This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).
Pentax K2000 (K-m) vs. Pentax K200D
Pentax K2000: Pentax FA 50 mm F1.4 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
JPEG Large/Best, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Bright) Self-Timer
Sony Alpha 200: Minolta 50 mm F2.8 Macro lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
3.4 MB JPEG (3872 x 2592)
3.0 MB JPEG (3872 x 2592)
And, what a surprise, it appears Pentax has done nothing to address the criticisms that have been made about the JPEG engine in the K200D. The output is essentially identical. It's not terrible but it's just a bit primitive in comparison to its contemporaries.