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Testseek.com have collected 64 expert reviews of the Pentax K20D and the average rating is 84%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Pentax K20D.
Award: Good Buy April 2008
April 2008


Experts
84%
64 Reviews


Users
97%
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The editors liked

  • Impressive performance
  • 14 megapixels at a relatively low price
  • Weather sealed
  • Nice control layout
  • Wireless flash control.
  • 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
  • Accurate...
  • Tank-like build
  • Water and dust resistance
  • Clear
  • Easy-to-navigate menu screens and control layout
  • Built-in anti shake
  • Best-in-class megapixel count. Great
  • Sturdy design. Good interface. Sensor-shift stabilization. Above average noise-management.
  • Dust alert feature
  • Extended Shake reduction
  • Good ISO results
  • Pixel mapping feature
  • Excellent build quality
  • Larger release tabs for SDHC cover and battery cover
  • Xsync port for studio strobes
  • Nice resolution increase
  • Still uses great incamera Shake Reduction
  • Compatible with every Pentax lens!
  • Great build and handling
  • Good colour
  • Good noise control
  • Features
  • Highly detailed images across ISO range
  • Built-in Shake Reduction
  • Dust and weatherproof body
  • Broad degree of customisation.
  • Very good photo quality
  • Good value for the money
  • Very well built
  • Weatherproof body
  • Image stabilization system works with nearly all Pentax lenses
  • Full manual controls
  • And then some
  • Unique sensitivity (Sv) and shutter/aperture priority (TAv) mode...
  • Superb image quality. Low image noise at high ISO settings. Pro-quality weatherproof build. Side-by-side image comparison. Excellent ergonomics.
  • Rugged construction with stainless steel chassis and full environmental sealing
  • Nice 2.7-inch
  • 230
  • 000 pixel LCD thats color adjustable
  • Built-in Shake Reduction works with all lenses
  • Dust reduction and dust alert systems
  • Extremely high resolution ...

The editors didn't like

  • Slightly inaccurate colors
  • Shake reduction could be more effective.
  • Continuous shooting rate slow by modern standards
  • Hot pixels can occur and cant 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 to usefu...
  • Expensive for anyone trading up from a compact camera
  • Continuous capture speed could be faster and screen bigger
  • Not the best image quality from an APS-C sensor. Shutter and ISO ranges are on the low-end.
  • No reason why the monitor couldnt be bigger
  • The Live view AF could be problematic
  • No significant speed increase over K10D (unless you count lowres 20fps mode)
  • Questionable ISO improvement over K10D
  • Live View mode is useless for moving subjects
  • Confusing noise reduction menu
  • Pentax K20D
  • Underexposure
  • Sluggish AF
  • Flatpacked live view
  • Limited burst shooting
  • Basic Live View system
  • Anti-shake not as effective as rivals
  • Semi-pro pricing
  • But not as quick or tough
  • Tendency to underexpose.
  • Istently underexposesA little noisy in low light
  • Live view lags behind the competition
  • LCD smaller as well
  • Below average battery life
  • Burst rate not as fast as other DSLRs (even cheaper ones)
  • Outdated
  • Clunky user interface
  • Sensitive shutter rele...
  • Flash must be raised manually when used to assist focusing. Documentation could be clearer. Highresolution continuous shooting could be faster.
  • 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 balanc...

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  Published: 2009-02-19, review by: imaging-resource.com

  • Rugged construction with stainless steel chassis and full environmental sealing, Nice 2.7-inch, 230,000 pixel LCD thats color adjustable, Built-in Shake Reduction works with all lenses, Dust reduction and dust alert systems, Extremely high resolution ...
  • 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 balanc...
  • With its 14.6-megapixel sensor, the Pentax K20D produces some of the highest-resolution photographs in its category. Its a tough job to squeeze that huge number of pixels into an APS-C sized sensor, but the K20D manages it quite well; noise isnt a pr...

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  Published: 2009-01-20, review by: electronicsme.com

  • 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 bund...

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  Published: 2008-11-06, review by: maclife.com

  • 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. Highresolution 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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  Published: 2008-11-05, Author: Gavin Stoker , review by: techworld.com

  • While nearly £900 is not cheap for a consumer-targeted camera, the Pentax K20D's build and performance go some way to justifying the price tag. Speaking of which, the K20D has a doppelganger in the recently introduced Samsung GX-20. Since the two comp...

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  Published: 2008-11-01, review by: shutterbug.com

  • Abstract:  Until recently, 10 megapixels was the norm among the enthusiast-level D-SLRs but that changed with the introduction of Nikon’s 12-megapixel D300. Pentax was the first to move to even higher resolution with their 14.6-megapixel model, the K20D, followe...

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  Published: 2008-10-08, review by: letsgodigital.org

  • Abstract:  I have put the bar quite high for the Pentax K20D. It should surpass the K10D, a camera that I like a lot. Luckily Pentax have not let me down. The best of the K10D has been preserved, and Pentax have added some nice extras. The basic concept is outsta...

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  Published: 2008-09-05, review by: dcresource.com

  • Very good photo quality, Good value for the money, Very well built, weatherproof body, Image stabilization system works with nearly all Pentax lenses, Full manual controls, and then some, Unique sensitivity (Sv) and shutter/aperture priority (TAv) mode...
  • istently underexposesA little noisy in low light, Live view lags behind the competition; LCD smaller as well, Below average battery life, Burst rate not as fast as other DSLRs (even cheaper ones), Outdated, clunky user interface, Sensitive shutter rele...
  • The Pentax K20D is a very good digital SLR that offers the same resolution, build quality, and feature set of cameras costing hundreds of dollars more. Its highlights include a 14.6 Megapixel CMOS sensor, built-in image stabilization, and a weather-sea...

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  Published: 2008-07-06, review by: v3.co.uk

  • Tank-like build; water and dust resistance; clear, easy-to-navigate menu screens and control layout; built-in anti shake
  • Expensive for anyone trading up from a compact camera; continuous capture speed could be faster and screen bigger
  • Solid model with high pixel count and feature set that ticks most of the boxes for enthusiasts

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  Published: 2008-06-19, review by: dpreview.com

  • 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, Accurate...
  • Continuous shooting rate slow by modern standards, Hot pixels can occur and cant 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 to usefu...
  • 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, its a huge success. The K20D builds on the strengths of its forebear and corrects for the issu...

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90%
 
  Published: 2008-06-17, review by: thinkcamera.com

  • Abstract:  The Pentax K20D body is a sturdy, comprehensive little beast. If you already own a Pentax K10D then its probably not worth the upgrade - it doesnt offer that much more. But for first time buyers, those looking to upgrade from an older system, or may...

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