Pentax K20D on show at PMA 2008


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http://stock-photo.blogspot.com/2007/11/pentax-k20d-on-show-at-pma-2008.html

Pentax K20D is coming and according to sources will be on display at the PMA 2008 show. The announcement of the 14 megapixel dslr together with the K200 is expected at january 24 2008 in Beijing.

The Pentax k20D has a 14 megapixel Pentax proprietary cmos sensor, 3 inch screen of the same type seen on Nikon models, live view, revamped anti shake, and it also seems a new file format in addition to the PEF, DNG and jpeg presently in the K10D. We can only assume it may be a uncompressed raw format.

The sensor itself is stirring a lot of comments at photo forums. This would be Pentax first sensor, but building a sensor demands huge resources and a foundry. Such an undertaking in secret is very doubtful and most seem to agree that the "Pentax sensor" must be a licensed 3:rd party product.

Sony does not have a 14 megapixel sensor so it may come as a surprise to some about who is working with Pentax in this regard, you will just have to wait and see ;)
There is word about a High Dynamic range setting and lens AF adjustment. The sensor is not FF.

Pentax management outlined in March 2007 the direction of Pentax DSLR products and declared that consecutive models would offer true upgrades and not just reworked models (like the *ist that had numerous versions on the market)

The K20d may use the same body as the present K10d but the difference in specifications will be so big that this truly is a new model - it is not a K10d mkII. If for nothing else, just the new sensor merits a new model name but expect a couple of body mods also. Double sensor dust protection, 2.7 inch live view screen and pc sync connector.

Expect a starting price at around 1400 us$. Pentax is starting to look like a serious playter. The only backwash is the lens market that is still weaker on choice that the other brands. This has in part to do with the cooperation between Tokina and Pentax. As a direct result, some 3-party models are unfortunately not available in Pentax mount. However - it seem that the new Tamron 70 - 200 2.8 will also have pentax mount. Very good news indeed as this lens is a stellar performer - and lightweight. More on that later.

Stay tuned for more news on Pentax K20D and the K200 (that will have the 10 megapixel sensor).


Update: This still seems like a rumored report ;( But the following Samsung GX-20 one looks real :D
 

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Some leaked info of the cloned Samsung GX-20 by Aronsen - a Samsung branch in Noway:

http://www.aronsen.no/default.asp?ArtID=428

Samsung GX-20
Avansert speilreflekskamera med Live View!

• 14,6 Megapiksler (CMOS sensor)
• Optisk billedstabilisering (Image sensor shift mechanism)
• Huset er motstandsdyktig mot regn, sand og støv
• Dobbel støvfjerning på billedbrikken
• Stor 2,7” LCD skjerm
• Søkerbilde på LCD (Live View)
• Ett- trykks RAW opptak
• Følsomhet inntil 3200 ISO
Veil pris ca. kr 9.995,-
Introduseres i januar


Seems there are some conflicted info about the back LCD. The Pentax K20D was reported to be a 3" non-flip LCD while the Samsung is a 2.7" flip LCD :think: Both have LiveView though.
 

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HRM. HRM. HRM.

siannnn la i'm going to be damn poor in summer :/

will have to see iso performance though, i do recall that it wasn't so good for k10d (compared to k100d, anyways)?
if it isn't a huge jump then i'll just bum around hunting for k10ds :D or perhaps wait for the k200d (if it's come out by that time)
 

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SRP price is 10% higher than the K10D.
 

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It's so tempting!!! Seems like its a major upgrade. The best (in terms of pentax, other camps dun fire @ me please :)) just got better !
 

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arhhhh..... so attractive
got to use my 10D more often and spoil it:sweatsm:
 

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Wa. The K20D looks promising. Haha. ;p
 

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My main concern is whether there is gonna be a new AF sensor for the K20D. Hope that they will not be using the current K10D SAFOX sensor. :think:
 

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