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

Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0
Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

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
 
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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 109 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
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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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
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        Thickness Thin Help
        50D:2.9"
        K-30:2.8"
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        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
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $641 - $699 body only

        $450 - $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 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 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 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 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 D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $477 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

        Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,138 body only

        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Size Slightly larger

        Pentax K-30 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $397 - $476 body only

        $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Pentax K-5

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $609 body only

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Weight Heavier
        Pentax K-3

        Pentax K-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $842 - $897 body only

        $1,171 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Thicker
        Size Larger
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

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

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