Pentax

Pentax K20D 14.6 Megapixel Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR Camera Body, 2.7" LCD Monitor

SKU: IPXK20D MFR: 19381
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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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Large clear LCD (21) , Simple controls (20) , Strong construction (18) , Image stabilization (17) , Easy to use (17) , Great picture quality (16) , Fast shutter speed (12) , Great resolution (3)
Cons:
Slow focus (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (20) , Landscape/scenery (18) , Art (17) , Portraits (16) , Fun (13) , Photojournalism (10) , Sports (8)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (12) , Semi-pro photographer (6) , Enthusiast (3) , Casual photographer (1) , Professional (1)

Key Features

  • 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor offers superior image resolution with maximum control over noise
  • Shake Reduction compatible with any PENTAX lens ever produced, including new SDM lenses, minimizes the effect of camera shake
  • 2.7 inch high resolution, wide view LCD monitor gives a Live View of your subject for more precise composition
  • PRIME image processing engine maximizes image properties and allows custom adjustment of image parameters
  • Custom Image modes, with six preset options, offer superior control of how the PRIME processor develops images
  • Enhanced Dynamic Range mode gives 200% more dynamic range
  • Weather and dust resistant body allows you to keep shooting even in harsh conditions
  • Dust Reduction and Dust Alert features eliminate the need of time consuming retouching
  • Advanced 16-segment metering and 11-point AF, with 9 cross sensors, ensure perfectly exposed and focused images
  • Unique exposure modes, such as hyper-program, Sv and TAv, offer shooting versatility
  • Fully customizable features and advanced functions for advanced photographers

Technical Specs

Sensor Type CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Sensor Size 23.4 x 15.6mm
Color depth 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels 14.6 MP
Total pixels 15.1 MP
Recorded resolutions 4672 x 3104 (14.6M), 3872 x 2592 (10M), 3008 x 2000 (6M), 1824 x 1216 (2M)
Quality levels Premium, Best, Better, Good
Dust Removal Image sensor movement combined with SP coating
Lens Mount Type/construction Pentax KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses Pentax KAF2, KAF and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format useable w/ adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function Yes
Power zoom function Yes
Focus System Type TTL phase-matching 11 point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Focus modes AF Single (w/focus lock), AF Continuous, Manual
Focus point adjustment Auto, User-selectable, Center
AF assist Yes, via built-in flash
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view) 95%
Magnification 0.95x (w/ 50mm f/1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen Natural-Bright-Matte II
Diopter adjustment -2.5 to 1.5
Depth of field preview Optical diaphragm stop down, Digital, Live View (FOV 100%, magnification 4x/8x available, grid pattern available)
LCD Monitor Type 2.7" TFT color LCD monitor, adjustable brightness/color, Live View available (TTL by image sensor, 100% FOV)
LCD Monitor Resolution Approx 230,000 dots
Wide angle viewable Yes, approx 160 degrees horizontal/vertical
Built-in Flash Type Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number 13 (100/m)
Coverage 28mm wide angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Flash modes On, redeye, slow sync, slow sync + redeye, trailing curtain sync, wireless
Flash exposure compensation -2 to +1 EV in 1/2 steps
External Flash Type Hot Shoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), Wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync socket
Synchronization speed 1/180s
Storage Media Internal memory n/a
Removable memory SD, SDHC
Interfaces Ports USB 2.0 hi-speed, video out, DC input, cable switch, X-Sync socket
Video out NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces PictBridge
Power source Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI50, BG2 Battery Grip (optional) for second D-LI50 battery
Recordable images Approx 740 (approx 530 with 50% flash)
Playback time Approx 330 min
AC adapter available Yes (optional)
Language Support English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese
Image Stabilization Type - Body-based, sensor shift Shake Reduction (4 stops maximum)
Metering System Type TTL open-aperture, 16 segment metering
Sensitivity range EV 0-21 (ISO 100, 50mm f/1.4)
Multi-segment Yes, 16 segments
Center weighted Yes
Spot Yes
Exposure compensation +/- 3EV (1/2 steps), +/- 2EV (1/3 steps)
Exposure lock Yes
Exposure bracketing Yes, 3 or 5 frames, up to +/- 2EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity Auto 100-3200 ISO (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range ISO available to ISO 6400
ISO Sensitivity Manual 100-3200 ISO (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range ISO available to ISO 6400
White Balance Auto preset modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent (W, D, N), Flash, Color Temperature
Manual mode(s) Yes WB fine adjustment available
Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb available
Capture Modes Mode selection Green, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Metered Manual, X Speed, Bulb, USER
Green simplified mode available Yes
P/A/S/M/B P, A, S, M, B (extended modes include Sv, TAv)
Date stamp n/a
Digital filters Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape and Vibrant modes, each with gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, contrast and sharpness. Monochrome includes adjustment for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), contrast and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales)
Data record Folder Name (standard, date), File Name (standard, customizable)
Drive Modes Mode selection Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Burst (1.6M, JPG), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Remote Continuous, Auto Bracket, Extended Bracket, Multi-Exposure, Interval
Continuous FPS 3.0 FPS (38 JPG and Continuous Hi, 14 RAW PEF, 16 RAW DNG), 2.3 FPS (unlimited JPG and Continuous Lo, 14 RAW PEF, 16 RAW DNG), 20 FPS in Burst mode (115 at 1.6M, JPG); Self-timer - Yes (12s, 2s); Remote control - Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous) and cable switch supported
Playback Modes Mode selection One shot, two shots, index (4, 9, or 16 thumbnails), magnification, image rotation, folder view, slideshow, histogram, bright/dark indicators, RAW to JPG
Magnification Up to 32x, scrollable
Digital filters (playback) B&W (4), Sepia (3), Color (18), Color Extract (6), Soft (3), Illustration, HDR (3), Slim (+/- 8), Brightness (+/- 8)
File Formats Still - RAW PEF/DNG, JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III
Functions available 36
Computer Requirements Windows Windows XP/Vista, USB port
Computer Requirements Mac MacOS 10.2 or later, USB 2.0 port
Operating temperature 32-104 degrees F
Dimensions 5.6 x 4.0 x 2.76" (W x H x D)
Weight Body weight (without battery or removable memory) - 25.2 oz; Loaded and ready - 28.2 oz
Warranty Pentax 1 year warranty
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