main difference is that the A700 has a faster continuous drive but the K20D is better sealed. The K20D is officially usable in the rain, while the A700 is only protected against humidity and dust. Another close competitor is the more expensive Nikon D300 which sports a 12 megapixels sensor and a 6 FPS continuous drive (8 FPS with optional grip) but lacks stabilization and its weather-seals are specified against casual moisture and dust, not rain.
Excellent retention of details at all ISO
|Yellow color shift at ISO 3200 and 6400|
|Quite accurate metering||Poor white-balance under artificial light|
|Excellent focusing speed and accuracy||Image parameter increments too wide|
|Fast and responsive||Below average battery life|
|Built-in stabilization for all lenses||Sealed body means doors are harder to open|
|Durable weatherproof body|
|Innovative exposure modes & program line|
|Digital white balance preview|
|Extremely flexible image parameters|
|Customizable auto ISO|
|In-camera RAW conversion|
|Pentax K10D - 10 Megapixels, ISO 1600 Max, Unlimited 3 FPS drive, 2.5" LCD 210K Pixels|
|Pentax K200D - 10 Megapixels, ISO 1600 Max, 4 Images @ 2.8 FPS Continuous drive, AA batteries, Smaller viewfinder (0.85X vs 0.95X magnification), Only one control-wheel, No TAv mode|
Pentax K20D Facts
Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm
Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI
|15 Megapixels DSLR||ISO 100-6400|
|Pentax K Mount|
|2-Axis Built-in Stabilization||Full manual controls, including Manual Focus|
|Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning|
|Built-in Dust Reduction||Hot-Shoe & Sync-Port|
|3 FPS Drive, 38 Images||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|2.7" LCD 230K Pixels||Secure Digital High Capacity|
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