Gordon Laing of Camera Labs reports that the Pentax K20D is certainly a powerful and capable DSLR. He writes, â€œIt inherits an impressive core specification from its predecessor which includes a dust and weather-resistant body, built-in Shake Reduction, a decent optical viewfinder, innovative exposure modes, a wealth of custom options and the choice of recording RAW images in either Pentaxâ€™s own PEF or Adobeâ€™s open DNG formats.â€
The review also notes that Pentax has made a number of improvements over the already very capable K10D, which in turn makes the K20D a powerful and feature-packed DSLR. â€œThe biggest and most important is of course the sensor, with the K20D delivering the most detailed images from a camera at its price point, while respectably keeping noise levels under control at higher sensitivities,â€ Laing observes.
He concludes however that, â€œwe can easily recommend the K20D, but its relatively high price, disappointing Live View, tendency to underexpose and uncomfortable positioning rules out our Highly Recommended award.â€