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I am a pentax K10D user and want this camera to be a significant upgrade, but I am not sure you are doing the brand any favours in this instance by talking it up to that level Ben.
Maybe (and I hope) the image quality will be in that league, but by keeping the same AF system and frame rate as the K10D it is never going to complete with some of the models you mention for the tasks those are often used for. 20FPS at 1.6MP is not exactly going to get me A3 print size action shots and if the AF remains as slow as it is currently at tracking over half would be out of focus anyway.
The suggestion for keeping the same AF is lack of budget, well in that case why release two models? The K10D could have dropped in price to make a K100D replacement unnecessary in the near future and the money spent on the K200D could (maybe) have been invested in developing a better AF system and buffer.
I am sure it will be a fine camera anyway, but I find it doubtful that it will compete above the 40D level.
Happy to be proved wrong and it is of course early days, but I expect it to be priced and marketed at that level.
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I have seen the price of the Pentax body quoted at S1299 (£665). Allowing for the "UK premium" , VAT etc, that would probably end up as around £750 in the UK which would pitch it squarely against the Canon 40D.
The idea that this camera could compete with full-frame Canons is whistling in the dark (for extra sponsorship money maybe? Lol! )
They have crammed 14Mp onto a crop sensor. Unless Pentax have make a huge breakthrough in sensor technology, that does not - on the face of it - sound like a recipe for happiness!
Links to press release and specs for the K20D are here.
Brief hands-on article here. "..........The K20D answers the question of how Pentax can add to a camera with an already bulging list of features - through subtle adjustments, rather than wholesale reworking."
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