Pentax K-30 Review

4.5
August 22, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Type
Camera Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Sensor
Type CMOS with primary color filter
Size 23.7 x 15.7mm
Total Pixels approx. 16.49MP
Effective Pixels approx. 16.28 MP
Still

JPEG: 16M (4928 x 3264), 10M (3936 x 2624), 
6M (3072 x 2048), 2M (1728 x 1152 pixels)

4 quality level of JPEG (? good, ?? better ??? best ???? Premium)

RAW: 16M (4928 x 3264)

Movie

Full HD(1920x1080,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps)

HD(1280x720,16:9,60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps/24fps)

VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)

Quality levels ???(Best)???(Better)??(Good)

Sensitivity AUTO/100 to 12800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV), expandable from ISO 100 to ISO 25600.
Shake Reduction Sensor shift Shake Reduction
Sensor Cleaning Dust Removal and  SP coating
Lens
Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount
Usable lenses KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, KA mount lenses
Focusing System
Type SAFOX IXi+ with  TTL,phase-matching autofocus
Functions Auto: 5 points, Auto: 11 points, Select?Expanded Area AF available?, Spot
AF assist Dedicated LED AF assist light
Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Field of View Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx 0,92x (with lens FA 50mm F1,4)
Focusing screen Natural Bright Matte III, interchangeable
Diopter adjustment Approx -2,5 + 1,5m-1
Screen
Type

3’’ (7.6cm), TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing,
With AR coating
Brightness and colors adjustable

Resolution Approx. 921k dots
Playback Single frame, Multi-image display (4/9/16/36/81 seg.), Display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling & quick magn.), rotating, histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calen dar filmstrip, folder display, display, slideshow
Shutter
Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plan shutter
Speed Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV step or 1/2EV step), Bulb.
X-Synchronization Sync Speed : 1/180 sec.
Exposure system
Metering TTL open aperture, 77 segmented metering, center-weighted and spot metering
Exposure Modes

Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Prior ity, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb

Auto Picture mode: automatically selects from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest Scene Mode: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum*JPEG only

Metering Range EV0 to 22 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
Auto Exposure Lock Can be assigned to the AF/AE-L button from the menu.
Compensation ± 5EV (1/2EV step or 1/3EV can be selected)
Auto Bracketing 3 frames
Flash
Type Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Guide Number approx. 12 (ISO 100/m)
Modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync. High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Angle of View Coverage

Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equ. to 28mm
in 35mm format

Exposure Compensation –2.0 to +1.0 EV
Exposure Parameters
Modes

Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12sec., 2ssec.), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec.), Auto Bracketing (3 frames)

Continuous shooting :

Approx. 6 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Hi)
Approx. 3 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Lo)

White Balance

Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual, Color.
Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis

Digital Filter Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
Movie
Recording

Recorded pixels

Full HD(1920x1080,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps),
HD(1280x720,16:9,60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps/24fps),
VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)


Quality levels ???(Best)???(Better)??(Good)

Editing Divide or delete selected frames, Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
Playback
Digital Filter Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
Storage
External Compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card
File Format

RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant

Image sizes :

JPEG : 16M(4928x3264),12M(4224x2816),8M(3456x2304),5M

RAW :[3:2]16M(4928x3264)


Quality level RAW (12bit): DNG


JPEG: ??? (Best), ?? (Better), ? (Good)


Color space : sRGB, Adobe RGB

File Name Date (100_MMDD…), PENTX (100PENTX...)
Special Features
Features

World time : 75 cities, 28 time zones

Digital Filters :  Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment

Custom Functions : 23 items

Mode Memory : 12 items

Electronic level  : Displayed in viewfinder (horizontal direction only); displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)

Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
Interface
Interface USB2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, USB MSC/PTP
Power
Source

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI 109

With AA Battery Holder D-BH109 (optional), four AA batteries (Lithium, Ni-MH rechargeable, alkaline) can be used.

Performance

Number of recordable images with 50% flash usage: approx. 410 images, without flash usage: approx. 480 images
Playback time: approx. 270 minutes

Dimensions
Height 96.5mm
Width 128.5mm
Depth 71.5mm
Weight Approx. 650 g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 590 g (body only)
Compatibility
PC Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7
Mac 10.4 or above
Accessories
Included Software PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4
Kit Content

Li-ion battery  DLI-109, Battery charger D-BC109, AC plug cord D-CO2E, USB cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST53 , Eyecup , Hot shoe cover FK (already mounted) , Body mount cover 

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