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Pentax K-30 16MP weather-sealed mid-level DSLR previewed

By dpreview staff on May 21, 2012 at 22:00 GMT

Pentax has officially announced the K-30 weather-sealed mid-level DSLR. It's built around the same updated 16MP sensor and processor as the K-01, so should offer impressive image quality and borrows many of the features from the more expensive K-5. It can shoot continuously at up to 6 frames per second, has a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second and can capture video at 1080p30. We've had a pre-production K-30 in the office for a couple of days and have prepared a preview looking at what it offers.


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Press Release:

PENTAX Introduces New K-30 Digital SLR Camera

Denver, CO (May 21, 2012) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION today announces the introduction of its new weather and dust resistant digital SLR camera – the PENTAX K-30. Ideal for photographers with active outdoor lifestyles, the new PENTAX K-30 combines a compact, lightweight body with many advanced features found only in higher end DSLR camera models, such as a weather, dust and cold resistant body, a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, state-of-the-art autofocusing, and full HD video recording capabilities.

“No detail was overlooked when designing the dynamic new K-30 to be weather resistant,” explains John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX.  “Every seam, every button, every hinge has been weather sealed for adventure-proof creative photography. Whether enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking in the Rocky Mountains or on vacation cruising along on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls, photographers can stop worrying about weather conditions and start focusing on capturing the perfect shot.”

In addition to its versatile weather-proof capabilities, the new K-30 offers features including high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of six images per second, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and convenient dual electronic dials for quick, fingertip access to exposure control and several Auto Picture and scene modes. Coupled with an ergonomic grip that provides firm, comfortable control of the camera, and a sporty, functional design, the K-30 assures dependable, flawless performance in the field. The new K-30 is available in three body colors: Crystal White and Crystal Blue, with brilliant, glossy finishes reminiscent of the finish of an exclusive sports car; and Black, for a traditional SLR look. It is also compatible with all PENTAX K-mount lenses.

Major features include:

Weather resistant design ideal for travel and outdoor photography
Featuring 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, the K-30 is built to be weather, dust and cold resistant with proven functionality in sub-freezing temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). Its exterior has been designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor photographers – a large grip provides a firm, secure hold of the camera; a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for a solid grip of the camera during vertical shooting.

Newly developed SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus (AF) module for improved autofocus performance
The K-30 features the new state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each individual lens. A dedicated sensor also factors the light source into its calculations at the time of shooting. Additionally, 9 of its 11 focus points have cross-type sensors to capture subjects in sharp focus, while a spotbeam assists the AF system during low light situations. The K-30’s AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas for efficiency and accuracy. A new expanded area AF function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject in AF select mode, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. This greatly improves the accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus shooting, and autofocusing performance when using a telephoto lens.

High resolution, low noise, true-to-life image reproduction
The K-30 incorporates the latest 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high speed image data readout to deliver super high resolution, rich gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels. This image sensor is coupled in the K-30 with the PENTAX “PRIME M” imaging engine for outstanding full 1080p HD movie clips (1920x1080 pixels at 30 frames per second), in addition to outstanding still image capture processing. The camera also minimizes luminance noise at low sensitivities, while offering a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 (ISO 25600 maximum when expanded via a custom function).

Optical finder with 100% field of view
Despite its compact body, which is smaller and lighter than traditional mid level DSLR camera models, the K-30 comes equipped with a glass pentaprism finder featuring a 100% field of view and approximately 0.92X maximum magnification (with a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. Since its viewfinder delivers a clear view of the subject even in the brightest sunshine while also eliminating parallax, the K-30 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical. The K-30 also accepts interchangeable PENTAX Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screens to facilitate manual focusing operation. Optional focus screens include cross-lined and scale types, to accommodate more specialized applications.

High-speed burst shooting at approximately six images per second
When photographing sporting events, concerts or wildlife, the K-30’s high-speed burst shooting function comes in handy, allowing the photographer to capture active, fast moving subjects in a series of images at a maximum speed of approximately 6 frames per second (in JPEG format).

Advanced Live View shooting
Thanks to the latest CMOS image sensor and PRIME M engine, the K-30 offers a clear, true-to-life Live View at a smooth 60 frames per second. It also features a focus peaking function during live view to improve manual focusing speed and accuracy. Live View on the K-30 also offers a choice of three grid display patterns including a Golden Section overlay, and detailed information overlay if desired by the photographer.

High quality video recording
The PENTAX K-30 features full HD video recording to capture high quality movie clips in 1080p resolution (1920x1080 pixels). The efficient h.264 compression format offers a choice of frame rates (30, 25 or 24 frames per second) at 1080p, or up to 60 FPS at 720p, to accommodate user specific applications. Video recording options are flexible, allowing the photographer to select aperture or shutter exposure control, while PENTAX Shake Reduction helps stabilize captured video. Users may add creative artistic effects to recorded clips using various Custom Image modes or record subjects in a series of video clips with the Interval Movie Shooting mode.

User friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes
The K-30 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which analyzes a scene then automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from Portrait, Landscape, Macro as well as others. This allows the photographer to concentrate on image composition and other creative elements while leaving more technical settings to the K-30, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. The K-30 also offers 19 creative Scene modes, including Night Scene Portrait, Pet, Backlight Silhouette, and more, to simplify photographing unique subjects and scenes that often require uncommon camera settings.

PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism for sharp, blur free images
The PENTAX K-30 incorporates the PENTAX-developed SR mechanism, which effectively reduces blur due to camera shake by approximately four shutter steps. Usable with all PENTAX compatible lenses*, including those produced for film format SLR cameras, this mechanism produces sharp, blur free images even under demanding conditions that are prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in twilight. The K-30's SR system also offers several other useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, including an Automatic Horizon Correction function to assure high precision image framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment, a Composition Adjustment function to allow minute adjustments of image alignment horizontally/vertically/axially, and an ASTROTRACER mode to eliminate light trails during astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit (available separately).
* Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

A selection of image processing tools for creative, personalized expression
The K-30 features a Custom Image function, which allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image. Choose from 11 custom settings including Bleach Bypass that creates a dramatic visual effect similar to that used in motion pictures, and Cross Process to produce fanciful, eye-catching images boasting dramatic colors. The K-30 also offers a choice of 19 creative digital filters including Miniature, which transforms an actual scene into what appears to be an image of miniature models. These filters add distinctive visual effects to captured images producing creative, artistic images without the need for a computer. The user can further expand the creative possibilities by applying multiple filters and processing modes to a single image.

Choice of two power sources
In addition to the included lithium ion battery capable of capturing approximately 480 images with a single charge**, the K-30 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder. Since AA batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when shooting for an extended period of time or in remote locations.
** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, using the D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery with no flash discharges.

Additional features include:

  • Large, wide angle viewable 3-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots of resolution
  • 77 segment multi-pattern metering system for accurate light measurement
  • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust off from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
  • PENTAX-designed Hyper control system to assure fast and flexible response to the photographer’s creative intentions
  • Dynamic range expansion function to compensate for blown out (overexposed) and muddy (underexposed) areas of an image
  • Retrieve and save RAW data from buffer memory for a just-recorded JPEG image
  • RAW/Fx multi-function button for on-the-fly switching of image file formats, as well as for assignment and instant recall of other specific functions
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX (RAW processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included

Pricing and Availability
The new PENTAX K-30 will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in July 2012 with a suggested retail price of $849.95 for body only, and $899.95 for the kit including the DA L 18-55mm zoom lens.

♦ K-30 is a trademark of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
♦ Designs and specifications are subjects to change without notice.

Pentax K-30 specifications

Price
MSRPBody: US $849.95, with 18-55mm kit lens: $899.95
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialReinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Sensor
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions4224 x 2816, 3456 x 2304, 2688 x 1792
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorPrime M
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (25600 Extended)
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (3)
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsGood, Better, Best
File format
  • RAW (DNG)
  • JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
  • DCF 2.0 compliant
  • DPOF
  • PIM III
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountPentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.92×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/6000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Hyper Program (P)
  • Sensitivity Priority (Sv)
  • Shutter Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture Priority (Av)
  • Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv)
  • Hyper Manual (M)
  • Bulb (B)
  • User (U1, U2)
  • Scene (SCN)
  • Auto Picture (AUTO)
  • Movie
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Moving Object
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Blue Sky
  • Forest
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene HDR (JPG)
  • Night Snap
  • Food
  • Pet
  • Kids
  • Surf & Snow
  • Backlight Silhouette
  • Candlelight
  • Stage Lighting
  • Museum
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous (Hi, Lo)
  • Self-Timer (12s, 2s)
  • Remote (0s, 3s, continuous)
  • Auto Bracketing (3 frames, standard, timer, remote)
Continuous drive6 fps
Self-timerYes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (optional, wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Weather and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable battery & charger or 4 x AA batteries (with the optional AA battery holder D-BH109)
Battery Life (CIPA)410
Weight (inc. batteries)650 g (1.43 lb / 22.93 oz)
Dimensions130 x 97 x 71 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 2.8)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)
GPSOptional
GPS notesO-GPS1

Additional images

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Comments

Total comments: 278
12
Mitra Zaman
By Mitra Zaman (Aug 23, 2012)

Since adolescents (32 years ago) I was already familiar with the Pentax SLR analog camera. When the others had first stepped into the digital era (Canon, Nikon, etc), but the Pentax then followed that with a steady and sure steps. Unfortunately, up until now, it is still difficult to find in stores Pentax cameras in our country, Indonesia. Until now, I've tried asking for Pentax products (eg Pentax K-5 and K-30) in the camera shops in the city of Jakarta, but not yet available. I look forward to the next Pentax can more readily enter the arena of the Indonesian market. A considerable market potential with a population of 250 million. I kept waiting for the latest innovations from Pentax. Most importantly maintained by Pentax is how to deliver a high quality product at a price that remains affordable. Congratulations and good luck always!

0 upvotes
JR Johnson
By JR Johnson (Jun 3, 2012)

I know I would Love this Camera. Obviously for the fact it is a Pentax. And taking me back to High School Photography Class with Nickolaus Pavloff. Also because it is a "normal" DSLR dimension wise. I am unfortunately blessed with large hands and find the smaller mirror-less camera's rather awkward to handle. I am reserving my judgement till I can handle the New OM-D. I would however buy this unit given what I know of Pentax and its IQ Standards. However one feature I would have hoped would be included and is why even given the Oly's diminutive size and higher cost it may over ride my interests with Pentax. And that's the continuous live view in I assume, Bulb mode, and watching an image develop. This saving me the difference in camera costs . Why you may wonder and that is Olympus can be fitted with a variety of IR Filters 720, 800, and 820. And can therefore eliminate the need of an IR only Camera, and specifically my desire for IR shooting. Time as always will tell.

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offertonhatter
By offertonhatter (Jun 2, 2012)

Replacement to my K-5? Of course not!
Backup to my K-5 and replace my K20D? Yes of course!

Not the best looking camera, but ergonomically in use, it seems to hit the spot.

Sign me up!

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (May 26, 2012)

Pentax Russia has another specs about speed and buffer of K-30

HI: 6 fps till 176 images(JPEG ***), 21 image (RAW)
LO: 3 fps till the card full (JPEG ***)

0 upvotes
kewlguy
By kewlguy (May 25, 2012)

Good specs, new low-noise APS sensor, but I hope this time Pentax will give us true RAW at ISO1600~6400 without NR...

0 upvotes
lonoise
By lonoise (May 24, 2012)

as a former pentax/canikon/olympus user, i'm really impressed with the specs of this camera. given the acclaimed sensor, let's hope it's as good in reality as it is on paper. if that's the case, i will start digging up all my pentax lenses =)

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iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (May 24, 2012)

Phew... I thought Pentax was going nuts after seeing those Q and K-01 launches, but it seems they only wanted to scare us a little.

This is a very good direction, investing where no other camera maker is. Most people looking for post-entry-level DSLR cameras, having the chance to compare the options, would take this one for sure. The ones who still would not, mmm..., few. Even the almost 4-year-old entry-level K-x already has some weather sealing.

Perfect as a family camera and the adventurer or careless with little budget. Congrats, Pentax!

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lirritma
By lirritma (May 24, 2012)

Great to see another DSLR from Pentax. I have two (K10D and K20D) and I get great results from them - but when are we going to see new super telephoto glass from Pentax or will this just remain something on a roadmap?

2 upvotes
00shiv
By 00shiv (May 23, 2012)

Anyone knows if the K-30 has auto-focus in video mode? Could not spot it in the announcement.

0 upvotes
hcarvalhoalves
By hcarvalhoalves (May 24, 2012)

Considering it inherits the K-01 video features, I believe it does.

1 upvote
Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (May 25, 2012)

YEs, there will be AF :
http://www.chassimages.com/forum/index.php/topic,155687.msg3106486.html#msg3106486

0 upvotes
ChrisKramer1
By ChrisKramer1 (May 23, 2012)

Looks like the kind of camera Timothy Treadwell would have used...

0 upvotes
hcarvalhoalves
By hcarvalhoalves (May 23, 2012)

Funny how this preview is not "featured", huh? Even P&S previews got more exposure.

6 upvotes
arpikusz
By arpikusz (May 23, 2012)

A true hobby-photographer's camera!

3 upvotes
Ben Tomohiku
By Ben Tomohiku (May 23, 2012)

Personally I think K-30 really looks like a Pentax, at least from the exterior better than K-01 or Q. Pentax is always so generous to adding better features on their cameras. I bought a Pentax K-X for my sister two years ago, at that time K-X is the best value entry-level dslr.However I am really sad that most of the people don't realize it, they're gonna say "Pentax? Never heard of it" every time when I recommend them some nice dslrs from Pentax, whatever. Pentax really should work on letting more people know about their business.

4 upvotes
Benfr69
By Benfr69 (May 23, 2012)

I agree. Pentax has some serious marketing issues. Nikon and Canon have established huge marketing investments worldwide and that is the reason why they are also the market leaders.
Nikon leads the entry level and mid-range market and Canon the pro-market.

If Pentax would market their products the way the two leaders do they would definitely gain a tremendous amount of market share due to their price to feature ratio.

Let's hope Ricoh will increase the marketing budget.

2 upvotes
Ben Tomohiku
By Ben Tomohiku (May 23, 2012)

Exactly, however from my point of view, Ricoh's marketing for Pentax is not optimum. Feels like they're not even trying to compete with Canon or Nikon; and many people think that Pentax has the potential due to its solid experience on optic area (also from its Corp, Hoya).

1 upvote
Freestyler
By Freestyler (May 23, 2012)

Thanks but I'd rather the much smaller Pentax to make high quality Camera and lenses, and far less on huge marketing and advertising.

1 upvote
Azfar
By Azfar (May 23, 2012)

I still cant quite decide whether i like that blue body or hate it.

3 upvotes
Benfr69
By Benfr69 (May 22, 2012)

Personally I find the design sexy. Now to the facts.
This is a mid-range DSLR playing in the same court as the EOS 600D or the D5100. I am talking here about the price range.

Despite it's pricing the K30 features many "pro" features which are on none of the above mentioned cameras. These features are obvious:

- 100 % weather sealing
- 100 % pentaprism viewfinder
- Eleven point AF system with 9 cross type sensors
- 6 FPS continuous burst shooting
- 1/6000th of a second shutter speed
- Two user modes
- Twin control dials

and last but not least a WR kit lens. And all this in a 900 USD package.

I think it is the best recommendation for people starting out in photography or sports photographers on a budget.

Also this promises a lot for the K-5 successor in September. (Photokina)

19 upvotes
doctorbza
By doctorbza (May 22, 2012)

i'm a canon shooter and i agree with you. as far as bang for your buck goes, pentax is delivering.

9 upvotes
DanCart
By DanCart (May 22, 2012)

yep if I was looking for a new SLR all over again I wouldnt hesistate to go Pentax ! Their cameras are looking ever so appealing especially if you factor in the affordability of their lenses compared to other brands. This camera offers plenty for sure

6 upvotes
DarylK
By DarylK (May 22, 2012)

Very similar to what the K200D offered me around 4 years ago when it came out - more features & capabilities for the price.

1 upvote
Nerdlinger
By Nerdlinger (May 23, 2012)

You were only wrong on one aspect. It does not come with a WR kit lens. At least the 18-55 is not. I've seen the black offered with the 18-135. Oh if only they would offer the blue with that lens it would be an instasell for me. I have fallen for my boy blue and would not be happy with settling for a black camera. Normally I wouldn't care, but that blue is sharp.

0 upvotes
gdfthr73
By gdfthr73 (May 22, 2012)

Great looking camera and think of all those classic K-mount lenses you can put on it. Would be a great kit with that 40mm pancake lens their packing with the K-01 too.

3 upvotes
Rubenski
By Rubenski (May 22, 2012)

Seems like a very nice brand this Pentax. Great specs, good design, super pricing! Good camera as back up or to get into 'the real thing'. Congratulations from a Canon shooter!

7 upvotes
Mac McCreery
By Mac McCreery (May 22, 2012)

Great sounding and looking camera.
Good response here too.
I just can't help but laugh at the threads from fanboys of other systems.(And Pentax owners can be equally guilty!)
How on earth did I cope with a Praktica MTL3 years ago?
I guess the owners of some systems gather and rub their bodies(camera!) together- taking photographs is a secondary consideration?

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joshh4000
By joshh4000 (May 22, 2012)

i wonder if i will be able to see it at - The Digital Show (Melbourne Oz 26-27 May)
(wishful thinking :)

its just awesome.

1 upvote
Nerdlinger
By Nerdlinger (May 22, 2012)

Oh wow! I have just found my next camera (in that sweet blue). I own a K-x and was seriously tempted to pick up a K-5, but now this is released. This seems like a pretty sweet upgrade. The main factor for me is the preset picture modes. I do spend time in manual mode, but sometimes I like to just flip the lever to scene and the sub menu to whatever I want to shoot and then shoot instead of dealing with exposure, iso, and aperture. I love my K-x, love Pentax, and will probably love this camera. Now it's time to get the 18-135WR and call it a day. Next rain shower I will not be heading inside due to the fear of rain, I will be outside getting more lightning shots! This thing appears to be all I need and want. I enjoy being part of a small minority of people shooting Pentax, another reason why I drive a Subaru instead of a Chevy/Ford/Hyundai, etc. It's good to be different! And the K-30 in blue will pretty much match my paint color on the Subie. Happy days are here

4 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (May 22, 2012)

Waiting for the pink one, have a fetish for it.

1 upvote
Gintaras_J
By Gintaras_J (May 22, 2012)

No external stereo microphone input??? If so, I think they lost one potential buyer immediately.

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3 upvotes
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 22, 2012)

And most video cameras don't have APS sized sensors, and don't shoot at 16MP perframe.

This is a still camera with some video features. Use a mirrorless system camera if you want video on your still camera.

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chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (May 22, 2012)

Of course, having stereo microphone input is good, but Pentax probably wasn't targeting video shooters with this camera. Video shooting was never their specialty, anyways.

If you want microphone input, you'll either have to get the K-5, or get a Canon.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (May 22, 2012)

I don't get it...
Are you saying that you can actually shot photos... with sound!? :P
For me, I only need good stills, for video there's always my cellphone (720p).

1 upvote
Gintaras_J
By Gintaras_J (May 22, 2012)

But for my purposes (ethnographic, sociological research work) this type of camera -lightweight, not very expensive, weather sealed, with universal power supply can be ideal choice. But we do quality photos and we try to do quality video clips/reportages at the same time during our summer fieldwork... And the excellent sound is a necessary condition for a good final “product”. So I have three choices – 1. Get this camera and use "Zoom" or "Tascam" recorder simultaneously (not very comfortable choice). 2. Patiently wait for another Pentax offer. 3. Lug all my "old" equipment- Canon EOS 40D with huge flash and 2-4 lenses + Video camcorder Panasonic NV-GS500 with 3-4 batteries, wide angle converter, 5-6 tapes, and other accessories…And finally - sad to say all this "old" gear is not weather-sealed…

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chrisnfolsom
By chrisnfolsom (May 22, 2012)

I echo your sentiments - not having a way to use a microphone is ridiculous unless you are trying to push people up market in your product line. Even allowing voice volume control and metering is a rather simple thing next to pushing gigapixels a second. Sorry to hear it has almost everything - and price, but lack of external mic is crazy - hope it was just an oversight in the reporting...fingers crossed.

To all you justifying 'It's just a camera people' out there - go back to film ;)

1 upvote
DanCart
By DanCart (May 22, 2012)

I dont think this camera is meant for serious videographers hence the the lack of features for microphone. If you are serious about your video recording you certainly should be looking for seperate hardware for dealing with sound

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (May 23, 2012)

They had to leave something off like the mic input, HDMI, so they could still add the pentaprism VF, 920 K LCD, etc and still sell the camera for a profit. I do agree it's a curious omission as is the HDMI port. And there has to be remain some reasons to buy the flagship K-5.

1 upvote
Alizarine
By Alizarine (May 23, 2012)

Err, this is not Pentax's universal camera model. Some features WILL be stripped off it. Canon and Nikon counterparts may have it, but do they have WR? Pentaprism? it's have some lose some, always. Well, can't please everybody.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (May 22, 2012)

It's a WR K-01 with a pentaprism, higher max shutter speed, better ergonomics, and faster PD AF for only a $100 premium. So how are they going to sell any K-01s now? Or have they given up on that failed experiment in hideous design??

1 upvote
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 22, 2012)

Well the K-01 has real live view.

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (May 22, 2012)

HowaboutRAW it has the same live view as the K-01 has.

0 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (May 22, 2012)

I'm not interested in real live view
Now I want to know what an "unreal" live view is?!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 22, 2012)

qwertyasdf:

It's very unlikely that Pentax put a contrast auto-focus system in this DSLR, and that's the only way it could have the same live view as the K-01. (I believe perhaps maybe the Nikon D4 has such combined system, and if this Pentax had a combined system, the specs would call attention to that fact.)

In other words, the mirror of this SLR system and phase detect auto-focus require that the K30's live view use a different system than the K-01.

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Maxfield_photo
By Maxfield_photo (May 22, 2012)

I think all of thier DSLRs since the K-x have PDAF in mirror-down mode, and CDAF in live view.

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CFynn
By CFynn (May 22, 2012)

No, afaik, the D4 does not have a combined cd pd autofocus system. Like most DSLRs, on the D4 you can use one or the other. The small Nikon 1 mirrorless system does have something like you describe - phase detect and contrast detect autofocus built into the main sensor. They have yet to put this in an APS-C or full frame camera though.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 22, 2012)

CFynn:

On the D4 wouldn't that mean one would use the contrast detect system in live view? To me that's a combined system.

There's still no evidence that this Pentax has a contrast AF system for live view--yes it could, but many dslrs relied on the mirror flipping down to do the focus in live view--for example the D3s.

Not so clear if the Nikon 1 series uses contrast detect auto focus at all.

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hcarvalhoalves
By hcarvalhoalves (May 22, 2012)

@HowaboutRAW All Pentax cams since K-x have CDAF in Live View. You're misinformed.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (May 22, 2012)

hcarvalhoalves:

You may be correct, but there's nothing in the specs for this K30 or the K5 about this feature.

Updated: a Google search confirms the feature, so I am wrong, wonder why the specs don't call attention to the feature?

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renaissant
By renaissant (May 22, 2012)

The K01 announces that Pentax is jumping into the Compact Mirrorless dslr market and, as expected, they need a couple production models to catch up with the competition. Im anxious to see what K02, or 03 become as they inherit K30 technology. A competitor to the Oly M5, but with an aps-c sensor. What about the coming Samsung NX310, Sony NEX9.
Because the K01 is woefully behind the competition it was smart to employ a famous designer. Although it doesn't appeal to me, I've hoped, and am glad for the K01... and K30

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waxwaine
By waxwaine (May 22, 2012)

Where are those people claiming for a old 50s digital SLR like OMD5? Saving for the US1400? Better get a K-30 + Q/ limiteds.

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (May 22, 2012)

OMD5 is stilll a much better camera then this pentax

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Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (May 22, 2012)

Of course, you have tested both cameras, and you know than OMD-5 is better.
There is no k-30 with definitive firmware available for the moment, but you know than the OMD will be better.
the power of auto-persuasion.

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waxwaine
By waxwaine (May 22, 2012)

On it´s potential, clearly never. You may put a microwave on OMD5, but can´t get the K-30(even K-01) DOF effect on any M43. Although OVF(pentamirror) still kick ass of EVF.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (May 22, 2012)

waxwaine you can put any Pentax lens on an m4/3 camera and get the same DOF, also Panasonic and Olympus have (like Pentax) done a good job developing fast primes which also helps.

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akluiber
By akluiber (May 22, 2012)

Sensor size is part of the DOF equation. Smaller sensors have less control on the shallow end. Putting a Pentax lens on a m4/3 camera will not produce the same DOF as a camera with an APS-C sensor.

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/digital-camera-sensor-size.htm

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (May 22, 2012)

@akluiber It's literally the same image projected onto the sensor so would have identical DOF, just a different angle of view due to the crop. If you adjust the working distance to get the same framing then you have deeper DOF.

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akluiber
By akluiber (May 22, 2012)

"If you adjust the working distance to get the same framing then you have deeper DOF."

Exactly. If you're going to crop in on the APS-C anyway, sure, then it's a moot point.

But if you have intentions to isolate a subject at a specific composition within the frame, you've gotta back away and go wider in m4/3s to get a similar result. So, functionally, it's still not the same.

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (May 23, 2012)

If you really want to isolate the subject Full Frame is considerably better than both APS and 4/3", with APS being a lot closer to 4/3" than it is to FF. For real DOF control this Pentax just isn't a choice, you'd need to go Canon/Nikon/Sony FF or if you want even more a Pentax 645 :)

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Marques Lamont
By Marques Lamont (May 22, 2012)

Was there a slot on the bottom of the camera for a BATTERY GRIP?

I couldn't tell from the preview shots. You could only see around the battery compartment area.

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NotSteve
By NotSteve (May 22, 2012)

Marques, it has been verified by Pentax rep John Carlson in the Pentax DSLR forum that there is no provision for a battery grip with this model.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (May 22, 2012)

One picture shows the camera plunging into water. That implies it would survive more than just a spattering of rain, spill from a drink, or expectoration from an unappreciative subject.

Maybe DPR should actually dunk "weather sealed" cameras into a pot of water to check if the plunge picture bespeaks dry fact or waters the truth a bit.

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nekrosoft13
By nekrosoft13 (May 22, 2012)

Were do you see the camera being dunked into water? On the image with black background, camera is not being dunked, its being sprayed with water stream (maybe hose) from the right side.

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sir_bazz
By sir_bazz (May 22, 2012)

I like that idea. It could help to stop manufacturers adding "weather resistant" to their spec sheets when in the past all they implemented was a seal around the memory card flap.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (May 22, 2012)

People should differrentiate waterproof from weather-resistant. Waterproof means having the ability to withstand water pressure, and that can not be arranged with any changeable-volume camera (as opposed to fixed-volume of a waterproof P&S). It could be possible with lenses that have only internal movement, but has not been done yet.
There is no picture of the camera plunging into water, anyway, so the whole observation lacks looking too...

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Sevventh
By Sevventh (May 22, 2012)

Whats this then? http://1.s.img-dpreview.com/files/news/1536409980/K30_Splash.jpg?v=1504

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johnny_rico
By johnny_rico (May 22, 2012)

Splash not dunked.

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lonoise
By lonoise (May 24, 2012)

watch some k-5 water tests on youtube to get the idea of how pentax seals their cameras =]

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (May 22, 2012)

Pentax, you don't need a Marc Nelson (?) or whatever he's called, not too worthy of remembering anyways...to help you design...becoz you just do GREATTTTTTTTT!!!!!!

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (May 22, 2012)

This one might have just killed the K01, absolutely no reason to buy the K01 over this..
OH...but wait......the K01 was already DOA, no camera can die for 2 times i guess.

1 upvote
instamatic
By instamatic (May 22, 2012)

I really like the bold new design. The one in blue is very nice.

1 upvote
sillvann
By sillvann (May 22, 2012)

NEWSON!

1 upvote
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (May 22, 2012)

Really good design, even it comes in different colours, doesn't look as toy like as the k-r

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peevee1
By peevee1 (May 22, 2012)

oops

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (May 22, 2012)

Two marks against it.
1. A bevel for no reason that adds unnecessary weight (however small)
2. Small Li-ion battery for the off chance that someone would need AA battery because he didn't carry a spare. A large 1000~1200 shot battery makes more sense than a small battery + a dozen AA (if you carried the adapter)

Otherwise a fine camera from a company that have quirks to work out.

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (May 22, 2012)

I have 2900mAh AA batteries that give me about 1500 shots per charge on my Fujifilm S3. I think it's a swell idea.

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wildkat2
By wildkat2 (May 22, 2012)

1 - THe bevel helps add extra height to the pop up flash making it better. And it adds style.

2 - I for one LOVE AA batteries. I think it is a key feature of my beloved K200 which will be replaced by a K30 the day it is available. I already carry AAs for strobes and having my camera powered by them means in a pinch I can "harvest" from them. Or just buy disposables. Ever tried to buy a "spare" Li-ion battery in Northern Afghanistan? But they sure as heck have AAs. I will use the Li-ion as a "spare" in case my AAs give out, not the reverse.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (May 22, 2012)

K100D Super here, two sets of AA (I bought Infinium: Eneloops were too expensive ;) ), doin' great!

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (May 22, 2012)

I love AA batteries, something I can use in a variety of equipment. I am fed up with so many manufacturers having their own very expensive special purpose battery.

One of the things I like about Canon DSLR's is if you get the battery grip, you can feed it AA batteries.

I am a K-x owner BTW. A camera that does excellently on AA batteries.

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MaikeruN
By MaikeruN (May 22, 2012)

I am sure you can squeeze alot more shots per charge out of it if you stop being so insecure about your own exposure...

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CFynn
By CFynn (May 22, 2012)

I hate AA batteries in cameras - too many bad experiences with them especially in cold weather.

Once bought a Canon P&S camera with AA batteries thinking it was a good idea and soon found out it wasn't - short battery life even with premium rechargeable. And brand new regular AA batteries would sometimes give only half a dozen shots.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (May 22, 2012)

@ Provia_fan
So you like carrying a Li-ion battery + charger + four 2900mAh AA + AA charger + AA adapter for ~1900 shots instead of two Li-ion batteries + charger for 2000+ shots?

@ wildkat2
The flash is not that high, it is all plastic up there. Function follows form, not a good trait in my book for camera. I wonder how much smaller/light this can be if the design is more traditional like K-5, D7000.

I don't know about Afghanistan but I think charging batteries overnight in a hotel is safer than buying AA in a Taliban store.

@ MaikeruN
What are you talking about? My D90 lets me shoot 1200 shots before low battery warning. I'll feel insecure if after 250 shots the camera is telling me low battery and I have to time my battery swap.

Li-ion polymer battery has come a long way. It is time to get on with the times.

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wildkat2
By wildkat2 (May 22, 2012)

@Pieasdf - Hotel? LOL!!!

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whawha
By whawha (May 22, 2012)

What happened to the person that design the K5? They seem to have fired him and hired someone who likes 80's getto blasters and does extensive use of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

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hcarvalhoalves
By hcarvalhoalves (May 22, 2012)

If Pentax designers are on mushrooms, I'm in!

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CFynn
By CFynn (May 22, 2012)

Well I'm not sure what Olympus designers are on either. A recent Olympus ad features a quote from Charles Baudelaire who hated photography and was high on laudanum most of the time.

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David Bourke
By David Bourke (May 22, 2012)

Looks to me like the designer of Dell Alienware computers.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (May 22, 2012)

It's a shame it's got the K-01 ADC/sensor combo. No 14-bit raws and a stop less DR than the K-5. Otherwise, it appears to be a decent camera.

1 upvote
CFynn
By CFynn (May 22, 2012)

? Other sites are saying it has the same sensor as the K5 - or an updated version of that sensor

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (May 22, 2012)

Interesting someone mentions Minolta here, because this camera from the front has a strong resemblance to the Minolta 800si which incidentally was a weather resistant film SLR.

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (May 22, 2012)

It could have been the new digital 800si if Minolta was still alive :-D

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xfoto
By xfoto (May 22, 2012)

...and sweet colors! Why doesn't Canon and Nikon offer colors instead of the dated ugly black?

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Provia_fan
By Provia_fan (May 22, 2012)

Xqueeze me? The Nikon 3100 and now 3200 come in a choice of colours!...

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justmeMN
By justmeMN (May 22, 2012)

The Canon T3(no i) comes in black, red, metallic gray, and brown. Admittedly, the latter two colors sound pretty boring. I prefer basic black myself.

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hcarvalhoalves
By hcarvalhoalves (May 22, 2012)

Because they don't want their brands to be considered non-pro by stiff people. That's why almost everybody releases booooooring bodies.

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Alizarine
By Alizarine (May 23, 2012)

Canon and Nikon did... after Pentax released the K-x.

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (May 22, 2012)

At last! After Olympus Stylus series, one Minolta and several other properly built but rare outdoors cameras, this digital SLR finally seems to open what should have been a normal trend ages ago. There are really no reasons why all cameras should not be environmentally sealed and not just created for "home & office use".
After all, such devices are meant to live under the open skies as much as their users. Bravo, Pentax! Let's just hope that other manufacturers see the light too.
(By the way, the same should happen to all mobile phones, GPS receivers, tablets, etc.)

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (May 22, 2012)

but not everybody wants to pay some extra cash in weathersealed mobile phones, GPS receivers, tablets...although the availability of such devices is nice.

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ivancoric
By ivancoric (May 22, 2012)

Pentax has other sealed cameras: K10, K20, K200, K7, K5...

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (May 22, 2012)

You only really need weather sealing for demanding situations, I've had light rain splash on my m4/3 cameras and it never did them any harm. It's nice to have but cameras without are hardly indoors only.

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CriticalI
By CriticalI (May 22, 2012)

Pentax has made sealed cameras since the K10, long before anyone else in the APSC world.

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Gylfi Magnusson
By Gylfi Magnusson (May 22, 2012)

Pentax made the weather resistant LX in 1980 - but no WR lenses back then

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jonny1976
By jonny1976 (May 22, 2012)

one feature that is simply amazing and nobody seems never to mention regarding pentax is the electronic align using the movable señor.
in practice using a ball head with tripod you have the easiness of ball head and precision of a normal head with many movement. Using this feature is a great benefit for micro adjustment, in practice 2 mm of movement everywhere. Believe they seems nothing but they change many times the composition in an incredible way

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arpikusz
By arpikusz (May 22, 2012)

This is the best looking Pentax camera ever! Blue looks awesome!
Now they just need to come out with a DSLR for $499. :)

6 upvotes
unotisto
By unotisto (May 22, 2012)

The K-r is available here for 499€.

1 upvote
halai
By halai (May 22, 2012)

I primarily shoot Nikon but I have to say this is the best camera at this price range. I don't even think the soon release Nikon D5200 and Canon T4i can't even touch this. Really love the design and all weather sealing at $850, SICK!!! I think Pentax will hit a home run with this camera. Also, I like the fact that Pentax kept at 16mp instead of 24mp or even higher like other companies are doing. Why? To be honest, how many people really need higher than 16mp??? I know I know... there will always some people, but seriously what is the percentage of that?

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jj74e
By jj74e (May 25, 2012)

Regarding mp, what reason is there not to use a higher mp sensor if low light performance is still competitive? It gives you much more leeway for cropping as necessary, crisper photos, etc. The only negatives you get are possible hits in write time and memory usage, but memory is pretty cheap these days, and write times are usually quick enough or non-obstructing.

But certainly the K-30 looks extremely attractive, and the 16mp is one of the best out there.

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Peadingle
By Peadingle (May 22, 2012)

Rather disappointed as a long-time Pentax fan looking to buy a DSLR. Why? Because the K-30 doesn't have an articulating viewing screen that my current two digital cameras have, and a feature that I am not now prepared to be without.

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akluiber
By akluiber (May 22, 2012)

I'm no camera engineer, but one of Pentax's big schticks is weather and environment sealing. It may be that they feel an articulating LCD compromises that feature too much.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (May 22, 2012)

It's funny how everytime pentax launches a camera, they keep banging on about the weather sealing feature, as if umbrellas never existed, all of the lenses are weather sealed and rain magically falls everywhere, except for the front element of the lens, allowing you to take pictures that no other digital camera user can. As far as I know, only pentax and olympus (E3) ever pictured their DSLR cameras as being soaked in water. Canon and Nikon produce at least 3-4 cameras each, at this point, with weather sealing, and a whole lot more lenses that are weather sealed, and seem not to be interested to incourage you to expose your camera like that.

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philo123
By philo123 (May 22, 2012)

I don't think Canikon produce any weather sealed cameras at this price point?? Their weather sealed ranges are 7D/D300s and above. Also it's tricky to take a decent photo while still holding an umbrella!

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In hydraulis
By In hydraulis (May 22, 2012)

nicolaiecostel,

Stop thinking of rain. Start thinking of watersports.

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DeanAllan
By DeanAllan (May 22, 2012)

@nicola-sumthin
Have you been to a waterpark or sea-side when the waves are crashing or on a boat ride? Or to Thailand when they have the water festival or India Holi festival. I can tell you.....no an umbrella will not save your normal-not-weather-sealed-camera.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (May 22, 2012)

@nicolaiecostel

ignorant comment really is ignorant. As philo123 said... How many cameras Canon or Nikon or Sony or Olympus offer weathersealing for 850USD at launch in today economy?

And think about this. Taking pictures under a little rain in a Rally event, and then a car passes by throwing mud, dirty water and every single thing you can imagine a Rally car can throw at you...but you end GETTING THE SHOT YOU WANTED because you didn't had to worry about the camera malfunctioning afterwards. That's all that matters, getting the shot you want. So taking pictures without having to use an umbrella is quite a good thing.

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abortabort
By abortabort (May 22, 2012)

Where I live an umbrella is beyond useless, nobody ever carries them because they just turn into a big sail and then turn inside out or demolish themselves. And yes the rain comes at you sideways, not from above. I would love a decent weather sealed camera at a decent price and I think that they are banging on about weather sealing for the K-30 because it is a big point of difference at this price point, I can't imagine them banging on about the screen resolution or having AF as these things are not a point of difference for this price point.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (May 22, 2012)

Articulating LCD on an SLR only helps in live view, and in live view SLRs cannot focus fast. Except Sony SLTs.

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CFynn
By CFynn (May 22, 2012)

How many Nikon DX lenses are weather sealed? - and the D300s is their only APS-C camera that might have comparable weather sealing.

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Tabaplar
By Tabaplar (May 22, 2012)

Spec wise this looks like a great update. But aesthetically, I find this design incredibly awkward and kind of baffling.

As the semi-professional model, the design of the K-5 is logical, functional, restrained....completely fit for purpose, and I think that it looks (and works) great. As a consumer model, the K-01 has a somewhat whimsical, design forward aesthetic, but to me it also looks great....it's an indulgent design, but it is cohesive and it has a clear concept.

This on the other had, seems completely out of left field to me....it's design DNA seems to have little relation to any of Pentax's current interchangeable lens cameras. It looks "styled" not "designed". To me it looks like a decade old street bike, or a pair of basketball shoes.

The K-5 and K-01 are cameras that I would buy, at least partially, because of their design. This is a camera that I would never buy because of it's design. I REALLY hope that the K-5 successor doesn't look anything like this.

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mhike
By mhike (May 22, 2012)

Ok.

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Autodidact
By Autodidact (May 22, 2012)

I have a huge issue with this design too — the lines (dust collectors) on the left side of the lens mount. That's a dealbreaker!

I'd rather buy that cool looking toy camera they released recently.

{Yes, I'm sarcastic}.

1 upvote
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (May 22, 2012)

In the official picture two of the cameras appear to have peed themselves.

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Maxfield_photo
By Maxfield_photo (May 22, 2012)

I thought so too!

1 upvote
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (May 22, 2012)

This looks like it's going to be a killer camera, with features that resemble the Nikon D7000, without the dedicated buttons and status display, which makes more of a professional model. If the AF will work as well and will not have the isues encountered on the K-r and K-5, it will be a worthy purchase option for anyone looking for an upgrade to an entry-level DSLR.

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LFLee
By LFLee (May 22, 2012)

This is the true replacement for K200D, and a replacement I have been waiting for. While I already have a K5, I still lust for this K30.

I think Pentax pack in more features from the K5 to this body (and a whole upgrade from K200D). At the same time removed top LCD and metal body that is available in the K200D, to justify the cost. Pentax has two unique features that I think they should continue: WR and dual batteries options in dSLR. I do think they should have a vertical battery holder for this camera like the K200D.

Except the bottle opener design (looks like Nikon) of the flash housing, I really like the design. A solid proof that Pentax own camera designers are great! Can't wait what K5 replacement will be!

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mbpm
By mbpm (May 22, 2012)

My thoughts exactly! I am a proud owner of the K200D. The only feature I'll miss is the top LCD, which I use all the time- it's a necessity.
Your comment hit's home run with my feelings about the camera.
To the people beefing about the lack of 1080p at 60fps or 24fps and the lack of external mics. All I got to say is that this is a "camera" not a dedicated "Video camera." Although all of the features sound good, people are not going to buy this camera for professional film projects. Though it will be fun if someone comes up with a hack like the GH2.

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jj74e
By jj74e (May 22, 2012)

lol "good, better, best"

but wow, weather sealing, great k-5 sensor, ergonomics/etc. to boot? for $849? may not be as cheap or high res as the d3200, but it seems like a more mature camera, not to mention it looks pretty compact.

it seems like the k-5 at almost half the original price

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kff
By kff (May 22, 2012)

It would be a next great camera,
but what a pity!

It doesn't have:
- vari-angle display
- wi-fi remote controll / viewfinder
- built GPS
- radio 2.4GHz TTL flash system
- stereo mic
- HDMI / ethernet
- special macro focus bracketing for sharp detail of object compound from a several images in the low depth of field photography (in the manual focus mode on the tripod) ... :)

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aceofspades
By aceofspades (May 22, 2012)

Well, it is a camera after all. I'm a potential buyer and I don't care these things at all, so I think it's a success, don't you ?

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hcarvalhoalves
By hcarvalhoalves (May 22, 2012)

Yeah... and it won't even make an espresso for me after a day out shooting either. Damn, it's too limited!

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kff
By kff (May 22, 2012)

of course, Pentax K-30 is a graet camera , too :)

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mbpm
By mbpm (May 22, 2012)

Tell me, what other camera has ALL of the features you've just mentioned for $849.
IMHO this is a answer for K200D owners that have waited for so long.

1 upvote
Alizarine
By Alizarine (May 22, 2012)

I just noticed... no PEF (Pentax proprietary RAW format) in the file formats.

Good move UNLESS they'd suddenly want to release their own processing software...

1 upvote
drummercam
By drummercam (May 22, 2012)

Pentax is hot right now. Good for them.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (May 22, 2012)

A slightly stripped D7000 for $250 less. Not a bad deal. The A57 is a real competitor at $150 cheaper however.

If this is five years ago I would have picked one of those cameras.

3 upvotes
hcarvalhoalves
By hcarvalhoalves (May 22, 2012)

The A57 is not a competitor because you can't use it in the weather and expect it to work afterwards. I'm not even going to mention the glass.

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Nightwings
By Nightwings (May 22, 2012)

Except a D7000 can Autofocus / Expose properly, and consistantly - That's worth a lot more than $250.

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (May 22, 2012)

THIS is what the A65 should have been since day 1. Same body as A77 witht the great 16MP APS-C sensor used on K-5, NEX-5N, and now on A57. Great move from Pentax indeed.

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KingDon
By KingDon (May 22, 2012)

Yeah, but A57 can do a lot of other things that K30 can't. Like shoot 10 fps (12 fps with 8 MP crop) with continuous AF (and with larger buffer). 60p video, HDMI, mic out, continuously AF in video mode, and tons of neat software tricks (like take 6 shots and stack them to lower noise, and do it hand-held without a tripod).

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iamphil
By iamphil (May 22, 2012)

>> Except a D7000 can Autofocus / Expose properly, and consistantly - That's worth a lot more than $250.

As long as it's not under tungsten light, am I right?

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=37731174

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Nightwings
By Nightwings (May 22, 2012)

"As long as it's not under tungsten light, am I right?"

That usually boils down to a particular lens and is easily MF adjusted - and the adjustment sticks throughout the rest of the spectrum

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iamphil
By iamphil (May 22, 2012)

Lots to choose from:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=40227042
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=40688302
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=39988705
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=40980363
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1034&message=40077983

That's just the first two pages on Google...

It's kinda funny, you even participate in some of these threads and do the same thing there that you did here.

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breth
By breth (May 22, 2012)

Looks wonderful - too bad no pano mode, though. This is supposed to be a hiker's dream, right?
Well done Pentax.

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QuarterToDoom
By QuarterToDoom (May 22, 2012)

Yah how dare they also not include a compass and emergency satellite phone.

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Promit
By Promit (May 22, 2012)

He's right. Where's the GPS and integrated flare-gun? What a disappointment.

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hcarvalhoalves
By hcarvalhoalves (May 22, 2012)

1. Tripod 2. Take photos 3. Go home 4. Stitch photos with proper software 5. Enjoy

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Tee1up
By Tee1up (May 22, 2012)

I have always been frustrated with pano modes. My pref is to nail down a manual focus/manual settings and shoot off a tripod and then do my own stitching. No sky banding and consistently excellent results.

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mbpm
By mbpm (May 22, 2012)

QuarterToDoom just made my day. LOLz

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (May 22, 2012)

Canon 600D user, but this looks great. Also the extended upper lip is because the built-in flash extends up very high compared to other camera's in its class. This is a good thing since it means less barrel shadow from wide-angle shots or bigger lenses, less red-eye, and less deer in headlights look, and since it has wireless commander it might mean more effective range for off-camera flash too. Also seems to serve as a umbrella/canopy against the weather for built-in flash. That or they wanted a camera that looked like a robotech robot...but still pretty nice nonetheless.

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DStudio
By DStudio (May 22, 2012)

Yes, I noticed that with the flash too, and I think it was a great idea.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (May 22, 2012)

Read the preview again. The lip is there as a fashion statement not because the flash is that high.

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MonteCarlo67
By MonteCarlo67 (May 22, 2012)

I have a Canon 7D and several lenses. But with the size & price of this combined with the added bonus of weather sealing I have a strong feeling I will be picking one of these up along with the 18-135mm WA. What a great, lightweight & weatherproof second kit this will make!

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bossa
By bossa (May 22, 2012)

Don't forget it has Shake Reduction too (which nobody here seems to have mentioned). Seems like you get way more from Pentax than the other guys at this price point.

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spidermoon
By spidermoon (May 22, 2012)

And the neat feature of auto align horizon,it's unique to pentax.

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