Conclusion: If you can get past the lack of an HDMI-out and mediocre video, the K-30 is an okay DSLR, especially for someone with a collection of Pentax lenses. But to be honest, this camera is in no-man’s land.
Pros: Decent stills with enough light, Quick response (6 fps), Top-notch screen, Weather-resistance construction
Cons: Poor video quality, Very noisy mechanical operation, No HDMI out, Poor flash results
Summary: Overview Founded in 1919 as the Asahi Joint Stock Optical Company, Pentax launched its first film SLR in the early 1950s and is today a subsidiary of Japan’s Ricoh Company. The K-30 is one of two current offerings in the DSLR class and while Pentax describes the camera as a mid-level DSLR, it...
Pros: Very good still image quality, Good continuous shooting speed and buffer capacity for JPEGs, Weather resistant, In-body stabilization
Cons: No continuous AF during video capture, Video on the slow side to initiate, Might be too small for large hands
Summary: The Pentax K-30 offers a comprehensive feature set, excellent high-ISO performance, and very flexible raw files at an attractive price point, and is therefore an easy recommendation for any stills photographer.
Pros: Good detail at low sensitivities (even better in RAW), Very good high ISO image quality, good detail up to high sensitivities, Exceptionally low shadow noise in RAW files at low ISOs, Responsive operation, 6 fps and good burst size in continuous shooting, Good build-quality with weather-sealed bo...
Cons: Lower JPEG highlight DR than competitors (without Highlight Correction activated), Live view exposure simulation has very limited range, No external mic-socket, No dedicated video button, No stills capture in video mode, Focus-peaking not available in video mode, No HDMI port, Poor battery life c...
Summary: The Pentax K-30 doesn’t have the latest features, like Wi-Fi, GPS or touchscreen capabilities. Instead, Pentax designed this camera with features that directly influence your shooting experience and make it much more than just a beginner camera.
Pros: This camera features a pentaprism viewfinder that's bright and clear.
Cons: Video capture with the K-30 is relatively basic.
Summary: Pentax’s DSLRs have always formed their own niche in the camera market. While Canon and Nikon’s lines tend to mirror one another, Pentax’s “entry-level” DSLRs have always tended to be more feature-laden than the most basic models from the Big Two.
Excerpt: The Pentax K-30 (priced from $849) is a midrange digital SLR with features found on cameras costing hundreds more. Those features include a fully weather-sealed body (with both front and rear control dials), tons of manual controls, focus peaking, a large optical viewfinder, 6 frame/second...
Summary: Despite all the advanced controls and customization (such as the RAW/Fx multi-function button which can be programed to bring up various functions or swap recording formats), the K-30 is an ideal camera for novices looking to jump up to a dSLR.
Pros: High image quality, Good button placement and control dials, 6 fps continuous shooting, Solid, weather-sealed body, ISO range of 100 to 12800, Sensor-shift shake and dust reduction, Live view on high-resolution 3-inch LCD, Able to run on AA batteries, Records 1080 HD video at 30 fps, High dynamic...
Cons: Battery life from the Li-ion battery could be better, Auto magnify does not work with live view and manual focus, Contrast detection AF (used with live view) can be a little slow, Auto focus can be slow to adjust during movie recording, LCD is fixed and does not articulate, No HDMI port
Summary: For a mid-price DSLR, the K30 certainly offers a lot. The sensor has been adopted from previous models, but this is a wise move by Pentax as the 16.3Mp CMOS chip certainly delivers impressive results.