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

Pentax K20D

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Pentax K20D

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Pentax K200D

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K20D

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K200D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
125 ms shutter lag
 
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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
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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
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
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
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.55x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
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
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The K20D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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similarities

Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Sensor shift
Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
K200D:500 ms
K20D:400 ms
Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
K200D:125 ms
K20D:174 ms
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
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
Autofocus No video autofocus Help
Manual focus only
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
K200D:96%
K20D:95%
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
Lens availability Few lenses available Help
109 lenses
Screen size Very small screens Help
2.7"
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
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
K200D:11.4 EV
K20D:11.1 EV
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
Overall image quality Low image quality Help
K200D:64.0
K20D:65.0
Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
K200D:561 ISO
K20D:639 ISO

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D

Entry-level DSLR

Weight Is slightly heavier
Size Is slightly larger
Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30

Entry-level DSLR

$433 - $440 body only

$560 - $751 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 slightly more startup delay
Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x

Entry-level DSLR

$735 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-7

Pentax K-7

Entry-level DSLR

$1,288 body only

Movie format Records lower quality movies
Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$646 - $928 body only

$1,075 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has much better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$629 - $700 body only

$848 - $850 with 18-105mm lens

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

Pentax K200D Competitors

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Disadvantages

Pentax K100D

Pentax K100D

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Much longer battery life
Size Significantly smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$343 - $408 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Weather sealed No weather sealing

Pentax K20D Competitors

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Disadvantages

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r

Entry-level DSLR

$426 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Weather sealed No weather sealing
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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