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Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
alaScore 91

561 reviews

Mar, 2024

alaTest has collected and analyzed 561 reviews of Pentax K-30. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the lens and image quality are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the shutter.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax K-30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 user reviews of Pentax K-30 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the portability and durability. The performance and price also get good feedback. The shutter and size get mixed comments.

usability, price, performance, durability, portability

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2024

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax K-30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 149 user reviews of Pentax K-30 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the lens and portability. The performance and price are also appreciated. Comments are divided on the shutter. Many are negative about the exposure.

usability, price, performance, portability, lens

exposure

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2024

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax K-30

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Pentax K-30 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. People are impressed by the focus and portability. The durability and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, durability, portability, focus

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Mar, 2024

Expert review by : David Elrich (digitaltrends.com)

Pentax K-30 Review

 

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

If you can get past the lack of an HDMI-out and mediocre video, the K-30 is an okay DSLR, especially for someone with a collection of Pentax lenses. But to be honest, this camera is in no-man’s land. It doesn’t have all the features of an enthusiast...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Lars Rehm with additional material by Richard Butl (dpreview.com)

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...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

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...

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

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax K-30

 

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.

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.

Even though the K-30 is fully weather sealed, the 18-55mm kit lens included with this package is not. If you want a fully weatherproof kit, you'll want to pair the camera with any DA* series lens or lens with WR designation. You can opt to buy the...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Derrick Story (techhive.com)

Field Test: Pentax K-30

 

If you're shooting outdoors under harsh conditions, the Pentax K-30 will let you keep your mind on your photos, instead of fretting about the camera.

Excellent image quality, even at high ISO settings ; Most affordable all-weather DSLR available ; Good complement of all-weather lenses at affordable prices ; Bright, 100 percent view optical viewfinder

Lacks easy-to-use movie recording features

The Pentax K-30 is an excellent DSLR choice for adventure photographers and creative types who will appreciate its in-camera effects. For most outdoor situations, the 18-135mm zoom provides plenty of width and reach, without adding much weight to the...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Pentax K-30 Review

 

The Pentax K-30 is a new mid-range DSLR camera. Key features include a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, an ISO range of 100-25600, Full HD 1080p video at 30fps, 6fps continuous shooting, 11-point SAFOX IX+ AF system, High...

It's refreshing to see Pentax deliver what they do best: an excellent DSLR camera that delivers a lot of features and performance without breaking the bank. We've always had a soft spot for Pentax DSLRs and the new K-30 is no different, clearly...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : imaging-resource.com (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax K-30

 

Very good image quality with excellent high ISO performance, Flexible noise reduction options, Very good dynamic range from raw files, Weather-sealed, Bright, accurate pentaprism viewfinder, Better LCD than K-5 (brighter, less warm), Twin control...

Very good image quality with excellent high ISO performance, Flexible noise reduction options, Very good dynamic range from raw files, Weather-sealed, Bright, accurate pentaprism viewfinder, Better LCD than K-5 (brighter, less warm), Twin control...

With the K-30 digital SLR, Pentax has done something pretty impressive. The company has managed to take several very worthwhile features that its rivals reserve for their enthusiast and pro-oriented cameras, and place them in a mid-range camera. If you...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Digital Camera Review (digitalcamerareview.com)

Pentax K-30 Review: Great Price, Great Features

 

Conclusion 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...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (popphoto.com)

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...

Oct, 2012

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