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Menus

For the K-30 Pentax has slightly tweaked the menu system, compared to the K-5. Some options have been moved around a little and movie mode now has its own tab, but otherwise the basic structure remains the same. There are now 5 tabs: Record, Movie, Playback, Set-up and Custom Setting. Each tab (when selected) is further separated into numbered sub-tabs. The front control wheel allows you to navigate through major tabs, while the rear control wheel rotates through numbered tabs. For selections within each tab you use the rear multi controller.

The K-30 is packed with features and therefore the menus can at first sight appear a little intimidating. However, considering the number of options and parameters to choose from, the camera's menu structure is pretty straightforward and easy to work with once you've been shooting with the camera for a couple of days or so.

The camera's menus are split into five sections; Record, Movie, Playback, Setup and Custom Functions. Each of which has its own a 'tab' at the top of the page.

Like previous Pentax SLRs the menu is separated into multiple numbered pages within each tab. We found this made it quite easy to remember where we were and where options lived.

Record Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Custom Image  • Bright
 • Natural
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Vibrant
 • Radiant
 • Muted
 • Bleach Bypass
 • Reversal Film
 • Monochrome
 • Cross Processing
see below for complete Custom Image sub-menu
Digital Filter  • Off
 • Extract Color
 • Toy Camera
 • Retro
 • High Contrast
 • Shading
 • Invert Color
 • Color
Most filters offer adjustment of intensity and/or color and tones.
HDR Capture  • HDR Capture
Off
Auto
HDR 1
HDR 2
HDR 3
 • Auto Align
On
Off
 • Exposure Bracket Value
1 EV
2 EV
3 EV
Allows a three-frame High-Dynamic-Range image to be captures and combined. This function is only available when the camera is set to JPEG shooting.
Image Capture Settings • File Format 
JPEG
RAW
RAW + JPEG
• JPEG Recorded Pixels
16M
12M
8M
5M
 • JPEG Quality



• Color Space
sRGB
AdobeRGB
 
AE Metering • Multi-segment
• Center-weighted
• Spot
 
AF Settings AF.A
Off
On

Expanded Area AF
Off
On

AF Active Area
Auto 11
Auto 5
11
Spot
AF Assist Light
Off
On
 
Lens correction  • Distortion correction
Off
On

 • Lat-Chromatic-Ab Adj.
Off
On
 
Multi-exposure  • Start shooting
 • Number of shots
Off
2 - 9 times
 • Auto EV Adjust
Off
On
Combines up to 9 separate exposures to create a single image. Auto EV adjust corrects the exposure back to the brightness of a single exposure.
Interval shooting  • Off/On 
 • Interval hh/mm/ss
 • Number of shots 2-99
 • Start trigger
Now
Set Time
hh/mm
Allows up to 99 shots to be fired at pre-chosen intervals starting either when you press the shutter button or at a pre-determined time.
D-Range Setting  • Highlight correction
Off
Auto
On

 • Shadow correction
Off/Low/Med/High/Auto
 
High-ISO NR  • Auto
 • Off
 • Low
 • Medium
 • High
 • Custom
 
Slow Shutter Speed NR  • Auto
 • On
 • Off
 
Composition Adjustment  • Start adjustment
 • Recall previous position
Off
On
Use four-way controller to adjust the composition
Electronic Level Disp. • Yes/No  
Automatic Horizon Correction • Yes/No  
Shake reduction  • On
 • Off
 
Input Focal Length Choose a focal length between 8 and 800mm. Default setting is 35mm. If you use an old lens that that does not report its focal lens to the camera you can set it here. This information is used to optimize the performance of the Shake Reduction.
Live View  • Contrast AF
Face Detection
Tracking
Select
Spot
 • AF Autozoom
Yes/No
 • Focus Peaking
Yes/No
• Show Grid
Off
Type 1
Type 2
Type 3
 • Info Overlay
Yes/No

 • Histogram
Yes/No

 • Bright/Dark Area
Yes/No
 
Instant Review  • Display Time
1 sec
3 sec
5 sec
Off
 • Save RAW Data
Yes/No
 • Histogram
Yes/No
 • Bright/Dark Area
Yes/No
 • Enlarge Instant Review
Yes/No
 
E-Dial Programming Move mouse here to see screen Defines the function of the front and rear dials in the different shooting modes
Button Customization  • RAW/FX Button
One Push Raw
Exposure Bracketing
Optical Preview
Digital Preview
Composition Adjust
AF Active Area
 • AF/AE-L Button
Enable AF1
Enable AF2
Cancel AF
AE Lock
 • AF/AE-L Button/movie mode
Enable AF1
Enable AF2
Cancel AF
AE Lock
 
Memory  • Flash Mode
 • Drive Mode
 • White Balance
 • Custom Image
 • Sensitivity
 • EV compensation
 • Flash Exposure Compensation
 • Digital Filter
 • HDR Capture
 • Shooting Info Display
 • Playback Display
 • File No.
Lets you select which settings to save when the camera is turned off.
GPS ASTROTRACER
 • Action in B Mode
Astrotracer
bulb
 • Precise Calibration
 • Timed Exposure
Yes/No
 • Exposure Time
up to 5 minutes
 • GPS LED Indicators
Yes/No
 • Calibration
 • Positioning Interval
1 min
3 min
5 min
10 min

 • GPS Time Sync
Yes/No
Astrotracer traces the path of celestial bodies using the camera's built-in shake reduction to capture stars as individual points even when shooting with a long exposure setting.
Save USER Mode  • Save Settings
User 1/2
 • Rename User Mode
User 1/2
 • Check Saved Settings
User 1/2
 • Reset User Mode
User 1/2

Saves current camera settings for instant recall via the USER position on the mode dial.

Movie Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Exposure Setting  • P
 • Av
 • M
 
Movie Capture Settings  • Recorded Pixels
Full HD
HD
VGA
 • Framerate
60fps
50fps
30fps
25fps
24fps
 • Quality level


Full HD = 1920x1080
HD = 1280x720
VGA = 640x480
Recording Sound Level  • 0-5  
Movie SR  • Off
 • On
Shake Reduction in movie mode
Interval Movie  • Start shooting
 • Interval 3sec-1h
 • Recording time hh:mm:ss
 • Start interval
Now
Set Time
hh/mm
 

Playback Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Slide show  • Start
 • Display Duration
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
30 sec
 • Screen Effect
Fade
Wipe
Stripe
Off
 • Repeat Playback
Off
On
 
Quick Zoom  • Off
 • x2
 • x4
 • x8
 • x16
Defines the initial magnification level jumped-to when playback mode is zoomed-in and whether bright and dark areas are highlighted.
Bright/Dark area  • Off
 • On
 
Auto Image Rotation  • Off
 • On
 
Delete All  • Delete All
 • Cancel
 
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Comments

Total comments: 7
adrianconst
By adrianconst (8 months ago)

When I compare the dynamic range of K30 against D7000 and T5i, it looks like K30 under performs. However, that might be because the K30 default contrast in all modes is pretty high compared to the other two. Maybe dpreview should mention that when it presents dynamic range results.

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oldnoob
By oldnoob (9 months ago)

In the RAW Standard studio scene comparison, the k-30 appears to be back-focusing a bit. look at the small writing on the Kodak grey scale

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JustSomeOldDude
By JustSomeOldDude (6 months ago)

And the "Q" on the queen card is sharper than anything

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ebaker
By ebaker (10 months ago)

I called the corporate office myself and spoke with Joe Virgil, who was apologetic, but insisted he couldn’t do anything because the part was being shipped from the Phillipines and there were 65 other service orders suffering from the same problem. I explained that his supply problem was now a customer service problem as we had reached the 7th week of this ordeal. After ordering a part, if it has not arrived in 5 weeks, they are supposed to provide a replacement and this has yet to happen.
When you purchase a camera, you also purchase warranty and customer service with it. This has now past over two months since I initially sent off my camera for repair and the company is refusing to honor its warranty. I have bought a DSLR from one of their competitors and am completely disgusted with Pentax — DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR BUSINESS. I’ve yet to receive my camera back (10 weeks and counting!) or any kind of a firm timeline of when that might happen.

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A1200
By A1200 (4 weeks ago)

Hi ebaker,

Did you get the repaired camera from them?

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ebaker
By ebaker (10 months ago)

I actually liked the camera…. until it didn’t perform as promised. I bought this camera because I work at an aquarium and need to take photos for our marketing. A month after purchase, the telephoto lens drew humidity into the body and condensation formed, thus killing the LCD screen.
While it claims to be weather resistant, it couldn’t even handle humidity.
What is worse is that after sending the camera in on July 6 for repair under the warranty, I have yet to get any kind of a realistic timeline of when I would receive my camera back. After the fifth week of hearing, “Call back next week” I requested a replacement. This caused the customer service rep to become extremely rude and tell me that they were in the midst of a corporate merger so he couldn’t help me. I requested to speak with a manager, he refused to give me their name or number. He insisted he needed to call the corporate office and said he would call me back by the end of the week. Of course, that never happened.

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Take5
By Take5 (10 months ago)

“…the only major barrier to fast and efficient operation is the relegation of movie shooting to the exposure mode dial.” Seriously is the time difference between turning the mode dial and pressing a button to enter the movie function all that relevant – you are talking about an extra second at the most !

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