February 19, 2008 Pentax has added to its digital SLR line-up with the release of the 10.2 megapixel K200D and the 14.6 megapixel K20D- the highest resolution camera to date in the company's prosumer category. Both cameras boast dust-proof and weather-resistant bodies, an improved image processor and anti-shake systems that work with any PENTAX lens.
The 14.6 megapixel K20D sports a newly developed CMOS image sensor, the latest noise-reduction technology and custom image functions that allow users to select between six preset options and further adjust image processing, including saturation, hue, contrast and sharpness. The K20D also offers an expanded dynamic range function that allows users to gain more contrast and detail in bright settings.
The live view 2.7 inch LCD monitor incorporates a grid display to assist composition and auto focus may be activated by simply pressing the AF button on the back of the camera. Further fine tuning of the image can be confirmed with the 4X or 8X zoom option. The camera has a weather and dust resistant body for all conditions and a PC sync socket for more advanced photographers who use studio lighting. Additional features include a dust reduction system, a choice of 16-segment multi-pattern metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering to accommodate various photographic applications, nine digital filters to add creative and artistic touches and 36 custom functions to personalize camera operations.
The K200D is a 10.2 megapixel digital SLR camera designed to grow with an amateur photographer’s skill as they learn more about their hobby by offering more features than found in most entry level models. It includes many of the features of the K20D such as the custom image functions, dust reduction and weather resistance. However, it has additional features such as auto picture and scene modes that offer shooting ease, while advanced modes can be used as the person becomes more experienced. It also has a Pentax-developed Shake Reduction (SR) system for sharp, blur-free images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as macro and telephoto photography or low light settings without a flash.
Pentax has also released five new lens models all developed specifically for its digital SLRs, bringing the complete line of lenses to 22 current models. Each new lens features a Quick-shift Focus System for instant switching from auto focus to manual and the Pentax SP coating that protects the exposed lens elements from grease and dust. The lenses range from 180-200mm and prices vary from USD$199.95 to $1099.95.
The K20D (body only) digital SLR camera will retail for US$1299.95 from April, while the K200D digital SLR will ship from March with an RRP of US$799.95 (with new 18-55mm lens).