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Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal White)

B&H # PEK30W Mfr # 15668
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Product Highlights
  • 16Mp APS-C CMOS Image Sensor
  • Full 1080p HD Video h.264 Compression
  • PRIME M Processing Optimized for Video
  • Advanced SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus
  • Large Wide Angle Viewable 3.0" LCD
  • 77 Segment Metering System
  • Continuous 6 FPS Shooting
  • ISO Expandable to 25600
  • Programmable Front and Rear E-Dials
  • Uses Rechargeable Li-Ion or AA batteries

The K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) from Pentax is a great entry for hobbyists looking to purchase a DSLR for the first time, or photographers who need a newer camera with a more rugged construction and larger sensor. With a fast 6 frames per second and built-in sensor shift image stabilization, it will easily catch your kids playing in the big game, or the hummingbird that visits your feeder. You'll also be able to shoot worry-free due to the K-30's full weather sealing that allows for use in any weather condition, including below-freezing temperatures of 14° F!

With 16 megapixels, and a maximum resolution of 4928 x 3264, you'll also have free reign to print enlargements, easily up to 11 x 14" and beyond, to hang up in the living room or a home office. Should a single image not be able to fully capture the moment, you can even switch to video mode, with live view, and capture stunning 1080p Full HD clips of every detail--to relive whenever you want, even on a big-screen TV.

For a bit of creative freedom, there are several different capture modes that can be used to define your unique style as a photographer, including: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, and even HDR (High Dynamic Range). With just three exposures the camera can capture and align the images by pixel to create HDR images with ease.

No matter where you take the K-30 you can be sure it has enough power by using the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, or the optional AA Battery Holder (sold separately). With the AA Battery Holder you can use any AA batteries to power the camera when an outlet is nowhere in sight. Get the best of both world via the included rechargeable lithium0ion battery, or run into any convenience store to grab AA batteries when you need a last-minute power source.

High performance 16Mp Sensor
The 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor records image resolutions of up to 16M (4928 x 3264), and down to 5M (2688 x 1792). Of the four available resolutions, you can decide to record several file formats, including: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, and PIM III.
Full 1080p HD Video
Record Full HD 1080p video that features h.264 compression, flexible exposure control, and HDR finishing options. The highest resolution recorded is 1920 x 1080p with 30, 25, or 24 frames per second. These video clips are then compressed and saved in MOV or MPEG-4 AVC (h.264) formats
Image Capture and Processing
While the K-30's PRIME M image processing engine has been optimized for video shooting modes, it also captures outstanding still images at up to 6 frames per second in continuous shooting mode. Ensuring all of these images are properly focused, the advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine features an AF assist lamp, light source sensor, and improved optical components. This 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system features a light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens. The highly accurate 77 segment metering system ensures your images from the K-30 will have accurate exposure, even in complex lighting conditions. It also has exposure bracketing: with 3 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
3.0" Wide-Angle Display and Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder
The large 3 inch LCD on the back of the K-30 camera body is wide angle viewable, and features 921,000 dots of resolution. Live View on this screen has focus peaking highlights in-focus surfaces for fast and accurate manual or autofocus. Allowing for both methods of composition, the K-30 also features a low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder. It achieves a 100% optical field of view and has a magnification of 0.92x
Convenient Power Supplies
Compatible with both rechargeable Li-Ion and AA batteries (via the optional AA battery holder, sold separately), you can easily find replacement batteries for your Pentax K-30, should you run out of charge while in the field.
Worry-Free Weather Sealing
With a fully weather sealed camera body, you can shoot in poor weather conditions worry-free, or shoot sports in otherwise treacherous conditions for any other camera. The K-30 also features a rugged cold-proof design that even allows for sub-freezing use--so you can even shoot winter sports in frigid and snowy conditions.
Imaging
Lens Mount Pentax K
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4928 x 3264
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.7 x 15.7 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVI, MJPEG, MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Bit Depth 12-bit
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 11
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.92x
Diopter Adjustment - 2.5 to +1.5 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen  Live Preview LCD (921,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/6000 sec
Remote Control Optional
Mirror Lock-Up No
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten
Flash
Flash Modes Flash On
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
Guide No. 39.37' (12 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 sec
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +1 EV (in 1/2 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System eTTL Remote Firing
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
File Size 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1280 x 720 (HD)
640 x 480 (SD)
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Exposure Control Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 12800
Exposure Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV
Focus Auto
Manual
Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
25 min.
1280 x 720
25 min.
640 x 480
25 min.
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps
Start-up Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shutter Lag Not Specified By Manufacturer
Self Timer 2 sec, 12 sec
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity 1x AV Output
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable No
Software System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power
Battery 1x PEDLI109  Replaceable Lithium-ion Battery, 7.4VDC, 1050mAh
AC Power Adapter PEACAOK (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3" / 12.2 x 7.9 x 5.8 cm
Weight 20.7 oz / 587 g No battery or memory card

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PentaxK-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal White)
 
5.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Fast shutter speed (7)
  • Good image quality (7)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (6)
  • High ISO performance (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife (7)
    • Family photos (6)
    • Travel (6)
    • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Sports/action (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    5.0

    Great outdoor camera

    By aliennani

    from Santiago, Chile

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life
    • Small LCD Screen

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal Blue):

    All the time, all the wheater, this is a good option.
    Nice body construction, light-weight.
    Bad flash materials.

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    • No

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    5.0

    PENTAX K-30

    By doug

    from ft worth, Texas

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal Blue):

      The K-30 is beginners best friend it is very easy to use and simple to learn. It has amazing features that allow you to go from day sport shots to beautiful still pics at night. I have had absolutely no issues with the k-30 and would and have recommended to anyone who is looking for a camera that will take high quality pictures and is comfortable and easy to use..

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing camera. Serious Bang for Buck!!

      By RpM in NYC

      from NYC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal White):

      IQ is amazing. Has access to very high quality primes. It's weather sealed. Has two control dials. 100% coverage VF. Just about same sensor as K-5. Its small and light. For me thats all I was looking for. Even coming from a FF (Nikon D600 and Canon 5D MkII, both of which I sold due to weight and size) the IQ from this camera with the FA 31 and 77 is right there. No one takes note of me shooting with this camera and allows me to get the candids that I love. I love the stormtrooper white. I was hesitant to get anything other than black as thats what I have always owned but honestly its the first camera I own that I think the camera looks cool (not just the IQ:). It is rated to 100,000 fires and I hope to be using it to that point. It really is that good. For the current prices I can't imaging anything better at this price point. The only negative is that the battery is only rated to 500 shots (I am used to much larger batteries).

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 10
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      "great step up"

      By lohaas

      from north central wi

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal Blue):

        I went from a pentax K200 to the K30. the K30 has more current features such as greater pixel 10 vs.16mp,live view,higher shutter speed, iso and more.Like the k200d it's weather resistant and the menu and controls are similar enough that the learning curve for the k30 isn't difficult.Like the k200d the k30 is a great value from pentax.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
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        • No

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        5.0

        AA battery holder not included

        By Carol

        from PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal Blue):

          The reason I buy Pentax cameras is because it accepts AA batteries. The places I go you can't charge a battery very easy. So why wasn't it mentioned that you have to buy a adapter for the batteries in the description. I don't care about the rechargeable lithium battery I want to be able to use the AA batteries. You have to spend $30.00 to get one. This should be mentioned in the not included items.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
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          • No

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          5.0

          Conundrum-Almost a review

          By Bing and Eng's kid

          from Napa Valley, California

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal Blue):

                I have owned a Kx which. I traded up to a Kr-improvment over Kx-From the specs, I think the K-30 will be an even better camera! So why have I not purchased one? For most of my work I have been using a Nikon D80. (65,000+ images and six years of reliable workhorse camera. Purchased K-r for it's frames per second speed and have been using it for high school sports (days only) I need to replace the D80 and the K5II or K30 were prime candidates but both need more dollar support than I have. Need 70-200 f2.8, 18-135 and a top of line flash unit. I will probably buy a D7100 because I have two SB 800s and 22 Nikon lenses. I have been recommending the K 30 to people who ask me "what camera should I get."
                ever since it came out. This posting is more lament than review but I think anyone looking for a camera should give Pentax serious consideration

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9

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                5.0

                More than it's worth!

                By ALnG

                from Milwaukee WI

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal Blue):

                  The Pentax K-30 is Ready to use out of the box.
                  The button programming allows for quick scene selection. Designed for beginners but advanced enough for Pro's.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
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                  • No

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                  (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  high quality HD video and great color

                  By viola83181

                  from Salt Lake City, Utah

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (Crystal Blue):

                    I am a professional photographer just starting out in video. I have always loved Pentax for their high quality images, ruggedness, and affordability. This camera is my favorite by far. It fits easily in my hand, takes both Pentax batteries and AAs in a pinch, writes images fast and produces great quality HD video with surprisingly good audio for on camera microphone. The shake reduction is awesome as ever, and any Pentax user should be able to pick it up and start shooting.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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