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Pentax K-30

alaTest has collected and analyzed 553 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. Views about the lens and image quality are overall positive. The price and usability also get good reviews. Many are critical 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. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and durability. The performance and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed views on the shutter and size.

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

Jul, 2020

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. People really like the lens and portability. The performance and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed comments about the shutter. Many are less positive about the exposure.

usability, price, performance, portability, lens

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

Jul, 2020

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

SILVER AWARD!

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

Highly Recommended

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

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

K-30

 

(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...

Sep, 2012

Price comparison for Pentax K-30

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Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR...
16.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor
$249.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with DA L 18...
16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. A high performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor strikes the perfect...
$489.00 TO SHOP
Pentax D FA F2.8ED SDM WR 15-30mm f/2.8 Ultra-Wide...
SDM (Supersonic Direct Drive Motor) :Shoot discreetly with in lens, auto focus motor operation for quick...
$1,296.00 TO SHOP
HD PENTAX-FA35mmF2 Versatile Wide-Angle Lens Latest...
In-camera shake reduction (SR) the Pentax digital SLR K Series cameras are equipped with the SR mechanism...
$349.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-S2 DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens (White)
20.1 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor PRIME M II Image Processing Engine
$555.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-70 Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera, Body Only...
24.24 effective megapixel, APS C AA filter less CMOS sensor with ISO from 100 204800
$489.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-1 Mark II 36MP Weather Resistant DSLR with...
36 MP AA filter less shake reduction sensor with APS C crop mode for compatibility with Pentax k mount lenses
$1,796.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-Mount DA 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 ED SDM...
SDM autofocus system driving by a built in supersonic motor for exceptionally smooth and quiet autofocus...
$496.00 TO SHOP
Pentax HD Pentax DA 16-85mm Lens for Pentax KAF Cameras
New HD (High-Definition) Coating optimizes light transmission and minimizes reflection.
$474.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR Camera (Body Only)
36.4MP AA Filter less CMOS Sensor w/ 33 AF Points; SR Shake Reduction w/ Pixel Shift Resolution System APS...
$1,599.00 TO SHOP

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