Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-7

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Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-7

61

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Thin
Thickness
2.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
93 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
740 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,129 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The K-30 has excellent image quality: 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the K-7
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 10.6 EV
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3.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
79.0 vs 61.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5.2 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 14.5 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-30's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.60x
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$365.00 vs $569.00
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The best price we've seen is $204 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight
Lighter
650 g vs 750 g
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More than 10% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
130×97×71 mm vs 131×97×73 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-7

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
740 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
93 ms vs 162 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
600 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-30162 ms
              K-793 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              K-300.61x
              K-70.60x
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-301/6000s
              K-71/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-30650 g
              K-7750 g
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-3016.1 MP
              K-714.5 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              K-3012,800 ISO
              K-73,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              K-301080p @ 30fps
              K-7720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $286 - $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $545 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $650 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $547

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $540 body only

              $586 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

              Pentax K-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-7.

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