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

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
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
51,200 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (130×97×71 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism

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
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$953 body only

$867 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-S2

Pentax K-S2

Entry-level DSLR

$499 body only

$549 with 18-50mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$417 body only

$480 with 18-55mm lens

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly smaller
Pentax K-70

Pentax K-70

Entry-level DSLR

$599 body only

$747 - $899 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Thickness Thicker
Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5

Entry-level DSLR

$800 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

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??