The Pentax Optio M30 is mostly gets compared to compacts and mirrorless. The Pentax Optio M30's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the Optio M50 and the Optio P80) and Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W230)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax M30 compared to compact competitors include: it is much smaller (ultra compact (97×57×18 mm) vs compact (102×59×25 mm)), is thinner (0.7" vs 0.9") and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 30 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and is older (january 2007 vs february 2009).

Pentax Optio M50

Pentax Optio M50
1 year newer
$422

Significant advantages of the M50 (vs the M30)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the M50 (vs the M30)

  • Much larger: Compact (95×55×24 mm) vs Ultra compact (97×57×18 mm)
  • Thicker: 0.9" vs 0.7"

common strengths of the M50 and M30

  • Very small: Compact (95×55×24 mm) vs Ultra compact (97×57×18 mm)
  • Very light: 130 g vs 120 g
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-W230 (vs the M30)

  • Much better wide angle: 30 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W230 (vs the M30)

  • Significantly larger: Super compact (95×57×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (97×57×18 mm)
  • Slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-W230 and M30

  • Very small: Super compact (95×57×22 mm) vs Ultra compact (97×57×18 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.7"
  • Very light: 156 g vs 120 g

Pentax Optio P80

Pentax Optio P80
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the P80 (vs the M30)

  • Much better wide angle: 27 mm vs 38 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the P80 (vs the M30)

  • Much larger: Compact (102×59×25 mm) vs Ultra compact (97×57×18 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1" vs 0.7"
  • Much slower max shutter speed: 1/1000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the P80 and M30

  • Very small: Compact (102×59×25 mm) vs Ultra compact (97×57×18 mm)
  • Very light: 125 g vs 120 g
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.7"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax M30 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is slightly smaller (ultra compact (97×57×18 mm) vs standard size (123×71×55 mm)), is significantly less expensive ($435.55 vs $4,049.21), is thinner (0.7" vs 2.2") and is significantly lighter (120 g vs 402 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 1,040k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the M30)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 115k dots
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GX7 (vs the M30)

  • Significantly thicker: 2.2" vs 0.7"
  • Significantly heavier: 402 g vs 120 g

common strengths of the DMC-GX7 and M30

  • Fairly small: Standard size (123×71×55 mm) vs Ultra compact (97×57×18 mm)
  • Light weight: 402 g vs 120 g
  • Each has a built-in flash