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

  • 2014-07-15 07:00
    Five Stars, John Mapes
    Verified Purchase(
    Excellent camera for the price
  • 2014-07-13 07:00
    Great Camera, Robert Stubblefield
    Verified Purchase(
    I purchased a K-30 for my wife and liked it so much I got one for myself. I could not find a DSLR camera with all the features it has for the price ($550-$600). It's fast, has a great burst rate, is weather-sealed, and light weight (for a digital). A great hikers camera. In RAW mode it is an excellent camera in low-light settings and has low noise even at ISO 1600. Styling is a little angular and off-putting for some. Poorest area for the K-30 is Video Mode as there is no dedicated button to immediately switch from still shot to video. For me - not a big deal.
  • 2014-06-11 07:00
    K-30, Carl J. Foreman "Carl J"
    Verified Purchase(
    An exceptional camera with lots of features. I'm still learning on how to use all of the features. The manual mode works well for me and automatic mode is fun to use and requires little thinking.
  • 2014-06-08 07:00
    Great Camera, D Burch
    Verified Purchase(
    Has been durable and reliable on many outdoor trips.
    Great low light capability.
    Get the body and buy the weather resistant lens separately.
    It not waterproof (pressure) but handles rain and other adverse conditions well.
  • 2014-05-18 07:00
    LOVE IT!!!, tiamarie0712
    Verified Purchase(
    Amazing camera. It meets all my expectations and more. I had another Pentax DSLR camera that was 7 years old and this one does all that my old one did plus more. I lOVE IT!!!
  • 2014-05-18 07:00
    BE-E-AUTIFUL., T. Malatino
    Verified Purchase(
    I switched back to Pentax when Nikon obsoleted my 14 AI mount Nikons. In the D-SLR's from
    Nikon (Except for VERY expensive bodies- ) using a non AI-S Manual focus lens won't even tutrn on the internal meter!
    LUCKILY these Pentax D-DLR's will meter with ANY Pentax K "A" lens AND continue to provide Stability (anti shake) and focus confirmation for old men like me,.
    Reccommend this and any other Pentax d-slr to anyone not looking for a status name d-slr.
  • 2014-05-16 07:00
    Pentax K-30 DSLR, Juan J. Garza
    Verified Purchase(
    This canera is ab upgrade to my Pentax KR camera, from a 12 Megapixel to 16.. I've always used and liked Pentax equipment. The camera is easy to handlel and produces great images.
  • 2014-04-24 07:00
    Happy Days, GP OPA
    Verified Purchase(
    I have not had this body for very long, but the videos and stills have yielded good results. I liked it so well, I gave my old camera to my grandson.
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.