Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Pentax K200D vs Pentax K-30

Pentax K20D

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Pentax K200D

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K20D

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K200D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K200D

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.4 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
125 ms vs 174 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
134x95x74 mm vs 142x101x70 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
690 g vs 800 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K20D

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Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life
Much longer battery life
530 shots vs 80 shots
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More than 6.5x more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.55x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
14.5 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
639 ISO vs 561 ISO
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The K20D has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Color depth
Better color depth
22.9 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
65.0 vs 64.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3 fps vs 2.8 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K200D:125 ms
              K20D:174 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Weight Heavy Help
              K200D:690 g
              K20D:800 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              K200D:None
              K20D:6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              K200D:2.8 fps
              K20D:3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K200D:10 MP
              K20D:14.5 MP
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              K200D:96%
              K20D:95%
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              K200D:1,600 ISO
              K20D:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              K200D:11.4 EV
              K20D:11.1 EV
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              K200D:80 shots
              K20D:530 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              K200D:561 ISO
              K20D:639 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              K200D:64.0
              K20D:65.0

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $337 - $498 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $449 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $800 - $1,197 body only

              $1,164 - $1,247 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $554 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,263 body only

              $752 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-m

              Pentax K-m

              Entry-level DSLR

              $851 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

              Size Significantly smaller
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Pentax K100D

              Pentax K100D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $489 body only

              $514 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

              Pentax K20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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