This new mid-level model offers all standard SLR features and outstanding operability. All of that packed in a compact, weather-resistant, dustproof and lightweight body for worry-free outdoor photography.
This model is developed to help SLR beginners easily capture high-quality shake-reduced 16 megapixel images. The PENTAX K-30 combines a compact, lightweight body, equal in size to entry-class models. Many of its advanced features are found only in upper-class models, such as a weather-resistant, dustproof, cold-proof body and a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of view. It also offers such handy features as a high-speed shooting of six images per second, a 1/6000 second high shutter speed, and a full-HD movie function. Coupled with a grip providing a firm, comfortable hold of the camera, and a sporty, functional design, it assures dependable, flawless performance on the field. It even offers a choice of three body colors: Crystal White and Crystal Blue, with brilliant, glossy finishes reminiscent of an exclusive sports car’s finish; and Classic Black, for a traditional, classy SLR look.
Pros: Ergonomic design is easy to handle, fits even larger hands well. Individual settings have guides and/or explanations on the LCD of the camera that make it very easy to use, the LCD even shows you which dial to turn to make the changes you wish. Image quality is excellent, noise is practically non-existient up to ISO 1600 (ISO tops out at 25,600). The camera is weather sealed, even the SD card compartment shows evidence of the seals. Dedicated buttons for ISO, White Balance, Flash control and Timer functions, as well as exposure comp. You can even save RAW data for the last image captured with the press of a button. Has Sensitivity Priority (Sv), which is getting harder to find. Can use AA batteries with the optional holder, a great feature to have if your primary battery is exhausted as AA batteries are easy to find. The blue color looks good and stands out against all of the standard black DSLRs out there. I have 2 other DSLRs and 1 MILC and this Pentax seems to offer a lot of features for the price.
Cons: None to speak of so far.
Other Thoughts: New Egg is awesome as usual. The first camera I received showed a spot on the sensor; activating the sensor-shake cleaning function did not remove it. Contacted New Egg for an RMA; had a new unit in my hands in 8 business days, that includes shipping time both ways. Outstanding customer service. I must have got one that slipped through quality control at Pentax the first time, as the new one shows no evidence of sensor spots.
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“Ergonomic design is easy to handle, fits even larger hands well. Individual settings have guides and/or explanations ...”— jjzone 3/8/2013