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Pentax K20D

Pentax K20D
alaScore 92

912 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 912 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and usability. The performance and lens also get good views. Some have doubts about the video.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K20D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Pentax K20D


When the Pentax K10D-10.2 megapixels full of DSLR goodness-earned a Mac|Life Editor's Choice last year (5 out of 5 stars, Jul/07), we knew it would be a tough act to follow.

Superb image quality. Low image noise at high ISO settings. Pro-quality weatherproof build. Side-by-side image comparison. Excellent ergonomics

Flash must be raised manually when used to assist focusing. Documentation could be clearer. High-resolution continuous shooting could be faster

The K20D won't disappoint. It stands head and shoulders above other DSLRs in its class and easily goes toe-to-toe with cameras costing much more.

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Pentax K20D


Pentax's K20D digital SLR camera impresses with its unique feature set, while still offering a lot of quality for the price. The camera, which sells body only for $750 and packaged in a kit with an 18mm-55mm lens for $1000 (prices as of 12/10/08), is...

High resolution ; Faithful color rendition

No AF assist light; have to raise flash ; Autofocus hunts frequently

Although the K20 does some things well, its slow autofocus frustrates.

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Pentax K20D


Having risked being left behind by the speed at which the 'affordable' DSLR market developed, Pentax showed how serious its intentions were with the K10D, a semi-pro-level DSLR with a features list to humble the competition at a very attractive price....

Excellent image quality at low ISO settings ; Image quality still good as ISO 1600 ; Ergonomics up with the best of the best ; Large and bright Pentaprism viewfinder (0.95x magnification) ; Robust body with dust and weather seals, high build quality ;...

Continuous shooting rate slow by modern standards ; Hot pixels can occur and can't be automatically removed ; Noise reduction cannot be raised as high as the competition ; Live view mode adds very little to the camera (it is neither seamless nor able...

The Pentax K20D could be seen as a K10D Mk2, a camera that attempts to move on while putting right the minor flaws in its predecessor. And in that respect, it's a huge success. The K20D builds on the strengths of its forebear and corrects for the issue...


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Pentax K20D (with 18-55mm lens)


Impressive performance, 14 megapixels at a relatively low price; weather sealed; nice control layout; wireless flash control.

Slightly inaccurate colors; shake reduction could be more effective.

Pentax's 14MP K20D is a great choice for a midlevel SLR and offers a lot of bang for the buck.

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Pentax K20D SLR


In the K20D, PENTAX has moved to a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor offering approximately 50 percent more resolution than 10 megapixel sensors, and 20 percent more resolution than 12 megapixel sensors. Noise is minimized and maximum sensitivity is achieved...

PENTAX has built a host of user-friendly features in the K20D include a comfortable eye level viewfinder with 95% field of view coverage, a large 2.7 inch color LCD monitor, a top-mounted LCD data panel and a host of exposure modes, metering and focus...

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Pentax K20D


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 and the...

umer (26) ; Wireless (6) ; Hybrid (3) ; Webcam (3) ; Show more ; Maximum Resolution ; 3264 x 2448 pixels (59) ; 3072 x 2304 pixels (57) ; 2592 x 1944 pixels (34) ; 3648 x 2736 pixels (33) ; 2560 x 1920 pixels (29) ; 2048 x 1536 pixels (28) ; 2816 x...

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Pentax K20D First Impressions Review


Take a look at the Pentax K20D The Pentax K20D is a new digital SLR that follows the K10D with several dramatic changes. As Pentax's flagship DSLR, the K20D has a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor with a few more megapixels than its predecessor. The new model...

- Fast AF system - Accepts all Pentax lenses - Comfortable hand grip - PC sync socket - Water-resistant - Longer battery life

- Live view LCD blacks out when focusing - Grainy optical viewfinder - Lengthy, verbose menus - Confusing placement of features

The 14.6-megapixel Pentax K20D has a lot going for it. It has a water-resistant camera body that is durable and tightly sealed and is backwards compatible with Pentax lenses.

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Pentax K20D


If you're a real enthusiast in the market for a mid-priced DSLR, the Pentax K20D is hard to beat. It is sure to be a strong competitor in its class. And if you happen to own a Pentax film SLR, the ability to use your existing lenses can save you a...

14.6 megapixel sensorLive view functionBody-mounted shake reduction system2.7-inch color LCD monitorBackwards compatibility with all Pentax lenses

The Pentax K20D is the latest entry from Pentax into the mid-priced DSLR...

Highly Recommended!

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Pentax K20D Review


When it was first announced in January, the new Pentax K20D led the megapixel race for consumer DSLRs, offering a 14.6 megapixel sensor. Since then Sony have also unveiled a 14 megapixel camera, the A350, so Pentax no longer have everything to...

At first glance the Pentax K20D simply looks like an incremental upgrade of the K10D, with relatively few additions on offer apart from the headline-grabbing 14 megapixel resolution. Whilst the increased image size is certainly worthy of attention,...

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Pentax K20D Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The Pentax K20D DSLR follows in the footsteps of the company's well-received K10D model, and offers 14.6 effective megapixel resolution from a newly developed CMOS image sensor made in conjunction with the company's partner in digital SLR development,...

Rugged construction with stainless steel chassis and full environmental sealing ; Nice 2.7-inch, 230,000 pixel LCD that's color adjustable ; Built-in Shake Reduction works with all lenses ; Dust reduction and dust alert systems ; Extremely high...

Live view mode has only limited usefulness ; Live view mode only covers 98% of image capture area ; No focus assist lamp, if light conditions are poor, camera relies on annoying strobing flash to achieve focus ; Flash x-sync only 1/180s ; Auto white...

The Pentax K20D ships from April 2008, priced at about $1,300 body-only

Product Specifications

The Pentax K20D digital SLR offers advanced photo enthusiasts an array of exciting Pentax innovations. The CMOS image sensor brings out optimum performance of Pentax interchangeable lenses. Featuring 14.6 effective megapixels (highest in its class) and 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 Custom Image function to select / adjust finishing touches to an image. An improved Dust Reduction system features prevention, removal and alerting devices. Combine these 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.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li50

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/4.0
Lens for SD:Body only/PENTAX-DA 16-45mm ED/AL lens/PENTAX-DA 18-55mm II lens
Max Focal Length:45mm/55mm
Min Focal Length:16mm/18mm
Optical Zoom:2.8/3
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.6 x 23.4mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 x 23.4 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:14.6Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO 6400 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Color / Color Extract / HDR / Illustration / Sepia / Slim / Soft
Still Image Format:DNG (RAW) / JPEG / PEF (RAW) / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical