Pentax K-30: Conclusion

March 13, 2013 by Jim Keenan Reads (13,790)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Expandability
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.40
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


With a feature set commensurate with its designation by Pentax as a mid-level DSLR, the K-30 is nevertheless the current entry-level model in the Pentax line. It’s a short line to be sure, consisting of the K-30 and the K-5II/s. The K-5 is still available, but its price slots it between the K-30 and its newer sibling. Like it or not, the K-30 is your weapon of choice if an entry-level Pentax DSLR is on your shopping list.

I’m betting you’ll like it: Weather-resistant construction, DSLR image quality and ISO performance with a 6 fps continuous shooting rate and a buffer capacity for JPEG images to take advantage of this capability. Manual and automatic/scene exposure modes and a full HD video capability, a boatload of scene and automatic modes if you tired of shooting manually and more camera settings and adjustments than you can shake a stick at if you want to get really involved — what’s not to like?

Well, some aspects of the video capability for one — there’s no continuous autofocus. And while you can refocus during video capture, the process is slow. Switching from another shooting mode into video is a bit on the slow side as well. Folks with large hands may find the camera a bit on the small side. And that’s about it for my gripes — other than I still have a hard time getting the memory card out of the camera, due in large part to the weather sealing that makes the K-30 a desirable camera in the first place. If you’re in the market for your first DSLR, and especially if a rich uncle left you a bunch of Pentax lenses, the K-30 is worthy of your serious consideration.


  • Very good still image quality
  • Good continuous shooting speed and buffer capacity for JPEGs
  • Weather resistant
  • In-body stabilization 


  • No continuous AF during video capture
  • Video on the slow side to initiate
  • Might be too small for large hands
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