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

The PENTAX K20D digital SLR offers advanced photo enthusiasts an array of exciting PENTAX innovations. The newly developed CMOS image sensor brings out optimum performance of PENTAX interchangeable lenses. Featuring 14.6 effective megapixels (highest in its class) and the latest noise-reduction technology, the sensor assures superb image quality. This SLR will make you feel in control with its Live View function that allows the photographer to see the image on the camera's back panel LCD monitor while shooting. Customizable features ideal for shooters who demand complete control include the Expanded Dynamic Range function that allows users to gain more contrast/detail in bright settings and a new Custom Image function to select/adjust finishing touches to an image. Weather and dust resistant body allows you to keep shooting even in harsh conditions; Dust Reduction and Dust Alert features eliminate the need of time retouching Advanced 16-segment metering and 11-point AF, with 9 cross sensors, ensure perfectly exposed and focused images Unique exposure modes, such as hyper-program, Sv and TAv, offer shooting versatility Retractable P-TTL popup ElectronicFlash; Guide number - 13 (100/m); Coverage - 28mm wide angle (equivalent to 35mm) Flash modes - on, redeye, slow sync, slow sync + redeye, trailing curtain sync, wireless; Flash exposure compensation - -2 to +1 EV in 1/2 steps / Hot Shoe for adding optional external-flash USB 2.0 hi-speed, video out, DC input, cable switch, X-Sync socket; Video out - NTSC, PAL; Printer interfaces - PictBridge Body dimensions (W x H x D) - 5.6 x 4.0 x 2.76 ; Body weight (without battery or removable memory) - 25.2 oz; Loaded and ready - 28.2 oz Uses and includes Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI50 (39581) with Charger

Features:
  • 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)

Customer Reviews:

  • Best Bang for the Buck
    I've had the k20 now for 2 months after getting my k10 stolen in South America, and i am totally stoked. I was shooting a riot a few days ago and got maced in the face by a cop while taking pictures, and the camera was totally fine even after being soaked in the stuff. (Cops don't like when you take pictures of them being mean to others.) The housing is awesome and more or less water (mace) restistant. The k10 handled the jungle with pleasure and i'm sure this baby will too. Liveview is pretty lame no matter what camera its on, so thats not an issue for me, except sometimes when using a tripod and remote, in which case liveview performs ok. I shoot everything in raw, so i don't bother with the jpeg funkiness. so if you don't have a trustfund, or somebody else to pay for your gear, this is the one you want. i can't believe what canikonians pay for decent lenses?!!" and yes the 2.8 optics are heaven. All i can say to canikonians is NAH NAH NAH na na NAH!!! sucks for you. ;)

    peace love and happiness!
    ...more info
  • Great camera
    This camera will do everything you need. You can start out with simple auto everything and use the features that make it great as you become a better photographer. I have had mine for a year now and have no desire to upgrade. Don`t let the low price fool you, this is the real deal!...more info
  • Pro camera for enthusiast and pro photographers
    Since my day-to-day camera is a Pentax K10D, I was curious how the K20D would compare. I expected the camera to perform better than the K10D and prove to be a worthwhile upgrade. What I discovered was that the K20D is an amazing camera in much the same way as the older K10D. In short, while it's a very good camera, it might not be a worthwhile upgrade for current K10D owners.

    Focus speed of the K20D is about the same as the K10D, just a little quieter. The 3 fps continuous shooting performance is nice, but the similarly speced Canon 40D and Nikon D300 have much faster continuous shooting performance. Also, the fact that you can no longer shoot JPEGs at 3fps until the card fills up was a disappointment.

    Image quality is among the best I've seen in the sub $2,000 price range but the ISO noise was only marginally improved over the older K10D. The full compatibility with every Pentax lens means almost limitless options for expansion and growth of your photographic skills. Colors are rich even at the "natural" image tone setting. In-camera shake reduction and dust removal means that this mid-level camera is remarkably full-featured. Thanks to the intuitive control layout, any serious photographer will feel right at home.

    Bottom line: if you don't already own a K10D, at the $1,299 (and lower) price point the K20D may be the best value on the market....more info
  • What a camera!
    I've a long history with Pentax and my expectations were satisfied and then some. While there is a bit of a learning curve to this camera, once you have even the basics down this camera performs marvelously. The gimmick features are fine enough, but for me it's the quality of the pictures that counts. 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 makes the legacy lensing of both my 35mm and 6x7 once again useful. This is a camera for photographers, especially for those who still shoot as though they were using film. You can control your shots precisely as far as exposure is concerned, and require very little in the way of software correction. I especially like the infrared mode of the black and white area. All in all this camera will do what you want for a much more affordable price than it's competitors....more info
  • Pentax K 20D - Awesome Camera
    I've owned a Pentax K-1000 in the past but did not know what to expect from them when it came to digital images. I recently received my camera and began to take experimental pics from around the house. Each time the picture came out extremely clear with excellent image form and detail. The images required just minor enhancements with photo shopping software and they were good to go. 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 about two weeks and have only charged it once and have taken hundreds of pictures both with and without the flash.

    I took the camera with me to Wyoming and captured some of the most incredible images I've every shot. The details just jump off of the image. The 14mp file (actually around 12mp)allows me to crop and size without loosing details. Can't wait to use it to collect aerial images....more info
  • Great value. Great pics.
    Ditto all the reviews. The only thing I would change is the weight. I wish it were a bit lighter....more info
  • pentax k20d
    good value for money (especially as the camera was a present for someone in New Zealand.)
    Only thing I could 'complain' about is length of time to receive manufacturers rebate....

    Great camera for someone who has a vast collection of existing lenses....more info
  • Pentax K20D
    I received this product extremely fast expecting it take a least a week but arriving in 2 days. It was securely packaged and all required parts were included. I am very happy with the camera, it is my second Pentax DLSR but with many more features and enhancements over the K100D I purchased not more than a year ago. I needed a second camera body but never expected the huge improvements since my last purchase. I also purchased a battery grip and a 50mm normal lens to compliment my zoom lenses so I feel I have every bit the professional setup I wanted. I have never been disappointed with purchases from Amazon....more info
  • I enjoy the K20D
    I previously owned the Pentax istDl and liked the pictures it produced. The K20D has been a fantastic camera so far. I personally really like having the shake reduction in the body because now all my lenses can take advantage of this. The dust removal has already saved me once where I was shooting and was able to get the dust off immediately without getting out the blower and brush :)

    One problem I had was on my Mac Leopard Mac Book Pro I could not get the software that comes with the camera to install. For me this is not a major problem because I use other software that I prefer. I did notice the previous Mac Software update had some patches for the K20D as well as several other cameras.

    Here are some examples photos I have taken with the K20D and the older istDL. [...]



    ...more info
  • "YES..."THE K-20D..."YES"
    Is all I can say is WOW....WOW....BOUGHTAAA..."BINGO".Thank You PENTAX this is really a nice "Purcahse" and I'm very happy with this camera.Once I get more and more familiar with "ALL THIS CAMERA CAN DO".....and the ease of its way.......watch out!K-20D,The Price is RIGHT AND K-20D..YOUR TIGHT.Thank you. Michael R jones,...more info
  • Great value!
    Some great features for the $. Super images. I recommend the 18-250 lens. I moved over from a Nikon D50 and, after the learning curve, really appreciate what this camera offers. ...more info
  • A great camera, but not perfect.
    In March of 2008 I bought a K200D, my first DSLR. Loved the camera, but wanted more control and more options. So, I then bought a K20D.
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    ****CONTROLS :: The controls on the K20D are incredibly awesome. Everything is just *right*. Changes from the basic K200D layout:

    A) External Metering dial
    B) External bracketing button
    C) External focal point mode dial
    D) A second e-dial, which is great.

    I absolutely love, love, love K20D ergonomics and menu system.. I can operate the camera and all its functions without looking at it. I never press a button I don't intent to press, and I never confuse buttons. Things just "make sense". It's so hard to describe. This is worlds different coming from Canon and Nikon comparisons -- Perhaps it was my unfamiliarity with those cameras, but their menu systems, while flashy, were downright confusing.

    You also have a "Green Button" mode and a "User Mode" on the K20D which is very interesting -- You can set up a custom "profile" on the K20D in User mode which sounds cool, but truthfully I haven't used it yet.


    ****PERFORMANCE:

    The K20D performs admirably, just like the K200D. There are a few differences, though:

    1) The K20D has a MUCH improved buffer - I can shoot 15 RAW files at 3.0FPS (still low), compared to 4 RAW at 2.8 FPS on the K200D. Unfotunately the FPS on the K20D remains incredibly slow at full resolution.

    2) The K20D has a "burst" mode of 21 FPS at around 1.4MP. Neat to play around with but nothing special.

    3) ISO goes up to 3200 standard (K200D is maxed at 1600) with 6400 available. However, IQ drops severely after ISO 1600. ISO 3200 is OKAY if you have a picture with non-dark areas, but there is visible banding at ISO3200 and for the most part I avoid it. I use NoiseNinja on my ISO3200 images and they're acceptable if you're not going to crop.

    4) A noticeably improved viewfinder -- I can tell the difference immediately over the K200D. Brighter, nicer. Lovely.

    **** IMAGE QUALITY

    Great, just like the K200D. As a matter of fact, I really couldn't tell you the difference in IQ between two 100% crops of the cameras, except that the K20D's crop is going to be slightly larger from the added MP.

    I've tested this extensively with three lenses (DA 16-45, DA 55-300, DA* 50-135) and there is really no IQ difference between the cameras. I may need to get a high quality prime to tell the difference, and even then, you'll be pixel peeping.

    However, the K20D *DOES* allow you to get slightly larger prints before you start interpolating pixels, which is something to consider.


    ****OTHER:

    Live view - Almost worthless. I get hot pixels on the image when I use live view for any extended period of time. I've refused to upgrade to the 1.01 firmware for fear of it breaking some software compatibility. Nothing really important to me, though, because the Pentax implimentation of Liveview isn't that great.

    Sealing - Better than the K200D, but by how much I don't know. The battery and SD card doors are latch opened instead of slide opened like the K200D.

    Battery Performance -- Pretty good. Pentax has retained their rather uninformative battery meter, unfortunately. I really wish they'd get with the times and introduce a %-estimate for their battery meter.

    Autofocus Speed-- Absolutely zero difference between the K200D and the K20D -- I have tested this extensively with two lenses using a video camera for frame-accurate timing.

    Autofocus Performance -- Decent. Low light it suffers (EV5/6 or lower), but tries for accuracy, so I'm not sure what to say. I wish it were faster.



    OVERALL --- A highly recommended camera. Pentax makes some great glass. Match them up with a K20D and ENJOY shooting photos. The camera is an absolute ergonomic and control-layout pleasure to use. Menus make sense. Performance is good with just a few small things to gripe about.

    I really like the camera and it's recommended for those people not needing very fast FPS or first-party lenses past 300mm.
    ...more info
  • Best HDR and landscape camera in its class
    There's been a lot of positive reviews about this camera listing its strengths and very minor weaknesses. What I haven't seen mentioned is how good this camera is for landscape and high dynamic range (HDR) photography.

    First I'll mention that the K20D has a depth of field preview. I know it's a feature that a lot of people don't use but it quite helpful if you're serious about shooting landscapes.

    Next, there is no camera at anywhere near the current price of the K20D that has an equivalent exposure bracketing feature. Some like the Nikon D40 and D60 completely lack one, though they are still good cameras. Others like the Canon X series models offer 3 exposures with at most 1 stop of compensation. It's the same with Olympus and Sony. Again, these are all good cameras but if you are looking to do HDR work please consider the Pentax K20d.

    You get either 3 or 5 exposures of bracketing with up to 2 stops compensation per exposure. That makes HDR photos very easy to do. You don't have to fiddle with the camera between exposures and can be sure that you haven't moved your camera. The remote control works from either the front or back of the camera, which isn't the case with all makes. Again, that makes taking multiple exposures with the exact same focus easy. You can also set the self-timer at 2 seconds. The camera will not wait for 2 seconds then snap off quick multiple shots. 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.

    Add in the weather/dust sealing and extremely solid build and you have a great landscape camera that also happens to be a good all-round performer. The sensor is excellent and gives as good an excellent image especially if you shoot in raw format. If you don't you might look at a less expensive model as you won't be gaining full advantage of what the camera offers. That's not just with this camera but any more capable DSLR.

    Another advantage of buying Pentax, Olympus or Sony cameras is the built in shake reduction. That makes the purchase of additional lenses much less expensive. Shake reduction or image stabilization can add an appreciable amount to lens price. Since you're buying an interchangeable lens camera and the eventual cost of lenses can far outstrip the cost of the body that can add up to significant savings. And Pentax lenses, which are excellent are generally less expensive than those of other camera manufacturers. The same can be said of accessories like external flashes, even battery chargers.

    A number of reviewers have mentioned that the camera has a slow burst speed. Kind of. To really get an increase of burst speed, we're talking at least double the speed, to really make a difference you will have to spend a whole lot more. An increase of half a frame a second honestly doesn't make a real world difference.

    It is true that the camera auto-focuses a bit slowly in low light with the kit lens. In low light I use the 50mm 1.4 lens and experience good results, so that may be as much the lens as the camera....more info
  • Best Pentax Camera to date
    As a Pentaxian (Pentax lover), I have only used Pentax cameras. My last DSLR was the *ist DL and I thought Pentax could not top that camera until I tried out this model. This is by far the best I've used, all the controls are easily accessible. The 14.9 MP gives truly sharp pictures. They are easy to edit, both on my computer or in the camera. With the SDHC memory card, it can use just about any size, I have a 16GB in it and I know I'll never run out of space. I highly recommend this camera to the serious photographer or for any photographer wanting to take their picture taking abilites to the next level. Even though I've never used any other brand, I'de match any of my Pentax cameras against any other brands out there. ...more info
  • A real gem! Just buy it!
    You will not find a better camera in terms of image quality unless you're willing to spend $7000+ for a Canon Mark III or a medium format outfit. Just don't tell the guy who just wasted thousands on a ripoff like the D3 ;-).

    This is THE perfect camera for portraiture, studio still and landscapes on a budget. Make sure you get top (prime) lenses (forget the 18-250). Don't even think about it if you're into sports and high speed action (get the D300). And don't get me started if you're one of those "experts" who needs a "noise free" shot at ISO 3000-25000 (who needs that, really!)...more info
  • K20D purchase
    I upgraded from the K10d and expected just a minor tweak to the hardware. The upgrades are there but I was really surprised by the more saturated colors. I thought my polarizer was at fault...but i wasn't using it! It still underexposes about 1 fstop like the K10D(no biggy). I bought this for a second camera for wedding photography (can't get by with one camera...too dangerous). With 4 megapixels more resolution to play with I can also get by with shooting in horizontal position and doing cropping to vertical format in many cases. Makes life simpler than shooting vertically 1/2 the time. Noise control is way better at 800 ISO too (Good for dark churches). Haven't tried 1600 ISO yet. As always Pentax Rocks!!! I got the cheapest(legitimate!) price I could find anywhere right on Amazon. Beware the cheapo websites they are *not real* prices. ...more info
  • Great camera
    I've had mine for about a month now, and I'm very pleased. This is my first DSLR - this has restored my passion for photography that I had years ago with my old SLR's. I bought the Pentax both because I have some older Pentax lenses and because it seemed like the best value for the money. I'm learning the idiosyncrasies of the camera, one being that auto white balance works poorly with my external flash - but choosing the flash white balance setting works beautifully. I'm taking most pictures in RAW+ mode now so I can modify them as needed, but have ready JPEGs to upload to my web site if they don't need any fixing up. This works well with the 8GB memory cards I'm using. I'm having a lot of fun, learning a lot, and wishing I had lots more money to spend on lenses and other accessories, but the kit lens that came with it seems to be a pretty good one for the money....more info
  • Pentax K20D All I Expected!
    Straight forward controls, light, quick. It's all I expected and want out of a digital camera....more info
  • Fantastic camera!
    This is one great camera! I bought it used from Shutterblade (through Amazon), and if it had been in the original box I would have thought it was brand new. Takes great pictures. If you want to step up, get one of these ... you won't regret it....more info
  • Jeff Walters
    I've just had the K20D for about 2 weeks and have really enjoyed it. Having to decide between Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, and Sony was difficult after reading so many reviews. I took a chance on the Pentax based on forums & reviews. I couldn't find the camera in any stores around my home other than the other brands mentioned. The Pentax does feel the best in my hands and when I first held it, it is definitely better built than the others. I bought the 18-55mm AL II kit lens and it does excellent and will purchase the 18-250mm in the future. I have taken the same type shots with my Minolta film camera from the early 80's and this camera surpasses it in quality. I was stubborn for a long time to switch to digital after having the money invested in the Minolta lenses and other equipment.
    I personally think all the major cameras are good and I picked Pentax on a leap of faith. It was the best camera for the money and future lenses and accessories won't break the bank. I have not much use yet for the live view feature but many of the features are usable and intuitive. I really like the idea and flexibility of the front and rear e-dials. I can adjust the aperture with the rear dial and the shutter speed with the front dial. If I could change anything I would make the ISO a dedicated button and maybe the white balance. At least they are at the beginning of the Fn(function) menu button and only requires one extra button to push.
    I would highly recommend this camera unless you shoot alot of sports which the 3 frames per second burst rate doesn't cut it for you. The picture quality is A-1 and the cropping in on some shots I've taken are just great since I don't have a strong zoom lense yet. They don't pixelate on the computer and that has to be the 14.1 megapixels at work with the CMOS sensor. It is a big difference and I'm glad I have purchased the K20D over the K10D if just for the sensor only. ...more info
  • Perfect Package
    Have been using the K20D since June 08 and am very pleased with both the image quality as well as the features and functions.Controls and flexibility are outstanding with significant customization available. At 14.1 MP it is definitely a class leader in resolution.

    Things I love:
    - Most importantly excellent image quality (when combined with the DA*
    lenses): sharp,clear and good color rendition, & dynamic range.
    - Shake reduction built into the body which enables the use of any lens
    in order to gain the benefit.
    - Additional ability to further customize image quality for contrast,
    sharpness, color, hue for 5 deferent presets. Not really necessary,
    but available if you so choose.
    - Ability to simultaneously shoot JPEG+RAW (pre-set or on demand)
    - Intuitive controls and menus
    - Excellent displays in both the main LCD screen as well as the top
    LCD(excellent back lighting in the top LCD: bright green
    illumination).
    - Compact size for smaller hands, but good fit for larger hands when
    coupled with the battery grip (I have reviewed the grip separately).
    - Very quiet shutter sound
    - Good fit and finish (solid build) & moisture/dust sealed

    Things I wish it had:
    - On demand composition grid in view finder (Advantage D300)
    - Button adjustment for White Balance. The K20D requires that you get
    to a menu first. Not a big issue since auto WB seems to work very
    well in 99% of my usage conditions.
    - Protective cover for the main LCD (Advantage D300). I currently use
    an after-market product.

    The K20D has been rated low in its Frame Per Second ability (3 FPS compared to the Canon at 6 FPS). If you require his FPS burst rate (i.e. sports journalism), this will be a handicap. For my usage, it is not an hinderance and therefore I discount the need for an ultra fast FPS burst rate.

    I recommend the DA* series lenses to get the best out of the K20D. These lenses are a tad pricey, but still less expensive than Canon's equivalent L series lenses. The image quality of the DA* lenses is outstanding and complement the K20D very well especially with the SDM focusing (fast and quiet)and weather-sealing.

    This camera is definitely for the enthusiast/prosumer. When I was shopping for a new camera, I tried both a D300 and the K20D for a good 3 week trial each. Based on my user experience, I opted for the K20D and have no regrets....more info
  • I am so pleased with this camera
    This is my first DSLR (though by no means my first digital camera: I've had a Powershot G1, Olympus C8080WZ & a Lumix LX-2). I've been refusing to buy a DSLR mostly because I've been annoyed with Canon & Nikon (they seem mostly to be about defining and farming market niches) and Olympus isn't there yet (limitations with Dynamic Range and viewfinder size). I've never owned a Pentax before but the more I read about it, the more I liked it on paper. Now that I've got it, I like it even better. The camera offers tremendous flexibility and control in a very straightforward way. If you're an enthusiastic amateur, want to take beautiful pictures, and don't want to have to spend an arm and a leg to do it, you should absolutely consider buying the K20D....more info
  • Old Skool Pentaxian making the jump
    Very cool camera.

    I've shot with a 35mm pentax SuperME since 1988. Then in 2006 made the leap to digital SLR with a Canon Rebel XT (350d). I had great fun with the XT, and still use it as my backup camera.

    I've got more serious with my photography and decided to purchase the K20D from a Nikon guy that won it in a photo contest and had no use for it.

    WOW- this camera is light years ahead of the 350D! Only thing I am working hard to get around is that I miss canon's warmer colors. The XT takes pictures that are a lot warmer.. and that suits my style very well.

    I could of course use Photosho/Lightroom to add some warmth.. but that is besides the point.

    I'm very happy with the low light performance, and the 14.6 MP effective range... good stuff!

    ...more info
  • Best DSLR for the price
    The K20D is a very worthwhile upgrade over the K10D:
    - higher ISO (ISO 6400) sensor with more megapixels (15MP)
    - retains weatherproof body
    - Live View (not that mature, but better than nothing!)
    - In-Body Anti-Shake
    - better AF
    - better Auto White Balance
    - micro AF adjust

    The Pentax K20D is not the best at everything:
    - no video mode like the Canon EOS 500D
    - Live View is 1st generation (somewhat like Canon EOS 40D class)
    - EOS 50D has better high-ISO noise
    - gritty screen compared to the full-VGA screen on the EOS 500D / 50D / 5D Mk II
    - slower AF than the Canon and Nikon competitors (even the entry-level ones)

    However, the K20D
    - retains compatibility with the 20-million plus old Pentax lenses out there
    - has in-body image stabilization
    - is weather sealed
    - has micro AF adjust for up to 20 lenses (just like the Canon EOS 50D and higher)


    So while it may not win on a point-per-point basis, it wins on the total package. And if you check the price of the EOS 50D, it's obvious that the K20D is a solid value winner. Right now at under $700 this mid-range DSLR body costs less than the newly-announced, entry-level Canon EOS 500D.

    When we're comparing Pentax's flagship DSLR to Canon's entry-level DSLR on price, that's really saying something....more info
  • Great buy
    Pentax K20D Digital SLR Camera with Pentax SMC DA 18-55mm AL II Zoom Lens + Tamron 70-300mm Di LD Macro Lens + 8GB SDHC Card + Spare D-LI50 Battery + Case + Cameta Bonus Accessory Kit (Purchased on 02/14/2009)

    I received this kit and have been very happy with it *****

    The K20D is amazing. Found the build quality to be top-notch, feels solid in the hands. This camera has been very ez to work with and the learning curve has not been to steep. The pictures are beautiful and sharp, have a few that I have had printed out at 24"X30" and they look great. 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. The D-LI50 battery is amazing. 500 shots ez if you use the flash some, 1000 if you don't do a lot of flash. I can't say enough about this camera. Oh... and low light performance is good too, compared to every camera out there. Want less noise, turn the settings up, and all of the reviews have been done with factory default which is NR off.

    Now the bad

    There are 3 sets of people this camera is not for.
    1st. If you like to do a lot of long exposures over 5 min (star gazers). The way the sensor is set up, any exposure over 1 sec or so, the camera hot pixle hunts for a time equal to the exposure time. If you take a 5-minute exposure the camera exposes the sensor for 5 min then closes and hot pixel hunts for another 5 min, effectively locking out the camera for 10 minutes total. This can put a cramp on the number of shots you can take, especially if you like doing 1-hour exposures.

    2nd. PROFESSIONAL SPORTS. It's not that you can't take good action shots with this camera, you can. (I have great air show pics from my K1000 film, stopped dead) but the frames per second are too slow for someone making a living at it. You will also spend $1500-$2500 USD more. For having fun with the kid's games or any other than that, you want to get paid for shooting it's fine. Just try to anticipate your shots the way you would a film camera and you will be fine.

    3rd. Sadly, if you're the type that likes to run down to the corner camera shop and pick up the latest lens flash or other PENTAX SPECIFIC item FORGET IT. The new owners of Pentax have pretty much dumped all of their smaller retailers so they're not carrying the cameras and lenses. I live in the Dallas area and have been to most of the shops here and I have heard the same story from every one of them. Their reps are gone and they don't do the volume needed to keep the cameras and be competitive. So for the most part, lenses and flashes will have to be gotten on line. Anything not body specific (filters) your fine.

    Tamron 70-300mm: This lens came with this bundle. For the price, it's a nice lens with one major flaw, PURPLE FRINGE. If you have the lens wide open and at full mag, its pretty bad and depending on what your shooting it will be impossible to get rid of post process. Keep it at f8 and around 250mm and it does a great job. For a budget zoom, its not bad. Just remember budget. ***

    SPARE Battery: D-LI50 battery. This bundle comes from Cameta Camera and the spare battery they are sending is an NP-400. Compared to the D-LI50 it's about 1/3rd to1/2 weaker. As soon as I saw it was not what they stated in the ad. I emailed them and asked about it, thinking it was a mistake. I received this response:

    " Hi,
    Thanks for contacting us. The battery that you received is the replacement battery for the DL-I50. This battery is made to replace 3 different batteries that are used in 3 different cameras, the Pentax as well. Using the battery will not void your warranty since it will work perfectly in your camera.
    If you do not want it than we can take it back for a purchase price refund through Amazon.

    If you would please be so kind as to return the battery in its original packaging to the address listed on the top of your invoice, marked to the attention of the "Returns Department," I would be most appreciative. Please be sure to include a copy of your invoice, as well as a brief note describing the reason for the return. Once we do receive said unit back at our facility, we will process the return and refund."

    So I opened it up and gave it a shot (TOO LATE NOW) 200 shots 50/50 with flash and this battery is gone. **

    Cameta Camera got me the order with in a week, it arrived well packed and with the above exception as promised. I would buy any major item from them any time but for the small stuff I would call and see if they're subbing out 1st. ***

    Over all ****

    I will put some pics up shortly
    ...more info
  • Almost Perfect
    A much bigger jump from K10D than I expected; wonderful color and contrast; A little on the heavy side but very good balance....more info
  • Rugged, reliable research camera with outstanding features
    I bought my K20D to do research photography in rough environments in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. I'm not a technical equipment expert but I have plenty of experience using cameras as a tool of my trade. This review relates a few tips and personal impressions about this terrific camera.

    I actually bought a K10D in January 2007 for a series of research trips in Southeast Asia. I took about 15,000 trouble-free photos with that camera when it was, unfortunately, destroyed in an accident (a fire, incidentally, and I think it would have survived just about anything else).

    In November 2008 I bought a K20D as a replacement. I bought my K10D with the standard lens. This time I bought the body and lens separately, which gave me a much better camera for my application. I decided on a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC SLD ELD Aspherical Macro Lens for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras, which I'll review separately.

    After my experience with the K10D it was a no-brainer to buy the K20D. Features are similar so there was no learning curve, and all my accessories (Pentax BG2 Battery Grip for Pentax K10D and K20D DSLR Cameras, Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Pentax Digital SLR Cameras, Pentax AF540FGZ Flash for Pentax and Samsung Digital SLR Cameras (Includes Case)) were compatible. The K20D is an even better camera with higher image resolution, color enhancement and (I think) improved image stabilization.

    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 this camera far exceeds my endurance for a day of shooting.

    Two boy scout tips will make life better (or at least more relaxed) with this camera:

    1. Buy an extra battery and charger - The uncommon format used in this camera makes these items very difficult to find in local camera stores (impossible to find where I go). No battery or no charger = no pix. I got this inexpensive kit with both 2 Replacement Pentax D-LI50 Batteries and Mini Battery Charger for the K10D & K20D Digital SLR Cameras. Good insurance.

    2. Take an extra USB cable to download your pix to computer. Like the batteries, the tiny D-shell connection to the K20D body is not a common size. On one trip when I lost this I ended up buying a flashcard USB reader because the cable was nowhere to be found...at least in Cambodia.

    November 2008 I shot 7,000 trouble free photos in 9 days. 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....more info