Pentax K-30 : baby K-5, weather resistant DSLR

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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.
Pentax K-30
The Pentax K-30 gets a CCD-shift image stabilization and is water spills / dust / sand resistant

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 dslr
The Pentax K-30 and its 100% optical viewfinder / 3"-921,000 dots LCD screen

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
  • HDR
  • 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
Pentax K-30 camera
A weather resistant DSLR, at an affordable price, the Pentax K-30.