Pentax K-30 16.3 Megapixel Digital SLR Reviews Roundup

On May 21 2012, Pentax announced the 16.28 Megapixels weather and dust resistant DSLR camera - the PENTAX K-30. It features a compact & lightweight body, 16.28 Megapixels CMOS sensor, new SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module with 9 cross points out of 11, and the 81 seals weather, dust and cold resistant body. It also comes with a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, high-speed burst shooting at 6 fps, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, dual electronic dials to access to exposure control and several Auto Picture and scene modes, as well as a 3-inch 920K LCD display, an ISO range reaching to 25,600, and 1080P video at 30fps (30, 25, 24, and 60fps at 720P). It is compatible with all PENTAX K-mount lenses.

The K-30 features the Auto Picture mode, which analyzes a scene then automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from Portrait, Landscape, Macro as well as others. It also offers 19 creative Scene modes, including Night Scene Portrait, Pet, Backlight Silhouette, etc. The new K-30 is available in three body colors: Crystal White, Crystal Blue, and traditional Black. The K-30 is listed for $849.95 body only, and $899.95 for the kit including the DA L 18-55mm zoom lens.

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Pentax K-3 Camera Reviews Roundup


Steve's Digicam - Mar 20 2014
"Our outdoor sample images from the Pentax K-3 showed us the high quality that we were hoping to see. Exposures and colors both excelled in the challenging snowy conditions. You can see the excellent exposure for our main subject (the cannon) in our cannon shot, with nothing else in the image blown out, a common problem in that image. There is full detail in..." More »
Not Rated
Pocket-lint - Feb 16 2014
"Pentax has been a champion around the 16-megapixel mark in our opinion, and it seems the push in resolution in the K-3 pushes things both forwards and backwards. It's a bit of a tug-o-war depending on whether you need to shoot predominantly in low-light or not. Because elsewhere images are rather glorious. Colour fidelity is second to none, with warm reds a..." More »
90out of 100
Amateur Photographer - Jan 11 2014
"You would expect a 23.35-million-pixel sensor with no anti-aliasing filter to produce fantastically detailed images, and the K-3 doesn't disappoint. The camera comes close to scoring a perfect 40 on our lens chart, which is something that, so far, only the Nikon D800/E and digital medium-format cameras have achieved. In fact, it is possible to make out all..." More »
85out of 100
Imaging Resource - Jan 01 2014
"Straight away, I noticed that the Pentax K-3 has a noticeable advantage in the autofocus department. And I'm not just talking about the much denser array of autofocus points, although these are great to have. (I had to reframe images far less often with the K-3, simply because there was more frequently an autofocus point already right over the critical port..." More »
Not Rated
Reviewed - Dec 14 2013
"Even though Ricoh is a niche player in the DSLR market these days, you have to admire the company's tenacity. With the dim days of Hoya's neglect behind it, the Pentax brand deserves to finally get some attention in camera shops--the K-3 is camera that needs to be seen and held to be fully understood. It's easy to look at black, DSLR-shaped bodies and assum..." More »
92out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Dec 11 2013
"We've reported above on the Imatest results we obtained when we tested the impact the selectable AA filter simulations had on image resolution. These tests were conducted early in the test period and all subsequent shots were taken with the AA filter simulator switched off to enable the camera to display its full potential. The camera was reviewed with the..." More »
90out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Dec 07 2013
"Thanks to the jump in resolution from 16.2MP up to 23MP, and no doubt thanks to the removal of the anti-alias filter, the Pentax K-3 promises some impressive results with regards to image quality and in particular resolution. The good news is that in terms of resolution the camera delivers on this promise. The level of detail resolved is first class, nearly..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - Dec 01 2013
"The Pentax K-3 is the most full-featured prosumer DSLR camera on the market, but not only that, it also delivers great performance, weather-resistant build quality, slick handling and excellent image quality too. The K-3 certainly has what it takes to compete with its main rivals, the Canon EOS 70D and Nikon D7100. The Pentax K-3 builds on the proven handli..." More »
100out of 100
NeoCamera - Nov 30 2013
"The Pentax K-3 brings an unprecedented feature-set to digital cameras. Having a unique Anti-Alias Simulation plus 4K Time-Lapse Video on top inheriting most features from the K-5 IIs makes it an incredibly capable and versatile camera. Packing so many features also means a new height of complexity. As Ricoh's first DSLR, the K-3 delivers a powerful statemen..." More »
100out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Nov 30 2013
"The K-3 is Pentax's latest flagship DSLR and in typical Pentax fashion offers a lot of performance and features at a relatively bargain price, including weather sealing and a continuous high-speed shooting capability in excess of 8 frames per second. The camera is compatible with Pentax lenses going back decades and because stabilization is built into the c..." More »
90out of 100
Phoblographer - Nov 29 2013
"The overall image quality of the Pentax K3 is not something to complain about unless you're one of those types that really just likes complaining. Indeed, the image quality from the K3 is rather remarkable. The 23.35MP APS-C sensor inside lacks an AA filter to deliver sharper images. So if you want the filter, you'll need to enable the digital simulation th..." More »
Not Rated
PentaxForums - Nov 23 2013
"The Pentax K-3 is a pleasure to use, and it has exceeded our expectations in many ways.  We think that this will be a dream camera for many enthusiast photographers, but it will certainly not be out of reach at its reasonable price of $1299.  With the K-3, Pentax has successfully improved on their old flagship and addressed virtually all of the ge..." More »
88out of 100
PCMag - Nov 22 2013
"I used Imatest to analyze images captured with the K-3 in our test studio. This review is of the K-3 as a body only, but it's also available in a kit with an 18-135mm lens. Pentax supplied its lineup of HD Limited prime lenses for review, including the only zoom in that series, the HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 ED Limited DC WR. I also used Imatest to check images c..." More »
90out of 100
ePhotoZine - Nov 15 2013
"The SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL DC WR was supplied with the camera and it is an ideal companion for it. Clearly the lens has enough reserve resolution to handle the increased pixel count and it performs better with the K-3 than with the K-5 cameras. CA seems reduced and images are cleaner. It would confirm that it is the combination of sensor a..." More »
100out of 100
Phoblographer - Nov 09 2013
"The K3 and Pentax's system is one that we always feel takes a bit more time to get used to every time a review unit comes in. Once you can access anything and everything that you really need though, it's all gravy. However, all the absolute critical information that you need is nearly always displayed at the back of the camera. We really wish that Pentax pu..." More »
Not Rated
TechRadar - Oct 16 2013
"It is obviously difficult to give any indication on image quality and so on at this stage of a review, but we do have fairly high hopes for the Pentax K-3, given the new Sony designed 24 million-pixel sensor. We'll also be keen to test the anti-aliasing simulator, as this could be an excellent combination of fine detail resolution and moire patterning reduc..." More »
Not Rated
CNET AU - Oct 12 2013
"Like these earlier cameras (and the Nikon D7100), the K-3's new 24-megapixel sensor drops the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) entirely. But sometimes you want the slight blurring effect of the OLPF, especially if you know moire will be a problem -- and Pentax takes a novel approach to addressing that concern. The K-3 can use its sensor-shift shake reduction..." More »
Not Rated

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User Review of the camera - Pentax K-30

  • amazon
    amazon 2014-04-13 07:00
    Pentax K-30, Karen
    Verified Purchase(
    First of all I get many compliments on the beauty of this camera. I had a film Pentax with some pretty high quality lenses but when digital cameras came on the scene I was told to "Give it all away. It is obsolete, useless and worthless." I hung on to it with the hope of getting a digital to use with the lenses but was told by every camera shop I spoke to - "It can't be done." Still I hung on. Then 2 years ago I saw a girl with a digital Pentax with old lenses and I asked her about it. "Oh, it works great! My mom has been using this for a couple of years. Takes great photos." So I started looking at cameras again and again met the same response. So I went to Amazon and started looking at Pentax digital camera bodies. In March, I found this and kept coming back to look until I finally gave in and ordered it. It arrived sooner than the date predicted and it was beautiful! I cleaned up my old lenses - they had been in storage - and set them on, but couldn't get the shutter to work. Went on line and researched 'using old manual lenses on new digital cameras' and learned that they work, work great and take great photos....Three days after I got the camera I was taking Aurora photos! Still have a lot to learn but looking forward to it....
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-04-13 07:00
    Pentax K-30, Karen
    First of all I get many compliments on the beauty of this camera. I had a film Pentax with some pretty high quality lenses but when digital cameras came on the scene I was told to "Give it all away. It is obsolete, useless and worthless." I hung on to it with the hope of getting a digital to use with the lenses but was told by every camera shop I spoke to - "It can't be done." Still I hung on. Then 2 years ago I saw a girl with a digital Pentax with old lenses and I asked her about it. "Oh, it works great! My mom has been using this for a couple of years. Takes great photos." So I started looking at cameras again and again met the same response. So I went to Amazon and started looking at Pentax digital camera bodies. In March, I found this and kept coming back to look until I finally gave in and ordered it. It arrived sooner than the date predicted and it was beautiful! I cleaned up my old lenses - they had been in storage - and set them on, but couldn't get the shutter to work. Went on line and researched 'using old manual lenses on new digital cameras' and learned that they work, work great and take great photos....Three days after I got the camera I was taking Aurora photos! Still have a lot to learn but looking forward to it....
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-03-30 07:00
    Nice DSLR well worth the cost, William W. Whelan "Wiz"
    Verified Purchase(
    Purchased as a gift for my daughter, Price was right as a discontinued model. After buying it price came down on the K50. Had I known would have gotten it. But the K30 is a great camera. Does most everything the K50 does and almost everything the K5 does.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-03-30 07:00
    Nice DSLR well worth the cost, William W. Whelan "Wiz"
    Purchased as a gift for my daughter, Price was right as a discontinued model. After buying it price came down on the K50. Had I known would have gotten it. But the K30 is a great camera. Does most everything the K50 does and almost everything the K5 does.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-03-21 07:00
    Almost 5 stars, but..., R. Cox "Fishing Crazy"
    Verified Purchase(
    I got the camera along with the water resistant lenses I ordered and started shooting pictures at my son's baseball games and on our family summer vacation. I was really happy with the camera and quality of shots I was getting; however, when football season came around I started having issues with my camera. One shot would be fine, then one would be dark and the next one might be over exposed. I was dreading having to ship my camera off for repairs because I needed it and didn't want to be without it for weeks, or even months. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I called Ricoh and got someone here in the states who gave me the address for the service department which was in Arizona. I shipped it out on a Friday and the very next Friday I called to see if they had at least looked at the camera yet. The man I talked to was very polite and to my surprise informed me the camera had been repaired, shipped and that would be receiving it the following Tuesday. Yes, it only took 11 days form the day I shipped it to the day I received it back in like new condition. They had to replace the aperture control unit, which I read has been a problem with the K-30 models. Hopefully the new aperture control unit will last a lot longer than the original one and I will continue to get great pictures for years to come.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-03-21 07:00
    Almost 5 stars, but..., R. Cox "Fishing Crazy"
    I got the camera along with the water resistant lenses I ordered and started shooting pictures at my son's baseball games and on our family summer vacation. I was really happy with the camera and quality of shots I was getting; however, when football season came around I started having issues with my camera. One shot would be fine, then one would be dark and the next one might be over exposed. I was dreading having to ship my camera off for repairs because I needed it and didn't want to be without it for weeks, or even months. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I called Ricoh and got someone here in the states who gave me the address for the service department which was in Arizona. I shipped it out on a Friday and the very next Friday I called to see if they had at least looked at the camera yet. The man I talked to was very polite and to my surprise informed me the camera had been repaired, shipped and that would be receiving it the following Tuesday. Yes, it only took 11 days form the day I shipped it to the day I received it back in like new condition. They had to replace the aperture control unit, which I read has been a problem with the K-30 models. Hopefully the new aperture control unit will last a lot longer than the original one and I will continue to get great pictures for years to come.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-02-15 08:00
    Just what I wanted, Michael Ricks
    Verified Purchase(
    This has all the features I wanted. I have a K1000 and waited for years for Pentax to make a digital SLR. I bought the istDL a few years back, and loved it. I got my Daughter-in-law a Pentax 2 years ago and liked the new features it offered. The reason I stay with Pentax is the lenses have always stayed with the K mount. This make it easy to change out the body. This camera is not too heavy, very speedy shutter speed, and for me is much more powerful than I need. (But its nice to have all that when I want it). Also it is fun to experiment with the different settings.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-02-15 08:00
    Just what I wanted, Michael Ricks
    This has all the features I wanted. I have a K1000 and waited for years for Pentax to make a digital SLR. I bought the istDL a few years back, and loved it. I got my Daughter-in-law a Pentax 2 years ago and liked the new features it offered. The reason I stay with Pentax is the lenses have always stayed with the K mount. This make it easy to change out the body. This camera is not too heavy, very speedy shutter speed, and for me is much more powerful than I need. (But its nice to have all that when I want it). Also it is fun to experiment with the different settings.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-15 08:00
    I love it, Yachao Lu
    Verified Purchase(
    Color is the very first point I like! Although white seems like a sense of feeling of plastic, but I think most of you will like this Digital SLR
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-15 08:00
    I love it, Yachao Lu
    Color is the very first point I like! Although white seems like a sense of feeling of plastic, but I think most of you will like this Digital SLR
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-14 08:00
    Incredible photo quality, Nurse 727 "SWFL Mom"
    Verified Purchase(
    This was an upgrade from the Pentax K10d.
    Very sturdy and well made.
    Produces high quality photos.
    Has many options and functions not even listed in the specs.
    Great video quality and sound quality.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-14 08:00
    Incredible photo quality, Nurse 727 "SWFL Mom"
    This was an upgrade from the Pentax K10d.
    Very sturdy and well made.
    Produces high quality photos.
    Has many options and functions not even listed in the specs.
    Great video quality and sound quality.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-13 08:00
    I love it, Jeriame Zenzayer "jzenzayer"
    Verified Purchase(
    I did a lot of research on this camera before buying it as a gift for my wife, and although I have yet to test the weather resistance (bought a WR lens to match), I am impressed with the level of detail, sharpness, clarity, and color vibrancy. (I know... My photography lingo needs work :)
    My wife complains of it's learning curve, but since she is used to simple point-and-shoot cameras, and we are both DSLR newbies, this is a non-factor in my rating.
    That being said, I have learned the foundations of good photography (ISO/Aperature/Shutter speed) and find myself opting for the manual setting over the auto settings in just about every situation now! I love it.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-13 08:00
    I love it, Jeriame Zenzayer "jzenzayer"
    I did a lot of research on this camera before buying it as a gift for my wife, and although I have yet to test the weather resistance (bought a WR lens to match), I am impressed with the level of detail, sharpness, clarity, and color vibrancy. (I know... My photography lingo needs work :)
    My wife complains of it's learning curve, but since she is used to simple point-and-shoot cameras, and we are both DSLR newbies, this is a non-factor in my rating.
    That being said, I have learned the foundations of good photography (ISO/Aperature/Shutter speed) and find myself opting for the manual setting over the auto settings in just about every situation now! I love it.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-09 08:00
    Love this!, Carole A. Kenney
    Verified Purchase(
    This is the best camera I have ever owned and I have had many. I traded up from K10D. I never liked the K10 exposure metering. I always bracketed so I could get a decent shot.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-09 08:00
    Love this!, Carole A. Kenney
    This is the best camera I have ever owned and I have had many. I traded up from K10D. I never liked the K10 exposure metering. I always bracketed so I could get a decent shot.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-07 08:00
    I love this camera! My first dslr..., G. Hall "gregh"
    Verified Purchase(
    Ya know, I wrote a review on this a couple of months ago and I got something like 0 out of 2 people found this review helpful. :)
    Well??!!! What do you expect from a beginner to the dslr world. And I really hate these guys that ramble on about ISO and f this and f that, don't you? Like ' we ' in the common world know what in the world you're talking about. I do *NOW... but, not then and I found it to be quite irritating so, why don't you come off your rant and put it in language the rest of us can understand. And some do, don't get me wrong and we're all grateful. Anyway, I wrote I'd come back and edit my review so, here I am...
    Honestly, in my opinion, I think it's a great camera. I don't know exactly how it would stack up against others but, it is a great camera. I've heard it mentioned that you can't beat Japanese build quality. Which was one selling point for me. I didn't want something falling apart on me the first month of use. And it hasn't, still going strong. I haven't had one problem with it. Uh, well, something I did which was stupid... I got dust all over the sensor :| ... so, I bought some eclipse and some swabs and went to town, guess what, it worked, one beautiful, clean sensor now. No spots *at all.
    Ok, moving right along... I've taken something like 7000 photos so far and I don't honestly have any complaints. Like I was saying, I have nothing to compare them to. Ah, and all the ISO business and f this or that are all fun to play around with, by the way. I'm not completely up on it all yet, but I'm getting there. I just started playing around with *Raw mode. I don't get it yet, the picture I took in Raw/fx looks the same as the jpeg, of the same shot. Don't know, you got me.
    And I won't go into lenses here... quite honestly, I bought 4 great lenses. I'd read everyone's reviews closely on lens's, because there may be 400 good reviews, but one that you need to read that is a 1 star review. That's my opinion... I bought a 50mm, 18-85, 35mm and 55-300 and all work great... $800 for the lens's and $450 for the camera... not bad for a beginner kit.
    Ok, bottom line, why did I settle for this camera... well, once upon a time this was a $8 or $900 camera so, it's got to be worth something! I've heard it compared to high end cameras in picture quality... And honestly from the pictures I've taken I'd tend to agree. And like I mentioned, build quality... I don't want something breaking down on me anytime soon. if I can get great photos out of this camera and have a long life camera, then I think it's worth the $450 I dished out. And I'd read a whole lot of reviews before purchasing the k-30... I'm not going to mention any manufacturer's here, but some really seem to stink. I started out looking for an Olympus and for one reason or another decided against the brand. One thing or another led me to and back to the k-30. Not just the price, I would have held out if I honestly though I was buying a piece of junk.
    Ok, the downside to this camera is that it's not the newer 24mp cameras... if you can, go ahead and find a good 24mp camera. I tend to think I wished i'd held out for the Pentax k-3 but, I didn't. The $1000 price tag was just out of my reach at the time I bought the k-30.
    And it's probably a little slower than your high end cameras... not that it's sloowww but, it's still probably slower. You have to learn to use this camera to get the shots you're looking for. And if you do I think you'd be well pleased at $450. But, like I mentioned, if you can go ahead and get the k-3 or maybe just a different 24mp camera.
    Not that it seriously means anything to me at the moment but, I've taken like I said 7000 pictures and whether it be low light, inside, outside, in the shade, wherever... given you know your camera and how to set it for each given situation, I think you'd get the shot you're looking for.
    D o n ' t t r u s t *Auto Mode* It's not always the shot you're looking for ... even though they do have a basic scene mode where you can select, low light, sun behind object, portrait, moving object, etc.. These work pretty well or ok... but, you still have to learn to use the ole camera and get it out of AM into M mode.
    And it has a Dust Removal mode, mmm, not sure about this function. I'd just go ahead and buy some cleaning equipment. Quite a few settings but, not really that difficult to learn. You just have to keep at it and memorize where everthing is and what they all do by, practice and reading the ole manual.
    Ok, did I do well enough job putting things in down to earth terms here? What do you want me to say? That it's like really really fast and it takes great shots every time... not happenin'. You have to find the right settings, the right lighting, the right flash, etc. (lens).
    All in all I think it is a great first dslr even though, like I mentioned, I wish I'd held out for the k-3 at 24mp...
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-07 08:00
    I love this camera! My first dslr..., G. Hall "gregh"
    Ya know, I wrote a review on this a couple of months ago and I got something like 0 out of 2 people found this review helpful. :)
    Well??!!! What do you expect from a beginner to the dslr world. And I really hate these guys that ramble on about ISO and f this and f that, don't you? Like ' we ' in the common world know what in the world you're talking about. I do *NOW... but, not then and I found it to be quite irritating so, why don't you come off your rant and put it in language the rest of us can understand. And some do, don't get me wrong and we're all grateful. Anyway, I wrote I'd come back and edit my review so, here I am...
    Honestly, in my opinion, I think it's a great camera. I don't know exactly how it would stack up against others but, it is a great camera. I've heard it mentioned that you can't beat Japanese build quality. Which was one selling point for me. I didn't want something falling apart on me the first month of use. And it hasn't, still going strong. I haven't had one problem with it. Uh, well, something I did which was stupid... I got dust all over the sensor :| ... so, I bought some eclipse and some swabs and went to town, guess what, it worked, one beautiful, clean sensor now. No spots *at all.
    Ok, moving right along... I've taken something like 7000 photos so far and I don't honestly have any complaints. Like I was saying, I have nothing to compare them to. Ah, and all the ISO business and f this or that are all fun to play around with, by the way. I'm not completely up on it all yet, but I'm getting there. I just started playing around with *Raw mode. I don't get it yet, the picture I took in Raw/fx looks the same as the jpeg, of the same shot. Don't know, you got me.
    And I won't go into lenses here... quite honestly, I bought 4 great lenses. I'd read everyone's reviews closely on lens's, because there may be 400 good reviews, but one that you need to read that is a 1 star review. That's my opinion... I bought a 50mm, 18-85, 35mm and 55-300 and all work great... $800 for the lens's and $450 for the camera... not bad for a beginner kit.
    Ok, bottom line, why did I settle for this camera... well, once upon a time this was a $8 or $900 camera so, it's got to be worth something! I've heard it compared to high end cameras in picture quality... And honestly from the pictures I've taken I'd tend to agree. And like I mentioned, build quality... I don't want something breaking down on me anytime soon. if I can get great photos out of this camera and have a long life camera, then I think it's worth the $450 I dished out. And I'd read a whole lot of reviews before purchasing the k-30... I'm not going to mention any manufacturer's here, but some really seem to stink. I started out looking for an Olympus and for one reason or another decided against the brand. One thing or another led me to and back to the k-30. Not just the price, I would have held out if I honestly though I was buying a piece of junk.
    Ok, the downside to this camera is that it's not the newer 24mp cameras... if you can, go ahead and find a good 24mp camera. I tend to think I wished i'd held out for the Pentax k-3 but, I didn't. The $1000 price tag was just out of my reach at the time I bought the k-30.
    And it's probably a little slower than your high end cameras... not that it's sloowww but, it's still probably slower. You have to learn to use this camera to get the shots you're looking for. And if you do I think you'd be well pleased at $450. But, like I mentioned, if you can go ahead and get the k-3 or maybe just a different 24mp camera.
    Not that it seriously means anything to me at the moment but, I've taken like I said 7000 pictures and whether it be low light, inside, outside, in the shade, wherever... given you know your camera and how to set it for each given situation, I think you'd get the shot you're looking for.
    D o n ' t t r u s t *Auto Mode* It's not always the shot you're looking for ... even though they do have a basic scene mode where you can select, low light, sun behind object, portrait, moving object, etc.. These work pretty well or ok... but, you still have to learn to use the ole camera and get it out of AM into M mode.
    And it has a Dust Removal mode, mmm, not sure about this function. I'd just go ahead and buy some cleaning equipment. Quite a few settings but, not really that difficult to learn. You just have to keep at it and memorize where everthing is and what they all do by, practice and reading the ole manual.
    Ok, did I do well enough job putting things in down to earth terms here? What do you want me to say? That it's like really really fast and it takes great shots every time... not happenin'. You have to find the right settings, the right lighting, the right flash, etc. (lens).
    All in all I think it is a great first dslr even though, like I mentioned, I wish I'd held out for the k-3 at 24mp...
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-07 08:00
    Pentax K-30 (Blue, Body Only), G. Hall "gregh"
    First off, this is one beautiful camera! And I won't tell the name of the vendor here, because comments to the vendor don't belong here, they belong on their rating page. Well, in short, this to me is one awesome camera. I had to have read hundreds of reviews before buying this camera. And to be quite honest I'd started out looking for an Olympus. Well, like I was saying, I read hundreds of reviews and finally settled on this camera, the Pentax K-30. And If lo and un be knowing this camera in the long run turns out to be a flop, I'll try to come back and edit this review. I don't believe it will, because it had to many good reviews from people I believed to be reputable sources.
    This camera has sat in the box most of a week, because quite honestly, I didn't know how to use it. Soooo, I've been reading, reading, reading the manuals and finally, just barely, have been able to take my first photos today. Now, this is in Auto mode only so, bare with me here.
    I also purchased the *Pentax - SMC-P DA -L 55-300/4-5.8 ED Telephoto Zoom Lens, which I also read hundreds of reviews before purchasing. (I'm really not sure exactly how many reviews I've read. I've been searching for a camera for quite awhile and not to mention waiting to have the money to purchase one.)
    Between the camera itself and the lens, I tell you what, this thing makes some pretty amazing shots. So far I haven't even been out of the house. We have 2 cats and a dog, ha ha so, guess what the picture taking selections are for today. Anyway, the first photo I snapped, I was like, well, not sure about this. Anyway, I guess I'll go upload it on the computer and see. I was AMAzed! by the picture. *All the colors, the preciseness, the quality... it really stunned me, blew me away. Then I made more, most of them in pretty well lit rooms, meh, with the sun shining through a crack in the curtains and then one in a darker room. And don't get me to lying, did the onboard flash work, I don't have a clue... I think I got it to work. Never the less, it took some pretty awesome shots in the not so well lit room too.
    I think this camera is amazing. Their may be better, but it would *SERIOUSLY* blow me away to see photos made by them.
    Anyway, thank you for listening and I wish you the best of luck with your own camera purchase, not to mention lenses. Ah, well, so far the one lense is the only one that has arrived. They all should be here this week or in a few days, couple, one, which ever comes first. They are all Pentax...
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-04 08:00
    Great product!!!, raabana
    Verified Purchase(
    First of, I'm a novice photographer. Fresh of the boat!! I have been using it for a few months now. You'll can read the other reviews in regards to its features. But for me, this takes great pictures. It feels really nice, not bulky and too heavy. It's perfect!! I don't see too many Pentax around so it's make it even better. Pretty much exactly what I was was looking for.