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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Reasons to buy the Pentax K20D

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
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
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
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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        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
        Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
        K200D:125 ms
        K20D:174 ms
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        K200D:500 ms
        K20D:400 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
        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
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        K200D:11.4 EV
        K20D:11.1 EV
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        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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        Pentax K10D

        Pentax K10D

        Entry-level DSLR

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

        Pentax K-x

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 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 slightly more expensive
        Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $415 body only

        $389 - $477 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
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Pentax K-30

        Pentax K-30

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 body only

        $500 - $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-5

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $825 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $497 body only

        $450 - $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
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $792 body only

        $950 with 18-105mm lens

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

        Pentax K200D Competitors

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        Pentax K20D Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K20D.

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