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Pentax K-30
8.4 out of 10

Pentax K-30

16 MP APS-C CMOS sensor Fully weather sealed, dustproof, col Read more

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Overall 8
8.4

Expert Review

Digital Camera Review
13 March 2013
  • 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
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-30

PC Magazine
19 November 2012
  • Conclusion: The Pentax K-30 is weather sealed D-SLR with a large pentaprism viewfinder. It shoots at 5.2 frames per second, does well in low light, and ships with a sharp kit lens.
  • Pros: Large pentaprism viewfinder. Weather-sealed body. 5.2fps burst shooting. Excellent control layout. Very customizable. Sharp kit lens. In-body shake reduction. Very good high ISO performance.
  • Cons: Fixed rear LCD. No mic input. Slow to focus when recording video. Standard kit lens is not weather sealed.
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Overall 8
7.8

Expert Review

DP Review
23 October 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 7
7.4

Expert Review

reviewed
8 August 2012
  • Summary: The Pentax K-30 can venture into conditions that other sub-$1,000 DSLRs simply won't survive.
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Overall 7
7.4
Design 7
7.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
9.0
Video quality 5
5.0

Pentax K-30 review

theverge.com
26 July 2012
  • Excerpt: Pentax may not be the first name you think of when you shop for a digital camera, but the company has a history of making good DSLRs — the K-5 is a favorite of many photographers, for instance.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, Rugged, durable, waterproof body, Extremely fast performance
  • Cons: Video quality is lacking, Mediocre autofocus, Weather-proofing makes body feel cheap
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Overall 8
8.4
Features 9
9.0
Build quality 9
9.0
Autofocus 7
7.0

Pentax K-30 review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: Using the Pentax K-30 is particularly enjoyable. I would not hesitate to take the camera out in adverse weather and most key exposure controls are quick to access and make adjustments.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Photo answers
22 October 2012
  • Excerpt: PA verdict: If you're looking for a quick and easy DSLR to take your photography further, then the K-30 could be the camera for you. If you like your action photography you can shoot on JPEG and get a maximum frame rate of 6fps to ensure you capture the decisive moment.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Techmagnifier
22 August 2012
  • Summary: • 16.28 megapixel sensor • 3 inch screen, 921k dots • Penta-prism, 100% field of view • Full HD at 30/25/24fps • 6fps continuous shooting • 410 shots • ISO100 – 25600 • Weather, Dust & water resistant, 82 seals • The main drawbacks of K-30 are as follows: • Slow AF with 18-55mm lens • No external...
  • Pros: 16.28 megapixel sensor , 3 inch screen, 921k dots , Penta-prism, 100% field of view , Full HD at 30/25/24fps , 6fps continuous shooting , 410 shots , ISO100 – 25600 , Weather, Dust & water resistant, 82 seals
  • Cons: The main drawbacks of K-30 are as follows: , Slow AF with 18-55mm lens , No external mic port , Lack of Continuous AF in video mode
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-30

Trusted Reviews
14 August 2012
  • Summary: Weather sealed and feature-packed, Pentax's latest mid-level DSLR is a contender.
  • Pros: Overall build quality and weather sealing, Comfortable to hold and use, Impressive image quality
  • Cons: AF performance in Live View, Lack of Continuous AF in video mode
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-30 review

T3
24 July 2012
  • Summary: The 16MP Pentax K-30 is the brand's latest entry-level DSLR for outdoorsy types
  • Pros: Weatherproof sealing, Detail-rich images, Fun digital filters
  • Cons: No custom menu, Can’t use filters in raw mode, Noisy, slow AF with kit lens
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