Pentax K-30

Released June, 2012
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C 23.7 x 15.7 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Its feature set, image quality and performance make it an obvious recommendation for anyone who is looking for a capable DSLR without breaking the bank and can do without a more advanced video mode.
by DPReview (Oct, 2012)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K-30

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Pentax K-30
9.4
D5200
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Pentax K-30
8.5
D5200
7.7
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Pentax K-30
8.9
D5200
8.6
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Pentax K-30
9.2
D5200
9.2
Reviews from 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 4 more

9.1

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Pentax K-30
9.1
D5200
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K-30

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Pentax K-30
1,129 ISO
Pentax K-7
536 ISO
Pentax K-r
755 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Pentax K-30
3,000 LPH
Pentax K-5
2,200 LPH
Pentax K-r
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K-30
162 ms
D5200
302 ms
D5100
273 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Pentax K-30
98 ms
Pentax K-7
74 ms
D3300
81 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Pentax K-30
1,100 ms
Pentax K-r
300 ms
D3300
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K-30
6 fps
D5100
4 fps
Pentax K-5
7 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K-30


7.8
If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

9.0
The combination of near 100% viewfinder coverage and the large, high-res LCD screen make the K-30 a joy to use in terms of image composition, and the fast 6fps continuous shooting rate and responsive AF system make it quick to use.

8.0
Of course given the lossless nature of Raw files you do have much more scope to boost saturation and add sharpness to your own personal preference using dedicated image editing software such as Photoshop or similar.

9.0
While the screen layout looks a little simplistic and dated, it is up to the minute resolution-wise as it's in a 3-inch device with 921,000 dots and it provides in nice clear view in all but very bright light.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Secondly, the K-30 offers a Hyper Program function which instantly switches to either the Shutter-Priority or Aperture-Priority mode from the Program mode, simply by turning either of the control dials on the grip.
by Photography Blog (Aug, 2012)
This proves especially useful when shooting in full manual mode as one can be used for shutter speed and the other for aperture.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
I tested the camera with a weatherproof 18-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 lens, and I'm impressed with its sharpness — you definitely lose a bit of clarity as you move toward the corners, but the fact that I could make out individual blades of grass in the corner of a photo is pretty impressive.
by David-Pierce (Jul, 2012)

Sensor

On the front of the camera body is the RAW / FX button, which instantly sets the image quality to the RAW format, useful if you are shooting in JPEG and want to quickly switch to RAW mode for a particular image.
by Photography Blog (Aug, 2012)
Default sharpening on JPEGs can look a little crude and Raw conversion can also help to squeeze maximum details out of your files.
by DPReview (Oct, 2012)
Ideally we'd like to be able to use the filters when shooting raw and JPEG files simultaneously to produce one 'filtered' JPEG image and one 'clean' raw file.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)

Focus

Autofocusing is handled by the new SAFOX IXi+ AF module that has 11 AF points, 9 of which are cross-type.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
Given the 'outdoors' credentials of the K-30 the smc DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR is a better pairing than the 18-55mm lens, giving greater flexibility, reducing the need to change lens in hostile environments and offering much better autofocus performance.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2012)
Pressing the OK button in its center opens a little 'pop-up window' in which you can select the AF-point you want to use, if you are in AF Active Area Select mode.
by DPReview (Oct, 2012)

Image quality

You can expand the dynamic range in your images by activating one or both of the K-30's dynamic range tools - Highlight Correction and Shadow Correction.
by DPReview (Oct, 2012)
DNG image files to come out a bit softer and to display less in the way of saturation than their JPEG counterparts, which is all perfectly normal.
by TrustedReviews (Aug, 2012)
Low light performance is flat-out impressive.
by David-Pierce (Jul, 2012)

Video

The K-30's rugged body protects solid internals, too: it shares its 16-megapixel APS-C sensor and Prime M processor with the K-01, promises six frames per second shooting, and can recording 1080p video at 30 frames per second.
by David-Pierce (Jul, 2012)
Pressing the INFO-button while in movie mode brings a range of movie-options.
by DPReview (Oct, 2012)
The inclusion of full 1080p HD video is also very welcome, especially now that the K-30 can autofocus and change exposure during filming, something that was sorely lacking on the K-5.
by Photography Blog (Aug, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 16.1 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 23.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,000 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/6000 s

form factor

Size 130 x 97 x 71 mm
Thickness 71 mm
Weight 650 g
Is weather sealed Yes

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video
Autofocus supports continuous No

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.61x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps
Battery life 410 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 6 fps
  2. 3 fps
Focus lag 162 ms
Shutter lag 98 ms
Startup delay 1,100 ms
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