Pentax K-30 Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 8
      • Features
      • 8
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Expandability
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 8.40
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Very good still image quality
    • Good continuous shooting speed and buffer capacity for JPEGs
    • Weather resistant
    • In-body stabilization 
  • Cons

    • No continuous AF during video capture
    • Video on the slow side to initiate
    • Might be too small for large hands

Quick Take

The little brother to the K-5II exceeds entry level price expectations with quick AF, 16.3 MP APS-C sensor and very good image quality.


The Pentax K-30 has plenty about which to boast. The little brother of the K-5II offers a 16.3 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, 1080p HD video, 3 inch LCD monitor and, in a nice touch, can make use of either the supplied lithium-ion rechargeable battery or standard AA batteries (using an optional AA battery holder).

\"PentaxThe normal range of DSLR manual shooting modes is supplemented by automatic and 19 scene-specific shooting modes as well. There is in-body stabilization which Pentax claims offers up to four stops of shake reduction and the camera is compatible with every Pentax lens ever made: all K mount lenses install directly on the camera, while the earlier screw mount and 647or 67 series lenses require adapters.

The camera accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory media and Pentax includes a lithium-ion battery and charger, USB and A/V cables, camera strap, printed manual and CD-ROM software with each camera.

Fashionistas take note: the K-30 body is available in Crystal White or Crystal Blue, and each sport \”brilliant, glossy finishes reminiscent of the finish of an exclusive sports car\” according to Pentax.  It\’s also available in simple black.

On its announcement date back in May 2012 the K-30 was listed with an $850 MSRP for the body only; it can currently (mid-March 2013) be purchased off the Pentax Americas website for $800 while reputable NY area internet vendors have it as low as $619. The camera is also available in kit form matched with Pentax18-55 or 18-135mm zoom lenses.

Overall, the Pentax K-30 is an entry-level DSLR that exceeds expectations, according to the experts at DigitalCameraReview, thanks in large part to its weatherized exterior and good image production.


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