The Good Impressive performance, 14 megapixels at a relatively low price; weather sealed; nice control layout; wireless flash control.
The Bad Slightly inaccurate colors; shake reduction could be more effective.
The Bottom Line Pentax's 14MP K20D is a great choice for a midlevel SLR and offers a lot of bang for the buck.
Editors' note: The competitive landscape for this camera has changed since our review, and we've updated the text and ratings to reflect that. After looking at subsequent reviews we've decided that we were overly forgiving of the color inaccuracy problems in the K20D's photos; given the increase in the number of competitors at the K20D's price, which produce more consistent, high-quality photos, we've dropped the image quality rating from 8 to 7. Text changes include comparisons to newer models.
In case you haven't been paying close attention to the digital SLR market lately, there's been a shift toward CMOS sensors. Though Pentax has stuck with CCD for its entry-level K200D SLR, they have moved to a 14.6-megapixel CMOS chip in their new flagship K20D. That puts it ahead of some more expensive models in terms of pixel count. Notably, Canon's similarly priced EOS 40D sports a 10.1MP sensor, Sony's Alpha DSLR-A700 includes a 12.24MP chip, and Nikon's D90 checks in at 12.3 megapixels. As I always say, megapixels aren't everything, so let's see what else Pentax's K20D has going on.