PENTAX K-30 3X Zoom Kit
Rugged 16-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 zoom lens (Black)
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Item #: 815K3055K
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Original Price: $749.99
Fearlessness. There aren't many products in this world that claim to offer it as a selling feature. But it appears Pentax may have added it as a side benefit of buying the new K-30. After all, it resists sun, sand, rain, dust, dirt and wind. Plus, it's rated cold-proof all the way down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Just what locations would you shoot where this camera would be out of its element? Not many, I'm sure. Indeed, the Pentax K-30 is the feisty wolverine of cameras: solid, smart, and seemingly indestructible.
The K-30 borrows a lot of its attractive features from its acclaimed brother, the Pentax K-5. Superb image quality. Quick response and continuous shooting. And, of course, the aforementioned weather resistance. But there are some differences, too. The K-30 is a tiny bit smaller overall, and it's lighter as well. It shoots HD video at a convenient 1080/30 progressive frames per second resolution, with robust H.264 compression. This means your videos will be vivid and and clear, with the kind of image quality you'd expect from broadcast sources. And with the K-30's outstanding low-light performance, you'll see colorful, low-noise images even when you're shooting outdoors at dusk.
Because this camera is such a hard worker in tough conditions, it's a comfort to know that it's got a low-profile optical viewfinder that features a 100% field-of-view. This means faster, more reliable composition when you're under the gun. Programmable front and rear e-dials enable the camera to be set up as you desire, for quick, no-look manual and program-assisted settings adjustment. Everything has been thought through, to provide you with a camera that will truly function as an extension of your eyesight. You'll be thinking about the image, not the controls.
This camera comes with the useful DA-L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Its 3X zoom range is well-suited for everything from group shots and architectural photos to close-ups and portraits. Plus, the K-30 features an interesting option: with an additional adapter (not included), it can host 4 "AA" batteries instead of the included lithium-ion rechargeable battery. This means you won't be caught short if you run out of juice close to almost any store.
Plus, you'll have the confidence to take on almost any assignment. The Amazon backcountry? You're there. The national team ski jump trials? You're ready for the ice and slush. Desert dune buggy races? Child's play. It's good to be fearless.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
If you think Canon's or Nikon 's are the only SLR Cameras to buy, think again. I have owned many Pentax's in my life. The K30 is another example were Pentax has set new ground from the other camera companies. Just like my old K10 model, it has seals to protect it from water. The new Pentax K30 can be used by anyone. If you just want to leave the camera on auto or program, it will give you the exposures you want. If you want to really learn how to use an SLR, this camera makes it easy. It is well built, has a pretty good guilde number for a built in flash. I always recommend buying a hotshoe flash, no matter what brand you buy. Remember most built in flashes are designed for a short didtance, not for wedding pictures of large groups. This camera has all the bells and goodies you will need. It takes outstanding pictures, which is the bottom line. The camera fits good around the hands. If me, the controls are well located and easy to find. The menu is very simple to use. The camera has a bunch of built-in filters whit h
Pros: Cost, Weather Seals, 100% view finder, AA batteries or Pentax Rechargeable. Batteries
Cons: No Stereo Jack for videos, Pentax does not offer an extra battery pack that attaches to the camera. ..
Bought the K 30 to replace my old Pentax pz-10 for a trip to Alaska. The camera arrived two days before I left so there was not much time to get used to it. I started the trip in the auto mode but by the time the trip ended I was setting my own exposures. The camera performed extremely well in all modes, with great color capture, fantastic sharpness, and quick autofocus. A couple of times I only had enough time to turn and press the shutter and I never missed the shot at any time. I would recommend this camera to anyone. The fact that it takes all of the autofocus lenses from my old camera with no problems was also a nice touch.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27-84.5mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||16.28|
|Image Stabilization||Sensor Shift|
|Highest Resolution||4928 x 3264|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||30|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Pentax K-30 is a D-SLR camera with a rugged reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis. It is fully weather-sealed to resist water, fog, snow, sand, and dust, to give you outstanding performance in the elements, as well as the studio. It is also coldproof, making it ideal for use in sub-freezing, wet, snowy winter conditions (down to 14°F). This K-30 kit comes with the SMC Pentax-DA L18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL lens. The K-30 will accept other Pentax K-mount lenses to give you a variety of shooting options.
Note: The K-30 is not submersible and may be damaged by water under pressure.
3.0" LCD Monitor: The camera features a large, bright 3.0" LCD monitor for viewing the camera settings, framing your shots with Live View, and playing back recorded still images and movies. The monitor's 921,000-dot resolution gives you crystal clear images, and features approximately 100% field of view.
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD monitor, the K-30 has an optical, pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view. A diopter adjustment lets you focus the viewfinder to your personal eyesight, if needed. The viewfinder's focusing screens are interchangeable.
Electronic Level Display: The K-30 has an electronic level display which shows a bar scale indicating the horizontal camera angle at the bottom of the LCD screen and a vertical camera angle on the right side. In the viewfinder, a horizontal angle display is available. The level display can be turned on/off in the shooting menu.
Compatible Lenses: The K-30 has a KAF2 bayonet mount with an AF coupler and lens information contacts (a K-mount with power contacts). Lenses with KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, and KA mounts can be used. These lenses include DA, DA L, D FA, and FA J lenses.
Supplied Lens: This camera kit comes with the SMC Pentax-DA L18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL lens. The wide angle-to-normal zoom lens' focal length is equivalent to 27mm-84.5mm in the 35mm format. The minimum focus distance is 9.84". It is ideal for general use, especially indoor photography, as well as portraits and landscapes. The lens features the Pentax SP (Super Protect) coating to repel dust, water, and grease.
Image Sensor: The K-30 is equipped with a large, 16-megapixel APS-C sized (23.7 mm x 15.7 mm) CMOS image sensor, which delivers high resolution image quality with accurate colors and low noise. It has 16.49 million total pixels and 16.28 million effective pixels. The sensor features an SP coating and Dust Removal function that shakes the sensor with ultrasonic vibrations every time the camera is turned on and off.
Shake Reduction (SR): The K-30 is equipped with the Pentax Shake Reduction (SR) system, which uses a magnetic force to move the image sensor at high speeds, compensating for camera shake. The Shake Reduction function allows you to take pictures at approximately 4 steps slower shutter speed without risk of camera shake. Movie Shake Reduction is also available for movie recording.
Recording Media: The camera can record still images and movies onto SD Memory Cards, SDHC Memory Cards, and SDXC Memory Cards.
Still Image Formats: The K-30 can shoot JPEG still images in 4 sizes in 3:2 aspect ratio. You can set the image quality level (compression ratio) for each size to Best, Better, or Good. In addition, uncompressed RAW images can be recorded using the full output of the CMOS sensor. The RAW files are recorded in the DNG (Digital Negative) format. RAW images must be "developed" and converted into JPEG files using the RAW Development function in the camera or using the provided Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 software. When the camera is set to RAW+JPEG, images in both JPEG and RAW formats are captured. Image sizes include:
Movie Recording: High Definition movies can be recorded in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format with audio recorded with the built-in monaural microphone. You can choose from Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30 or 24 frames per second, or 1280 x 720 at 60, 30 or 24 fps. Standard def movies can also be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels (4:3) at 30 or 24 fps. The Quality Level can be set to Better, Best, or Good.
Interval Movie: You can take still pictures at a set interval from a set time, and save them as a single movie file. The interval can be set to 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min, 30 min, or 1 hour. The recording time duration can be set from 12 seconds to 99 hours. The first picture of the interval movie can be taken immediately, or at a set time in the future.
Focus Modes: You can set the focus mode switch to AF-S (auto focus-single), AF-C (auto focus-continuous), or MF (manual focus). In Auto Focus mode, the camera automatically focuses on the subject when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. In Manual Focus mode, you can adjust the focus by turning the focus ring on the lens.
AF Assist Light: In Auto Focus mode, when the subject is in a dark location, the AF Assist Light automatically turns on when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. You can turn off the AF Assist light, if desired.
AF Point: You can choose the part of the viewfinder to set the focus to: Spot, Select, or Auto. In Select mode, you can set the focus area to any of eleven points in the AF frame. In Auto mode, the camera selects the optimum AF point, even if the subject is not centered. You can select between 11 or 5 AF points. The active AF point is illuminated, superimposed within the viewfinder frame.
Drive Modes: The K-30 offers several options for shooting single and multiple images at once. You can choose from the following Drive Modes:
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for measuring brightness and determining exposure:
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired Exposure Mode. You can select from the following:
EV Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a picture using EV Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -5 and +5 EV (-2 and +2 EV in Movie Mode). The step interval can be set at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV.
White Balance: White Balance is a function for adjusting the color of an image so that white objects appear white. You can choose Automatic White Balance (AWB), or a preset White Balance depending upon the lighting source: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (4 types), Tungsten, Flash, CTE (Color Temperature Enhancement), or Manual. You can save three settings in the Manual and Color Temperature white balance modes.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the surroundings. The sensitivity can be set to ISO AUTO or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, or 12800. The sensitivity range can be expanded to a range of 100 to 25600.
Flash: The K-30 has a built-in pop-up flash for use in low-light situations. The camera also has a top-mounted hot shoe for attaching an optional external flash unit, such as the AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF200FG, or AF160FC. There are several Flash Modes to choose from:
Quick Zoom: Single images can be magnified up to 16 times in playback mode. While the image is magnified, you can use the 4-way controller to move around in the magnified area.
Multiple Image Display: You can display multiple images on the LCD monitor at once. You can choose the number of images to be displayed in the monitor: 4, 9, 16, 36, or 81. Images can also be displayed by folder or in a calendar filmstrip.
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
Video/PC Terminal: The proprietary Video/PC terminal can be used to connect the camera to your computer via the supplied I-USB7 cable. The terminal is USB 2.0 High-Speed compatible. You can also connect the camera to a TV using an optional I-AVC7 AV cable. The cable has composite video and mono RCA audio plugs. The AV output is automatically set based upon the hometown entered at the time of initial setup, in accordance with that region. The video output format can be manually set to NTSC or PAL, if necessary.
Cable Release (optional): A 2.5mm sub-minijack is provided for the optional CS-205 Cable Switch for operating the camera shutter release button.
Lithium-Ion Battery: The Pentax K-30 is powered by the D-LI109 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V / 1050mAh / 7.8Wh). The battery charges in approximately 240 minutes using the supplied D-BC109 battery charger. The image storage capacity with a fully charged battery is as follows:
|Battery||Temperature||Normal Shooting||Flash Photography||Playback Time|
|50% Use||100% Use|
|D-LI90||73°F (23°C)||480 images||410 images||360 images||270 minutes|
|32°F (0°C)||360 images||300 images||250 images||210 minutes|
AC Adapter (optional): When using the monitor for a long time, or connecting the camera to a computer or AV device, it is recommended to operate the camera on AC power. The optional K-AC128 AC adapter kit lets you operate the K-30 on ordinary household current. The AC adapter kit includes the D-AC120, a DC coupler (D-DC128) that can be inserted into the battery chamber, and the AC plug cord.
Battery Holder (D-BH109): The optional D-BH109 Battery Holder allows you to use AA batteries in the K-30. The battery holder can hold 4 AA batteries, and inserts into the battery compartment. You can use the following types of batteries:
|AA Lithium||Recommended when using the camera in cold climates.|
|AA Ni-MH||Rechargeable and reusable. A separate compatible battery charger is required.|
|AA Alkaline||Easily obtainable. Good for use in emergencies, or when checking camera functionality.|
Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0: The K-30 comes with Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 Software on the supplied CD-ROM. With the software, you can develop RAW files, adjust the color of the images and other settings, and save the new images in JPEG or TIFF format.
Compatible Operating Systems: The PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 software is compatible with the following operating systems:
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