Summary: It has always amazed me that the so called critics give Pentax bodies by and large mediocre reviews yet the owners of these cameras love them. Weight is often criticized, but I find the weight comfortable. Granted I am not a pro, and do not carry it around all day long, but the weight and heft are to my liking. Most all the bells and whistles are here either direct access or easy to find menu placement.For those with previous lenses, you are in luck.
Excerpt: I purchased this camara 1 year ago. I am a beginner person who loves to take pictures (most photographers I know dont like it when an amatuer calls themselves a "photographer"...LOL) I think initially my favorite thing about this camara is the price, you get more 'bang for your buck". Second was how it felt in my hands, nice and sturdy (although thats a minus too because my wrists start to hurt after a while).
Summary: Excellent Lens, excellent picture quality, easy to operate - cave man can do it Excellent Lens, excellent picture quality, easy to operate - cave man can do it Excellent Lens, excellent picture quality, easy to operate - cave man can do it
Summary: good value for money (especially as the camera was a present for someone in New Zealand.) Only thing I could 'complain' about is length of time to receive manufacturers rebate.... Great camera for someone who has a vast collection of existing lenses.
Summary: This was quite an upgrade from the Samsung GX-1S (clone of *ist DS2) I used previously . Pentax have always put out nice products but haven't really been pushing the envelope until now. The bad: Auto white balance is still pretty poor. This has been the case with the other Pentax DSLRs. Certainly not a huge concern--especially if you shoot RAW--but a little annoying considering other manufacturers seem to manage it much better. It has a tendency to underexpose.
Nice Improvement Over the K10D Deserves More Credit
P. VANDALEN, Amazon
3 June 2008
Summary: If Pentax were a bit more serious about increasing the sales of their cameras to first-time Pentax buyers, they'd be making some changes to their marketing strategy. It's unfortunate that with most consumer/professional camera reviews, the Pentax products get dinged in relation to their competitors when they shouldn't have to be. You can see this in the Consumer Reports review of DSLRs and other reviews such as PopPhoto.
Excerpt: I really have enjoyed this camera. I was looking to upgrade from a 100D to get better resolution, external controls, a grip, SDM and weather sealing. I knew that having the two dials along with the other external controls, such as exposure bracketing, would help, but I definitely underestimated just how fantastic it is to operate a camera without resorting to menu diving. The picture quality is very impressive, but unfortunately the noise can become frustrating.
Pros: build,controls,ease of use,sealed,image quality,grip,viewfinder
Cons: high iso noise,under exposure,continuous af,live view,no video
Excerpt: Now that I'm no longer trying to sell my K20D, I can be brutally honest about its shortcomings. But to be fair, I also need to mention why I would still recommend this camera even though I've now moved up to the K-5.
Pros: Image quality, ergonomics
Cons: Autofocus speed and accuracy, noise at higher ISO
Summary: I previously owned a Ricoh XR1 35mm film SLR that I have had for nearly 40 years. This camera used the Pentax K mount and I had several lenses with this mount which I did not want to ditch, so when I decided to update to a "modern" digital camera I looked at Pentax cameras because they are the only camera maker that does not make old lenses redundant when they bring out a new model.