Pentax announce new weather-proof DSLR: K-30

Today, Pentax UK have announced the latest Digital SLR in their line-up: the K30.

With the K-30, Pentax have introduced a mid-level DSLR that offers a great range of SLR features, packaged within a compact body, which is now similar to the K-5 in that it has a completely weather resistant body thanks to its 81 seals. It is designed to also be dustproof and coldproof (down to -10oC) meaning that you can take the camera on a variety of outdoor activities without needing to worry about the weather conditions.

The K-30 uses the latest in CMOS image sensor technology, with 16.28 effective megapixels. Using this technology, you’ll see that the Live-View image (viewed on the K-30’s large, wide-view 3.0” LCD screen) is clear and true-to-life recording a low level of noise particularly in low-light situations with the camera featuring an ISO range of 100-12,800 although this can be expanded to 25,600 using a custom function within the camera.

If you enjoy capturing movies as well as still shots, the K-30 does of course come supplied with Full HD video (1080p) as is beginning to be the norm in recent times, suing it’s PRIME-M engine which has been borrowed from the K-01.

The exterior of the K-30 has been designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor shooting with a large grip for a firm, secure hold of the camera, a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height, and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for firm hold of the camera during vertical-position shooting. Keeping with the sporting theme, the K-30 allows shooting of fast mobbing subjects with a maximum of 6 frames per second (in JPEG mode).

The K-30 also features a state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module. This is designed to provide responsive, high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each individual lens, as well as factoring in the light source at the time of shooting into the calculations. Nine of the K-30’s 11 sensor points have cross-type sensors designed to capture all kinds of subjects in sharp focus, with a spotbeam projector used to assist the AF system when shooting in lower-light conditions. The K-30’s AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas. A new select-area expansion function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area. This works by assessing distance data collected by neighbouring focus sensors. The accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus shooting, and autofocusing performance when using a telephoto lens, have been greatly improved from previous models as well.

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