Pentax K-30 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax K-30
Resolution: 16.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.7mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: 7.50x zoom
18-135mm
(27-203mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/6000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8 in.
(130 x 97 x 71 mm)
Weight: 38.4 oz (1,088 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $1,199
Availability: 07/2012
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax K-30 specifications
16.30
Megapixels
Pentax K (KA/KAF/KAF2/3) APS-C
size sensor
image of Pentax K-30
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K-30 Summary

Pentax takes features commonly associated with enthusiast-level DSLRs, and places them in a mid-range model that the rest of us can afford. With a great pentaprism viewfinder, a weather-sealed body, and twin control dials, the Pentax K-30 offers a lot of bang for the buck. Throw in much the same imaging configuration as the mirrorless K-01, and you're looking at a mighty interesting camera.

Pros

Pentaprism viewfinder is bright and accurate; Weather-sealed body can handle direct rain; Twin control dials make exposure control a snap; Solid build; Great image quality.

Cons

Lower resolution than some rivals; Not as small as recent Pentax entry-level and mid-range models; A couple of ergonomic and UI quirks; Shutter isn't the quietest; 18-55 kit lens isn't weather-sealed.

Price and availability

The Pentax K-30 started shipping from July 2012. It's available either body-only for US$850, or in two kits. One kit includes the DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL for US$900, and the other kit bundles the DA 18-135mm ED AL (IF) DC WR for US$1,200.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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