Pentax K20D First Impressions Review

The Pentax K20D follows the K10D with several dramatic changes. As Pentax’s flagship DSLR, the K20D has a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor with more than twice the resolution of its predecessor. The new model also has a live view on its larger LCD screen, inc


Physical Tour

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Front **The Pentax K20D has a large hand grip on its left when viewing from the front. The grip is covered in a leather-like texture and is only broken by a little window in the center of the grip that acts as a receiver for the infrared remote control. At the top of the hand grip is the exposure adjustment dial, with the shutter release button and surrounding power switch also visible from this angle. The bayonet lens mount is to the right of the center, and the Pentax logo hovers over it and provides a stepping stool for the built-in flash unit. To the lower left of the lens mount is a red "SR" label flaunting the camera’s shake reduction system, which is built into the camera body. Beside the label is the lens release button. A small shoulder peers outward from the right. The grooved edge of the mode dial peeks out at the top and the K20D logo sits below it. 

 Back**The back of the Pentax K20D is cluttered with lots of controls that are typical of DSLRs. The camera has a nice shape, and at its top is the hot shoe mount. Below it is the optical viewfinder surrounded by a cushioned rubber eyecup. To the left of the viewfinder is the exposure bracketing button. Below it is a column of circular buttons with large labels: from top to bottom they are menu, delete, info, and playback. Below the viewfinder and beside the buttons is the 2.7-inch LCD screen. A Pentax logo sits just below the LCD. An expanse of space to the right of the LCD leaves plenty of room for all kinds of interesting controls. At the top is the exposure adjustment/zoom dial, which magnifies images in the Playback mode and assists in selecting shutter speed and aperture settings in the Manual mode. To its right is a small exposure lock button that can also be set to lock the focus within the Setup menu. Below the exposure adjustment dial is an exposure compensation button that also activates a backlight on the monochrome LCD atop the camera. Adjacent to the exposure compensation button is an autofocus button that allows you to access the autofocus system while using the live view LCD feature. There is a sensor in the same neighborhood that can be used for remote controls. Below the buttons and sensor is a traditional multi-selector surrounded by a dial that rotates within three positions: auto, select, and spot. This sets the autofocus point. The multi-selector has arrows that point in four directions along with a central OK button. To the right of the multi-selector and autofocus point dial is a small LED that indicates when the camera is busy processing data. In the lower right corner of the K20D’s back is an odd lever that appeared on the K10D and is used to release the SD card door located on the right side. To the left of the release lever is a shake reduction switch and a function button. 
 **Left Side The left side has a flattened shoulder with a neck strap eyelet near the top. Just below the eyelet is a PC sync socket covered with a tiny cap. The mode dial can be seen at the top, and a few more features sit near the front of the left side. Near the top is the pop-up flash button. Below it is a RAW shooting button. And closer to the bottom is a switch that moves from manual focus to continuous and single autofocus modes. 
 ****Right Side The right side of the camera has a neck strap eyelet at the top to match the other side. It also shows the wide hand grip that is covered in rubber. Near the back is a door that is completely sealed and can only be opened if the release lever on the back of the camera is toyed with. 
 ****Top The Pentax K20D has a monochrome LCD on the right side that shows shooting info and is typical of DSLRs. At the tip of the hand grip is the shutter release button, surrounded by a power switch and next to a small button with a green dot on it. This button can be set to perform different functions in the Setup menu. The flash unit sits to the left of the monochrome LCD along with the hot shoe socket and the viewfinder behind it. Barely visible, but still there, is the sliding serrated control that adjusts the diopter. On the left shoulder is the mode dial with a metering switch surrounding it. 
 ****Bottom**The bottom of the Pentax K20D couldn’t be easily seen on the show floor because it was attached to a handle that kept it tethered to a counter. I could see the battery compartment door beneath the hand grip. I couldn’t see the tripod socket, but there’s a good guess that it’s directly behind the lens mount.** **

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  1. Physical Tour
  2. Components
  3. Design / Layout
  4. Modes
  5. Control Options
  6. Image Parameters
  7. Connectivity / Extras
  8. Overall Impressions
  9. Conclusion
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