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
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great battery life
Battery life
980 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,129 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
79.0

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

$800 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Weight Slightly lighter
Battery life Shorter battery life
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$456 body only

$509 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$597 - $599 body only

$697 - $790 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$597 - $599 body only

$697 - $790 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Thickness Thicker
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$456 body only

$509 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$800 body only

$1,549 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Supports 24p No 24p support

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??