Summary Pentax K-30

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Body only
With 18-55mm lens
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Help 16.1 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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The Pentax K-30 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Viewfinder size Large viewfinder Help
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
Thickness Thin Help
Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
Shoot in extreme weather
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/6000 of a second


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The Pentax K-30 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
1100 ms startup delay
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
16.1 MP
Battery life Shorter battery life Help
410 shots
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
162 ms shutter lag
Missing geo-tagging
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
921k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
113 lenses
Announced Old Help
May 2012
Weight Heavy Help
650 g




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Avatar for Sergio Carneiro Sergio Carneiro (3:14 PM, July 31, 2015)
MickeyD (3:00 AM, March 09, 2015)
Hello Ben - The Pentax K30 is fully weather sealed against dust, rain, snow, heat and it is cold proof! You can use it at -20 F to 104 F. degrees, ideal for conditions that you may experience in India? On the other hand the Nikon D5200 has nothing going for it, it is not weather resistant camera. I hope this helps with your selection! Mickey D
ben (6:04 AM, March 01, 2014)
please snap sort me which camera to buy...a pentax k-30 or nikon beginner for slr...i live in consider that too in guiding me..few service centers in india pentax help me snapsort
Avatar for Lehua Lehua (1:21 AM, February 24, 2014)
The D5200 gives the K-30 a run for It's money. They're about equal almost.
C P Pandey (9:22 AM, January 29, 2014)
Good One CARI . . . you are damm right !!!
CARl (7:55 PM, October 08, 2013)
Lol, its funny when people doesnt know what they are talking about... the k.30 DESTROYS rebel series, and most nikons in the price range.
Avatar for alex pieri alex pieri (10:04 AM, August 22, 2013)
come on, we aren't talking of canon or nikon.. it's a pentax, would you ever spend more than 500$ for a pentax?!?
I can see that (6:42 AM, December 31, 2012)
no one has this available for $169.99
Jim (9:53 PM, December 17, 2012)
Where is this camera available for $169.95? I see that stat with this description and in every comparison to other cameras, and it has stayed like that for months. Does it have an effect on the "100" rating and the snapsort recommendations? Makes me wonder if the rest of the comparison points are accurate.
Acolz (2:56 PM, September 30, 2012)
I think the DR is not right. I think it should be 14.1 EV
Avatar for Mike Svitek Mike Svitek (0:31 AM, June 24, 2012)
Continuous and point Auto-Focus in video mode. The Point focus is awesome, as it allows you to select from the nine cross-type focus points available while shooting video, press the AF button and it will focus, just like with still images!
Contrast detection only though... good enough for video.
Avatar for Kevin Rainwater Kevin Rainwater (10:36 AM, May 29, 2012)
Your price on this is way off.  

$850--Body only
$900--with 18-55 kit lens (you list $1043)
$1050--with 18-55 and 50-200 kit lenses
$1150--with 18-55 and 55-300 kit lenses
$1200--with 18-135 weather resistant lens

These are the standard US retail prices at launch.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:38 PM, May 24, 2012)
It is not quite waterproof, so we will change that. It is water resistant, which is better than just weather sealing, but I would not go swimming with it.
jjja (9:01 AM, May 24, 2012)
are you sure it is WATERPROOF?
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:47 PM, May 23, 2012)
Thanks we have made that change, it will just take a little while to show up. Again thanks for pointing that out.
I see with my eyes that (1:45 PM, May 23, 2012)
It does not have a flip-out screen.