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Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (White)

B&H # PEK301855WRW Mfr # 15724
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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
  • Includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens

The K-30 DSLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens 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 capture the shots important to you. 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 temperatures down to 14° F.

This K-30 kit comes with the DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens which provides a range of focal lengths from true wide angle to standard, and is an ideal lens for day-to-day use. When shooting on a camera with an APS-C size sensor, like the K-30, its focal length is equivalent to 27-84.5mm in the 35mm format.

With 16 megapixels, and a maximum resolution of 4928 x 3264, you'll also have free reign to print enlargements 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 worlds via the included rechargeable lithium-ion 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.
Languages Supported
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Includes DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens
Included with the K-30 is an 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens. It is standard focal length zoom lens designed specifically for Pentax digital SLR cameras. Very versatile, it has a broad range of applications from indoor pictures, portraits, and landscapes to family photos and other general situations. On cameras with APS-C-sized sensors, its 35mm equivalent focal length is 27-84.5mm. This lens is weather resistant to handle damp, inclement conditions, and has a great wide angle capability with a standard 3x zoom range. It's aspherical lens elements reduce spherical aberrations and the Quick-Shift Focus System allows instant switching from autofocus to manual focus operation.
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: DNG, 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) 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 13.0 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm
Weight 20.7 oz / 587 g No battery or memory card
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 84.5 mm
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 1:3
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 6
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 2.7" (6.86 x 6.86 cm)
Weight 8.1 oz (230 g)

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PentaxK-30 DSLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good image quality (6)
  • Image stabilization (6)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
  • High ISO performance (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Family photos (5)
    • Low light (5)
    • Travel (5)
    • Sports/action (3)
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    A great mid-range DSLR

    By donfenix

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Flash Exposure Accuracy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Black):

    I upgraded to this camera from the K-x and it was a major improvement. I have used Nikon DSLRs at work and some Canons, but I have always preferred the Pentax solid build, ergonomy, button layout, and menu system. Image quality is fantastic. The compatibility with all K-mount lenses is a big plus.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    A lot of Bang for the Buck

    By Dhrubendro Gupta

    from Philly

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Black):

      I got this at a bargain price from B&H. It is a great camera. Period. What works for me are the dual e-dials. I had the Pentax PZ-1P film camera that had these and in 'Hyper-Program' you could adjust the speed (the camera choosing the aperture) or the aperture (with the camera deciding the speed). In the K-30 this is possible providing an easy arrangement for any exposure of your choice - it fast and easy. Additionally if you have the ISO on Auto it will adjust this too where required. I don't use the Auto setting and prefer to set the ISO to my liking. In the Kr, that it replaced, the e-dial was quirky and not responsive all the time. Thankfully Pentax has attended to this problem and both dials work perfectly. It will also fine focus my old Pentax lenses carried over from the PZ-1P days – have not tried this yet but its good to know that Pentax have thought of this. And the view-finder provides 100% of the image size - rare at this price level. Yes – a great camera and I am thrilled with it.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Love this camera

      By kib

      from SF Bay Area, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • 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

        Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Black):

        It takes good pictures but it's up to the person to take good pictures.

        The weather rating already payed of because I got caught in the rain once with no way to cover the camera.

        I like that image stabilization is in the body. There is no need to turn off autofocus to manually use the focus ring - you can pre-focus.

        What I like to about Pentax is that it allows me to use my old lenses from an old Pentax K-1000.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Buy

        By Scene 1

        from Joshua Tree, CA.

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Black):

        I purchased this Pentax K-30 DSLR to replace my aging Sony DSC-R1 fixed lens camera. I did a lot of research comparing other cameras and concluded the Pentax was a lot of camera for the price. My only concern was the lens performance as my other camera had a superb Zeiss lens and some reviews of the Pentax kit lens were not that impressive. Well, I purchased the 18mm-55mm AL- WR lens and although it is no match to the Zeiss lens, it produces excellent resolution and is superior to other kit lens I have looked at both in quality and performance. I have owned many Pentax cameras over the years including Medium Format and I have nothing but admiration for the way Pentax takes a different path in their approach to what a photog needs. Kudos Pentax.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
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        • No

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        4.0

        Replaces my old K-1000

        By kib

        from Stockton, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about K-30 DSLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Black):

          I own an old K-1000 and a few lenses. I like the camera so far, it's fast and easy to use. It also provides manual control for everything - good for my old lenses.

          Not sure why Pentax sells the weatherized K-30 in their kit without the weatherized lens - I opted for the WR lens.

          It's a bit big to wear around you neck for quick shots when you're not at the ready to take pictures.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
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          • No

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          5.0

          A Fun Little Beast

          By Badge

          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
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • Shutter A Bit Loud

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about K-30 Digital Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (White):

          I've had the K-30 for a little bit now and I've been having a field day with it. Rock solid, feels sturdy. The grip is deep and probably the best I've ever felt. I've had the chance to shoot in a good downpour with the weather-sealed kit lens and it was a blast. That lens is okay, but it's well-known to be a soft lens. It's with my primes that this camera really comes alive. Blown away by how well it handles noise, even in low light situations. I won't drone on, there really isn't too much bad to say about this camera. What you need to know is that this camera makes everything you do fun, and that is an inspiring feeling.

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

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