The Pentax K20D digital SLR offers advanced photo enthusiasts an array of exciting Pentax innovations. The newly developed CMOS image sensor brings out optimum performance of Pentax interchangeable lenses. Featuring 14.6 effective megapixels (highest in its class) and the latest noise-reduction technology, the sensor assures superb image quality.
This SLR will make you feel in control with its Live View function that allows the photographer to see the image on the camera's back panel LCD monitor while shooting. Customizable features ideal for shooters who demand complete control include the Expanded Dynamic Range function that allows users to gain more contrast/detail in bright settings and a new Custom Image function to select/adjust finishing touches to an image.
An improved Dust Reduction system features prevention, removal and alerting devices. Combine these new innovations with the renowned Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system, Pentax Real IMage Engine (PRIME) and incorporate them in a dependable dust-proof, weather-resistant body - you've now got a superb camera that allow photographers to shoot anytime, anywhere, even in dusty or rainy environments.
Most Liked Positive Review
Surprisingly better than the K10D
I purchased a K10D about 18 months ago, and was completely awed by the camera, it was a huge improvement over my ist*. When the K20D was announced, I was mostly interested in the additional resolution, since I print many of my photos to 12 by 18 inches. The surprise was all the other improvements made to the camera, like lower noise, higher speed, faster focus, slightly larger screen, live preview, burst mode (21 frames per sec), the ability to shoot B&W, and more... On a recent kayak trip, a...View full Review
I purchased a K10D about 18 months ago, and was completely awed by the camera, it was a huge improvement over my ist*. When the K20D was announced, I was mostly interested in the additional resolution, since I print many of my photos to 12 by 18 inches. The surprise was all the other improvements made to the camera, like lower noise, higher speed, faster focus, slightly larger screen, live preview, burst mode (21 frames per sec), the ability to shoot B&W, and more... On a recent kayak trip, a harbor seal popped up near the kayak. The attached image was taken with the K20D and the new Pentax 50-135mm lens with the kayak bobbing in the water. The resulting image says a lot. The focus and resolution are so good, you can see the spiral twist in the whiskers. I rated this camera as a 5, but the definition of 5 is "perfect" and nothing is perfect...so this camera is definitely a 4.8 or 4.9
Most Liked Negative Review
Specifications didn't cover it all
Bought this camera with the intention of shooting some of my work with strobes. I was very disappointed after reading in the instruction manual that "any use of high-voltage or high-current flashes may cause a camera breakdown." What a bummer. This clearly should have been stated under the camera specifications. Had it been, I certainly would not have bought it. Are all digital cameras with X-sync sockets like this?
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I'd love to have the K-7, with its smaller body and faster shutter mechanism, but the K20D is nearly as good and a lot cheaper right now. I think it will be good enough for me for a while, and then I can upgrade to the K-7 or its successor at a later date.
Amazing camera, lots of specials settings, user customization, and amazing IQ, in a very durable body. As a long time canon user i was a little afraid to move to Pentax but never regraded for giving it a chance. Got it for an amazing price, and it really feels like a pro camera in your hands compare to the same price category from canon, Nikon, and Sony. Very happy customer.
Like the strong build, weatherproof which i need as i hike into water fall and river areas and we get plenty of rain in Hilo.
Good solid feel. Pentax has got me back into fun photography. Loaded with useful features. A few changes in your settings gives you a full range with your older Pentax lenses. Try that with brands X and Y! I love the noise reduction settings for high ISO's. Great camera at a reasonable price!
I've had the K20D since about June 2008 and I love it and haven't had any problems with it, other than the battery which died within a few months. However, the Power2000 NP-400/D-L150 batteries are under $20 and work great with the Pentax charger (vs $45+ for the Pentax batteries). I also recommend the Pentax SMCP-DA 18mm - 250mm lens as a good all around lens. And since I like doing scenic/wildlife photography, I also eventually bought a Sigma 50-500mm EX/HSM lens which works well with the K20D, though some might not like the weight of it, I can overlook it given the capabilities of it. This combination is great for getting up-close to wildlife.I'm not sure why anyone would choose other major brand digital SLRs which are around the same price but with less resolution. It just doesn't make sense to me.The only complaint, besides the battery, is that the interval shooting is limited to 99 images. That means that without an external trigger/intervalometer, you can only automate shooting a max of 99 frames w/o intervention if your doing time-lapse photography, although I did track down a company that makes compatible intervalometer for around $50 which I'm waiting to receive. The ~$140 Canon TC-80N3 might work with the K20D (if anyone has tried this, I would be curious to know if it works).
I have used my K20D for 3 months now. I love the camera. The controls are logical and easy to use once you know them. I particularly like the in-camera image stabilization. I have taken some lower light shots, hand held that are very crisp that, when I tried the shots without stabilization were blurred. Just a great, solid feeling camera.
I love this camera!
This camera is very well built, sealed and comfortable to hold in the hand. The 15 megapixels are more than adequate and the price is simply unbelievable. For the same features in other brands you can't buy as much camera.
I shoot landscapes, objects, wildlife and some portraiture, the K20D is everything it says and more. I have had no problems with this camera and I find it very easy to learn and use. I could not be happier with this purchase.
I was encouraged to buy the camera because it would be compatible with my existing lenses. But that compatibility is severely limited and I had to purchase a new lens in order to be able to use the camera adequately. So I had to spend more money that I wanted to, but it works great with the new lens. I was disappointed in its ability for manual focus. The mirror in my existing camera is so much easier to use.