Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-7

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Pentax K-7

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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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
Overall image quality Much better image quality 79.0 vs 61.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 10.6 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-30's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price Much cheaper $559.99 vs $1,288.45
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The best price we've seen is $728 cheaper (2.3x less)
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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5.2 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 130x97x71 mm vs 131x97x73 mm
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Almost the same
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.60x
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 650 g vs 750 g
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More than 10% lighter
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 Common Weaknesses
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-30:162 ms
              K-7:93 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-30:2.8"
              K-7:2.9"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-30:1/6000s
              K-7:1/8000s
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-30:16.1 MP
              K-7:14.5 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Movie format Poor movies Help
              K-30:1080p @ 30fps
              K-7:720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 - $476 body only

              $447 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              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

              $609 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Much higher boost light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $878 - $897 body only

              $1,171 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 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
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $580 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher 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

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

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