Summary Pentax K20D

Prices Price
Body only
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 5
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 14.5 MP
Movie format
Help None
Screen size
Help 2.7"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Pentax K20DPentax K20D


Pentax has replaced the K20D with the K-30.

Pentax K-30
Pentax K-30 announced May 2012
Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range More dynamic range

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The Pentax K20D vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Sensor shift
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Thickness Thin Help
Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
Autofocuses with more lenses


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The Pentax K20D vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Very noisy at high ISO Help
639 ISO
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11.1 EV
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
113 lenses
Missing geo-tagging
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
Movie format No movies Help
Screen size Very small screen Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
14.5 MP
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
January 2008
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Weight Very heavy Help
800 g
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Guest (7:18 PM, December 17, 2012)
I just got my K-5 II and keep my K20D as a backup.
I don't believe there is a more versatile or rugged camera in the photographic world so far. Slap on the 18-135mm WR lens and the K20D is next to waterproof...
I will surely be keeping it when the Pentax 1K comes out sometime next year.

Mike ~ The 35mm Studio, Bratislava, Slovakia
Statiefje (2:41 PM, November 16, 2010)
The K20D is a great tool, very intuitive use, and good ergonomics. Endless parameters to tune. BUT, I'm sure I will buy the K5 somewhere in the next 6 months, when the 18-135 WR lens is available and tested.... I am very curious how my Pentax 60-250 will perform on the K5 body!