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Pentax K20D Summary

15 Megapixels15 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

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.

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PROS CONS

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
Excellent ergonomics
Large viewfinder
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
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
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By Neocamera on 2008-03-15

Pentax K20D Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

15 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-6400
Pentax K Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
2-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
95% Coverage
Large Viewfinder
Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
WeatherproofSpot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
3 FPS Drive, 38 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
2.7" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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