Pentax K-30 Digital Camera


Our hands-on video review of the weather-resistant Pentax K-30 Digital Camera covers the standout features of the camera, and also shows it in action with a couple of lens choices, including the SMC Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED lens and the SMC Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens. The K-30 is equipped with an APS-C 16.3MP image sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, optical viewfinder and a movie mode that supports Full HD 1080p video capture at up to 30 fps. The K-30 also features excellent low-light performance, as well as image stabilization with a sensitivity setting, continuous 6 fps burst mode and quick autofocus. Another highlight of the K-30 is the camera’s open RAW file format, which doesn’t require any special software and will open right up in Adobe Photoshop. Plus, the user-friendly ergonomic design and intuitive controls make the K-30 easy to use for shooting photos or video. Check out the review for a closer look.


Sensor Type CMOS with primary color filter
Sensor Size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7mm)
Color Depth 8 bit/channel JPEG, 12 bit/channel RAW
Effective Piexels 16.3MP
Total Pixels 16.5MP
Dust Removal Sensor movement with SP coating on low pass filter
Pixel Mapping Yes
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift SR with rotational compensation (3 stops maximum)
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2 Bayonet
Usable Lenses Pentax KAF3, KAF2, KAF1, and KA (others with optional adapters)
SDM Function Yes
Focus System SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection
Focus Points 11 points (9 cross)
Focus Sensitivity Range EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)
Focus Modes AF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w/focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w/focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus Point Adjustment Auto 11 pt, Auto 5 pt, User-Selectable (with Expanded Area AF), Center
AF Assist Yes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
Focus Peaking Yes (not available while recording video)
Metering System TTL open-aperture 77 segment metering
Exposure Sensitivity Range EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm f/1.4)
Metering Patterns Multi 77, Center, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure Lock Yes
Exposure Bracketing 3 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed 30-1/6000 sec., bulb
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.92x
Standard Focusing Screen Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter Adjustment -2.5 to 1.5m
Depth of Field Preview Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital
LCD Monitor 3.0" / 7.6 cm 921K-dot TFT-LCD
Live View Type TTL by CMOS image sensor
Live View Field of View 100%
Live View Display Modes Magnification (2-6x), Grid Overlay (4 x 4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram
Live View Autofocus Contrast detection AF (face detection, tracking, select, spot)
Built-In Flash Type Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide Number 39.4' / 12m at ISO 100
Flash Coverage 28mm wide angle equivalent
Flash Modes On, Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Flash Exposure Compensation -2 to 1 EV (1/2 steps)
External Flash Connection Hot shoe (P-TTL)
Sync Speed 1/180 sec.
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Interfaces USB 2.0, AV out, cable switch
Video Out NTSC, PAL
Microphone Built-in monaural
Power Source D-LI109 rechargeable lithium-ion battery, optional 4x AA battery holder
Recordable Images Approx. 560 (lithium-ion), 1600 (AA)
Playback Time 300 min. (lithium-ion), 620 min. (AA)
Movie Recording Time Up to 25 min. clip length
Recorded Resolutions 4928 x 3264 (16MP)
4224 x 2816 (12MP)
3456 x 2304 (8MP)
2688 x 1792 (5MP)
Quality Levels Best, Better, Good
File Formats RAW (DNG), JPEG, DCF 2.0, DPOF, PIM III
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
White Balance Type Image sensor detection with light wavelength sensor assist
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, 3 manual, and 3 Kelvin temperature presets
White Balance Fine Adjustment +/- 7 steps, A-B axis or G-M axis
Capture Modes Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Hyper Manual (M), Bulb (B), User (U1, U2), Scene (SCN), Auto Picture (AUTO), Movie
Auto Picture Modes Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Custom Image Modes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Face Detection Yes
Digital Filters Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic Range Adjustment Highlight, shadow
Digital Level SR auto-level function
File/Folder Customization Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright
Drive Modes Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12 s, 2 s), Remote (0 s, 3 s, continuous), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, standard, timer, remote)
Continuous Shooting Speed Up to 6 fps
Multiple Exposure 2-9 exposures, auto exposure adjustment
Interval Exposures 999 exposures, 3 sec. to 24 hr. interval, time delay
HDR Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, pixel alignment
Playback Modes One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram, bright/dark indication, copyright info), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 16X, scrollable, quick magnification), Image Rotation, Calendar Filmstrip, Display, Folder, Slideshow, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data), Save RAW Data From JPG (if available in buffer memory)
Playback Mode Pallete Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Image Comparison, Protect, DPOF, Movie Edit, Extract JPG from Movie
Playback Digital Filters Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Watercolor, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fisheye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080p30/25/24
1280 x 720p60/50/30/25/24
640 x 480p30/25/24
Video Quality Levels Best, Better, Good
Video File Formats MOV, MPEG-4, AVC (H.264)
Video Sound Audio gain adjustment
Video Capture Modes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Video Digital Filters Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color, Color
Video Interval Movie 3 sec. to 24-hr interval, 12 sec. to 99-hr record time, time delay (AVI, MJPG)
Custom Functions Available 23
Laguages English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Primary Construction Materials Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Operating Temperature 14-104°F (-10-40°C)
Dimensions 4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3" / 12.2 x 7.9 x 5.8 cm
Weight 22.8 oz / 646.4 g