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PentaxK30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black)
 
4.9

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)
  • Good image quality (10)
  • Image stabilization (10)
  • Large clear LCD (10)

Cons

  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (12)
  • Travel (12)
  • Wildlife (11)
  • Family photos (9)
  • Low light (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (6), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

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5.0

Glad to be back using Pentax gear!

By RadioGuy

from Minneapolis, Mn

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

    Very easy to use camera! I'm an old Pentax film shooter both 35mm and 6x7 and love this digital K30!

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

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    5.0

    Great product from Pentax as always!

    By Malik

    from VN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    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

    Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

    Excelent picture quality, brilliant colors,
    Solid body, weather resistance, a complete package with 18-135mm lens indeed, ONE MAN SHOW!!!

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

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    5.0

    So glad I chose a Pentax

    By A Doctor And A Nurse

    from Seattle, Washington

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact And Usable Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Rich colors
    • Small Size
    • Weather resistant

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • Poor Video But Good Enou

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

    I am a new DSLR owner and user. I researched my purchase thoroughly and settled upon the Pentax K-30. Other cameras I was considering were the Nikon D7000 and D7100 and the Canon 7D.

    As a newbie I was searching for a camera that took amazing photographs of my kids, vacations, and some artistic endeavors as well. I take my camera with me almost everywhere I go. The decision to go with the Pentax was excruciating given the popularity of Nikon and Canon. Here are the reasons I chose the K30:

    Weather Resistance (I live in Washington state and my kids play outdoor sports)
    Ease of use. (There will be many who disagree with me but I am taking great shots with this camera out of the gate. I find this camera very easy to use and understand)
    Size. The Canon and Nikon cameras are MONSTERS! They ar huge and I love the more compact design of the K30.
    The screen is bright and easy to read.
    The camera is not overloaded with buttons and gadgets but still offers great options to create amazing photographs to my hearts content.
    Image quality. The K30 actually beat both the Canon 7D and the Nikon D 7000 in blind tests for image quality.
    Value: It is simply a lot of camera for the money.

    The choice was difficult to make but I am extremely happy with this purchase. I am finding tons of lens choices and this camera is turning out to be a much greater creative outlet than I ever imagined. Happy shooting!

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    4.0

    The best camera to bring anywhere

    By zedom

    from Montreal

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

    Very good APC sensor, good versatile lens 18-135, simple menu, tropicalized to the beach, the woods, rain, snow, bike, boat. This camera will follow me everywhere to take excellent pictures in all situations.

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

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    5.0

    Excellent Performance

    By Tom

    from Ohio

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Focus peaking
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great image quLity
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

      I replaced a Pentax K20D with the K-30. Although the K20D was once the Pentax top DSLR, ther K-30 is far advanced and capable of more. I thought I might miss the top LCD, but I don't at all, I prefer that information on the back screen, it's much easier to read. Ergonomically the camera is laid out well and has a great feel to it, well balanced with a deep grip. Some of the features that I love are the high ISO capability (I've had some usable photos at ISO 6400), the improved auto focusing, and the focus peaking which makes manual focus lenses easy for me. Actually some of my lenses seem new since the focus faster and can be used in lower light conditions.

      The 18-135 lens has been a shocking surprise. I was a little leery because some of the reviews on the lens when it first came out were no very good. Well they must have changed someting in the manufacturing process because this lens is excellent. High IQ, fast silent focus, and pretty well built. It has quickly become my most used lens and greatly exceeded my expectations.

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      5.0

      Pentax is way undervalued

      By mobil

      from N.E.Ohio

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

        Love the ergonomics of this camera. The image quality? Well, most reviews were very impressed.

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

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        5.0

        great camera and lens

        By ex-doc

        from Edmond, OK

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        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
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

          I love this camera. The photo quality is great, even at relatively high ISO (6400). The menus and controls are much more intuitive and easier to learn than my previous K-20d (which I also loved). Pentax retained the little wheels in front and back which allow you to adjust aperture and shutter speed easily on the fly. One thing to be aware of, though - if you like to shoot manual, you need to specify the ISO or the camera will just keep changing it to give what it deems the proper exposure - basically Tav mode. I love that the veiwfinder gives 100% coverage - great for landscape composition. The liveview works very well, and even has a histogram option. The different filters are kind of fun. And I love that it's weather-proof, so I don't have to worry about getting caught in the rain. Same goes for the lens. I also love that the image stabilization is built into the camera, so it works with any lens I care to put on it - and it seems to work very well. One convenient feature - if you use the 2-sec timer in lieu of mirror lock-up when on a tripod, the camera temporarily cancels image stabilization for you, then turns it back on when you turn the timer off.

          The one feature I would have liked to have - precluded by weather-proofing, maybe? - is a tiltable screen. I've read that the battery life is short, but I haven't found it to be that short, and doubt it will be a problem, since I bought a spare.

          I love the lens, too. I had been using the Pentax 18-250 from 2008, and loved it, but after getting this lens - which was a hard choice, since it has only about 60% the zoom range - I realize that I never really had sharp images before with my old lens. Also, I went back and viewed my landscapes taken with my old camera and found that I rarely shot over 135mm, and when I did, didn't get particularly good images. So this was a great choice for me. It's not a macro lens, but it does well enough on close, small objects, like flowers, that I probably won't need a macro. I recently bought the 55-300mm zoom, which gives me much better images at long ranges than I was getting before. I'm finding that the 55-300 is a useful range,too, in wide, open spaces, since I like to tighten on what interests me.

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

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          5.0

          Versatile, responsive, high-quality

          By Squidfan

          from Takoma Park, MD

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

            I've used film SLRs for years and digital "bridge" cameras as well (Canon G12, Lumix FZ40), but I decided I finally wanted a dSLR to play with. I finally decided on the K30 because the reviews were very positive and the body wouldn't break the bank, letting me save up for some excellent lenses. So far I've only used the 18-135mm lens, and I'm liking it a lot--it's useful in most situations, even some wildlife shooting. The camera is fast, easy to use (especially when I read the manual, which comes in book form rather than CD--another positive for me), and produces very nice photos, with good color (and so far I've only been shooting JPEG). My only criticism so far is that the viewfinder's display (at the bottom, of exposure, f-stop and shutter speed, etc.) is a little hard to read in certain lights. I look forward to using this camera with many lenses for many years.

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

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            5.0

            The best buy ever,,,,

            By SWEDE

            from SWEDEN

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

              It is my first camera and so fare it take picture with great colore and sharp picture.Its fits perfect in my hand are small/easy to handle.
              I havent learn the camera yet,,, so Auto mode is taken my needs to a higher level. Was looking on all diferrent cameras,,, I am glad i chose this !!! The best chose ever !!!
              I can use this every were in all weather
              Greate camera

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

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              5.0

              Adventure Touring Rugged Ready .....

              By Steve

              from Washington

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

                I purchased it specifically for Adventure Touring. For those not in the loop, it usually involves a dual sport motorcycle and rugged roads. I have owned several rugged cameras, but never a DSLR. Now I have a weather resistant camera and lens to capture my explorations. One body, one lens, all sealed from the elements. It resides in my tank bag, or shoulder bag, dependent on the ride. I don't have to worry about the dust, rain, mud, or snow, disrupting my camera's functions. Simply pull it out, take the shot, and put it back. I recommend it for extreme outdoor activities.

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                • No

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                5.0

                This is my favorite camera!

                By Andrew

                from Wisconsin

                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

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

                I did a lot of research before buying the K-30.... It really came down to the awesome view finder and weather sealing. The images I get from it are excellent, especially in raw mode. Far more customizable than any of the cameras I've previously owned.

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

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                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                LOVE THIS CAMERA

                By texasgirl

                from Kerrville, 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
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black):

                Love this camera -- takes great pictures and has great features, such as focus peaking. The lens is good, but prefer the small Limiteds which I have, ie, 40mm and 70mm.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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