Pentax Unveils Weather-Tight K-30 DSLR
By Greg Tarr On Jun 4 2012 - 3:01am
Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas introduced
the weather-resistant K-30 DSLR featuring a 16-megapixel
CMOS sensor with FullHD 1080/24p and 30p
The K-30 is scheduled to hit retail shelves in July at an
$850 suggested retail for the body only, or $900 for the
body with an 18-55mm kit lens.
It was said to have been designed to resist damage
from dust and inclement weather, including temperatures
down to 14 degrees F, using 81 seals.
The camera includes Pentax’s new 11-point AF system
with nine cross-type sensors, using the so-called
SAFOX IXi+ AF module.
The viewfinder offers a 100 percent field of view at
The K-30 adds up to a 6 fps burst shooting speed
for JPEG images, a high-speed shutter up to 1/6,000th
second, and dual electronic dials for quick access to exposure
control and Auto Picture and scene modes.
Other features include an ergonomic grip; a choice
of three body colors including black, Crystal White and
Crystal Blue; and a sensor-based image-stabilization
The K-30’s 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, coupled with
the Prime M imaging engine, is said to produce highquality
low-noise images for both video and stills. The
camera includes a wide sensitivity range between ISO
100 and ISO 12,800 (ISO 25,600 maximum when expanded
via a custom function).
The sensor system also provides Live View capability
at 60 fps.
The K-30 also accepts interchangeable Pentax Natural-
Bright-Matte III focusing screens to facilitate manual
Optional focus screens include cross-lined and scale
types, to accommodate more specialized applications.
The camera’s Auto Picture mode analyzes a scene
then automatically selects the most appropriate shooting
mode from Portrait, Landscape or Macro, among
The K-30 also offers 19 creative scene modes, including
Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette,
to simplify photographing unique subjects and scenes
that often require uncommon camera settings.
The K-30 is compatible with Pentax K-, KA-, KAF-
, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses
(with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with
Other features include a 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD
monitor; 77-segment multi-pattern light metering system;
CMOS-sensor dust-removal mechanism; and SilkyPix
Developer Studio 3.0 for Pentax software included with