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

Color depth
Great color depth
23.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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differences

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 Less startup delay 300 ms vs 1100 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 131 ms vs 162 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 640 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
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
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
Weight Lighter 650 g vs 822 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price Cheaper $432.99 vs $1,688.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,256 cheaper (3.9x less)
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              50D:131 ms
              K-30:162 ms
              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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              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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 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

              $497 - $580 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $1,050 body only

              $900 - $1,385 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm 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

              $575 body only

              $650 - $779 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

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $584 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $576 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $928 body only

              $1,107 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $797 body only

              $847 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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