Pentax K-5 II vs Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-5 II

100

Pentax K-30

98

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.1 EV
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great battery life
Battery life
980 shots
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
51,200 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5 II.

competitors

Pentax K-5 II Competitors

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$639 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Weight Slightly lighter
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II

Entry-level DSLR

$847 - $899 body only

$1,029 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$847 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$430 body only

$449 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$639 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Supports 24p No 24p support
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$847 body only

$900 with 18-55mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Larger

discussion

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Lars A Gronningsater (8:18 PM, June 10, 2013)
I have the K-30 and the K-5 and I think K-30 is the most likable and fun to use. And it seems it displays the image much more quickly.
I am hoping for a faster Pentax regardless of format. My old Nikon D-70 displays the image instantly. Of course this depends on the amount of in-camera post processing in the two Pentaxes. Also they don't beat the old Nikon in the timing from off to
record which is very fast on a D-70. So Pentax; build me a really fast camera regardless. Otherwise I'm happy with both the K-5 and the K-30. I'm not buying a K-5 II, s or no s, when the image processor hasn't improved.
 
Rangerbob (11:49 PM, March 20, 2013)
Here's the deal! The "unknown" for the k-5's makes the difference. For some reason Snapsort doesn't have some of the info.
 
JYu (3:15 AM, March 11, 2013)
Yes, I'm confused as well. They're implying the K-5 is better than the K-5 II (since in a comparison between the K-30 and K-5, the K-5 wins). Is that the general consensus? Because the K-30 isn't even in the same class as either K-5s.
 
elvis (10:32 AM, March 02, 2013)
something wrong is here. k-30 the winner??