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Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera Body Only - Black

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  • 16 MP CMOS APS‐C Sensor
  • Full HD Video (codec H.264) for high quality video clips
  • Continous shooting 6 frames/sec
  • Weather Resistant, 81 protection joins for a complete protection of the electronic circuits against splashing water, snow, dust and sand
  • 3 inch 920 000 points LCD Screen
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Pentax K-30 DSLR Camera Body Only - Black + Pentax smc DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Zoom Lens
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  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 7.1 x 9.7 cm ; 590 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.5 Kg
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 15612
  • ASIN: B00861DGIS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 May 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,450 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Product Description

The Pentax K-30

The Pentax K-30 has been developed to help SLR beginners easily capture high-quality 16 megapixel images with the assistance of its shake-reduction technology; the PENTAX K-30 combines the size of an entry-level DSLR with features more commonly found in advanced models. These features include a weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-proof body and a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of view. It also offers high-speed shooting of six images per second, a 1/6000 second high shutter speed, and a full-HD movie function. Together with a comfortable grip and a sporty, functional design, the K-30 guarantees a dependable, flawless performance every time.

The K-30 is available in a choice of three colours: Crystal White and Crystal Blue both with brilliant, glossy finishes; and Classic Black, for a more traditional SLR look.

High-resolution, low-noise, true-to-life image reproduction
High-resolution, low-noise, true-to-life image reproduction
The K-30 delivers super-high-resolution images

The K-30 incorporates the latest CMOS image sensor with a large image-capture area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high-speed image data readout to deliver super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with 16.28 effective megapixels. This image sensor is coupled with the PRIME M imaging engine for the recording of high-quality, full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 frames per second). The camera also minimises luminance noise at low sensitivities, while offering a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 (or even ISO 25600 when expanded via a custom function).

Sporty, functional design perfect for outdoor shooting
Weather Sealed, perfect for outdoor use
Weather Sealed, perfect for outdoor use

Thanks to the 81 seals set in its compact and lightweight body, the K-30 is built to be weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-proof with proven functionality in temperatures as low as -10°C making the K-30 perfect for outdoor use, whatever the weather. Its exterior has been designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor shooting: a large grip for a firm, secure hold of the camera; low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for firm hold of the camera during vertical-position shooting.

Optical finder with nearly 100% field of view

The K-30 is smaller and lighter than conventional mid-level models. However, it comes equipped with a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of view and approximately 0.92times maximum magnification (with a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. It delivers a clear view of the subject even in bright sunshine and eliminates parallax in the viewfinder image. The K-30 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding photographic situations, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the speed of the shutter release is critical. The K-30 accepts a PENTAX-original Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen to facilitate manual-focusing operation. The photographer can replace the standard focusing screen with one of the alternative screens available, including cross-lined and scale types, to accommodate more specialised photography.

Newly developed SAFOX IXi+ AF module for improved autofocus performance

The K-30 features the state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimise chromatic aberration in accordance with the characteristics of each individual lens. It also takes into account the light source at the time of shooting. Nine of its 11 sensor points have cross-type sensors to capture all kinds of subjects in sharp focus, while its spot beam projector assists the AF system in poorly lit locations. The K-3's AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas. A new select-area expansion function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighbouring focus sensors.

High-speed burst shooting at approximately six images per second
High-speed burst shooting at approximately six images per second
High-speed burst shooting at approximately six images per second

The K-30's high-speed burst shooting function allows the photographer to record active, fast-moving subjects in a series of images — at a maximum speed of six images per second (in the JPEG recording format).

Advanced Live View shooting with helpful features

Thanks to the latest CMOS image sensor and upgraded algorithm, the K-30 offers a clear, true-to-life Live-View image (at 60 frames per second). It also features a focus-assist function to improve manual-focusing accuracy, as well as a choice of three grid display patterns including Golden Section.

Full HD Video Mode
Full HD Video Mode
Full HD Video Mode

The Pentax K-30 includes Full HD Video Recording at 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) to capture high-quality movie clips. It uses H.264 Codec Recording Format to offer a choice of frame rate (30, 25 or 24 fps in full HD and up to 60 fps in HD resolution). The K-30 also includes in camera Video Editing and Interval Movie. The latter takes a series of images at a specified interval and makes a video clip (3 seconds to 24 hr).

Effortless, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

The K-30 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene including Portrait, Landscape, Macro and other distinctive shooting modes. This function will take care of shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. The K-30 also offers 19 Scene modes — including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette.

PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-assisting functions
PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-assisting functions
PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-assisting functions

The K-30 features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark or at night without supplementary flash illumination. This innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses – even those developed for film-format cameras. Thanks to the SR mechanism's flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-30 offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, including: an Automatic Horizon Correction function to assure high-precision image framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment; a Composition Adjustment function to allow minute adjustment of image alignment horizontally, vertically and rotationally; and an ASTROTRACER mode, to simplify astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.

A selection of image-processing tools for creative, personalised expression

The K-30 features the custom image function, which allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image. There is a choice of 11 custom images, including Bleach Bypass, to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures, and Cross Process to produce an eye-catching image with dramatic colours. It also offers a choice of 19 distinctive digital filters, including Miniature, which transforms an actual scene into what appears to be an image of miniature models. These filters add distinctive visual effects to captured images without the need for a computer. The user can further expand the creative possibilities by applying multiple filters to a single image

Box Contains

RECHARGEABLE L-ION BATTERY D-LI109
BATTERY CHARGER
AC PLUG CORD
PENTAX USB CABLE
PENTAX STRAP
SOFTWARE CD-R
PENTAX EYECUP FR
HOTSHOE COVER FK
BODY MOUNT COVER
Pentax K-30 Body Only


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
147 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kit at this price today 8 Sep 2012
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:18-55mm DAL Lens Kit
I have had the camera for over a month and have taken over 7000 photos with it, testing it extensively and this is my review based on my experiences. I am a hobby photographer, with about twenty five years' experience, coming from the old film SLRs, to a point and shoot and now I finally got the K30 as my first DSLR.

I did extensive research on this camera and the competitors before I got it, and there are many negatives and positives for each brand, which I will not go into here, but I will tell you why I chose the K30.

The main reasons were the proven sensor technology from the K-5, the cheapest weatherproof and most robust DSLR ever, and an improved AF system over the K-5.
The weatherproofing and excellent pictures are what drew me back to the K30 every time I considered the competitors.

Please note, the 18-135mm kit is resistant to dust and water, whereas the 18-55 WR kit lens is only resistant to water, and not dust. The AL lens pictured in the photo here at Amazon may be neither, and I would enquire before purchase to make sure. I purchased the kit in Germany with the 18-55 WR kit lens because I wanted to get a couple of other lenses as well and the budget did not allow the 18-135mm kit lens.

If I had to do it again, I would probably go for the 18-135mm off the bat, though the 18-55 kit, for the very cheap price does not disappoint.

Please be aware that this camera, even with the 18-55 kit, is not a travel compact camera. The 18-135mm is a tad larger than the 18-55 too. It is a good-sized and weight DSLR. If you are looking for a point and shoot or something you can stuff in your pocket this is not the camera you want.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Colour Name:Black| Size Name:18-55mm DAL Lens Kit|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Pentax K30 is effectively the cost-reduced version of the K5. They share the same excellent 16Mpixel sensor and automatic picture taking system, but the K30 has fewer controls and with the DA-L 18-55mm kit lens is significantly lighter than the K5 with the optically identical DA-WR 18-55mm kit lens. The Amazon blurb above is correct when the camera is used with the DA-L lens options offered.

The pictures are very, very good on both, sufficiently so that having used the K5 intensively in a wide range of conditions for a year and a half, and the K30 for almost a month I still cannot really tell the difference between the end results. At first I thought the brand new K30 was better, but after cleaning some hints of dirt off the front of the K5 lens and then shooting some A-B tests on a range of subjects it was obvious that there was no significant performance difference.

Ergonomics
. It is just a fraction small for my hands, but SWMBO found the lighter K30 nestles nicely and all the right controls just fell under her finger tips. She was delighted with how easy it was to use.
. The `Green' function is sufficient for the vast majority of point-and-shoot photography that one is likely to attempt, ideal for a novice DSLR user, and makes amazingly good pictures from a wide range of conditions.
. The default auto-finding Auto-Focus is a bit of a pain - it prefers to focus on nearest objects and not my subject, but I simply selected centre zone on the menu and that works a treat, same as with the K5.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great camera at an incredible price 10 Dec 2012
Colour Name:White| Size Name:Body Only|Verified Purchase
It's just a k-5 with cheaper case, without the top LCD panel. But it retains its best qualities: an incredible sensor, the weather resistant properties and a fantastic viewfinder. On the plus side, it can be powered with 4 AA batteries with a non included accesory. I bought the Maksina brand one which just does the job.

The only flaw I found so far, a minor one, is that the memory card isn't too easy to extract, due to the rubber sealing of its compartment.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kit at this price today 7 Sep 2012
Colour Name:Black|Size Name:18-55mm WR Lens Kit
I have had the camera for over a month and have taken over 7000 photos with it, testing it extensively and this is my review based on my experiences. I am a hobby photographer, with about twenty five years' experience, coming from the old film SLRs, to a point and shoot and now I finally got the K30 as my first DSLR.

I did extensive research on this camera and the competitors before I got it, and there are many negatives and positives for each brand, which I will not go into here, but I will tell you why I chose the K30.

The main reasons were the proven sensor technology from the K-5, the cheapest weatherproof and most robust DSLR ever, and an improved AF system over the K-5.
The weatherproofing and excellent pictures are what drew me back to the K30 every time I considered the competitors.

Please note, the 18-135mm kit is resistant to dust and water, whereas the 18-55 WR kit lens is only resistant to water, and not dust. The AL lens pictured in the photo here at Amazon may be neither, and I would enquire before purchase to make sure. I purchased the kit in Germany with the 18-55 WR kit lens because I wanted to get a couple of other lenses as well and the budget did not allow the 18-135mm kit lens.

If I had to do it again, I would probably go for the 18-135mm off the bat, though the 18-55 kit, for the very cheap price does not disappoint.

For those who like it short and sweet, in no particular order:

The good:

+ photo quality is fantastic

+ AF is quick and usually quite precise

+ menu is super and it is very easy to change all the parameters, two wheels also make this very easy and from the INFO button, you can change any parameter pretty much on the fly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Camera
Very good, efficient service. Have tried out camera in the garden and
am very pleased with it. Looking forward to using it more.
Published 1 month ago by Jean Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but make sure you get the WR lens version (The DAL lens isn't...
Pros: I can take photos when it’s snowing, or by the sea where there’s spray without worrying that the K-30 will be damaged. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good camera
This was a perfect upgrade for an ageing *istDL. Takes reliably better photos, and it's water resistant - though it's difficult to take good photos if it's raining!
Published 2 months ago by Vivstop
4.0 out of 5 stars perfect pentax (k30)?
perfect pentax (k30)? not entirely. as ever with pentax their own brand of lenses are (by and large.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by stefan 22
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Camera
I have owned this camera now for quite a few weeks having upgraded from a k-r. I really love it. It has many features only found on high end cameras. The anti-shake is brilliant. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased, ordered on the 25th October 2013 and delivered at 1100am...
Im pleased with this Camera,as my previous was a Pentax Film Camera. I had various Lenses which now fit the K-30 Camera.
Published 4 months ago by R. Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent camera
So i've had the camera for about five days now and can say that it's a brilliant camera. I've had various cameras before, to name a few, Olympus E500, Olympus E510, Nikon D5100,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. R. W. Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DSLR for photographers
Every camera brand has its pros and cons. Pentax makes cameras that are often weather sealed, comfortable to handle, have great picture quality, reliable and have in-body camera... Read more
Published 8 months ago by neoguri
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine
Am learning to use this camera at the moment, it was a gift from my wife, to stop me being bored when I retire.
Published 8 months ago by kinsella
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Pentax
Have previously owned a Pentax camera and appreciate the quality of the photos. The sharpness of details is very good and the use of the camera is not complicated.
Published 9 months ago by George
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