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

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

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
 

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
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
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 2 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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$369.99 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $229 cheaper (around 40% less)
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.60x
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
130x97x71 mm vs 131x97x73 mm
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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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
600 ms vs 1100 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
93 ms vs 162 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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 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
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              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-30:1/6000s
              K-7:1/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-30:650 g
              K-7:750 g
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $516 body only

              $427 - $497 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

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $765 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,235 with 18-55mm 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $514 body only

              $449 - $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

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Pentax K-7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $442 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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