Wednesday, June 25, 2008

You know who LOVES the K20D? DPReview, that's who.

From the review that calls the K20D "Highly Recommended":

"In short, the K20D is a great stab at making a photographers' camera - a camera for people who love taking images, are happy to invest in lenses (perhaps the primes that can make the most of those 14.6 million pixels), but aren't going to be recouping the cost of their equipment through regularly selling images. It offers a very pleasant, near pro-level, photographic experience at a reasonable cost and in a body that feels solid, well built and as if it was designed by someone who used one themselves.

Because the K20D offers so much that the enthusiast photographer would enjoy, it would be churlish to let the sensor-based flaws, which have little impact in real-world shooting, prevent us giving the camera our highest award. This isn't to say it's a faultless camera or one that's suited to everybody but one with only minor drawbacks that should only dissuade a small number of potential buyers."


Link: DP Review's IN-Depth Review of the K20D

6 comments:

RiceHigh said...

I am sure that they don't like the hot pixels (which they say that they have never seen for recent few years). They don't like the speed and responsiveness of the AF system as well. Just read the cons.

Matthew Miller said...

Ricehigh, why in the world should one "just read the cons"? That's the most ridiculous way to read a review I've ever heard.

Let me quote the last paragraph for you:

"Because the K20D offers so much that the enthusiast photographer would enjoy, it would be churlish to let the sensor-based flaws, which have little impact in real-world shooting, prevent us giving the camera our highest award. This isn't to say it's a faultless camera or one that's suited to everybody but one with only minor drawbacks that should only dissuade a small number of potential buyers."

It's a real-world product, not the second coming of Jesus, so of course it can't be perfect. The review doesn't ignore those cons, but it does an excellent job of presenting them in context and balancing them against the camera's strengths. You, for some bizarre reason, want to pull out just the bad stuff and make them the centerpiece.

I can buy the "I just want Pentax to strive for the best, and someone needs to remind them that it's not perfect yet" argument for a little while, but, c'mon.

Victor said...
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Victor said...

Well, That's Ricehigh :P

Anyways, Matthew I have sent you a email about linking to your blog. Did you receive any? My blog: http://blog.3dfs.ca

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I dislike the "Stab" comment, that in essence ... taking the word at its etymological principal ... implies a certain contempt for Pentax and the 20D - one has to believe that an editor is careful with their choice of words and phraseology.

Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it sounds like a injudicious slight to me.

However, the "Highly Recommended" tag is excellent.

- Zaxzan

Anonymous said...

I just got my K20D and put the 77mm f1.8 lens on it to shoot pics of my grandchildren and pets! What a thrill!!!. I've used a Mamiya 67 medium format and the quality of the pics from the 20D are almost comparable. The bokeh, skin tone--just excellent.

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