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
78%
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

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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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