Pentax Ricoh Imaging UK has tonight confirmed the launch of a new 16-million-pixel DSLR in the shape of the Pentax K-30.

[See end of article for official prices]

The K-30 features a 23.7×15.7mm imaging sensor, a burst rate of six [JPEG-format] frames per second and a top shutter speed of 1/6000sec.

Designed to be weather resistant, dustproof and ‘cold-proof’, the K-30’s body has 81 seals.

‘Its exterior has been designed to be both sporty and functional, for active outdoor shooting,’ said Pentax in a statement.

‘A large grip for a secure hold… a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for firm hold of the camera during vertical-position shooting.’

The K-30’s Safox IXi+ AF sensor system is claimed to deliver ‘improved AF performance’.

This includes the ability to ‘continue to track a moving subject, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area’.

The K-30 incorporates a new ‘select area expansion function’, and nine of the camera’s 11 sensor points have cross-type sensors, adds Pentax.

Firepower also includes an HD movie option (1920×1080 pixels), 19 digital filter effects (including miniature) and a top equivalent ISO sensitivity of 25,600 when expanded.

The K-30’s 3in LCD monitor carries a resolution of 921,000 dots.

An optional battery holder (D-BH109) will allow the camera to be powered by four AA batteries.

The K-30 is due to land in UK stores at the end of June, at a price yet to be confirmed, in a choice of black, white and blue finishes.

Pentax has also confirmed the imminent UK debut of a 50mm f/1.8 K-mount lens, designed to deliver the 35mm viewing-angle equivalent of a 76.5mm optic.

Built to be travel-friendly, the SMC Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8 weighs 122g.

Availability and price of the lens has yet to be confirmed.

Pentax UK has released this price list:


K30 Black Body – £599.99
K30 Black + DA L 18-55mm – £649.99
K30 Black + DA L18-55 mm + DA L 50-200 mm – £749.99
K30 Black + 18-135mm WR – £929.99
K30 Black + DA L 18-55 mm + DA L55-300 mm – £829.99           
K-30 Black + DA 18-55 WR – £679.99
K-30 Black + DA 18-55 WR + DA 50-200mm WR – £829.99
K30 WHITE Body – £599.99
K30 WHITE Z KIT + DA L18-55 mm – £649.99
K-30 WHITE + DA 18-55 WR – £679.99
K30 BLUE Body – £599.99
K30 BLUE + DA L 18-55 mm – £649.99

smc PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8: £249.99


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  • Brian Woolgar

    What a pity the K-30 appears to have a fixed LCD monitor. I would have bought it otherwise as it appears to have everything I want to tempt me to upgrade.

  • Peter Bower

    This new K-30 can only be good news for Pentax and Pentax fans. Its got a high spec and a realy attractive price. If IQ is as good as the K-5 then they have a winner.
    The weather resistant seals are an added bomus.
    Its small body looks quite angular and stylish but its not as ‘silly’ small as some DSLR’s from Sony and Nikon.

  • jose calil filho calil

    É uma pena que esta empresa não tenha interesse de investir aqui no Brasil,suporte ela tem e de sobra.Parabéns a Pentax cada vez melhor,mas só na Europa e na Ásia.

  • Photopop

    Oh dear, my first `walk` into photography was via a pentax Sia, no meter !
    True i went up to a Spotmatic but then Nikons became my future way ! Just obtained a Nikon D1500 and then this Pentax appears ! Cant go back to Pentax now….too many lenses……and a poor retired photographer…

  • Will

    599.99 for a weathersealed camera with pentaprism?! Amazing. The upgraded liveview with focus peaking could make this a fantastic partner for all those manual K-mount lenses…. *drools*…

  • Ian Bullivant

    Great one Pentax, spec great and camera looks cool as :+)