Camera Test: Pentax K20D

With rich features, a big 14.6MP sensor, and an estimated street price of $1,299, Pentax's super DSLR is a rare talent.

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1/500 @ f/4 ISO 400: The Pentax K20D did a nice job of evaluative metering for the range in this scene.

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1/50 @ f/4.5 ISO 400: We had to slightly warm up the tones on this shaded street scene.

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1/80 @ f/4.5 ISO 400: We exposure-locked on the window display and recomposed for our chosen angle, s that the main area would be properly exposed, while the bright sunlit edge and background get blown out a little in this high-contrast scene.

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1/320 @ f/4.5 ISO 400: The Pentax K20D did a nice job of keeping detail throughout the tonal range in this fisheye scene.

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1/250 @ f/4.5 ISO 100: We had to warm up the color in this shaded ice rink shot to neutralize a cool blue cast.

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1/160 @ f/4.5 ISO 100: Again, we needed to warm up this shot a little to minimize the bluishness of the ice in the shaded foreground.

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1/640 @ f/8 ISO 200: There’s great detail in this low ISO scene of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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1/15 @ f/4 ISO 200. Yes, that’s 1/15 of a second, handheld, courtesy the sensor-shift stabilization. Notice the great shadow details.

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We shot this street scene at ISO 100, 800, 1600, and 3200 on the Finest Quality JPEG setting at full 14.6 megapixel resolution. We’ve pulled the same areas up to 100% pixel views in the next slides.

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The same scene at ISO 100, 100% pixel view.

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The same scene at ISO 800, 100% pixel view.

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The same scene at ISO 1600, 100% pixel view.

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The same scene at ISO 3200, 100% pixel view.