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9.3 out of 10

Pentax K-30

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

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Reviews and Problems with Pentax K-30

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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
7 January 2014
  • Summary: 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. As we've seen with the Q and K-01 , Pentax also likes a gimmick: the Q was impossibly small, the K-01 impossibly odd-looking.
  • 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

Pentax K-30 Review: Great Price, Great Features

Digital Camera Review
13 March 2013
  • Summary: Conclusion With a feature set commensurate with its designation by Pentax as a mid-level DSLR, the K-30 is nevertheless the current entry-level model in the Pentax line. It's a short line to be sure, consisting of the K-30 and the K-5II/s. The K-5 is still available, but its price slots it between the K-30 and its newer sibling. Like it or not, the K-30 is your weapon of choice if an entry-level Pentax DSLR is on your shopping list.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Channel5
15 October 2012
  • Excerpt: This colourful entry-level DSLR grabs sharp 16 megapixel shots, and it's nimble too, with a burst mode of six frames per second - perfect for capturing fast moving sporting moments. Or is it? We check it out in our Cannes group test: hit the video to see what we made of it.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-30

PC Magazine
11 October 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
24 May 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. However, if you are looking for a DSLR to shoot video with the competition offers better alternatives.
  • 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 body, Thought-out user interface with useful TAv and SV modes, Large, bright viewfinder with 100% coverage, Good feature set with HDR mode, digital filters and time-lapse movies...
  • 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 compared to its peers
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Overall 8
8.4

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. I find the multi-segment metering a little unpredictable, though, and had to be more active making exposure adjustments than I would like. For a camera at this level, the AF system performs well in a number of situations, but the motor in most Pentax lenses is far too noisy.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

PC Advisor
1 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Pentax has created an ecosystem of rugged, weather-resistant DSLRs and lenses. The new Pentax K-30 fills a particular niche, as an affordable, versatile camera that you can take just about anywhere. With its weather-sealed, dustproof, coldproof construction, you might actually wait until the rain starts before you go outside to take pictures.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Photo answers
16 November 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. And if you're worried about draining your batteries from all your frame bursts, Pentax has made a very useful (optional) battery cradle that will hold 4x AA batteries to run the K-30.
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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: With 81 seals, the 16MP Pentax K-30 is a fully weather- and dust-proofed SLR with automatic modes for novices as well as advanced shooting options
  • 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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