Pentax K20D Review

 
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Model Name: Pentax K20D 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Pentax K10D
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Successor: Pentax K-7
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General
Model Number: K20D
Camera Format: Pro SLR
Currently Manufactured: No
Retail Price: $799.95
Street Price:  
Date Available: 2008-04-30
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 28.3 oz (802 g)
includes batteries
Size: 5.6 x 4.0 x 2.8 in.
(142 x 102 x 70 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 14.6
Sensor Format: APS-C
Sensor size: 369.72mm2 (23.7mm x 15.6mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 5.07 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Built-in image stabilization: Yes
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4672 x 3104 (14.5 MP, 3:2),
3872 x 2592 (10.0 MP, Other),
3008 x 2000 (6.0 MP, 3:2),
1824 x 1216 (2.2 MP, 3:2)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.21), RAW (.PEF, .DNG)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 2.8
Video Capture
Can take movies: No
Movie Resolution:
Movie File Format:  
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Pentax K (KA/KAF/KAF2)
Lens Thread: n/a
Lens Thread Type: n/a
Kit Lens: n/a
Focal Length (35mm equivalent):  
Zoom Ratio:  
Aperture Range:  
Normal Focus Range:  
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: No
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Filter Thread: n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: 11-point TTL phase-matching (SAFOX VIII)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical
Viewfinder Type: SLR type; eye-level pentaprism, coverage: 95%, magnification: 0.95x, diopter: -2.5 to 1.5
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution In Pixels:  
EVF Resolution In Dots:  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 2.7
Rear Display Resolution: 230,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 32.0x
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 3200
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (expanded)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent (W, D, N), Flash, Color Temperature
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: TTL open-aperture: 16-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual (PASM) Modes: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Sensitivity Priority, Shutter and Aperture Priority
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: On, Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Flash Guide Number: 13.0 m / 42.7 ft.
Flash Range Description: Depends on lens
Max Flash Sync: 1/180
Flash Exposure Compensation: -2 to +1 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, PC-Sync Socket
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC
Dual Card Slots: No
Uncompressed Format: RAW (.PEF, .DNG)
CCD Raw Format: Yes
Movie File Format:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-fi: No
Built-In GPS: No
Bluetooth: No
NFC: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Wired or IR
Connections (extended): DC input, wired remote
Performance Timing
Cycle Time RAW Format (secs): 0.36
Buffer Size (Frames, RAW format): 11
Cycle Time Max Res JPEG (secs): 0.39
Buffer Size (Frames, Max Res JPEG): Unlimited
Cycle Time Min Res (secs) 0.37
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
Continuous Mode Rate (fps): 2.75
Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res): 38
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode Rate (fps): 22.200
Multi-Burst Continuous Mode, Buffer Depth (Frames, Max Res): 9,999.00
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.174
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.090
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag with Flash: 0.241
Shutter Lag (prefocus): 0.089
Shutter Lag (continuous auto): 0.091
Shutter Lag (notes): Live View: Full AF = n/a Prefocused = 0.659s Prefocused with flash = 2.395s
Startup Time: 0.40
Shutdown Time: 0.30
Play -> Record Time: 0.50
Record -> Play Max Res Time: 1.30
Record -> Play Min Res Time:  
Download Speed (KB/sec): 8,004
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary D-LI50
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary D-LI50 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (external or internal): Yes
External Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View):  
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF): 530
Software
Included Software: CD-ROM S-SW74/75
OS Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista, MacOS 10.2 or later
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: PENTAX-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system; Weather and dust resistant body; Live View mode that allows users to see the full image area to confirm composition, focus status and lighting on the large 2.7 inch LCD monitor; Expanded Dynamic Range function; Improved Dust Reduction system that features the new Dust Alert function to pinpoint the exact location of dust particles for the photographer to remove.

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