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

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Pentax K200D

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K20D

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K200D

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Pentax K200D over the Pentax K20D.
 

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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
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.55x
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More than 20% larger viewfinder
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
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
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              K200D:None
              K20D:6,400 ISO
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              K200D:96%
              K20D:95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K200D:10 MP
              K20D:14.5 MP
              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
              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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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 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
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $427 - $429 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-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 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

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K200D Competitors

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              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $749 body only

              $1,492 with 18-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Pentax K20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $796 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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