Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body with Lens Kit) - 15624

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on 9/7/2012

I received mine a little more than an hour ago and have not done extensive tests yet because I am waiting for the battery to charge. I already own a K5 and a KX and I have previously owned the K100 and K20 models. The K5 was the first model that I felt truly competed with the Nikon and Canon crowd. It handles noise extremely well and most reliably up to 1600 ISO and its DXO rating is tops in its class. I us it for wedding photography and it is capable for well-lit interiors but I have seen results from recent Canon and nikon models that have been making me drool over the low-light results. It is only for that reason - low-light shooting - that I took a flier on the K30. I am blown away by the results. The low-light capability is incredible and I am very, very pleased. I shot 4 test shots starting at ISO 12,800 and going down to ISO 1600, room light only, tungsten white balance, hand-held, JPEG only (medium resolution, which was the default setting). Not only was I blown away by the noise handling, but also by the image stabiliazation. I have found my new work horse for indoor low-light photography! Read More

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Pentax K-30 DSLR

by Dave on 10/8/2012

Love this camera so far. Waited for Pentax to come out with an affordable DSLR so I could use some of my already existing lenses - nice thing about Pentax. The camera feels good in my hands, is easy to use, and takes great pictures and video. Read More

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Product Overview

NEVER TAKE A RAIN CHECK.



Thanks to the K-30, for the first time in a long time location doesn’t matter. Whether it’s a sandy day at the beach or a trek into the wet rainforests of Belize, the K-30 is the ideal DSLR camera to capture your memories regardless of your location or the elements you face. Its weather sealed body and intuitive ergonomics give you the flexibility and comfortability to shoot what you want, when you want and where you want.

Weather Sealing
Full weather sealing throughout the entire body ensures worry-free use in any weather condition.

CMOS Image Sensor
A high performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor strikes the perfect balance between resolution and image quality.

PRIME M image processing engine
PRIME M image processing engine is optimized for HD video capture, smooth live view, low chromatic noise, and low energy consumption.

Pentaprism Viewfinder
Low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder, with interchangeable focusing screens, achieves a 100% optical field of view for framing accuracy in a highly compact form factor.

Advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine
Advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine, with AF assist lamp and light source detection sensor, features improved optical components, including a diffraction lens, for responsive autofocus in any lighting.

Sensor-Shift Shake and Dust Reduction
PENTAX sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction technology ensures sharp, image stabilized, auto-leveled, and dust-free imaging with any mounted lens.

Coldproof
Rugged coldproof design is ideal for use in sub-freezing, wet, snowy winter conditions (-10C, 14F).

Large 3 inch LCD
Large 3 inch LCD with brightness and color adjustments is wide angle viewable, and features 921,000 dots of resolution.

Low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder
Low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder, with interchangeable focusing screens, achieves a 100% optical field of view for framing accuracy in a highly compact form factor.

6 frames per second continuous shooting
Freeze the action with a fast 6 frames per second continuous shooting mode and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speed.

1080p video
Full 1080p HD video capture at 30 frames per second (60 FPS for 720p) features efficient h.264 compression, flexible exposure control, and HDR finishing options for stunning video quality.

ISO speeds up to 25600
ISO speeds up to 25600 maximize shutter speeds and flash effective range while minimizing image noise in low lighting.

Specifications

Manufacturer Pentax Imaging
Mfg Part# 15624
SKU 231953622
UPC 027075217317
UPC 14 00027075217317
Features
16.3Mp APS-C CMOS Image Sensor
Full 1080p HD Video h.264 Compression
PRIME M Processing Optimized for Video
Advanced SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus
Large Wide Angle Viewable 3.0" LCD
77 Segment Metering System
Continuous 6 FPS Shooting
ISO Expandable to 25600
Programmable Front and Rear E-Dials
Uses Rechargeable Li-Ion or AA batteries
What’s in the Box
Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR
USB Cable I-USB7
Battery Charger Kit K-BC109
Hotshoe Cover FK
Body Mount Cover
Focusing Screen MF-60 Frame Matte
Li-Ion Battery D-LI109
Strap O-ST53
Eyecup FR
Finder Cap for ME
Software CD-ROM
Tech Specs
Sensor
Type: CMOS w primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C)
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels (total pixels): 16.3 MP (16.5 MP)
Dust Removal: Sensor movement w SP coating on low pass filter
Pixel mapping: Yes
Lens
Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Focus System
Type: SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system w light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens
Sensitivity range: EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)
Focus modes: AF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus point adjustment: Auto 11 pt, Auto 5 pt, User-Selectable (w Expanded Area AF), Center
AF assist: Yes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
Focus peaking: Yes (n/a while video is actively recording)
Viewfinder
Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.92X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital
LCD Monitor
Type: 3.0” TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Resolution: 921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes
Flash
Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number: 12m (ISO 100)
Coverage: 28mm wide angle equivalent
Flash modes: On, Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV (1/2 steps)
External Flash
Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Storage Media
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Interfaces
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, cable switch
Video out: NTSC, PAL
Microphone: Built-in monaural
Power Supply
Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (included), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4* AA batteries (sold separately)
Recordable images: Li-Ion approx 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA), AA lithium approx 1600 (1000 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Li-Ion approx 270 min, AA lithium approx 620 min
Movie recording time: 25 min max time per clip
AC adapter available: Yes (sold separately)
Physical Specs
Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8”
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 20.8 oz
Loaded and ready: 22.9 oz (Li-Ion)
Primary construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Operating temperature: 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Ruggedized features: Fully weather sealed throughout body, coldproof
Language
Support English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-shift SR w rotational compensation (3 stops max)
Metering System
Type: TTL open aperture 77 segment metering
Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Metering patterns (multi, center, spot): Multi 77, Center, Spot
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes
Exposure bracketing: 3 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: 100-12800 (1/1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to 100-25600, auto range selectable
Manual: 100-12800 (1/1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expandable to 100-25600
White Balance
Type: Image sensor detection w light wavelength sensor assist
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
Manual mode(s): 3 manual and 3 Kelvin temperature presets, copy WB settings from a captured image available
WB fine adjustment: +/- 7 steps A-B axis or G-M axis
Shutter
Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/6000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Capture Modes
Mode selection: Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Hyper Manual (M), Bulb (B), User (U1, U2), Scene (SCN), Auto Picture (AUTO), Movie
Auto Picture modes: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Custom Image modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Face detection available: Yes
PASMB: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic range adjustment: Highlight, shadow
Digital level: Viewfinder (horizontal), LCD (horizontal, vertical), SR auto-level function
File/Folder customization: Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright
Drive Modes
Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, standard, timer, remote)
Continuous FPS
Continuous Hi: Approx 6.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
Continuous Lo: Approx 3.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)
Multi-exposure: 2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment
Interval: 999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay
HDR: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, pixel alignment, exposure bracket +/- 1-3 EV (1/1 steps)
Cable switch: Yes (available separately)
Playback Modes
Mode selection: One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram, bright/dark indication, copyright info), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 16X, scrollable, quick magnification), Image Rotation, Calendar Filmstrip, Display, Folder, Slideshow, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data), Save RAW Data From JPG (if available in buffer memory)
Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Image Comparison, Protect, DPOF, Movie Edit, Extract JPG from Movie
Digital filters (playback): Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Watercolor, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fisheye, Slim, Base Parameter Adj
File Formats
Recorded resolutions: 16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792)
Quality levels: *** Best, ** Better, * Good
File formats: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Color space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
Custom Functions
Functions available: 23
Product Attributes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 16.3
Focus Mode Auto
Image Format Raw
Image Stabilization Type Optical
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 60
Minimum Aperture f/3.5
Resolution 4928 x 3264
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