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05-25-2008, 09:41 AM   #31
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Even I was thinking of getting a K200D when the price fall down. But my brother and sister had other ideas and got me a K200D with 18-55 lens kit as a gift for me. I love my family.
I miss the dials of PZ1p in the K200D though. Overall, very happy to move to digital.

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I don't regret buying the K200D -- it's a great camera and takes very nice pictures. ISO noise is generally controllable, and I'll have to test ISO 400 "more noise" than 800.

That being said, there are a few things I really would have liked from the K20D.

1) Interchangeable focus screens and better viewfinder -- This is a biggy for me, as many times I like to manually focus. The K200D's viewfinder just isn't all that great. Not bad, but not great. I'm hoping maybe buying Pentax's loupe will help, but I'm betting the K20D viewfind is still better than the K200D. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Having a changeable screen would also be nice, as I could upgrade to a Kat'z Eye and clean the dust from behind my screen. The K200D's screen looks like it can be removed, but I'm too afraid to try it.

2) Dual scroll wheels.

3) Higher ISO and burst range.

4) Live view, if just for those random over-the-head or under-the-ankle shots.

5) Higher resolution, of course

6) More in-depth custom functions -- Focusing adjustments, etc, which the K200D defnitely doesn't have.


Worth an additional $500 or so? Up to each person to decide, but it's definitely crossed my mind to sell my K200D and upgrade to the K20D.
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I've been giving this more thought myself. I was sold on getting the K20D before I made a handy little spread sheet calculating all the various pricing options. The bottom line is after rebates I can get the K200D + DA* 16-50mm, for roughly the same price as the K20D + kit lens.

Pentax K20D + 18-55mm Kit Lens = $1070 ($100 in rebates)

Pentax K200D body + 16-50mm DA* = $1090 ($200 in rebates)

or

Pentax K200D + 18-55mm Lens + Battery Grip = $675 ($115 in rebates)

Now I know the K20D is the better camera, and I really want the twin dials, AF mode switch, metering switch, and better view finder, but damn that makes it tough when I get right to the point and face the fact that those handy dials and switches aren't going to make me a better photographer no matter how much I want them.
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As a happy K100D Super owner who has just upgraded to the K20D I cannot fault the K20D. The quality improvement from the extra megapixels and the CMOS sensor over the CCD sensor just adds extra depth the the photos. Also having dials on the camera body to change settings that I would normally have to delve into the menu for is fantastic.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Gooshin Quote
OKAY i apologize everyone, it turns out that the out of camera JPEGS are of slight better quality!


but i dont shoot in JPEG! so there, i'm technically still right.

considering i would prefer Adobe converting the raw file into JPEG for me rather than something inside our little camera, and i would also trust Noise Ninja with noise reduction, again, rather than someinething inside the camera

but if you want to pay a premium for something you probably already have installed on your computer... go right ahead

until the cost of a K200D matches a K10D it is my opinion that a K10D is the better deal here.
Gooshin;

I tend to agree with you here. As I only shoot RAW, I find that the build quality of the K10D gives it the nod. If I shot JPEG's I would probably opt for the K200D. However in terms of construction, I would have to give the nod to the K10D.

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