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Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
alaScore 95

515 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 515 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and portability. The image quality and lens also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the video.

value for money, lens, image quality, portability, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K-30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Pentax K-30 Review


We know retro is all the rage in camera design but luckily those “oldies” like the Fujifilm X100S are stuffed with the latest technology. The Pentax K-30 ($750 with kit lens) is also a bit retro looking and has some cool advances, but what it lacks...

Decent stills with enough light ; Quick response (6 fps) ; Top-notch screen ; Weather-resistance construction

Poor video quality ; Very noisy mechanical operation ; No HDMI out ; Poor flash results

The K-30 is an okay DSLR, but you really can do better.


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Pentax K-30


Pentax has a long tradition of making very photographer-focused DSLRs, often eschewing the latest fashions to concentrate on providing cameras with well-sorted ergonomics and a focus on core photographic features such as good viewfinders. This trend...

Good detail at low sensitivities (even better in RAW) ; Very good high ISO image quality, good detail up to high sensitivities ; Exceptionally low shadow noise in RAW files at low ISOs ; Responsive operation ; 6 fps and good burst size in continuous...

Lower JPEG highlight DR than competitors (without Highlight Correction activated) ; Live view exposure simulation has very limited range ; No external mic-socket ; No dedicated video button ; No stills capture in video mode ; Focus-peaking not...

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...

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Pentax K-30 dSLR Review


The Pentax K-30 offers a lot of features, is fast, and provides ample buttons and dials to make quick adjustments. It delivers high image quality, records pleasing HD video, and is sturdy and weatherproof. Even if you're not the outdoorsy type, all its...

High image quality ; Good button placement and control dials ; 6 fps continuous shooting ; Solid, weather-sealed body ; ISO range of 100 to 12800 ; Sensor-shift shake and dustreduction ; Live view on high-resolution 3-inch LCD ; Able to run on AA...

Battery life from the Li-ion battery could be better ; Auto magnify does not work with live view and manual focus ; Contrast detection AF (used with live view) can be a little slow ; Auto focus can be slow to adjust during movie recording ; LCD is...

The Pentax K-30 offers a lot of features, is fast, and provides ample buttons and dials to make quick adjustments. It delivers high image quality, records pleasing HD video, and is sturdy and weatherproof. Even if you're not the outdoorsy type, all its...


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Pentax K-30 review


Pentax may not be the first name you think of when you shop for a digital camera, but the company has a history of making good DSLRs — the K-5 is a favorite of many photographers, for instance. As we've seen with the Q and K-01, Pentax also likes a...

Excellent image quality ; Rugged, durable, waterproof body ; Extremely fast performance

Video quality is lacking ; Mediocre autofocus ; Weather-proofing makes body feel cheap

The K-30's appeal depends on the annual rainfall where you live

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Pentax K-30


The Pentax K-30 ($899.95 with 18-55mm lens) has a lot of features that are common in more expensive D-SLR cameras that have all but vanished from the sub-$1,000 price point. It uses a glass pentaprism viewfinder, can fire off photos at 5.2 frames per...

Large pentaprism viewfinder. Weather-sealed body. 5.2fps burst shooting. Excellent control layout. Very customizable. Sharp kit lens. In-body shake reduction. Very good high ISO performance

Fixed rear LCD. No mic input. Slow to focus when recording video. Standard kit lens is not weather sealed

The Pentax K-30 is weather sealed D-SLR with a large pentaprism viewfinder. It shoots at 5.2 frames per second, does well in low light, and ships with a sharp kit lens.

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Pentax K-30 Review: Great Price, Great Features


Overview Founded in 1919 as the Asahi Joint Stock Optical Company, Pentax launched its first film SLR in the early 1950s and is today a subsidiary of Japan's Ricoh Company. The K-30 is one of two current offerings in the DSLR class and while Pentax...

Very good still image quality ; Good continuous shooting speed and buffer capacity for JPEGs ; Weather resistant ; In-body stabilization

No continuous AF during video capture ; Video on the slow side to initiate ; Might be too small for large hands

With a feature set commensurate with its designation by Pentax as a mid-level DSLR, the K-30 is nevertheless the current entry-level model in the Pentax line. It's a short line to be sure, consisting of the K-30 and the K-5II/s. The K-5 is still...

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Camera Test: Pentax K-30


The new 16MP K-30 might be Pentax's least-expensive DSLR, but it's far from “entry level.” First off, it's fully weathersealed: Pair it with one of Pentax's weathersealed lenses, such as the 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 WR kit lens or one of the premium optics...

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(priced from $849) is a midrange digital SLR with features found on cameras costing hundreds more. Those features include a fully weather-sealed body (with both front and rear control dials), tons of manual controls, focus peaking, a large optical...

Excellent photo quality, with low noise until the very highest sensitivities ; Solid, weather-sealed body ; Built-in image stabilization means decades worth of Pentax lenses will have shake reduction ; Sharp 3-inch LCD offers good outdoor visibility ;...

Video quality could be better ; Below average battery life ; Can't shoot RAW images at high speed in burst mode ; White balance bracketing would've been nice ; Lacks a stereo microphone, and does not support adding an external one ; No HDMI output

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...

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Pentax K-30


The Pentax K-30 can venture into conditions that other sub-$1,000 DSLRs simply won't survive.

This $899 camera makes a few missteps, but offers many competitive advantages in its price bracket.

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Camera Review: Pentax K-30


Pentax's newest DSLR is a tough beast of a camera that takes great pictures.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:23.7 x 15.7 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/6000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI109
Battery Type:Pentax D-LI109


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes