Pentax K-30 review

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Pentax K 30 review

At the lower sensitivity settings the Pentax K-30 produces JPEGs that have plenty of detail and well-controlled noise, beating the Canon 650D, Nikon D3200 and Sony Alpha 37.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Pentax K 30 review

At ISO 100 and 200 the Pentax K-30's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) have a very high signal to noise ratio, indicating that they contain lots of detail and little noise. However, from around ISO 400 the performance dips below that of the Canon 650D and Sony Alpha 37, only just beating the results from the 24MP Nikon D3200.

JPEG dynamic range

Pentax K 30 review

Throughout most of the sensitivity range the Pentax K-30 produces JPEGS that are a good match for the Canon 650D for dynamic range. With a range of 10EV up to around ISO 1600, it's able to capture tonal gradations very well, but it doesn't score quite as highly as the Sony Alpha 37 or the Nikon D3200.

Raw dynamic range

Pentax K 30 review

Raw files (after conversion to TIFF) arguably reveal a camera's true dynamic range as they contain the maximum amount of data. With a range that almost reaches 13EV at the lowest sensitivity setting the K-30 really impresses and it suggests that the JPEG files are processed to give a contrast boost to produce more pleasing images straight from the camera.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution16.3 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
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 Address
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