Pentax K-5 II vs Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-5 II

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Pentax K-30

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 II

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Great battery life
Battery life
980 shots
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather

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

$1,368 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Weight Slightly lighter
Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$343 body only

$576 - $630 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$699 - $739 body only

$999 - $1,100 with 18-135mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$343 body only

$576 - $630 with 18-135mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$329 body only

$399 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$639 body only

$1,368 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
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??