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

Pentax K20D vs Pentax K200D

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Pentax K20D

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Pentax K200D

45

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K20D

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
High true resolution
True resolution
14.5 MP
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K200D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
125 ms shutter lag
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K200D.
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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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0.6 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
134×95×74 mm vs 142×101×70 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
690 g vs 800 g
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More than 10% lighter
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
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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
Slightly 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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.9 bits vs 22.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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
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
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
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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
              1. Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K200D125 ms
              K20D174 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
              K200D690 g
              K20D800 g
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              K200DNone
              K20D6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K200D10 MP
              K20D14.5 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              K200D2.8 fps
              K20D3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              K200D1,600 ISO
              K20D3,200 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              K200D96%
              K20D95%
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              K200D11.4 EV
              K20D11.1 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              K200D561 ISO
              K20D639 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              K200D64.0
              K20D65.0

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $293 - $302 body only

              $371 - $389 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

              $845 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-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $310 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-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $361 body only

              $420 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Pentax K200D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K200D.

              Pentax K20D Competitors

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              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $842 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Startup delay More startup delay

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