Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55 DA Lens, 16.3MP, 1080p HD Video, 3.0" LCD, Blue

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About Pentax K-30

Thanks to the K-30, for the first time in a long time location doesn't matter. Whether it's a sandy day at the beach or a trek into the wet rainforests of Belize, the K-30 is the ideal DSLR camera to capture your memories regardless of your location or the elements you face. Its weather sealed body and intuitive ergonomics give you the flexibility and comfortability to shoot what you want, when you want and where you want.

Engineered for active outdoor lifestyles K-30 combines a compact, lightweight body with many advanced features found only in higher end DSLR camera models, such as a weather, dust and cold resistant body, a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, state-of-the-art autofocusing, and full HD video recording capabilities. Every seam, every button, every hinge has been weather sealed for adventure-proof creative photography.

In addition to its versatile weather-proof capabilities, the new K-30 offers features including high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of six images per second, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and convenient dual electronic dials for quick, fingertip access to exposure control and several Auto Picture and scene modes. Coupled with an ergonomic grip that provides firm, comfortable control of the camera, and a sporty, functional design, the K-30 assures dependable, flawless performancein the field.

The Pentax K-30 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Pentax K-30 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Pentax K-30 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Pentax K-30: Easy to use, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization and Large clear LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (15),Good image quality (15),Image stabilization (15),High ISO performance (13),Fast / accurate auto-focus (9),Fast shutter speed (9),Large clear LCD (8),Quiet (3)
Short battery life (8)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (14),Travel (13),Family photos (12),Low light (10),Wildlife (7),Weddings (7),Sports/action (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Casual photographer (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Pentax K-30 Features

  • Weather resistant design: Featuring 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, the K-30 is built to be weather, dust and cold resistant with proven functionality in sub-freezing temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C).
  • Optimized for travel and outdoor photography: K-30 exterior has been designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor photographers. A large grip provides a firm, secure hold of the camera; a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for a solid grip of the of the camera during vertical shoots.
  • Newly developed SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus (AF) module: The K-30 features the new state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each each individual lens.
  • Dedicated AF sensor: Additionally, 9 of its 11 focus points have cross-type sensors to capture subjects in sharp focus, while a spotbeam assists the AF system during low light situations. The K-30's AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas for for efficiency and accuracy.
  • Expanded area AF function: A new expanded area AF function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject in AF select mode, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. This greatly improves the accuracy and speed of moving objects detection.
  • High resolution, low noise: The K-30 incorporates the latest 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high speed image data readout to deliver super high resolution, rich gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels.
  • PENTAX "PRIME M" imaging engine: enables outstanding full 1080p HD movie clips (1920x1080 pixels at 30 fps), in addition to outstanding still image capture processing. The camera also minimizes luminance noise at low sensitivities, while offering a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 (ISO 25600 maximum via a custom function).
  • Optical finder with 100% FOV: Despite its compact body, which is smaller and lighter than traditional mid level DSLR camera models, the K-30 comes equipped with a glass pentaprism finder featuring a 100% field of view and approximately 0.92X maximum magnification (with a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view.
  • View in bright sunlight: Since its viewfinder delivers a clear view of the subject even in the brightest sunshine while also eliminating parallax, the K-30 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical.
  • Works with focusing screens: K-30 accepts interchangeable PENTAX Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screens to facilitate manual focusing operation. Optional focus screens include cross-lined and scale types, to accommodate more specialized applications.
  • High-speed burst shooting at 6 ips: When photographing sporting events, concerts or wildlife, the K-30's high-speed burst shooting function comes in handy, allowing the photographer to capture active, fast moving subjects in a series of images at a maximum speed of approximately 6 frames per second (in JPEG format).
  • Advanced Live View shooting: The PENTAX K-30 features full HD video recording to capture high quality movie clips in 1080p resolution (1920x1080 pixels). The efficient h.264 compression format offers a choice of frame rates (30, 25 or24 frames per second) at 1080p, or up to 60 FPS at 720p, to accommodate user specific applications.
  • Flexible recording options: Video recording options are flexible, allowing the photographer to select aperture or shutter exposure control, while PENTAX Shake Reduction helps stabilize captured video. Users may add creative artistic effects to clips using various Custom Image modes or record a series of clips with Interval Movie Shooting mode.
  • User friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes: The K-30 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which analyzes a scene then auto selects the most appropriate mode from Portrait, Landscape, Macro and others. This allows the photographer to concentrate on image composition and other while leaving more technical settings to the K-30.
  • PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism: The PENTAX K-30 incorporates the PENTAX-developed SR mechanism, which effectively reduces blur due to camera shake by approximately four shutter steps. Usable with all PENTAX compatible lenses, including those produced for film format SLR cameras, this mechanism produces sharp, blur free images.
  • Image assist functions: The K-30's SR system also offers an Automatic Horizon Correction functionto assure precision framing of horizontal alignment, a Composition Adjustment function to allow minute adjustments of image alignment horizontally/vertically/axially and an ASTROTRACER mode to eliminate light trails during astronomical photography.
  • Creative processing: The K-30 features a Custom Image function, which allows quick selection the desired finishing touch for a particular image. Choose from 11 custom settings including Bleach Bypass that creates a dramatic visual effect similar to that used in motion pictures. and Cross Process for producing fanciful, dramatic colors.
  • Choice of two power sources: in addition to the included lithium ion battery capable of capturing approximately 480 images with a single charge, the K-30 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder.
  • Large, wide angle viewable 3-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots of resolution
  • 77 segment multi-pattern metering system for accurate light measurement
  • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust off from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
  • PENTAX-designed Hyper control system to assure fast and flexible response to the photographer's creative intentions
  • Dynamic range expansion function to compensate for blown out (overexposed) and muddy (underexposed) areas of an image
  • Retrieve and save RAW data from buffer memory for a just-recorded JPEG image
  • RAW/Fx multi-function button for on-the-fly switching of image file formats, as well as for assignment and instant recall of other specific functions
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX (RAW processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included

Pentax K-30 Specifications

Type: CMOS w/primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C)
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels (total pixels): 16.3 MP (16.5 MP)
Dust Removal: Sensor movement w SP coating on low pass filter
Pixel mapping: Yes
Image Stabilization (Shake Reduction)
Type: Sensor-shift SR
Lens Mount
Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function: n/a
Focus System
Type: SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system w light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens
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
Metering System
Type: TTL open aperture 77 segment metering
Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Metering patterns: (multi, center, spot): Multi 77, Center, Spot
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes
Exposure bracketing: 3 frames
Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/6000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.92X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital
LCD Monitor
Type: 3.0" TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment
Resolution: 921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes
Live View
Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View: 100%
Display Modes: Magnification (2-6X), Grid Overlay (4x4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram
Autofocus: Contrast detection AF (face detection, tracking, select, spot)
Built-in Flash
Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number: 12m (ISO 100)
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
External Flash
Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Storage Media
Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, cable switch
Video out: NTSC, PAL
Microphone: Built-in monaural
Power Supply
Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (included), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4 AA batteries (sold separately)
Recordable images: Li-Ion approx 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Li-Ion approx 270 min
Movie recording time: 25 min max time per clip
AC adapter available: Yes (sold separately)
Image File
Recorded resolutions: 16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792)
Quality levels: Best, Better, Good
File formats: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Color space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: 100-12800 (1/1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to 100-25600, auto range selectable
Manual: 100-12800 (1/1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to 100-25600
White Balance
Type: Image sensor detection w light wavelength sensor assist
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
Manual mode(s): 3 manual and 3 Kelvin temperature presets, copy WB settings from a captured image available
WB fine adjustment: +/- 7 steps A-B axis or G-M axis
Capture Modes
Mode selection: 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
Picture Modes
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
Shooting Modes
Green simplified mode available: n/a
Face detection available: Yes
PASMB: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic range adjustment: Highlight, shadow
Digital level: Viewfinder (horizontal), LCD (horizontal, vertical), SR auto-level function File/Folder customization: Folder name (standard, date), embed copyright
Drive Modes
Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Auto Bracketing (3 frames)

Continuous FPS
- Continuous Hi: Approx 6.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
- Continuous Lo: Approx 3.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)

Multi-exposure: 2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment
Interval: 999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay
HDR: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, pixel alignment, exposure bracket +/- 1-3 EV (1/1 steps) Cable switch: sold separately.
Playback Modes
Mode selection: 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)
Mode Pallet
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
Digital Filters (playback)
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 Adj
Video File
Recorded resolutions/FPS: 1920x1080p30/25/24, 1280x720p60/50/30/25/24, 640x480p30/25/24
Quality levels: Best, Better, Good
File formats (compression): MOV MPEG-4 AVC (h.264)
Sound: Audio gain adj
Custom Functions
Functions available: 23
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Primary construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Ruggedized Features
Fully weather sealed throughout body, coldproof
Operating Temperature
14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Dimensions WxHxD
5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 130 x 97 x 71mm
22.9 oz / 649g with battery
Mfr #

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Best Pentax DSLR I've used todate!

I use k-30 mostly for my portrait work and macro work, The dual dial is extremely helpful to adjust when shooting M mode. Further shooting macro in rough weather condition is a piece of cake with WR. Focus peaking helps a lot when you use M42 or K mount legacy Pentax lenses. It may not a great camera for videos, but then again i never shoot videos with the DSLR :) I would recommend the camera to anybody any day.

Reviewed by 19 customers


A very good value.


from Massachusetts  -  Photo Enthusiast

Using it to record various activities in groups I am associated with, as well as other activities and events. Usually take a lot of pictures of the events, and then edit them down and provide the group with a CD slide show of the event. In a couple of cases I put an entire years activities on the disk as chapters in a DVD show that can be used by the group as a history review/retainer. I might add that I had several Pentax lenses from a filme K1000 which fit this body and provide me with ability to shoot in very low light situations. Also like the fact that it uses 64GB HDSC cards!


Excellence in pricing and performance


from Nebraska  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am a semi-professional portrait photographer. This camera has a more advanced Autofocus system than the K5. It also is very sleek and easy to hold. It retains the smaller design of the previous K-R and K-X, but it is significantly more advanced. I enjoy its high end picture qualities. The K30 does not often need adjustment on white balance like other brands do. Straight out of the box it is ready to go. Can't complain about that! Only negative for me (with normal expectations) its color rendering isn't as good as the K5.


K-30 after one year using


from Czech republic  -  Photo Enthusiast

However its made from plastic, its still strong and nothing goes wrong with the sealing. There was only a few software problems at the beginning, but everything seems to be good after fw upgrade to latest version.


Pentax K30 a winner!


from Belfast  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The pentax K30 may masquerade as a budget D.S.L.R but includes many sophisticated features more commonly available on high end cameras, not the least the use of two scroll wheels for speedy adjustments which can be customised but what really stands out to me is its low level light performance, even when I am using a 200mm zoom. I have not explored all its features as yet but rate it highly. Sophisticated weather sealing make this a camera for the British climate


Freakin' awesome!


from Minneapolis, MN  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my first time owning my own DSLR, but not the first one I've ever used. It's an awesome camera for the money and one that seems to beg to be pressed more and more (well, in my mind. lol). I've only been using it since last May and there have been no problems whatsoever! Photos tend to come out nice and crisp when using a decent lense. Pros: -Great ergonomics for the hand grip -has some weight to it (does not feel cheap) -good battery life; I've went on a 3.5 hours stint of non-stop shooting at a car event. Accumulated about 1900 photos altogether, ended with approximately 1/3 life left. -Works well with legacy prime lenses -Great IQ -Easy to navigate menus Cons: -Auto-focus seems to be a bit slow to me compared to others, but I don't really care for it much, as I love using my Manual prime lenses EVERYTIME.


good deal


from NC  -  Casual Photographer

Price per feature it's the best deal. Just be carefull buying "New" cameras from dealers not as reputable as Adorama.


Excellent camera


from Rome, Italy  -  Photography Student

Pentax k-30 is a wonderful camera for its not so expensive price. - Great for outdoor photography: weatherproof - Image stabilization is a nice feature - Good lowlight performance.


Good advanced DSLR with maximum function


from Omsk, RU  -  Photo Enthusiast

Attractive & convenient design (pleasantly lies in hands). Traditionally amazing colors, good transfer of skin tones. Almost all necessary functions and settings for beginners and the advanced photographers. Probably professionals won't have enough buttons of fast control. Video auto-focus - not its strength side (but it is possible to be accustomed with old manual lens). I can recommend this camera for all Pentax users, who doesn't want to be spent on K-5


Good features, Great price


from Toronto, Canada  -  Photo Enthusiast

Weather resistance and in-body image stabilization at a great price. Auto-focus performance lags a bit behind some other brands, but has backwards compatibility with a large variety of lenses. (And I tend to manual focus anyway.)


Pentax K 30


from Lahore, Pakistan  -  Photo Enthusiast

Pentax k30 is an excellent entry level DSLR with features of a mid level DSLR. I love the colours and picture quality it produces

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