Monday, February 23, 2009

Pentax K20D Gets A New Low Price, And A Great Review

Pentax has just announced they're officially lowering the price of the K20D and all its kit forms. This looks like a great deal (street prices will be lower, too - some are already at $700 for the body only), especially with a free 3-year warranty:

  • PENTAX K20D body only: $799.95
  • PENTAX K20D with DA 18-55mm II lens kit: $879.95
  • PENTAX K20D with DA 16-45mm lens kit: $1199.95
New Prices: “With this price reduction, PENTAX now offers consumers the highest resolution on one of the most fully-featured DSLRs priced under 800 dollars,” said Bill Zani, vice president sales and marketing, PENTAX Imaging Company.
Along with the price reductions, PENTAX is extending the K20D FREE Three Year Warranty (one year standard, two years extended) on all K20Ds purchased by March 31, 2009.
Highly rated by several consumer magazines, the PENTAX K20D digital SLR camera with 14.6 megapixels is equipped with advanced features including a dust-proof, weather-resistant body, PRIME image processor that allows full image customization, and PENTAX developed Shake Reduction that works with any of the 25 million PENTAX lenses ever manufactured. The PENTAX K20D is the most affordable high resolution DSLR camera in the advanced photo enthusiast category and allows more experienced photographers, who demand complete control, to fully customize the camera."
 - Pentax Press Release, Feb 23, 2009
The New K20D Review At

This good pricing news follows on the heels of a very nice review of the K20D, published by Andrew Alexander and Zig Weidelich at Imaging Resource last week (out-take pictured in screen-cap above): "We were impressed with the K10D, and thankfully, Pentax hasn't re-invented the wheel so much as they've improved it." Be sure to check out their videos of Live View and Burst Mode, and their grain/noise ISO comparisons. If like what this review shows you or you've been waiting to pull the trigger on a K20D, it looks like now is probably the time of the sweetest incentives before the camera gets EOL'd for later this year and is replaced by a potentially much more expensive model (the K20D started life at about $1200 US). As a K20D user, I have to say that it's well worth it, and the 3 year warranty is the icing on the cake.

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