As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-30 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Pentax K-30's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-5 and the K-50) and Sony (such as the SLT A58 and the SLT A57)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-30 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 460k dots), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body, records movies in 24p and has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), takes much lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 20.1 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 7 fps), has much more startup delay (1100 ms vs 600 ms) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
9 months newer
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the K-30)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 6 fps
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the K-30)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the SLT A58 and K-30

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.65x vs 0.61x
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Above average viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 100%

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
1 year older
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the K-30)

  • Much less shutter lag: 104 ms vs 162 ms
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the K-30)

  • No 24p support

common strengths of the K-5 and K-30

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.60x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the K-30)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the K-30)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.51x vs 0.61x
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4 fps vs 6 fps

common strengths of the D5100 and K-30

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $372.11 vs $391.29

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
2 years newer
$475 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the K-30)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the K-30)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.54x vs 0.61x
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D5500 and K-30

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.8"

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
1 year newer
$1,444 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the K-30)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 16.1 MP

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the K-30)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-50 and K-30

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
similar age
$1,994 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the K-30)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 6 fps
  • Much larger viewfinder: 0.72x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the K-30)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 16 MP vs 16.1 MP

common strengths of the SLT A57 and K-30

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.72x vs 0.61x
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Above average viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 100%

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-30 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less shutter lag (162 ms vs 253 ms), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (130×97×71 mm) vs professional size (145×106×79 mm)) and has a built-in focus motor.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16.1 MP vs 36.2 MP), has much more startup delay (1100 ms vs 400 ms), doesn't have a screen which flips out and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
10 months newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the K-30)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a touch screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the K-30)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.8"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 70D and K-30

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $391.29
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 650 g

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the K-30)

  • Much longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 410 shots
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the K-30)

  • No weather sealing
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 96% vs 100%

common strengths of the 60D and K-30

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $554.94 vs $391.29
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 650 g

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
3 years newer
$1,797 (body only)
$2,197 28-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the K-30)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the K-30)

  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.4 fps vs 6 fps
  • Much thicker: 3.4" vs 2.8"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)

common strengths of the K-1 and K-30

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the K-30)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 6 fps
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the K-30)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Thicker: 2.9" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the 7D and K-30

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $391.29
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.8"

Nikon DF

Nikon DF
1 year newer
$2,215 - $2,747 (body only)
$2,508 - $2,997 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the DF (vs the K-30)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much longer battery life: 1400 shots vs 410 shots
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.61x

Significant disadvantages of the DF (vs the K-30)

  • No built-in flash
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/6000 of a second

common strengths of the DF and K-30

  • Fairly small: Professional size (144×110×67 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 2.8"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-30 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a slightly higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 614k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and has a weather sealed body.

However, on average it slightly smaller viewfinder (0.61x vs 0.71x), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have an OLED screen (LCD vs OLED) and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony Alpha 7 II

Sony Alpha 7 II
2 years newer
$998 (body only)
$1,198 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7 II (vs the K-30)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the 7 II (vs the K-30)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 7 II and K-30

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
1 year older
$1,195 14-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the K-30)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GH2 (vs the K-30)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the DMC-GH2 and K-30

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01
3 months older
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-01 (vs the K-30)

  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the K-01 (vs the K-30)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the K-01 and K-30

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Many lenses available: 113 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $550.00 vs $391.29

Samsung NX20

Samsung NX20
similar age
$467 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NX20 (vs the K-30)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the NX20 (vs the K-30)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 921k dots

common strengths of the NX20 and K-30

  • Inexpensive: $467.39 vs $391.29
  • Each has a built-in flash

Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10
2 years older
$262 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NX10 (vs the K-30)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (123×87×40 mm) vs Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.6" vs 2.8"

Significant disadvantages of the NX10 (vs the K-30)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No 24p support
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the NX10 and K-30

  • Inexpensive: $261.63 vs $391.29
  • Each has a built-in flash