Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-30

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Great image quality
Overall image quality
79.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Battery life
Longer battery life
640 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 162 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
6.3 fps vs 6 fps
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
79.0 vs 63.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.4 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,129 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The K-30 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
130x97x71 mm vs 146x108x74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.59x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Weight
Lighter
650 g vs 822 g
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More than 20% lighter
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-30's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$369.99 vs $750.00
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The best price we've seen is $380 cheaper (2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              50D:131 ms
              K-30:162 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              50D:15.1 MP
              K-30:16.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              50D:9
              K-30:11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              50D:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              K-30:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,138 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $516 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $765 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,235 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Thickness Thicker
              Size Larger
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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