New Pentax Digital SLR Camera Sports 14.6 Megapixels

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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