Pentax K-30

Announced May 21, 2012 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
dpreview conclusion

The Pentax K-30 offers a comprehensive feature set, excellent high ISO performance and very flexible Raw files at an attractive price point and is therefore an easy recommendation for any stills photographer. However, if you are looking for a DSLR to shoot video with the competition offers better alternatives.

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Silver Award
dpreview score
Good for

Stills photographers who want a weather-sealed camera with good customizability and great low light performance without breaking the bank

Not so good for

Video shooters

Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Movie / video mode
Other reviews
Pentax K-30 Review
By: Shawn Barnett, Mike Tomkins, Imaging Resource (Oct 30, 2012)

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DCRP Review: Pentax K-30
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Sep 17, 2012)

Overall, it's pretty hard not to like the Pentax K-30. For $850 (body only), you get a well-equipped, weather-sealed D-SLR that takes great photos. Sure, I wish it had better battery life, stereo sound recording, and HDMI output, but aside from those issues, there's little to complain about.

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Pentax K-30 Review
By: Mike Topham, What Digital Camera (Aug 1, 2012)

For a mid-price DSLR, the K30 certainly offers a lot. The sensor has been adopted from previous models, but this is a wise move by Pentax as the 16.3Mp CMOS chip certainly delivers impressive results.

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