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Pentax K20D 14.6MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction (Body Only)

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  • 14.6-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-sized prints
  • 2.7-inch LCD display; body only--no lens included
  • Dust-proof, water-resistant construction; comprehensive Dust Removal system
  • New Live View function
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC cards (not included)
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Technical Details

Style: K20 Body Only
  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: B0012Q94AI
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.6 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 10 x
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Product Details

Style: K20 Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4 x 2.8 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
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  • ASIN: B0012Q94AI
  • Item model number: B0012Q94AI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,947 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 23, 2008

Product Description

Style: K20 Body Only

Manufacturer Description

Improving on the technology of the award winning K10D, the flagship Pentax K20D is the highest-resolution camera in the advanced photo enthusiast category and allows more experienced photographers, who demand complete control, to fully customize the camera. The most significant features in the K20D include:

  • A newly-developed CMOS image sensor to bring out the optimum performance of Pentax interchangeable lenses. Featuring 14.6 effective megapixels and the latest noise-reduction technology, the sensor assures superb image quality.
  • Custom Image functions that allow users to select between six preset options and further adjust image processing, including saturation, hue, contrast and sharpness. The K20D also offers an Expanded Dynamic Range function that allows users to gain more contrast and detail in bright settings.
  • A Live View that allows users to see the full image area to confirm composition, focus status and lighting on the large, 2.7-inch LCD monitor. A grid display may be engaged to help assure the perfect arrangement of an image and Auto focus may be activated by simply pressing the AF button on the back of the camera. Further fine tuning of the image can be confirmed with the 4x or 8x zoom option.
  • An improved Dust Reduction system that features the new Dust Alert function to pinpoint the exact location of dust particles for the photographer to remove.
  • A weather and dust-resistant body that allow photographers to keep shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • A PC sync socket for more advanced photographers who use studio lighting.

Pentax K20K Digital SLR Highlights

Newly Developed CMOS Image Sensor The Pentax K20D features a newly developed CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) image sensor measuring 23.4 mm x 15.6 mm. In designing the K20D, Pentax made the significant transition to a higher resolution 14.6 megapixel sensor, rivaling the detail previously only found in images captured with 35mm film. This considerable gain offers 50 percent more resolution than 10 megapixel sensors, and 20 percent more resolution than 12 megapixel sensors. Pentax Imaging (a leading innovator in the imaging business) collaborated with Samsung Electronics (a market leader in developing and producing semiconductors) in the development of the 14.6 megapixel CMOS Sensor found in the Pentax K20D Digital SLR. The larger photo diode in the sensor gathers more light in a shorter time and therefore can respond more sensitively. As a result, the K20D is able to achieve higher sensitivity levels (up to 6400 in the expanded ISO mode). Also, there is a more direct light path to the pixels. Coupled with a high-performance imaging engine incorporating Pentax-original image-processing technologies programmed to yield natural, true-to-life images, the new model assures fine-detailed, rich-gradation images.

Pentax Original Shake Reduction mechanism The K20D is equipped with the Pentax-developed Shake Reduction mechanism, which reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions, such as shooting with a telephoto lens, shooting in low light conditions or at night without supplementary flash illumination, or using extended exposures for sunset scenes. This innovative mechanism offers outstanding compensation equivalent to approximately 2.5 to 4 shutter-speed steps. In addition, the lighter image sensor unit and refined data-control algorithm offer improved image stabilization over previous models. Pentax Shake Reduction is compatible with existing Pentax interchangeable lenses.*
* Lenses compatible with this mechanism are: Pentax K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount lenses, screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be applicable with certain lenses.

Large, 2.7-inch wide-view LCD monitor The K20D features a large 2.7 inch color LCD monitor. The wide-view design allows the photographer to view the monitor image from approximately 160 degrees both vertically and horizontally. Since it assures effortless image viewing from a diagonal position, it facilitates low- and high-angle shooting using the Live View function.

New Live View function The K20D features a Live View function that allows users to view an image on the LCD monitor during shooting. This feature is beneficial when the photographer moves his or her eye from the viewfinder in specialized applications, such as low and high-angle shooting, or when perfecting composition. The function also allows users to confirm the Shake-Reduction effect on the monitor while shooting.

High-performance, high-speed PRIME Imaging Engine The K20D incorporates the Pentax-original PRIME (Pentax Real IMage Engine). Designed exclusively for Pentax digital SLR cameras, the engine ensures well-balanced, true-to-life images with faithful color reproduction by efficiently controlling digital signals transmitted by the CMOS image sensor. It also allows complete control over other photographic factors including white balance and the new Custom Image functions. This imaging engine also features a Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) memory to assure speedy image processing and high-speed data transfer.

Custom Image function The K20D is equipped with a new Custom Image function that lets the user select one of the six modes and adjust an image’s processing to their preference by automatically adjusting tone, saturation, contrast, and sharpness. These modes include Natural, Bright, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, and B&W image modes. The photographer can make further fine-tuned adjustments to each setting. The effect on each of the primary colors is shown in a radar-type display on the LCD panel. The user can easily see the effect of their adjustments by using the digital preview option.

Expanded Dynamic Range Function The K20D adds a dynamic-range expansion function, which allows the user to expand the dynamic range (or range of gradation reproduction) while retaining the proper contrast to avoid white-washed areas. With an approximately 1EV expansion effect, it assures beautiful, rich-gradation images.

Dust-proof, water-resistant construction The K20D boasts an extremely reliable weather-resistant and dust-proof construction with special seals applied to 72 different parts of the camera body, including the shutter release button and all the switches, levers, dials. This dependable body makes it possible to use the K20D in the rain or dusty locations without worries.

Comprehensive Dust Removal System With Prevention, Removal and Alerting Devices The K20D features the user-friendly Dust Removal system to prevent dust from sticking to the surface of the CMOS image sensor (or low-pass filter). The Pentax-original Super Protect (SP) coating, applied to the image sensor surface through vapor deposition of a fluorine compound, effectively prevents dust from sticking to the surface. In the next step, dust that may remain on the surface will be shaken off when the system shifts the image sensor at high speed. Finally, the dust that is shaken off the image sensor falls onto an adhesive strip positioned at the bottom of the unit, eliminating any possibility of the dust returning to the image sensor surface. This upgraded Dust Reduction system also offers a new Dust Alert function, which shows the user exactly where dust may be sticking to the sensor surface.

The K20D also features a versatile exposure system for faithful reproduction of creative intentions:

Hyper Program Function The K20D’s Hyper Program function allows users to instantly switch to the Shutter-Priority or Aperture-Priority AE mode from the Programmed AE mode with a simple turn of the electronic dials on the grip. To return to the Programmed AE mode, simply press the green button positioned next to the shutter release button.

Hyper Manual Function When shooting in Manual mode, one push of the green button allows the user to instantly set the proper exposure for the subject.

Sensitivity-Priority mode The K20D features a unique Sensitivity-Priority (Sv) mode designed to automatically select the optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed for a user-selected sensitivity. The sensitivity can be shifted instantly in 1/2 or 1/3 steps by turning the electronic dial on the back panel.

Shutter/Aperture-Priority mode Taking full advantage of the unique capability of digital cameras, which permit automatic shift of sensitivity at any time, the Shutter/Aperture-Priority (TAv) mode automatically selects the most appropriate sensitivity for a user-selected shutter-speed/aperture combination. This mode allows users to experiment with a greater range of photographic expressions with greater ease.

Bright, clear viewfinder Featuring a glass pentaprism, the K20D’s viewfinder offers an approximately 95 percent field of view and an approximately 0.95x magnification for easy viewing of the subject and effortless confirmation of focus and composition. Coupled with the acclaimed Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen, it delivers a large, bright subject image.

Continuous shooting at approximately three images per second To trace the movement of an active subject or capture a sequence of the subject’s expressions, the K20D offers a continuous shooting mode that allows the photographer to capture as many as 38 images in succession (in JPEG recording format) at a maximum speed of approximately three images (frames) per second. When switched to the new high-speed advance mode, the user may capture up to approximately 115 images at the speed of approximately 21 images per second.*
* The image size is fixed at 1.6 megapixels in the Burst Shooting mode.

High-precision 11-point wide-frame AF The K20D’s sophisticated SAFOX VIII autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors) to automatically focus on the subject with utmost precision, even when it is positioned off center. When the subject is captured in focus, the in-focus sensor point is automatically superimposed in red in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.

Powerful rechargeable batteries The K20D features large capacity Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which can capture approximately 740 images when fully charged. The dramatically improved battery capacity (over the previous K10D) is the result of a new energy saving design.

Additional Features
  • A PC Sync socket for shooting with studio lights. The camera remains weather and dust sealed even when the PC socket cap is removed.
  • Choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications
  • Reliable, durable shutter unit assuring more than 100,000 shutter releases
  • High-rigidity stainless-steel chassis
  • 36 custom functions to personalize camera operations
  • Universal-type X-sync socket
  • RAW button for single-action image-file switching
  • Digital Preview for verifying camera settings
  • Optional Battery Grip (D-BG2) for extended shooting sessions
  • Nine digital filters to add creative and artistic touches
  • In-body RAW data development for image filing in JPEG and TIFF formats
  • Compatibility with SDM equipped lenses for quiet, extra-smooth autofocus operation
  • Pentax PHOTO Laboratory 3, RAW data processing software, Pentax PHOTO Browser 3, browser software and Pentax REMOTE Assistant 3, camera control software, included on the accompanying CD-ROM

Product Description

D1) PENTAX K20D BODY ONLY

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Coming from the K100DS, the K20d is a vast improvement. The overall speed, responsiveness and quality are very good. Unfortunately the K20 suffers from the digital age. Read more ›
The colors and the image quality are top notch. In-Body SR performs very well and the image viewfinder is huge. Read more ›
So far I only have less than 50 shots with the k20D and I shouldn't comment too…So far with manual setting the picture quality is very good (outdoor and indoor w/o flash). Read more ›
Great camera, it's a little complicated and may be smarter than I am. Takes great pictures. With the right lens it's very fast, is very adjustable and has been trouble free. Read more ›
I've used this camera a few times since and find that it has many features which will be useful in photographing fast action events. Once I learn to use all features, I'm… Read more ›
But do it right now, before it goes the same way as the top rated 35mm f2, which is now…It'll help you take wonderful photos, particularly portraits in-doors without flash. Read more ›
So - that said, you should seriously consider replacing the kit lens with a DA* or Limited series…The kit lens is very good (compared especially to competitor kit lenses). Read more ›
Within the family of Pentax lenses for their DSLRs, some are much better lenses than others. I have the f/1.4 50mm lens, which is superb, and a bargain as well. The 16-45mm… Read more ›
The camera's live view and optical preview modes won't function…These are minor inconvienances though as the camera's function with A series and later lenses are flawless. Read more ›
If you buy this camera, spend the extra 3 or 4 hundred dollars for the Pentax SMC DA*…The standard lenses are great for the K20d's predecessor, the K10D, but not the K20D. Read more ›
All of my Pentax glass works with this body so I didn't need any new stuff at this point. I would give anything to have a Pentax 800mm fast lens,someday! Read more ›
The other plus is that there is a lot of high quality glass available on EBay that will work with this…I have taken beautiful pictures using lenses from the late 70's. O… Read more ›
Would recommend it to anyone wanting a digital camera. The auto mode works great. Read more ›
The camera settings are easy to study and learn. You can adjust so many different ways in just seconds and get the perfect results you desire, snap a test shot, view - then… Read more ›
So who knows, I might move the stars up or down as time goes on. Make no mistake, the camera is a big hand full of features. More than the casual photographer needs. Read more ›
Weather sealing, excellent image quality up to ISO 1600 and usable at 3200, quick and easy menu system, wonderful viewfinder, image stability for any lens you put on it,… Read more ›
You can even specify the kind of program used by the green button - optimized for fast shutter speeds or depth of field - or the sharpest resolution settings of the… Read more ›
(I shoot in RAW, so I bought a 16GB…There are a few other "cool" new features (like a 21 fps low-res shooting mode), but I really haven't found any practical use for them. Read more ›
I didn't purchase my Pentax K20D at Amazon but I can tell you that this reduced price is amazing. The camera is well worth it at the original price! Read more ›
better quality/features than some of the better known brands at a good price. Pentax offers a high degree of customization and pixels. Read more ›
As a world traveler I wanted a weatherproof, dust resistant Primary DSLR for a reasonable price. This is a discontinued model which received rave reviews and cost 1/3 the… Read more ›
This is my first DSLR - this has restored my…I bought the Pentax both because I have some older Pentax lenses and because it seemed like the best value for the money. I… Read more ›
So while it may not win on a point-per-point basis, it wins on the total…And if you check the price of the EOS 50D, it's obvious that the K20D is a solid value winner. R… Read more ›
Although I live near Baltimore, upper quality cameras by Pentax are difficult to…Trying to locate the best price from a dealer with good reputation, I discovered Amazon. Read more ›
High heat, high humidity and occasional jolts (oops) never slow this rugged piece of equipment down. A great camera that is easy to use in difficult shooting situations. Read more ›
This is a terrific camera that has all the bells and whistles, yet is easy to operate and very user friendly. The price is fantastic and blows away the competition. Read more ›
The menu and pre-sets are easy to use and versatile although I quickly found myself preferring manual - that is just a personal bias however. Preview was easy to use. Read more ›
The menu and pre-sets are easy to use and versatile although I quickly found myself preferring manual - that is just a personal bias however. Preview was easy to use. There… Read more ›
5) Support for many older Pentax lenses (although if your older lens doesn't have the 'A' automatic aperture setting, it's not easy to use, as exposure evaluation is only… Read more ›
There are a lot of negative mention regarding the Live screen option...having been playing with slr's for 20+ years I've never used the screen to take photos with but… Read more ›
You can see every bit of texture with K20D and the colors are just perfect for landscapes and portraits. Read more ›
That is after what I bought the camera for. They're clear and crisp with excellent color rendition. The fact that I can drag out my Pentax 500mm 4.5 lens and use it again… Read more ›
It does require good optics to get the most out of it, so I…The 16-45/4 is one of the bargains out there; tack sharp, great color and contrast, and just around $300 new. Read more ›
This is a feature that…At the highest quality (least compression) JPEG setting, the camera produces 10 megabyte images, which provide plenty of detail and excellent color. Read more ›
The image quality is stunning. I especially like this rich tremendous color rendition that looks like mid format color slide of 6x9. The tone gradations are simply endless. Read more ›
Not only does it have shake reduction built into the body, a great sensor, but it also has native DNG Raw format, a Sync port every other Pentax camera has been missing,… Read more ›
I avoid pushing the ISO over 800 to…You will find the detail is still excellent at high ISOs where other cameras will sacrifice detail to keep the noise to a minimum. I… Read more ›
14.6 MP - This much detail is clearly not necessary... unless you need to crop. I find that if I need a fast lens because of low light (say, if I need an f stop of lower… Read more ›
If you want to power the directly from AC you must buy the AC adapter. Neither Pentax or Amazon are clear about this detail. The AC adapter is about $100 extra. Read more ›
Most other cameras in this class tend to use a lot of noise reduction at these higher ISO's which makes for a relatively clean picture but these cameras also reduce a lot… Read more ›
The theoretical 15Mpix max resolution for…In particular, it shows you that Pentax's Limited and DA* lenses (except for the 16-50) are indeed ultra sharp and detailed. M… Read more ›
Again, AMAZING image quality. I was worried that they were pushing the sensor too far with 14.6mp but they manage to control noise and retain wonderful detail. It does… Read more ›
My wonderful family gifted me with the DA 18-55mm version 2, the 55-300mm telephoto, and the battery grip, all made by…The build quality is the best I've ever experienced!! Read more ›
Still it did take some really great shots. The camera also feels solid and has a great construction. It can go up to 1.5 kilos with my telephoto, which by the way is an… Read more ›
I've had my K20D since…This is a wonderful camera - solid build, set up and adjustments easy to do on the fly thanks to the quick access controls. I… Read more ›
Camera comes with a stabilized 14.6 megapixel CMOS image sensor, high quality image processing, dust- and…Good image quality, low noise, excellent build quality. Nikon… Read more ›
It…Other than that I think the many pro features, the amazing construction and the amazing ability to capture strikingly sharp detail makes up for it's P-TTL downfall. I… Read more ›
- Very quiet shutter sound - Good fit and finish (solid build) & moisture/dust sealed Read more ›
Focus speed of the…The 3 fps continuous shooting performance is nice, but the similarly speced Canon 40D and Nikon D300 have much faster continuous shooting performance. Read more ›
Menus make sense. Performance is good with just a few small things to gripe about. Read more ›
Nice high ISO performance. I have shots at 5000 that look good, though 6400 is pretty noisy. Read more ›
But it is a prosumer model and priced somewhat below comparable Canon and Nikon models. It is providing me with wonderful performance and I highly recommend it. Read more ›
I did buy two new lens for the D SLR. Very happy with the performance. I have no complaints. Read more ›
Certainly experienced photographers could argue the Pentax reasoning behind the default setting issue, but from a marketing perspective, subjective reviews and objective… Read more ›
Most people will not need it. Battery power is excellent, though a spare is nice to have. The battery charges fully in less than 3 hours and full charge is indicated by a… Read more ›
The brightness curve is a little low and will need to be brought up a…The battery life is excellent allowing me to get 750-1000 shots before needing to make a change. I… Read more ›
I was surprised that the flash images worked out so well (up to a point). The rechargeable battery is incredible and lasts for a long, long time. I've had the camera for… Read more ›
Battery life is outstanding - Up to 600 shots on one charge, including many with fill in flash and checking each shot in the LCD screen as it's taken. With an extra battery… Read more ›
Overall though the camera is excellent and works well, even with the manual 20…Also the battery life is good I can take more than 800 shots on one charge, without flash. Read more ›
Not only does it have shake reduction built into the body, a great sensor, but it also has native DNG Raw format, a Sync port every other Pentax camera has been missing,… Read more ›
Autofocus is pretty fast. At work we use the Nikon D90, which is also pretty fast on autofocus, but isn't as sharp all the time. Read more ›
I purchased my K20D a few weeks ago and I'm very impressed. There are some minor things like the formating, it's 100 times faster than my K100D, the focus is faster also. I… Read more ›
Adding to our…The photos of these pets are beautiful, especially so when the photos are enlarged to 8 x 10, and no red eye at all, even with the use of simple auto focus. Read more ›
It waits the full 2 seconds between each exposure, which gives the camera time to stop vibrating. That ensures spot on focus for multiple exposures. Read more ›
The pictures are beautiful…The 18-55 Pentax lens it top notch for a kit lens, very sharp, focuses very well even in low light plus you can always tweak the focus manually. Read more ›
Autofocus is pretty fast. At work we use the Nikon D90, which is also pretty fast on autofocus, but isn't as sharp all the time. Also, speaking of nikon; on the pentax,… Read more ›
Now, for the performance, look feel etc. The 14+ mp really make a difference - resolution is excellent and compares favorable to film. For the first time I don't feel like… Read more ›
Resolution is still amazing. The white balance thing, set to auto, is usually perfectly fine. Read more ›
So I cannot comment on how wonderful MY K20D is, but I have borrowed my father's, and it is a great camera--wonderful low light autofocusing compared to the K10D, excellent… Read more ›
1) The K20D has a MUCH improved buffer - I can shoot 15 RAW files at 3.0FPS (still low),…Unfotunately the FPS on the K20D remains incredibly slow at full resolution. Read more ›
This new model is a significant upgrade from the…What this allows is for me to go to smaller crops (increased area enlargement) and still maintain excellent resolution. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

257 of 258 people found the following review helpful By P. VANDALEN on June 3, 2008
Style Name: K20 Body Only Verified Purchase
If Pentax were a bit more serious about increasing the sales of their cameras to first-time Pentax buyers, they'd be making some changes to their marketing strategy. It's unfortunate that with most consumer/professional camera reviews, the Pentax products get dinged in relation to their competitors when they shouldn't have to be. You can see this in the Consumer Reports review of DSLRs and other reviews such as PopPhoto. The problem is that these reviews are performed with tested cameras at their default settings, and Pentax chooses to "compromise" the performance of their cameras by requiring custom adjustments to bring about the true potential of the product. The K10D took a hit with its lower-contrast, soft and dark pictures when in default mode. Change the settings and you have a camera every bit in step with its competition at the time. Now the K20D suffers the same fate with the decision to make Noise Reduction-OFF the default setting. The PopPhoto test of the K20D actually resulted in higher noise levels than the K10D. Indeed, when I first compared the two cameras, I found them both the same at ISO 1600 for the amount of visible noise. Obviously, this is a shocker when you consider that the K20 uses the new CMOS sensor as opposed to the K10's CCD. Although the detail was higher in the K20, the noise was no better. That is, until I set noise reduction to "weak." What a difference! Comparing shots taken at the same settings between the two cameras (K10 default has noise reduction on) but with the K20 at the full 14.6 mp setting and highest JPEG quality with noise reduction at "weak," and the K20's image is strikingly cleaner and sharper. There's no doubt the resolution of the K20's image is hands-down superior to the K10.Read more ›
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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful By James E. Maynard on May 9, 2008
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I have been a Pentax owner since the 1950's when the first Heiland Pentax SLR was introduced to the market. This is my 3rd Pentax digital SLR, the first two being the 6 megapixel 1stDS and the 10 megapixel K10D. This new model is a significant upgrade from the K10D, and at 14.6 megapixels, provides significantly more resolution in the crops I make from the original images. What this allows is for me to go to smaller crops (increased area enlargement) and still maintain excellent resolution. Another significant feature is the new imaging device from Samsung, producing, for me, low noise excellent quality photos at sensitivities as high as 1600 ISO.
To me, one of the most significant features of this camera, also found on my earlier K10D, is the RAW button on the left side of the camera body. This enables me to shoot most of my photos in JPEG, but allows me to go to RAW for a single image that I really want to get the most out of. This feature really conserves memory card space, but allows shooting of intermittent RAW images when they are really needed. This is a feature that I believe is unique to Pentax. At the highest quality (least compression) JPEG setting, the camera produces 10 megabyte images, which provide plenty of detail and excellent color.
The quality of the shake reduction capability seems, to me, to be improved over the K10D. I have been able to shoot sharp photos at F3.5 at a 30th of a second at a focal length of 250 mm.
The camera is extremely well built and, for this reason, is slightly heavier than other brands of comparable size. But the small extra weight and the fact that the camera feels well in the hand makes for really steady shots.
A new feature is live image production on the 2.7 inch rear screen, which is somewhat larger than that on the K10D.
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113 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Alex Vox on March 17, 2008
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I had a pleasure to use this Pentax's baby for three days. This camera takes photography as far as it never was before under $8.000 price tag. The image quality is stunning. I especially like this rich tremendous color rendition that looks like mid format color slide of 6x9. The tone gradations are simply endless. If you take picture of sunset it will be the best sunset you ever seen.
I will not describe endless technical data details but I must stress how smart, convenient and relevant all the menus! You have a photography tools in your hands, not the computerized toy for browsing menus. The controls placement is the best I ever seen in any brand. Everything is under your fingers, everything is assignable. The camera reacts in the way you expect, it feels solid, complete.
It is pleasure to hold it, the balance is very good. This camera's software allows remote shooting (just like k10d) and if used in studio may be entirely controlled by computer. The ability to use the internal flash as a controller is very nice! The ability to store preview is very nice! The shift preview on shutter is super cool! The viewfinder is nice, clear and bright!If you had experience with K10D, you will find these awesome Pentax invented modes related to auto ISO settings.
The image quality is second to none. While there are many good cameras are around, this one of the league on itself. The tonality, sharpness, expressiveness of this cam is outstanding. What is even more outstanding is the combination of shooting experiences that end up in the final image. You feel that you control it to any degree you wish. The final image may be whatever you tune it to be. Make a profile and get it over sharpened as Canon, oversaturated as Sony or over contrasted as Nikon. Mix is in any way you pleased.
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