Pentax K20D DSLR sports 14.6 megapixels

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Pentax Imaging has introduced its new K20D and K200D digital SLR cameras, with 14.6 and 10.2 megapixels respectively. The K20D will be available (body only) in April for $1299.95, while the K200D will ship in March for $799.95, bundled with an 18-55mm lens.

The K20D is based on Pentax's K10D. It features a "Live View" that lets you use the 2.7-inch LCD display to see what's visible through the viewfinder. An improved dust reduction system has been incorporated, and the body is more weather and dust-resistant than past models. The camera also features a newly developed CMOS image sensor and custom image functions.

The K200D is aimed at users who may be first-time DSLR users. It features a compact body but doesn't skimp on features -- it has a 2.7-inch wide LCD, auto picture and scene modes, Expanded Dynamic Range function that helps photographers gain more contrast and brightness in their images, improved dust reduction and a Pentax-made shake reduction system.

Pentax also introduced five new lenses for its DSLR line. Each one features quick-shift focus and Pentax SP coating to protect the components from grease and dust.

The smc Pentax DA* 200m f/2.8 ED (IF) SDM will ship in March for $1099.95; the smc Pentax DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM is coming in May for $1299.95. The smc Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED will be released in May for $399.95, and the smc Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited is coming in April for $599.95. The smc Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II is shipping as a lens kit bundled with the Pentax K200D in March, and carries a value of $199.95.

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