Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-30

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Pentax K10D

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Pentax K10D

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K10D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Thickness
Thin
2.8"
 
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Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,129 ISO vs 522 ISO
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The K-30 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the K10D
Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 210k dots
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Around 4.5x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 79.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 162 ms vs 254 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The K-30's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Size Smaller 130x97x71 mm vs 142x101x70 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 650 g vs 793 g
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Around 20% lighter
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.7x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax K10D

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Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 400 ms vs 1100 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 500 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.61x
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.8" vs 2.8"
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Almost the same
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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
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        K-30:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
        K10D:APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        2.8"
        Weight Heavy Help
        K-30:650 g
        K10D:793 g
        Lens availability Few lenses available Help
        109 lenses
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        K-30:16.1 MP
        K10D:10 MP
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

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        competitors

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        Pentax K-50

        Pentax K-50

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $449 body only

        $450 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Pentax K-5

        Pentax K-5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,527 body only

        $825 with 18-55mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 body only

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Pentax K-3

        Pentax K-3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $1,147 body only

        $1,169 - $1,347 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $400 body only

        $485 - $669 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $715 body only

        $950 with 18-105mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

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        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $657 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 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-500

        Pentax K-500

        Entry-level DSLR

        $514 body only

        $449 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

        Pentax K10D Competitors

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        Pentax K20D

        Pentax K20D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $530 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Pentax K-x

        Pentax K-x

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Pentax K200D

        Pentax K200D

        Entry-level DSLR

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Pentax K100D

        Pentax K100D

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 body only

        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Size Significantly smaller
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Startup delay Much more startup delay

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