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Old Jan 23, 2008, 11:36 AM   #1
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EDIT: Pentax USA has posted the K20D specs. No need for translation anymore!

http://www.pentaximaging.com/product...n--digital_slr


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Pentax Germany has made public the press release with info regarding the upcoming Pentax K20D.

I don't understand German too well, but here's what I was able to extrapolate from the press release. This post will change often as I learn more info.

New 14.6 MP CMOS censor with dust shield (Dust Reduction)
Shake Reduction (SR) up to 4 exposure stops
New Dust Alert function
Live View
Flash X-Sync port for use with studio strobes
Burst Mode up to 20 pictures/second (JPEG only at *** and 1.6 MP)
Multiple exposure of 2.8 fps up to 16 RAW/DNG or 38 JPEG (or unlimited JPEG to card capacity at 2.3 fps)
11 point autofocus with 9 cross-sensors (SAFOX VIII)
Non-standard AF adjustment (can save 20 lens adjustments)
Sensitivity: ISO 100 - ISO 3200 (ISO 6400 extended)
2.7-inch LCD display with 230,000 dot resolution
Custom Image feature with 5 modes (bright, natural, portrait, landscape, vibrant) and 4 adjustments (hue, saturation, contrast, sharpness)
36 programmable custom functions
4 exposure programs (normal, high speed, depth sharpness, MTF)
PRIME engine for finer JPEG gradation
Pentax KAF2 mount
14-bit analog-to-digital converter that outputs 12-bit RAW
File formats: JPEG (*,**,***,****), RAW, DNG, RAW/DNG + JPEG
Memory card format: SD & SDHC
Optical and digital preview function
Optional: battery grip, change ground-glass plates (changable focus screen?)
Dimensions (in mm): 141.5 (B) x 101 (H) x 70 (T)
Weight: 715g without battery or SD card

Price: $1299 with 18-55 mm II lens
Availability: Spring 2008

Here's a link to the PDF from Pentax Germany so someone with better German skills can make sense of it: http://www.pentax.de/downloads/photo...ung%20K20D.pdf

This is looking very promising. Can't wait to hear more about the camera!

Attached is an image of the K20D from a Pentax brochure on the site. Link to the brochure in my next reply.

EDIT: Looks like Pentax Germany acted too early. They just pulled the PDFs off their site. Good thing I saved the files to my computer!

- Jason
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 11:54 AM   #2
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An image of the rear of the camera.

Taken from the official brochure on Pentax Germany's website. Link to the brochure: http://www.pentax.de/downloads/photo...e_K20D_GER.pdf
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 12:34 PM   #3
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Instead of posting a new thread, just adding more stuff... hope you don't mind.
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 12:36 PM   #4
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and another
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 12:36 PM   #5
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and can't forget lenses!
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 12:36 PM   #6
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I'm a little disappointed there is no DA* 60-250mm F/4... at least not yet.
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 12:43 PM   #7
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So far the biggest change seems the sensor, but if it delivers good results at iso 6400, it's enough.
I'm more interested in the lenses, I wonder if the 55-300 is as good and portable as the 50-200. I may be interested in case, expecially if it's good up to 300 ( not 200 like sigma and tamron )
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I am sure I read somewhere that there would be a firmware update for the K10D at the same time as the launch of the K20D.

I am wondering if they are going to allow individual lens AF adjustment and image file naming protocols for the K10D!!!
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I wonder if the new 55-300mm is a reworked FA-J 75-300mm? That would be sad.

What I would really want to see is either the DA* 60-250mm or a DA* 80-200mm F2.8 (same as the FA*).


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Just what I need, another camera or two to lust after!
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