Pentax K-30 Review
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.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Custom Image|| Bright
|see below for complete Custom Image sub-menu|
|Digital Filter|| Off
|Most filters offer adjustment of intensity and/or color and tones.|
|HDR Capture|| HDR Capture
Exposure Bracket Value
|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
RAW + JPEG
JPEG Recorded Pixels
|AE Metering|| Multi-segment
Expanded Area AF
AF Active Area
AF Assist Light
|Lens correction|| Distortion correction
|Multi-exposure|| Start shooting
Number of shots
2 - 9 times
Auto EV Adjust
|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
Number of shots 2-99
|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
|High-ISO NR|| Auto
|Slow Shutter Speed NR|| Auto
|Composition Adjustment|| Start adjustment
Recall previous position
|Use four-way controller to adjust the composition|
|Electronic Level Disp.|| Yes/No|
|Automatic Horizon Correction|| Yes/No|
|Shake reduction|| On
|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
|Instant Review|| Display Time
Save RAW Data
Enlarge Instant Review
|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
AF Active Area
AF/AE-L Button/movie mode
|Memory|| Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Compensation
Shooting Info Display
|Lets you select which settings to save when the camera is turned off.|
Action in B Mode
up to 5 minutes
GPS LED Indicators
GPS Time Sync
|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
Rename User Mode
Check Saved Settings
Reset User Mode
Saves current camera settings for instant recall via the USER position on the mode dial.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Exposure Setting|| P
|Movie Capture Settings|| Recorded Pixels
|Full HD = 1920x1080
HD = 1280x720
VGA = 640x480
|Recording Sound Level|| 0-5|
|Movie SR|| Off
|Shake Reduction in movie mode|
|Interval Movie|| Start shooting
Recording time hh:mm:ss
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Slide show|| Start
|Quick Zoom|| Off
|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
|Auto Image Rotation|| Off
|Delete All|| Delete All
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