With a weather-resistant body and an impressive feature set, the Pentax K-30 is an entry-level DSLR that could just rival the big boys

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Pentax K-30 at a glance:

  • 16.3-million-pixel, APS-C-sized
  • CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-12,800, expandable to
  • ISO 25,600
  • Optical viewfinder with 100% field of view
  • Weather-sealed plastic body
  • 11-point AF with 9 cross-type points
  • Street price around £650

Pentax’s range of interchangeable-lens cameras of the past year have all demonstrated bold design ideas. The Pentax Q is the smallest interchangeable-lens camera currently available, while the K-01 is the only compact system camera to use an existing DSLR mount (Pentax K) and is labelled ‘for those interested in design’ (and consequently less for those who simply desire intuitive handling). Although Pentax was acquired by Ricoh during the development of the K-30, it is unlikely that Ricoh had much involvement in the design of the camera.

As a DSLR, the K-30 is more conventional in its design than the Q and K-01, but nevertheless entertains some design quirks, such as its angular edges and a dotted rubber and ridged left-hand side. With the K-r no longer in production (although it is still available in some shops), the Pentax K-30 is now one of two Pentax DSLR models, and sits below the K-5 as the entry-level model.

Compared to other brands, the K-30 is an ‘upper’ entry-level camera, competing against models such as the Nikon D5100, Canon EOS 650D and Sony Alpha 57. Traditionally, Pentax DSLRs have had the sort of controls, shooting modes and handling that serious photographers appreciate, and offer more for their money. We expect the K-30 to be no different.

  1. 1. Pentax K-30 at a glance:
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Astrotracer
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Metering
  8. 8. Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Dynamic range
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Our verdict
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  • kenneth Wikeroey

    Hello, I have the Sony Nex-5n with OLED Electronic Viewfinder.

    Very happy with it, when taking pictures.

    But not happy with video.

    If you look at this video;

    (Change quality to 1080 Full HD, look at it in full screen,
    and freeze it at e.g. 2:28, you will see the problem.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGs_F4Im … e=youtu.be

    Look at the clouds, and all the vertical lines ..

    If you look at the video in mp4 format just after uploading to your PC, it will be even worse.

    I installed DivX version 8.2.3. on my PC.
    That should include the latest and the greatest of all codecs.

    Didnt help.

    It looks like .MP4 is 1440 x 1080 and .MTS is 1920 x 1080.

    Both gives verical lines.

    I have also tried VGA resolution, 640 x 480.

    It is even worse than the other two.

    Now, I am uploading it to youtube for all to see; It is an easy way to show you the quality. So, please dont get hung up in youtube, or not youtube. It is just as terrible when playing it with the Divx Player.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWhru_rc … e=youtu.be

    I have played it on another PC too. Terrible there as well.

    A video (VGA) from a HTC desire mobile phone has a wonderful quality on my PC.

    Does anyone know how to fix this?