Playback and Editing Features
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). The K-30 will accept Pentax K-mount lenses to give
you a variety of shooting options. No lenses are included in this "body only"
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
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.
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
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:
- 16M: 4928 x 3264 (JPEG and RAW)
- 12M: 4224 x 2816
- 8M: 3456 x 2304
- 5M: 2688 x 1792
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
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
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
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:
- Single Frame: Photos are taken one at a time with each press of
the shutter release button.
- Continuous Shooting: Multiple photos are taken while the shutter release
button is pressed fully at approximately 6 frames per second (high speed) or
3 fps (low speed).
- Self-Timer: A single photo is taken after approximately 12
seconds to allow the photographer to get into the picture. A 2-second self
timer can be used to avoid camera shake when the shutter release button is
- Remote Control: Using the optional remote control, the shutter is
released immediately after the shutter release button on the remote is
pressed. A 3-second delay Remote Control setting is also available. You can
also use the remote control for continuous shooting. Pentax
offers the optional Remote Control F or Waterproof Remote Control
- Exposure Bracketing: You can take three consecutive images at
different exposure levels when the shutter release button is pressed. The selected
images are saved with each release, at standard exposure, one
underexposed, and one overexposed. You can set the order of the exposures as
desired. The bracket value can be set at +/- 5EV at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV
intervals. Auto Bracketing can be used with the remote control or the
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for
measuring brightness and determining exposure:
- Multi-segment: The sensor meters the brightness in multiple
- Center-weighted: Metering is weighted at the center of the
- Spot: The brightness is measured only within a limited area at
the center of the sensor.
Exposure Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired
Exposure Mode. You can select from the following:
- Auto: Automatically selects the optimal capture mode
for the subject. Possible modes include Standard, Portrait, Landscape,
Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, and Forest.
- Scene Mode: Lets you choose the capture mode from
various scene styles. Scenes include: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving
Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night
Scene HDR, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette,
Candlelight, Stage Lighting and Museum.
- Exposure Modes: You can select from the following on
the Mode Dial:
- Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets the shutter
speed and aperture value to obtain a proper exposure.
- Sensitivity Priority AE (Sv): You set the sensitivity to suit the
brightness of the subject. The shutter speed and aperture values are
- Shutter Priority AE (Tv): Lets you set the desired
shutter speed for expressing moving objects. The aperture value is
automatically set to give the proper exposure.
- Aperture Priority AE (Av): Lets you set the desired aperture value
for controlling depth of field. The shutter speed is automatically set to
give the proper exposure.
- Shutter & Aperture Priority AE (TAv): You can set both the desired
shutter speed and aperture to take the picture. The sensitivity is
automatically set so the manually set shutter speed and aperture will give
the proper exposure.
- Manual Exposure (M): After the shutter speed and aperture are
automatically set for the proper exposure, you can change both settings to
obtain the effect you desire.
- Bulb Exposure (B): The shutter remains open as long as the shutter release
button is pressed. Use this setting for shooting night scenes and fireworks
which require long exposures.
- Movie: Lets you record movies in High or Standard
Definition with sound.
- User 1/User 2: You can save up to two exposure settings and recall them
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
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:
- Auto Flash: the flash automatically fires based on brightness of
- Auto + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires automatically with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Flash On: the flash fires with each picture when manually popped up; does not
charge when retracted
- Manual + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires when popped up with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Slow-speed Sync: the flash fires during a slow shutter speed;
lights foreground subject while maintaining a distant lit background
- Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires during a
slow shutter speed, with a pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Trailing Curtain Sync: the flash fires immediately before closing
the shutter to capture moving objects as they leave a trail behind.
- Wireless Mode: Synchronizes a dedicated external flash,
such as the AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ, without using a sync cord.
- Flash Off: the flash does not fire regardless of subject
Playback and Editing Features
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
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and
editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
- Image Rotation: When pictures are taken
vertically, the vertical position sensor activates and rotation information
is added to the image to enable playback with the correct image orientation.
You can set the desired rotation direction in the menu.
- Digital Filter: You can edit images using
the following digital filters: Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast,
Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim,
and Base Parameter Adjustments (Brightness, Saturation, Hue, Contrast,
- Resize: Change the number of recorded
pixels and quality level and save it as a new image.
- Cropping: Cuts out only the desired area of
the selected image and saves it as a new image. Cropping can also change the
aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 16:9 or 1:1, and rotate the image from -45° to
+45° in increments of 1°.
- Index: Allows you to join multiple images together and display
them as an index print. You can also save the displayed index print as a new
- Protect: You can protect images from being deleted.
- Slideshow: play back still images one
at a time in slide show fashion. You can adjust the interval (3 sec, 5 sec, 10
sec, or 30 sec) and the screen effects (fade, wipe, stripe, no effect).
- Save as Manual WB: Allows you to copy the white balance setting
of a captured image and save it as Manual WB.
- Save Cross Processing: Allows you to save the settings
for an image captured in Cross Processing mode of Custom Image to Favorite.
- RAW Development: Converts captured RAW files into JPEG or TIFF
- Movie Editing: Movies can be divided and unwanted segments can be
- DPOF: You can order conventional photograph prints by taking the
SD Memory Card with recorded images to a store for printing. DPOF (Digital
Print Order Form) settings allow you to specify the number of copies, and
whether to imprint the date.
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:
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:
||Recommended when using the camera in cold climates.
||Rechargeable and reusable. A separate compatible
battery charger is required.
||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
software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows XP (SP3 or later, 32-bit Home/Pro)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7