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

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great battery life
Battery life
980 shots
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
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

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

Pentax K-50

Entry-level DSLR

$440 body only

$473 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$500 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Pentax K-30 Competitors

Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$597 body only

$599 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$845 body only

Screen size Much larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Weather sealed No weather sealing

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??