updated 04:15 pm EST, Wed January 23, 2008
Pentax K20D and K200D
Pentax joined in the slew of updates for the PMA photo expo this afternoon with updates to its K-series digital SLRs. Looking to earn the same reputation as its larger rivals, the company's flagship K20D jumps from 10.1 to 14.6 megapixels compared to the older K10D but also switches to a new CMOS sensor; this eliminates much of the noise that appears with conventional CCD sensors at mid-to-high ISO sensitivity levels used for shooting in low light, the camera maker explains. It also extends that ISO range to 6400 and supplies hardware image stabilization through the body rather than the lens.
The K20D also allows beginners or those caught in unusual shooting positions to compose a shot with a live preview on the 2.7-inch LCD rather than having to use the optical viewfinder, as with most digital SLRs. Pentax ships the body-only version of the camera in April for $1,300.
A relative entry-level camera, the K200D, is also in the wings to replace the K100D Super, the company says. It continues to use CCD but climbs from 6.1 to 10.2 megapixels and should continue to support both hardware image stabilization as well as an automatic dust removal sensor. Pentax plans to launch the K200D in April for $800 with a basic kit lens included in the box.
(K200D coming soon)