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Pentax K-30 review

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As part of our image quality testing for the Pentax K-30, we've shot our resolution chart with a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Pentax K-30 is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

JPEG images

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 100, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 200, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 400, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 800, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 6400, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 12,800, score: 18 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review sensitivty and resolution

ISO 25,600, score: 16 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Raw files

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 100, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 200, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 400, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 800, score: 24 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 1600, score: 22 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 6400, score: 20 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 12,800, score: 18 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Pentax K 30 review resolution and sensitivity

ISO 25,600, score: 16 (Click here for the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMINo
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourWhite
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NamePentax
DurabilityDust Proof, Weather Resistant, Cold Proof
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Time Lapse Function, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Weight (Approximate)590 g
Image Sensor Size23.70 mm x 15.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height96.5 mm
Width128.5 mm
Depth71.5 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelK-30
Product NameK-30 The Outdoor SLR
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part Number15667
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

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.

Package Contents
  • K-30 The Outdoor SLR
  • Li-ion Battery DLI-109
  • Battery Charger D-BC109
  • AC Plug Cord D-CO2E
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Strap O-ST53
  • Eyecup
  • Hot Shoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Software Media
Limited Warranty1 Year