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

(based on 27 reviews)

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    (23)

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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)

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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
    • Was this a gift?:
    • 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
          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • 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
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • 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
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • 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
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • 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
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • 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.

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

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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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                                    • No

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