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Pentax K20D DSLR


Pentax K20D with optional Battery Grip BG2

Pentax K20D with optional Battery Grip BG2

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer dSLR

The Pentax K20D DSLR has 14.6MP resolution on a newly developed APS-sized (23.5mm x 15.6mm) CMOS image sensor with Sensor Shift Shake Reduction and Dust Reduction.

Since it is sensor-based, image stabilization is compatible with any PENTAX lens ever produced, including new SDM lenses. The Shake Reduction system offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage.

Pentax claims its Enhanced Dynamic Range mode gives 200% more dynamic range and an improved noise reduction system that allows the use of a high ISO 6400.

A new extra large 2.7-in. LCD monitor now features Live View. A high 230,000 pixels resolution and a 160° horizontal/vertical wide angle viewing provide easy viewing from any angle. It also features a glass pentaprism viewfinder that offers a 95 percent field of view and a 95X magnification -- with a large, bright and clear view.

The PENTAX K20D's weather and dust resistant body features special seals applied to different areas of the camera body to allow shooting in harsh conditions. To prevent dust from collecting on the image sensor, an improved Dust Reduction system features prevention, removal and alerting devices. For those times when manual sensor cleaning is required, the dust alert system displays on the LCD the location of dust on the sensor to allow precise removal.

Continuous shooting is at 3fps (38 JPG and Continuous Hi, 14 RAW PEF, 16 RAW DNG).

The Pentax K20D has a great feature set and demanding photo enthusiasts will find lots to like for nature/landscape and studio photography. The weather sealing also makes this a great camera for travel photography.


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Pentax K20D
QuickFact™ Sheet
Pentax K20D US | CAN | UK | PentaxSLR
Type Digital SLR
Image Sensor

Type: CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.4 x 15.6mm
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels: 14.6 MP
Total pixels: 15.1 MP
Recorded resolutions: 4672x3104 (14.6M), 3872x2592 (10M), 3008x2000 (6M), 1824x1216 (2M)
Quality levels: �������� Premium, ������ Best, ���� Better, �� Good
Dust Removal: Image sensor movement combined with SP coating

Image Stabilization

Type: Body-based, sensor shift Shake Reduction (4 stops maximum)

Lens Mount Type/construction: Pentax KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: Pentax KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format useable w/ adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: YES
Power zoom function: YES
Focus System

Type: TTL phase-matching 11 point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Focus modes: AF Single (w/ focus lock), AF Continuous, Manual
Focus point adjustment: Auto, User-selectable, Center
AF assist: YES, via built-in flash


Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 95%
Magnification: 0.95x (w/ 50mm f/1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte II
Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5
Depth of field preview: Optical diaphragm stop down, Digital, Live View (FOV 100%, magnification 4x/8x available, grid pattern available)


Type: 2.7” TFT color LCD monitor, adjustable brightness/color, Live View available (TTL by image sensor, 100% FOV)
Resolution: Approx 230,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: YES, approx 160° horizontal/vertical

Light Metering

Type: TTL open-aperture, 16 segment metering
Sensitivity range: EV 0-21 (ISO 100, 50mm f/1.4)
Multi-segment: YES, 16 segments
Center weighted: YES
Spot: YES

Exposure lock: YES

Exposure Compensation

+/- 3EV (1/2 steps), +/- 2EV (1/3 steps)

Auto Bracketing

YES, 3 or 5 frames, up to +/- 2EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)

ISO Sensitivity

Auto: 100-3200 ISO (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range ISO available to ISO 6400
Manual: 100-3200 ISO (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range ISO available to ISO 6400

White Balance

Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent (W, D, N), Flash, Color Temperature
Manual mode(s): YES
* WB fine adjustment available


Type: Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb available

Capture Modes

Mode selection: Green, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Metered Manual, X Speed, Bulb, USER
Green simplified mode available: YES
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes include Sv, TAv)
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Custom Image Function includes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, and Vibrant modes, each with gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, contrast, and sharpness. Monochrome includes adjustment for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales).
Data record: Folder Name (standard, date), File Name (standard, customizable)

Custom Functions

Functions available: 36

Drive Modes

Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Burst (1.6M, JPG), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Remote Continuous, Auto Bracket, Extended Bracket, Multi-Exposure, Interval
Continuous FPS: - 3.0 FPS (38 JPG and Continuous Hi, 14 RAW PEF, 16 RAW DNG) - 2.3 FPS (unlimited JPG and Continuous Lo, 14 RAW PEF, 16 RAW DNG) - 20 FPS in Burst mode (115 at 1.6M, ������, JPG)
Self-timer: YES (12s, 2s)
Remote control: YES, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous) and cable switch supported

Playback Modes

Mode selection: One shot, two shots, index (4, 9, or 16 thumbnails), magnification, image rotation, folder view, slideshow, histogram, bright/dark indicators, RAW to JPG
Magnification: Up to 32x, scrollable
Digital filters (playback): B&W (4), Sepia (3), Color (18), Color Extract (6), Soft (3), Illustration, HDR (3), Slim (+/- 8), Brightness (+/- 8)

Built-in Flash

Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
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

External Flash

Type: Hot Shoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), Wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync socket
Synchronization speed: 1/180s

File Formats

Still: RAW PEF/DNG, JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III

Storage Media

Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC

Language English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese

Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, video out, DC input, cable switch, X-Sync socket
Video out: NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: PictBridge

Operating Temperatures 32-104°F
Computer System Requirements

*For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
Windows: Windows XP/Vista, USB port
Mac: MacOS 10.2 or later, USB 2.0 port

Power Supply

Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI50, BG2 Battery Grip (optional) for second D-LI50 battery
Recordable images: Approx 740 (approx 530 with 50% flash)
Playback time: Approx 330 min
AC adapter available: YES (optional)

What's in The Box

K20D body, USB Cable I-USB17, Video Cable I-VC28, Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI50, Battery Charge Cradle D-BC50, AC Plug Cord, Strap O-ST53, Hotshoe Cover FK, Eyecup FP, Body Mount Cover, Finder Cap for ME, Focusing Screen LF-80 Frame Matte, Bottom Cap K10D, Software CD-ROM S-SW74/75

Optional Accessories

AC Adapter Kit D-AC50, Battery Charger Kit K-BC50, Battery Grip BG2, Cap D-BG2 (for battery grip), Focusing Screen LL-80 AF Divided Matte, Focusing Screen LI-80 AF Scale Matte, Remote Control F, Cable Switch CS-205, Magnifying Eyepiece O-ME53, DSLR Gadget Bag, DSLR Sling Bag

Dimensions (W x H x D) 141.5x 101 x 70mm /
5.6 x 4.0 x 2.8 in

715g (25.2 oz.) without battery and SD memory card;
800g (28.2 oz.) loaded and ready

MSRP US $1299.95 body only

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