Here is an interesting DSLR unveiled today by Pentax : the K-30. Directly inspired by the prosumer DSLR K-5, the Pentax K-30 gets the same technical specs for mots of them and is the most affordable rugged weather resistant digatl SLR that will make an interesting travel camera along with the 18-135mm WR lens. Speaking of lenses, today, Pentax also unveiled the smc Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8 fast portrait lens.
Here is what I like in the Pentax K-30 :
- 16MP CMOS APS-C sensor, th eone we already know and love (stunning high ISO image quality, huge dynamic range). It is the same as the Nikon D5100 and D7000 as well as the Sony NEX-F3 and SLT-A37 / SLT-A57. The Pentax K-30 ISO settings are limited to ISO 25,600 when the K-5 can reach ISO 51,200.
- SAFOX IX+ 11 points autofocus with 9 cross-type sensors
- 1080/24p, 25p, 30p with stereo sound
- 3″ / 921 000 dots LCD screen with a wide angle of view
- 100% image covering through the viewfinder with pentaprism (not one of these cheap pentamirrors)
- All weather : thanks to 81 gaskets and o’rings, the K-30 will resist to water spills, dust and sand. It is a weather-sealed DSLR.
- SR : Shake Reduction, Pentax CCD-shift embedded image stabilization system.
- 6 fps burst rate for 21 continuous RAW files of 178 continuous JPEG files, not bad for a budget Digital SLR. The K-5 is just 1 fps faster than the K-5.
- The new “rugged” design, lightweight and compactness of the camera. But Pentax has to skip the secondary LCD screen, yet, they have kept the dual command dials.
Prices and availability of the Pentax K-30
Currently, I only have the European sales price of the K-30 that will be available in some vibrant colors and attractive finish like the crystal white one or the blue/black version. The Pentax K-30 will be sold €799 body only. Pentax will launch a few interesting kits :
- – Pentax K30 + 18/55 DAL lens : €899
- – Pentax K30 + 18/55 DAL + 50/200 DAL lenses : €999
- – Pentax K30 + 18/55 DAL + 55/300 lenses : €1,049
- – Pentax K30 + 18/135 WR lens : €1,099
I would recommend the Pentax K-30 with the 18-135mm WR (Weather Resistant lens) which would be a perfect match to the All)-Weather camera and a perfect travel combination, that would survice tropical weather or the desert’s dust and sand.
Pentax K-30 : main technical specifications
- 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- ISO 100 to ISO 12,800 (ext. at ISO 25,600)
- Burst frame rate : 6 fps for 176 continuous images in JPEG an 21 in RAW
- Autofocus : SAFOX AF IX+ with 11 points and 9 cross-type sensors
- Shutter speeds : 30s – 1/6000s
- Embedded CCD-shift image stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 pixels / 30p, 25p, 24p with stereo sound video recording
- Weather Resistant
- Auto Picture Mode
- Scene Mode
- Pop-up flash, guide number of 12
- 3″ / 921,000 dots LCD
- 100% viewfinder coverage
- Lithium-ion battery (can be replaced by AA batteries)
- Battery life : 410 images
- Weight : 590/655 grs. (wo/w battery and memory card