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06-28-2014, 07:49 AM   #1
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Want to upgrade a k20 due to it not taking goo low light pics. Any suggestion?

06-28-2014, 08:21 AM   #2
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Not sure what your budget is, but if you want to stay with a flagship model, K5 or higher will give you better high iso performance. In the entry/midrange tier, K-X or higher. Best bang for the buck right now might be a K30 or K50 - not flagship models, but offer advanced features such as weathersealing, focus peaking, and pentaprism viewfinder.
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Can I suggest you define the shortcomings of the k20 that your unhappy with, is it noise or poor autofocus lock or exposure issues

That would help suggest the right path
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What lenses do you use? Anything f/2.8 or faster?

Outside of really knowing your setup or desires, I'd recommend looking at a K-5 II on the second hand market maybe.

If you are using slower lenses, however, I'd recommend a faster lens! (Faster meaning smaller aperture value -- lets in more light)

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I'd pick up a k5 (ii, iis, or original), or the k3. The latter gives you the latest features and more resolution, but the overall low light performance is about the same between the k3 and k5.

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You can get maybe three stops better performance from the sensor, plus better AF, metering, SR, rear screen and viewfinder. The K20D was an upper tier model but a lot of upper tier features have moved into the cheaper cameras. So you can get a pentaprism viewfinder, and 2 control dials even in a K-500, and WR in a K-50. A lot of K-500 features are better than the K20D; six years is a long time in DSLR features. You have to look pretty hard to find features from the K20D that are missing on the K-500.

WR - if you have any WR lenses now or want that, look at the K-50 instead.
Battery Grip - if you like having a grip or liked the size of the K20D, look at the K-5 line or the K-3 instead.
Tethering - the K-3 has this if you get a FluCard too and have a tablet/phone.
Wired Remote - I think you have to get a K-5 or K-3 for this.

The sensor is pretty much the same for the K-5 versions, K-30, K-50 and K-500, with only a few more pixels than the K20D. If you get a K-3 you might have to upgrade an old computer to handle the 24 Mp.

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Until you know what the issue is how can you suggest a camera that will address it.

What if the OP has a technical requirement to take noise free images in near dark conditions at ISO 125,000

Will a k5 offer that.

Ok a k5 may well suit perfectly, but what is the issue here we re trying to solve.

Not taking good low light pics could mean anything, what are good low light pics, I think we need to know more

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