How Does the K-30 DSLR Compare?

Daniel Bell takes a look at how the new Pentax K-30 compares to the K20D, K10D, K-5 and K-r.

24/05/2012 - 11:49

Pentax K-30D

The Pentax K-30 has been announced this week, with the K20D and K10D discontinued, this might be the time for users to upgrade. The major improvements found on the K-30 are highlighted in the following table.

  Pentax K-30 Pentax K20D Pentax K10D
Sensor 16.28 megapixel CMOS 14.6 megapixel CMOS 10.2 megapixel CCD
Max image size 4928 x 3264 4672 x 3120 3872 x 2592
Movie Full 1080p HD N/A N/A
Sensitivity ISO 100 - 25600 ISO 100 - 6400 ISO 100 - 1600
Shake reduction PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism
Mount KAF2 bayonet mount KAF2 bayonet mount KAF2 bayonet mount
Focusing type TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX IXi+) TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII) TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Viewfinder type 100%, Pentaprism 95%, Pentaprism 95%, Pentaprism
Screen 3 inch, 921k dots, TFT colour LCD 2.7 inch, 230k dots, TFT colour LCD 2.5 inch, 210k dots, TFT colour LCD
Shutter speed 1/6000 to 30 sec 1/6000 to 30 sec 1/4000 to 30 sec
Metering TTL open aperture, 77 segment metering, center-weighted and spot metering TTL open aperture, 16 segment metering, multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering TTL open aperture, 16 segment metering, multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering
Exposure compensation ± 5EV (1/2EV step or 1/3EV can be selected) ±3 EV (1/2EV steps) , ±2 EV (1/3EV steps) ±3 EV (1/2EV steps),  ±2 EV (1/3EV steps)
Continuous shooting Approx. 6 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Hi)
Approx. 3 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Lo)
Approx. 3 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Hi)
Approx. 2.3 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Lo)
Approx. 3 fps
White-balance Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual, Color.
Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Flash, Manual setting, with WB fine adjustment Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Flash, Manual setting
Digital filter Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment B&W (4 type), Sepia (3 type), Colour (18 type), Colour extract (6 type), Soft (three-level amount adjustable), Illustration, HDR (3 type), Slim (+/- 8 level amount adjustable) and Brightness (+/- 8 level amount adjustable) B&W (4 type), Sepia (3 type), Colour (18 type), Soft (three-level amount adjustable), Slim (+/- 8 level amount adjustable), Brightness (at playback mode)
Storage SD, SDHC, and SDXC SD and SDHC SD and SDHC
File format RAW and JPEG RAW and JPEG RAW and JPEG
Interface USB 2.0 / AV output terminal, USB MSC/PTP USB 2.0 / Video, DC input, Cable switch, X-sync socket USB 2.0 compatible with PAL and NTSC formats
Power Rechargeable D-LI109 lithium-ion Battery Rechargeable D-LI50 lithium-ion battery Rechargeable D-LI50 lithium-ion battery
Height 96.5mm 101mm 101mm
Width 128.5mm 141.5mm 141.5mm
Depth 71.5mm 70mm 70mm
Weight (without battery and memory card) 590g 715g 710g

By upgrading to the K-30, you will benefit from a small, lighter DSLR with full 1080p HD video recording, ISO to 25600, 3 inch LCD screen with 921k dots, 100% viewfinder coverage, 6 fps continuous shooting and SDXC memory card compatibility.

The K-5 and K-r are still available, so how does the K-30 compare:

  Pentax K-30 Pentax K-5 Pentax K-r
Sensor 16.28 megapixel CMOS 16.3 megapixel CMOS 12.4 megapixel CMOS
Max image size 4928 x 3264 4928 x 3264 3936 x 2624
Movie Full 1080p HD Full 1080p HD 720p HD
Sensitivity ISO 100 - 25600 ISO 100 - 51200 ISO 100 - 12800
Shake reduction PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism PENTAX-original SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism
Mount KAF2 bayonet mount KAF2 bayonet mount KAF2 bayonet mount
Focusing type TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX IXi+) TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX IXi+) TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX IX)
Viewfinder type 100%, Pentaprism 100%, Pentaprism 96%, Pentaprism
Screen 3 inch, 921k dots, TFT colour LCD 3 inch, 921k dots, TFT colour LCD 3 inch, 921k dots, TFT colour LCD
Shutter speed 1/6000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/6000 to 30 sec
Metering TTL open aperture, 77 segment metering, center-weighted and spot metering TTL open aperture, 16 segment metering, multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering TTL open aperture, 16 segment metering, multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering
Exposure compensation ± 5EV (1/2EV step or 1/3EV can be selected) ±3 EV (1/2EV steps) , ±2 EV (1/3EV steps) ±3 EV (1/2EV steps),  ±2 EV (1/3EV steps)
Continuous shooting Approx. 6 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Hi)
Approx. 3 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Lo)
Approx. 7 fps Approx. 6 fps
White-balance Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual, Color.
Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent light (D, N, W, L), Tungsten light, Flash, CTE, Manual (configuration on monitor, colour temperature from 2 500 to 10 000K, 100K steps) Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent light (D, N, W, L), Tungsten light, Flash, CTE, Manual (configuration on monitor)
Digital filter Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment Toy Camera, Retro, High-contrast, Extract colour, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Custom Toy Camera, Retro, High-contrast, Extract color, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Custom
Storage SD, SDHC and SDXC SD and SDHC SD and SDHC
File format RAW and JPEG RAW and JPEG RAW and JPEG
Interface USB 2.0 / AV output terminal, USB MSC/PTP Mini-HDMI and AV outputs, compatible with NTSC and PAL, USB 2.0 mini-B (Hi-Speed), DC power input, cable release, X-sync socket, stereo mic. input AV output, compatible with NTSC and PAL
USB 2.0 mini-B (Hi-Speed)
IrSimple Infrared in/out connection, DC power input
Power Rechargeable D-LI109 lithium-ion Battery Rechargeable D-LI90 lithium-ion battery Rechargeable D-LI109 lithium-ion battery
Height 96.5mm 97mm 97mm
Width 128.5mm 131mm 125mm
Depth 71.5mm 73mm 68mm
Weight (without battery and memory card) 590g 660g 544g

From the specifications, there is very little difference between the K-30 and K-5, with the K-r having a lower resolution and only 720p HD video recording. The Pentax K-5 body is available from SRS Microsystems for £729.00, with a further £50 cashback available. The Pentax K-r is priced at £429.00 with an 18-55mm lens. The Pentax K-30 body has an RRP of £599.99.


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ChrisA

Link Posted 26/05/2012 - 11:42
Several facts are simply wrong, in the K-5 column.

It has 77 segment metering not 16, and it has +/- 5 EV exposure compensation, not +/- 3.

Is it so hard to copy and paste actual specs?
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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dcweather

Link Posted 02/06/2012 - 23:24
..... and the K-r. It says "96% Pentaprism" when of course it is Pentamirror - one of the major lower specs compared to the other two! No mention of the K-30 and K-r using AA batteries as well. K-30 has remote socket, K-r doesn't, not mentioned. I just paid £9.99 to join "Plus" specifically to read what I though was going to be an in depth comparison article. Hope the other stuff with "Plus" is going to be better than this!
Last Edited by dcweather on 02/06/2012 - 23:37

davidtrout

Link Posted 06/06/2012 - 13:46
You set the K5 exposure compensation to your personal choice of either +/- 0.5 or 0.3. I have mine at 0.3, same as in my K10.
David

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