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05-05-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
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K100DS little step upgrading: K200D or K20D?

I love my K100D, I really do, but more and more I found myself taking pictures in not so friendly weather, so I'm thinking about upgrading to a WR body . I have a little savings that could fund me for a small upgrade, and there is two bodies available at my local forum, K200D and K20D.

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QuoteOriginally posted by minahasa Quote
I love my K100D, I really do, but more and more I found myself taking pictures in not so friendly weather, so I'm thinking about upgrading to a WR body . I have a little savings that could fund me for a small upgrade, and there is two bodies available at my local forum, K200D and K20D.
I went from K100DS to K20D. I did not consider it a little step. I recommend the K20D, as it has a number of improvements on the K200D. Most important to me were a front dial, direct control of AF points & metering, better high ISO performance, more megapixels for cropping.
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If you can afford the K20, I'd get that. It's just got more stuff on it.
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The interesting part is the price. The K200D is selling for like $375 with original BG, while the K20D is on $400 with non-original BG.. so this will be an easy pick, don't you think?

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I happen to have both at the moment and I had a K100d at one time. I'm trying to decide which to keep. Both are a nice upgrade from the K100d, but in my opinion so long as you're upgrading I would go with the K20d. The cost difference is (or shouldn't be) all that much. In return you get a much nicer camera.

They're both weather-sealed as you know. Aside from the higher resolution, it's also a lot faster and has a bigger buffer. My biggest frustration with the K200d is the tiny buffer, it fills up quickly. Otherwise I love it. K20d is like a "super" version, it's nicer it almost every way that counts except maybe physical size, and it's not that much bigger.
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QuoteOriginally posted by minahasa Quote
The interesting part is the price. The K200D is selling for like $375 with original BG, while the K20D is on $400 with non-original BG.. so this will be an easy pick, don't you think?
I would go with the K20d as well (and did for quite some time). If you are use to the size of the 100d, you may find yourself uncomfortable with the grip on the K20d. I know I hated the grip on that camera as it was just too bulky for me (the K7/5 with the grip is simply a treat to use). As others have noted you get so much more camera with the K20d. I'm not suggesting the 200d is a bad camera here (just so no 200d users get offended ). You also get a real glass prism viewfinder (95% view IIRC). I won't rehash the other stuff but what you Don't get is the auto/scene modes. In addition, you get the ability to make slight adjustments on autofocus for up to 20 lenses.

I wouldn't let the original BG for the 200 vs aftermarket BG on the 20 make the decision here. A lot of people use the generics and are quite happy with them.

The forum here gives the ability to do some side by side compares if you want to look at the feature sets of one vs the other..

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-cameras-compared/?c1=k20d&c2=k200d&c3=k100d


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You also get a real glass prism viewfinder (95% view IIRC). I won't rehash the other stuff but what you Don't get is the auto/scene modes. In addition, you get the ability to make slight adjustments on autofocus for up to 20 lenses.
I forgot about the larger ovf and AF adjust. Nice features to have, for sure.

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I wouldn't let the original BG for the 200 vs aftermarket BG on the 20 make the decision here. A lot of people use the generics and are quite happy with them.
Is the generic grip weather resistant like the Pentax? Not that that would matter to me, I only use the battery grip to counterbalance my non-WR flash.
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DONE.. Payment sent! I'm moving to K20D

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Dan, I don't know if the generic BG for the 10/20 is sealed. I've read reports that the one for the 7/5 is but again, I couldn't say for sure. I have a Pentax grip on the K5 and it's the only one I really have any experience with.

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I know i'm late to the party but..........................K20 all the way!
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I have the K100 and K200, and got the K200 mostly for a 2nd body, but the wr has come in handy. I don't have a K20, but because of the close price, would go for the K20 if buying now (I bought my K200 when it was still sold new.) I actually considered a $500 refurb K20 to replace the K100 this year, but decided it wasn't enough of a jump for what I do from the K200. I'm anxiously waiting for those $500 K5s to hit the market.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
I'm anxiously waiting for those $500 K5s to hit the market.
Well bro you might be waiting a while... and I will be waiting with you. The $500 K7s are just about here and I'll jump all over that too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tibbitts Quote
I actually considered a $500 refurb K20 to replace the K100 this year, but decided it wasn't enough of a jump for what I do from the K200. I'm anxiously waiting for those $500 K5s to hit the market.
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Paul we are of the same mind once again, I have a K20 in hand but I'm selling it in favor of the K200 which I also own.

The K20 is a great camera but the only compelling feature for me is the larger buffer. Ability to snap away at 3fps for quite a while would be nice but not worth the premium to me, so I'm holding out for a K7. The K200 is a fine camera that I intend to use and keep for as long as it lets me.

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Nice dramatic shot of it! The vertical grip, of course, makes it look even bigger, but had you not already decided on the K20D before I saw this thread, I probably would have chimed in that the difference in size between the K20D and K200D is pretty significant. K20D just doesn't fit me at all. And I *do* love being able to use AA's. In all other respects, though, the K20D is quite clearly the better camera.
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