Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens, White - Bundle - with Pentax SMCP-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED WR (Weather Resistant) Telephoto Zoom Lens

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About Pentax K-30

The Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera with DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens (Blue) 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 14deg. 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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (6),Fast / accurate auto-focus (6),Good image quality (5),High ISO performance (5),Image stabilization (5),Fast shutter speed (4),Large clear LCD (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (5),Landscape/scenery (5),Travel (5),Low light (4),Wildlife (3),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5)

Pentax K-30 Features

  • Full weather sealing throughout the entire body ensures worry-free use in any weather condition
  • A high performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor strikes the perfect balance between resolution and image quality
  • PRIME M image processing engine is optimized for HD video capture, smooth live view, low chromatic noise and low energy consumption
  • Low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder, with interchangeable focusing screens, achieves a 100% optical field of view for framing accuracy in a highly compact form factor
  • Advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine, with AF assist lamp and light source detection sensor, features improved optical components, including a diffraction lens, for responsive autofocus in any lighting
  • PENTAX sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction technology ensures sharp, image stabilized, auto-leveled and dust-free imaging with any mounted lens
  • Rugged coldproof design is ideal for use in sub-freezing, wet, snowy winter conditions (-10C, 14F)
  • Full 1080p HD video capture at 30 frames per second (60 FPS for 720p) features efficient h.264 compression, flexible exposure control and HDR finishing options for stunning video quality
  • Large 3" LCD with brightness and color adjustments is wide angle viewable and features 921,000 dots of resolution
  • Live View focus peaking highlights in-focus surfaces for fast and highly accurate manual focus acquisition or precise autofocus confirmation
  • Highly accurate 77 segment metering system produces beautifully exposed images and video, even in complex lighting situations
  • Freeze the action with a fast 6 frames per second continuous shooting mode and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speed
  • ISO speeds up to 25600 maximize shutter speeds and flash effective range while minimizing image noise in low lighting
  • Programmable front and rear e-dials enable PENTAX renowned Hyper Program and Manual modes, as well as other rapid no-look settings changes
  • Traditional shooting modes feature PENTAX Sensitivity Priority (Sv) and Shutter And Aperture Priority (TAv) for outstanding flexibility, while powerful automatic modes like Auto Picture and Scene modes take the guesswork out of great photography
  • In-camera HDR shooting modes feature multiple blending options to bring out the detail in wide gamut still imaging
  • Compatible with both rechargeable Li-Ion and AA batteries (via optional AA battery holder) for plentiful power at home or while travelling
  • Highly compact yet durable body features comfortable ergonomics such as a deep grip, oversized buttons and concave 4-way controller for streamlined, intuitive operation

Pentax K-30 Specifications

Sensor Type
CMOS w/primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Sensor 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
Lens Type/construction
PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses
Pentax KAF3, KAF2, KAF and KA (K mount, 35mm screw mount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function
Focus Type
SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system w light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens
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 (w Expanded Area AF), Center
AF assist
Yes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
Focus peaking
Yes (Not applicable while video is actively recording)
View Finder Type
View Finder Coverage (field of view)
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 Type
3.0" TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable
Flash Type
Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number
12m (ISO 100)
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 Type
Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed
1/180 sec
USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, cable switch
Video out
Built-in monaural
Power source
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (included), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4x AA batteries (sold separately)
Recordable images
Li-Ion approx 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA), AA lithium approx 1600 (1000 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time
Li-Ion approx 270 min, AA lithium approx 620 min
Movie recording time
25 min max time per clip
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-shift SR w rotational compensation (3 stops max)
Metering System Type
TTL open aperture 77 segment metering
Metering System: 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
Exposure bracketing
3 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
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
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed
1/6000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Capture Modes 1
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
Capture Modes 2
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
Capture Modes 3
Face detection available: Yes
PASMB: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Capture Modes 4
Dynamic range adjustment: Highlight, shadow
Digital level: Viewfinder (horizontal), LCD (horizontal, vertical), SR auto-level function
File/Folder customization: Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright
Mode selection
Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, standard, timer, remote)
Continuous FPS
Continuous Hi: Approx 6.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
Continuous Lo: Approx 3.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)
2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment
999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay
Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, pixel alignment, exposure bracket +/- 1-3 EV (1/1 steps)
Cable switch
Yes (available separately)
Playback Modes 1
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)
Playback Modes 2
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
Playback Modes 3
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
File Formats
Recorded resolutions: 16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792)
File formats: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Color space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
Custom Functions
Functions available: 23
Operating/Storage Temperature
14-104deg.F (-10 to 40deg.C)
Lens: Focal Length
18 - 55 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 84.5 mm
Lens: Aperture
Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 38
Lens: Angle of View
76deg. - 29deg.
Lens: Minimum Focus Distance
9.84" (24.99 cm)
Lens: Magnification
Lens: Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Lens: Groups/Elements
Lens: Diaphragm Blades
Lens: Autofocus
Lens: Image Stabilization
Lens: Filter Thread
Front: 52 mm
Camera Body (WxHxD): 5.1x3.8x2.8" (12.95x9.65x7.11cm)Lens (DxL): Approx. 2.7x2.7" (6.86x6.86cm)
Camera Body: 20.8 oz (589.67g) (Without battery or removable memory)Lens: 8.1 oz (230g)
Mfr #
15724 A

Pentax K-30 Reviews

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Reviewed by 8 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!


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


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


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


Great camera, great value


from Valparaiso, IN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The K-30 is a wonderful advanced DSLR that is great for most outdoor situations. I got it with the 18-135 lens. That is a great lens to use from moderate wide to telephoto. I am happy with most features, including HDR and bracketing. I wish it had a battery grip and the ability to do tethering. Overall, highly recommended!


Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera Body, 16.


from British Columbia, BC  -  Pro Photographer

Purchased this with the Pentax 18-135mm lens as a run around camera that I can use on vacation and not worry about sand, water etc. Looks great, feels great and easy to use. This combination doesn't have the sharpness that I am accustomed to with pro lenses and Nikon D3s but I didn't buy it to use for my business so it works perfectly for me as a lightweight, spontaneous shooting camera that is not heavy to carry around in my purse all day when I'm not working.




from New Orleans  -  Photo Enthusiast

Pentax has packed a lot of features into this camera that are above the price notably 100% VF, WR, and Dual Wheels. The dual wheels let you have "P" mode where one wheel makes the camera behave like it is in Tv mode and the other wheel makes it behave like it is in Av mode and if you press the Green button it returns to auto mode. There is also a TAv mode which lets you go one step away from manual by controlling both shutter speed and aperture and letting the camera set ISO. I upgraded from a K-x and this improved on that great camera in every way possible. The AF system has greatly improved in speed and accuracy and the Liveview AF has really come a long way (on the K-x it was all but useless so that isn't saying much), but it still lags behind Canon and Nikon in this respect so if you are totally dependent on AF or if you do lots of action stuff than you might want to weigh the importance of that feature.


great camera


from Syracuse, In  -  Photo Enthusiast

It works very well for my grandchildrens sporting event, especially indoors. Nature photos seem to be very good as well.

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