K20D - "Best Buy" by American Photo


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First awards for K20D :bsmilie:

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http://nedbunnell.blogspot.com/2008/06/american-photo-gives-k20d-best-buy.html

The American Photo July/August issue is just hitting newstands now. It's their annual Editor's Choice Awards for 2008. In the "Advanced D-SLRs" category, the K20D was given a "Best Buy". The other cameras reviewed in this category were the Canon EOS 40D, Olympus E-3, and Sony Alpha 700. The 40D and E-3 were given "Editor's Choice".

The K200D was included in the "Entry-Level D-SLRs" category, along with the Canon EOS Rebel Xsi, Sony Alpha 350, Panasonic Lumix DMC-L10, and Olympus Evolt E-420. The Rebel Xsi was given "Editor's Choice" and the Alpha 350 and Evolt E-420 were given "Best Buy" awards.

 

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THe Canon 40D is cheaper than the Pentax K20D and yet the Canon is Editor's choice and the Pentax is Best buy.
Usually the Editor's choice is the one with the most features and functions, while the best buy represents the best value for money.
I can understand the E3 award as it is pro-level but more expensive. But I think the 40D and K20D should exchange awards.
 

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THe Canon 40D is cheaper than the Pentax K20D and yet the Canon is Editor's choice and the Pentax is Best buy.
Usually the Editor's choice is the one with the most features and functions, while the best buy represents the best value for money.
I can understand the E3 award as it is pro-level but more expensive. But I think the 40D and K20D should exchange awards.
Over here the 40D might be cheaper. But in America the K20D is cheaper (but Canon 40D has $200 mail-in rebate while Pentax K20D only got $100 rebate ...). Besides, I don't think Editor's choice is always the one with the most features and functions, but mostly for its IQ, speed, handling and etc.
 

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Recent German magazine "Color Foto" decided they must redo all camera tests (29 DSLRs retested) because they "forgot" to notice the disappearance of texture detail in some models.

Some of those "preservation of texture" values read (bigger is better, max. 15, ISO 100/400/800/1600):

Pentax K20D(Samsung GX20): 15/15/15/14.5(15) (or 100%!)
Pentax K200D: 15/15/15/13.5
Pentax K100Dsp: 13/13.5/13.5/12
Nikon D300: 14.5/14.5/14/14 (or 98%)
Nikon D3: 14.5/14.4/14/14.5
Leica Digilux 3: 15/14.5/14.5/14.5
Canon EOS 40D: 10/10.5/10.5/8.5 (or 66%)
Sony Alpha 700: 9/8.5/9/10.5 (or 62%)

Original source here:
url]http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/29924-pop-photo-july-issue.html[/url]


My own experience w/ K20D is: at higher ISO the photos might appear noisy, but the details (at focused area) are just great!
 

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