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

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

differences

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
              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"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              K-30:410 shots
              K10D:500 shots

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              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $400 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $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
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,067 body only

              $947 - $1,358 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
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              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
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              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-30 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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 K10D Competitors

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Viewfinder size Significantly 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

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