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Pentax K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White)

B&H # PEK301855W Mfr # 15679
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Product Highlights
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Zoom Lens
  • 16.3Mp APS-C CMOS Image Sensor
  • Full 1080p30 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
  • Uses Rechargeable Li-Ion or AA batteries

The K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White) from Pentax is a great entry for hobbyists looking to purchase a DSLR for the first time, or photographers who need a new camera with a more rugged construction and an included lens. With a fast 6 frames per second and built-in 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 K30's full weather sealing that allows for use in any weather condition, including below-freezing temperatures of 14° F!

With 16.3 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.

Pentax smc P-DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Zoom Lens
This is a standard focal length zoom lens designed specifically for beginners using Pentax digital SLR cameras. Blending versatility with affordability, it has a broad range of applications from indoor pictures, portraits, and landscapes to family photos and other general situations
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 1080p30 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 K30'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 K30 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 K30 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 K30 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 K30, 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 K30 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
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 38
Angle of View 76° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (24.99 cm)
Magnification 0.34x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 6
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread Front:62 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 2.7" (6.86 x 6.86 cm)
Weight 8.1 oz (230 g)
Pentax K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White)
  • P-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL Lens
  • I-USB7 USB Interface Cable
  • D-LI109 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1050mAh)
  • K-BC109 Battery Charger Kit for D-LI109 Battery
  • 0-ST53 Neck Strap (replacement)
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Eyecup FR for K7 Digital SLR Camera (replacement)
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Finder Cap for ME
  • Focusing Screen MF-60 Frame Matte
  • Software CD
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PentaxK30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Blue)
     
    4.9

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (26)
    • Easy to use (22)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (22)
    • Image stabilization (21)
    • Large clear LCD (18)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (17)
    • Family photos (16)
    • Travel (16)
    • Low light (15)
    • Sports/action (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (10), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22), Yes (5)

    Reviewed by 27 customers

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    5.0

    So Far So Good

    By Neaphyte

    from New York, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Looks Futuristic

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HDR
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Portraits

      Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

      Great camera for an all-purpose, well-rounded set of uses. I am still in the process of exploring its many features but thus far, been impressed with its light metering, ability to capture detail in low light, and ease of use. I like the special filters feature in the viewing modality which alters images and allows you to save the edited version as a new file.

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

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      5.0

      [*]

      By Ariel

      from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

      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

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

      Excellent product for personal, portraits, close-ups.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Amazing camera

      By Isaiahplayer

      from Fontana ca

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

      This product is build sturdily , and perform greats .

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      5.0

      Great photo and video camera

      By Bodkin van Horn

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black):

      I bought this for my wife, who was a professional photographer before she became a full-time mom. We use this mainly to capture high-quality action shots of the kids. Scene Mode is especially useful in this regard.

      We're also impressed with the brightness of the LCD screen and the clarity of the HD movies we can take. Now we don't need to carry two cameras around on trips if we don't want to. And the camera is billed as weather-proof (we have not had an opportunity to test this yet) which will come in handy here in the Pacific Northwest.

      Although we like being able to use AA batteries rather than the proprietary battery pack, the adapter to do this is sold separately, and that's annoying.

      Word to the wise: through-the-lens focus is more accurate through the viewfinder than the LCD.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Absolutely worth it

      By Dixon

      from Eatonville, Washington

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black):

        The K30 has plenty of great features and lets me take many different types of pictures. I like the fact that I have the options for setting different aperture and speed settings as well as the auto feature. And the menu is set up to make it very easy to make any changes I need.
        The only drawback for me at this point is that I should have purchased a lens with a greater zoom ability for taking pictures at a greater distance.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Happy with first DSLR

        By Eli

        from Northern California

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Blue):

            As a hobbyist/amateur photographer this is my first experience with a DSLR so I cannot compare it to others. But I am happy with my purchase. It's easy to figure out and the build quality is solid. I was attracted to the K-30 because of the in-body image stabilization and it being reviewed very well in image quality compared to other entry level DSLRs. Plus, I must admit, the blue color.

            I have been happy with the results so far. The only con is the autofocusing is not too brilliant. But once you get there all is well. The two adjustment wheels make for very easy and fast tuning of exposure. I've customized the RAW/Fx button for Depth of Field preview and the green button for metering with a manual lens in M mode.

            Battery life is OK, I haven't been left dry, but you have to option of getting the AA battery holder for some welcome versatility.

            The 18-55 kit lens is perfectly fine. Despite being plastic and lightweight it feels very nice with smooth zoom and focusing rings. Produces a pretty sharp image. Since it's not weather resistant though, you may eventually want to upgrade to one that is.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Deal, 1st DSLR

            By JeffGeologist

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black):

                Purchased this camera at B and H after much research and I am totally satisfied with my purchase. I found this amazing deal after hearing about B and H from the O and A show on XM and have been scoping out deals for some time. Originally was looking for the WR lens with this camera but i couldnt pass up the deal. Super easy to use and im still learning to use this camera at a fast pace. I am looking forward to purchasing a telephoto lens in the near future.

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

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                5.0

                Great camera

                By Ronen Yahav

                from Lapid,Isreal

                About Me Photography Student

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black):

                      its my secondary camera i own k-5iis as my primarily camera,but this camera is good for traveling and easy to travel with it light and small its also the best in the low price DSLR range its the best for casual+ users.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Best value for your money

                      By Ajay

                      from Dallas, TX

                      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

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

                        I bought this gem to upgrade my Pentax K-r and it did not disappoint me. Handling is very conventional .It fits well in the hand and puts a good number of buttons within easy reach. Dual-dial is great feature to adjust parameters with ease without going to menu options plus both front and rear control dials can be customized. Image quality is great and I'm getting consistent good results with this camera. If you are considering upgrade any older Pentax model you have or if you have Pentax lenses, don't think twice...go for it!

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 10
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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Product

                        By Johnny Boy

                        from Iowa

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Blue):

                          The Pentax K-30 has done a wonderful job taking amazing photo's. I would recommend this product.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 9
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Camera

                          By none

                          from South West Indiana

                          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
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black):

                            I am in the woods and through the fields, the K-30 is lighter, quieter, and works fine with my other lenses. For a developing novice it is a great choice.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Best quality/price on the market

                            By marie

                            from New Brunswick, New Jersey

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

                              The Pentax is really easy to use even for beginners. I shopped everywhere for this product and B&H was the best place to get it. Since it is weather sealed, you dont have to worry about to muh humidity or wind and dust. So far I'm really satisfied by this product. It delivers high quality photos and video for beginners and professionals.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 9
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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Love it!

                              By New to the Dslr game

                              from Idaho

                              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

                              • No HDMI output

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

                              I think this camera is great. I am a beginner so felt a bit out of my element when I first opened the box. After using auto for the first day and a half, I realized just what I had been missing in my point and shoot. I've been reading my manual and doing lots of "playing" with the settings and I love this camera and love learning about all the things it can do. The low light pics have turned out great. The fast action shots have been great as well and my portraits have looked fabulous. One of the features that swayed me to the Pentax is the weather-sealing. Though I haven't purchased the WR lens (yet) I'm excited to take it on vacation this summer to the coast. The video is just ok...but I knew it would be from the reviews, but it works good for the few times I'll use it and its really not bad just could be better. The white body is really sharp looking! And hey any electronic in white is always better in my book! I did a lot of searching before buying this camera. I bought it from B&H not only because it was a great price, but because I talked with a salesperson in their store beforehand. He assured me that if I wasn't happy I could return it within 30 days (and answered many questions about the camera!) I like knowing I have someone on the other end of the shopping experience who can help me personally...I will definitely be a future customer! And though I don't have the most technical review, I love this camera and would buy it again!

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 9
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great camera for a noob

                              By john

                              from san francisco,ca

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Large Clear LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

                                i mainly purchased this camera for weather seal so i can shoot in any weather, so far after a few weeks i'm getting use to all the controls/buttons i like the grip and the white ready pops..so far just some flower and cat photos but they look great (no editing software), but i'm looking for a tele-photo lens any suggestions???

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 8
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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                The choice for K-mount fans

                                By DocPantload

                                from New Haven, CT

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Uses Your Old Lenses

                                Cons

                                • Manual Not Always Helpful

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Blue):

                                Great quality RAW output. On-sensor stabilization to maximize the benefits of your existing K-mount glass. Bright viewfinder with plenty of coverage.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 8
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Well worth it.

                                By Grampy

                                from Sprinq, TX (Houston area)

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black):

                                  I use the camera for family, bird and flower photography. I used a 35 mm Pentax until now. I am very satisfied with this upgrade to digital, and I can use all of my old Pentax lenses.B & H was easy to deal with..... RTN

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 8
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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Everything you want in a mid-range DSLR!

                                  By Capsloc

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Noisy At High ISO

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

                                  Ok so far, the camera is great. Pentax really beat the competition with this camera. I bought this one in white and just aesthetics it is gorgeous and people really love the pearly white color that Pentax gave it. Extra points there.

                                  The weight of the camera is perfect and the grip is a wonder to hold on to (even a little better to hold than my K-5 II). The focus is rather fast, but that depends on the lens really (for the most part). It focuses pretty well in decently dark situations.

                                  What can't you love about it, it's also weather resistant just as long as you get yourself a DA* or a WR lens from Pentax and you're set to shoot in some rain, dessert, misty beach areas and more.

                                  I had a friend switch from the T4i over to the K-30 after he saw it and just saw the better specs of the K-30 compared to it.

                                  Better sensor, IQ, color depth, dynamic range, HDR and 100% pentaprism viewfinder.

                                  BUY THIS NOW!!

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 9
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                                  • Yes

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                                  4.0

                                  The best of the bunch

                                  By blb

                                  from egr,mi

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Build Quality
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • Image "feel"
                                  • Image quality

                                  Cons

                                  • White Balance Is Funky

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Black):

                                  Over the past two years, I've been photographically promiscuous. I had a Pentax K110d and was perfectly happy until I fell for the perceived need to upgrade and the anti-Pentax hype and began a series of unhappy relationships - with DSLR (Canon t2i and Nikon d5100), m4/3 Panasonic gf1, gf2, and g1, Olympus epl1 and epl2, and Sony Nex 5n). Certainly, all are good cameras and could meet most of my needs (though I do shoot some action stuff), but none had the intangibles - the solid feel, the full-view optical viewfinder, and whatever it is that keeps one loyal to a brand.

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                                  • Similar:
                                  • Sony Nex 5n (selling)

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                                  5.0

                                  Great value for the money

                                  By Bizzers

                                  from MI

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

                                    Comments about K30 Digital Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (Blue):

                                    I can't say enough good things about this camera. It produces excellent pictures and has an extremely rich feature set considering its price. I highly recommend selling the kit lens and buy another one if you want snappy autofocus and very sharp images. The kit lens is by no means a " bad" lens, and it certainly holds its own against the kit lenses Nikon and Canon typically include in their basic bundles. However, if you want to use the camera to its fullest potential, I would recommend a Tamron 17-50 or a Pentax prime.

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                                    5.0

                                    The Pentax K30 is a BUY!!!

                                    By NEDGE

                                    from Austin, TX

                                    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

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about K30 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm AL Lens Kit (White):

                                      I use this camera to take pictures of live music in Ausitn, TX.I did a ton of research before I bought the K30, and it wins in a side by side comparison against any camera in its class hands down. It does amazing low light shots at night without a flash. So, it's really nice not having to blind bands when im at a show. The features built into the camera to edit photos are amazing. It's like Instagram on steroids. Most cameras don't have the ability to crop pictures and change out digital filters in post. Its weatherproof, can use AA batteries as a backup, and the camera feels solid. I went to a local camera shop to check out the K30 initially, and later found it on B&H for almost $300 less! If you are looking for a quality entry level DSLR, without breaking the bank, The K30 is the one and B&H is the place to buy it. No panoramic mode, only 16 Megapixels, shutter isn't the quietest, no tilt/swivel display

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                                      Required item: A memory card is not included, be sure to purchase enough storage capacity.

                                      SanDisk -  8GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Class 10
                                      • You Pay: $9.95
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                                      A lens is not included. Get the type of lens for the shot you need.

                                      Pentax -  SMC Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED WR Zoom Lens
                                      • You Pay: $246.95
                                       

                                      Batteries & Power

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                                      Always keep a spare battery handy so you won't get caught without power.

                                      Pentax -  Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-Li109 for The KR Digital SLR Camera
                                      • You Pay: $44.95
                                       
                                      Watson -  D-LI109 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1050mAh)
                                      • You Pay: $19.95
                                       

                                      Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect.

                                      Hoya -  52mm alpha MC UV Filter
                                      • You Pay: $12.87
                                       
                                      Tiffen -  52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
                                      • You Pay: $16.99
                                       

                                      Flash & Accessories

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                                      Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                                      Pentax -  AF-360 FGZ P-TTL Shoe Mount Flash
                                      • You Pay: $199.00
                                       
                                      Bolt -  VS-510P Wireless TTL Shoe Mount Flash for Pentax & Samsung Cameras
                                      • You Pay: $179.00
                                       

                                      Bags & Cases

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                                      Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                                      LensCoat -  BodyBag with Lens (Black)
                                      • You Pay: $27.99
                                       
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