Pentax K-5 vs Pentax K-30

Winner
Pentax K-5

100

Pentax K-30

95

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5

Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
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
 

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"
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,129 ISO

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-5.

competitors

Pentax K-5 Competitors

Pentax KP

Pentax KP

Entry-level DSLR

$999 - $1,000 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$850 body only

$1,485 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-3 II

Entry-level DSLR

$840 - $846 body only

$1,421 with 16-85mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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
Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,199 body only

$1,913 with 12-40mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Focus points Many more focus points
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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Avatar for CezarG CezarG (0:14 PM, September 06, 2015)
The K-5 and K5-ii does not have focus peaking, a feature that I found very useful for focusing with a manual focus lens.
 
Avatar for Kyle Murphy Kyle Murphy (11:07 PM, July 30, 2015)
Why does Snapsort not realize that Pentax K mount cameras have way more then 113 lenses available. they do know that any K mount lens made ever fits them right?
 
pnk.rkrr (5:02 AM, November 11, 2013)
is K5 worth of extra bucks?...the minimum difference i m getting is of $300...
 
shifty (5:19 AM, July 08, 2012)
this is a k-r successor not k-5
 
Avatar for Tomek Marcinkowski Tomek Marcinkowski (1:21 PM, July 06, 2012)
I can't understand why K-30 lacks so many semi-pro features that we all loved about K-5. I wanted to upgrade my K-10d to the recently relased K-30, but I know I'd miss a top LCD screen, external mic jack, K-5 battery life, body size (my big palms need big camera ;)) and *magnesium alloy casing*. K-5 with video capturing features of K-30 would be just perfect. How long will I have to wait for it to happen?