Pentax K-30 16MP mid-level DSLR

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Pentax K-30 16MP
weather-sealed mid-level DSLR

 May 21, 2012
Pentax K-30 16MP mid-level DSLR A great entry for hobbyists looking to purchase a DSLR for the first time, or photographers who need a newer camera with a more rugged construction and larger sensor. With a fast 6 frames per second and built-in sensor shift image stabilization, it will easily catch your kids playing in the big game, or the hummingbird that visits your feeder. You'll also be able to shoot worry-free due to the K-30's full weather sealing that allows for use in any weather condition, including below-freezing temperatures of 14 F!

With 16 megapixels, and a maximum resolution of 4928 x 3264, you'll also have free reign to print enlargements, easily up to 11 x 14" and beyond, to hang up in the living room or a home office. Should a single image not be able to fully capture the moment, you can even switch to video mode, with live view, and capture stunning 1080p Full HD clips of every detail--to relive whenever you want, even on a big-screen TV.

For a bit of creative freedom, there are several different capture modes that can be used to define your unique style as a photographer, including: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, and even HDR (High Dynamic Range). With just three exposures the camera can capture and align the images by pixel to create HDR images with ease.

No matter where you take the K-30 you can be sure it has enough power by using the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, or the optional AA Battery Holder (sold separately). With the AA Battery Holder you can use any AA batteries to power the camera when an outlet is nowhere in sight. Get the best of both world via the included rechargeable lithium0ion battery, or run into any convenience store to grab AA batteries when you need a last-minute power source.

High performance 16Mp Sensor The 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor records image resolutions of up to 16M (4928 x 3264), and down to 5M (2688 x 1792). Of the four available resolutions, you can decide to record several file formats, including: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, and PIM III.

Full 1080p HD Video Record Full HD 1080p video that features h.264 compression, flexible exposure control, and HDR finishing options. The highest resolution recorded is 1920 x 1080p with 30, 25, or 24 frames per second. These video clips are then compressed and saved in MOV or MPEG-4 AVC (h.264) formats

Image Capture and Processing While the K-30's PRIME M image processing engine has been optimized for video shooting modes, it also captures outstanding still images at up to 6 frames per second in continuous shooting mode. Ensuring all of these images are properly focused, the advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine features an AF assist lamp, light source sensor, and improved optical components. This 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system features a light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens. The highly accurate 77 segment metering system ensures your images from the K-30 will have accurate exposure, even in complex lighting conditions. It also has exposure bracketing: with 3 frames, up to +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps

3.0" Wide-Angle Display and Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder The large 3 inch LCD on the back of the K-30 camera body is wide angle viewable, and features 921,000 dots of resolution. Live View on this screen has focus peaking highlights in-focus surfaces for fast and accurate manual or autofocus. Allowing for both methods of composition, the K-30 also features a low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder. It achieves a 100% optical field of view and has a magnification of 0.92x

Convenient Power Supplies Compatible with both rechargeable Li-Ion and AA batteries (via the optional AA battery holder, sold separately), you can easily find replacement batteries for your Pentax K-30, should you run out of charge while in the field.

Worry-Free Weather Sealing With a fully weather sealed camera body, you can shoot in poor weather conditions worry-free, or shoot sports in otherwise treacherous conditions for any other camera. The K-30 also features a rugged cold-proof design that even allows for sub-freezing use--so you can even shoot winter sports in frigid and snowy conditions.

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Specifications
Body type Mid-size SLR  
Sensor
Max resolution 4928 x 3264  
Other resolutions 4224 x 2816, 3456 x 2304, 2688 x 1792  
Image ratio w:h 3:2  
Effective pixels 16.3 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 16.5 megapixels  
Sensor size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Processor Prime M  
Image
ISO Auto, 100 to 12800, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps (25600 Extended)  
White balance presets 9  
Custom white balance Yes (3)  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Good, Better, Best  
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
 
Digital zoom No  
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 11  
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 mount  
Focal length multiplier 1.5  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 921,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)  
Viewfinder coverage 100 %  
Viewfinder magnification 0.92  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash range 12 m (at ISO 100)  
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless  
Continuous drive Yes (6, 3 fps)  
Self-timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
 
Exposure compensation 5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Format
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
 
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)  
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI No  
Remote control Yes (optional, wired or wireless)  
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Weather and dust resistant)  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable battery & charger or 4 x AA batteries (with the optional AA battery holder D-BH109)  
Battery Life (CIPA) 410  
Weight (inc. batteries) 650 g (1.43 lb / 22.93 oz)  
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 2.8")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording Yes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)  
GPS Optional  
GPS notes O-GPS1


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