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Pentax K-30 Officially Announced

Photos, details, and all the specs (overhauled AF!) · 05-21-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News
Pentax K-30 Officially Announced

Now that the embargo on the new Pentax K-30 has been lifted, we are happy to be among the first sites to post a complete overview of this revolutionary new $849 DSLR.

The Pentax K-30 is targeted at the mid-range DSLR market.  As such, it's the first successor to the K200D, which ended up being one of the most popular Pentax DSLRs due to its good balance of features and value.  The K-30 can be seen as a K200D on steroids: it is weather-sealed, and while it has no top LCD, additional external controls (including a second control wheel) have been added to make it even easier to use, and it now supports AA's as well as a rechargeable D-LI109 battery.  Other new features since the K200D include an AF assist light, new shooting modes, a larger LCD, and a faster processor. overhauled

Pentax K-30 Autofocus System: SAFOX IXi+
Figure: the overhauled AF system in the K-30

That's enough about the K200D, however.  What's important is that Pentax is reviving the mid-range line with an extremely powerful camera.  The K-30 features a vastly overhauled autofocus system.  Known as SAFOX IXi+, this 11-point AF system incorporates a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration, factors in the light source at the time of shooting, and uses an overhauled algorithm to focus faster and more precisely than even the K-5.  Pentax is also including a new select-area expansion function for enhanced tracking of moving subjects, and promises improvements in "all areas", including focusing accuracy and speed.   Now, let us take a closer look at the specifications of the K-30.

Pentax K-30 Specifications

Sensor 16.28 Megapixel APS-C CMOS
ISO Range 100-25,600
Weather Sealed Yes (81 seals)
Image Processor Prime M
AF System 11-point (9 cross-type)
SAFOX IXi+ Phase Detect
Live View: Contrast Detect w/ manual focus assist
Video Recording Full HD at 30 FPS
720p at 60/50/30/25/24 FPS
VGA at 30FPS

Video AF: Yes
Viewfinder Pentaprism, approx 100% coverage
0.92x magnification
Interchangeable focusing screens
Shutter 6FPS Mechanical
30s-1/6000s (stepless), bulb
Shake Reduction In-Body (w/ optional horizon correction)
Power Source

AA via D-BH109 (not included, or)
Rechargeable Li-ion D-LI109 (included)
Approx. 480 images per charge

Dust Removal Yes, non-ultrasonic
Metering 77-segments
Rear LCD 3-inch VGA (921,000 dots)
Top LCD None
Available Colors Black, Blue, White
Body Price $849 MSRP

As you can see, the K-30 inherits the processor and sensor from the K-01.  It's firmware has been improved, however, with many new features that we will touch on later.

Kit Offerings, Pricing & Pre-Ordering

The launch price for the K-30 body will be $849- just $100 more than the K-01! The K-30 will be available in a new kit together with the DA 18-135mm WR, which we think Pentax should have bundled with the K-5.  It will also be available with the DA L 18-55mm, 18-55 + 50-200mm, or 18-55mm + 55-300mm.

Pentax K-30 with 18-55mm WR (kit not offered in the US)

As always, the K-30 body-only will also be available for purchase. Below are links to pre-order the K-30:

Note that if you do so, you will be eligible for a premium account on


The K-30 combines a classic DSLR look with unique touches here and there, including an extra-large grip and additional clearance below the flash.  Below are views of the front, top, back, and sides of the camera.  Click on each thumbnail to enlarge!

K-30 Front K-30 Back
K-30 Top K-30 Side
K-30 Side K-30 Wet

Notice the new U1 and U2 settings on the mode dial: the K-30 how has two easily-selectable custom shooting modes, in addition to the Sv and TAv found on high-end Pentax DSLRs.  Also, notice the presence of the AF mode switch, two e-dials, and RAW button.  The K-30 appears to be a fusion of the K-5 and K-r, with a few modernizations here and there.

On the back of the K-30 you will find the same 3-inch VGA LCD screen as on the K-5, K-r, K-7, 645D, and K-01.

The K-30 has a very large grip with additional padding to make it easy to hold.

Construction and Technology

The Pentax K-30 incorporates 81 weather seals to become coldproof (to -10 degrees Celsius), waterproof, and dustproof.  Below is a drawing that shows the seals:

Pentax K-30 Seals

Other technology in the K-30 includes the new Prime M processor, which delivers lightning-fast instant review and playback and allows the K-30 to shoot higher-framerate videos.  The K-30 takes advantage of the Prime M to deliver 60 FPS in Live View, and it also incorporates a new focus assist function for easier manual focusing, and three optional grid display patterns.  This means that Live View will be even easier to use, and that it won't be as sluggish as in the K-5 and earlier cameras.

The K-30 has a clear glass pentaprism viewfinder with nearly 100% coverage, and 0.92x magnification.  Pentax states that the K-30 will furthermore support interchangeable focusing screens.

The sensor, which is the same as that in the K-5/K-01, has 16.28 megapixels and impressive image quality.  We don't know at this time whether or not 14-bit RAW will be supported, but we have a hunch that it won't (to make people opt for Pentax's upcoming APS-C flagship instead).

Pentax K-30 Technology

The chassis itself is not made entirely of metal (unlike in the K-7/K-5), but this will likely not make any difference in practice, except for the fact that the camera will end up being lighter.  It houses Pentax's original Shake Reduction mechanism that provides up to 4 stops of stabilization for just about any lens!

Pentax K-30 Chassis

Other Features

As mentioned in the specifications, the K-30 will come in three colors: black, white, and blue.

Pentax K-30 Colors

The K-30, like all Pentax DSLRs and compact cameras, will feature an automated Auto Pict mode, as well as a variety of scene modes with pre-configured settings.  It also supports the full lineup of advanced shooting modes, including M, B, TAv, Tv, Sv, Av, and P.  The two control wheels will come in handy especially much for users who rely on these modes rather than the automated scene modes.  P mode incorporates Pentax's unique Hyper Program feature, which lets you override either the aperture or shutter speed at any time while shooting, simply by turning a scrollwheel.  Pressing the green button after an adjustment has been made will return the program line to what the camera wants to use.

It seems that the K-30 has almost all the features of the K-5, which is great to see in a camera that's targeted at the mid-range market.  Pentax has confirmed that the K-30 will support the astrotracer feature when used with the O-GPS1 accessory.

The full K-30 specifications are currently live in our camera database.  Initial reports indicate that the K-30 will start shipping on June 25th.  As with the K-01, we hope to bring you a K-30 review just days after the camera becomes available in the US.  We have high expectations for this camera (especially with respect to the AF), and hope that it will be able set a new standard for Pentax in terms of performance, value, and quality.  We are glad to see that Pentax is returning to the mid-range market (likely to compete with the Nikon D5100), and hope to see this camera be complemented by a K-5 replacement and a K-mount full-frame in the months to come!  The presence of advanced features in a sub-$1000 camera are bound to bring Pentax just as much success as the K200D did.

The K-30 body will retail for $849 in the US and 649 pounds in the UK. The K-30 will be sold together with the DA L 18-55mm lens; the weather-resistant 18-55mm can be bought separately for about $100 more.

See also the list of all Pentax weather-sealed lenses; they are all fully compatible with the K-30.

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Rafael [Delete] Jul 5th, 2012 6:16PM

What's with the musical-chairs and the button locations? Why move ISO, flash settings, etc from established practice? On the upside, it looks like this might be the perfect upgrade from my current K-x?

devouges [Delete] Jul 1st, 2012 9:37AM

I notice that there is no picture of the bottom and the pentax site does not who the extra battery grip attachment as available for the K30. Is there one available ?

pentaxior [Delete] Jun 7th, 2012 1:57PM

It all sounds new and fantastic. When the quality of camera and optics are increasing with this instrument it is ok.
But it must be prevented to go to the history of videorecorders. Many VR owners did not get used to it because it was to difficult to instruct the recorder what to do.
Many photographers want to make good/beatifull/stunning photo’s, not pushing buttons or scrolling menu’s. Making and taking photographs should be a matter of plit seconds, changing the conditions at whish also.
I am waiting for the full frame digital camera which does instantly what I want it to do. Like a slr.
What happens afterwards is about to have enough choice at the computer.
So, I am real curious about this new member of the Pentax family.

philbaum [Delete] May 29th, 2012 9:45PM

BTW, it has mirror lockup. Also the 3 image bracketing limitation is not a problem with hdr files for the dynamic range of this camera. You can pull a lot of detail out of the shadows iwth the K5, and i assume, the K30, even without hdr.

zosxavius [Delete] May 29th, 2012 7:24PM

@clem: you can turn out better printing images with a k-7 and a limited than the k-30 and a kit lens. Those extra 2mp are meaningless if your glass can't resolve to them.

clem [Delete] May 28th, 2012 10:58AM

I am reminded of the adage, spend your money on the lens not the body. I own a K-10 and a K-7. I use Pentax because I think their prime limited lenses are a good value and will be worth something in the future. What do you think my K-10 is worth?

If you have a good eye, you can make a great picture with an iPhone camera.

pentaxchina [Delete] May 25th, 2012 10:20AM


kipkecu [Delete] May 24th, 2012 7:44PM

Great news. I'm interested. I would like to get the K-7 but is it worth the extra price?

Catalana [Delete] May 24th, 2012 11:45AM

Maybe it is just a typo, but on the comparison page, the K-30 lists the same auto-focus system as the K-5. It should read "SAFOX IXi +", i.e., with the little 'i' added. Perhaps an important distinction, not?

baka654 [Delete] May 23rd, 2012 11:56AM

just cancled order for body only and reordered with 18-55 WR for only $50 more the picture on there website is wrong!

k9lover [Delete] May 23rd, 2012 11:47AM

I think Pentax is weak in the flash department. They keep launching new camera models but seem to forget about state of the arts flashes. Pentax has two models that haven't changed since the last century. Canon and Nikon are the only game in town if you want to do wireless multiple off camera strobes outdoors using high speed sync and TTL. Photography is about controlling light and Pentax flashes just don't make the grade for multiple outdoor wireless lighting.

zosxavius [Delete] May 23rd, 2012 9:46AM

@jesssss: What chaz said. Sit tight and wait. I think pentax is about to become a brilliant camera company again. FWIW, I didn't think the noise on the k-7 was *that* awful. Sure 1600 isn't the cleanest, but many cameras from that time frame also didn't gave great 1600 performance. Even 1600 on FF has some noise. Its a fact of life. 1600 is the k-7 is still far better than asa 1600 film, with more resolution as well. Also, I tend to shoot street scenes with a 5 bracket exposure, hand held. I use photomatix and it deals with ghosting pretty well. I guess your mileage may vary.

chaza01 [Delete] May 23rd, 2012 8:58AM

@jesssss just get the k5 replacement. And remember, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
The k-10 isn't strictly speaking a K7 upgrade, that was the K5, it's because pentax went though a period of not having a clear 3 tier camera offering; it went k7 kr kx, then k5 k7 kr etc, all a bit muddled. As for lens prices, let's see how it plays out - pentax will hopefully lower them a bit if they are truly aiming to compete with Canikon's Aps-C line. Pentax have been starved of resources under hoya and still created some quality products, the k-30 is the first new camera under Ricoh's leadership (the K-01 project started under hoya) and it looks great! It's sensible to do what pentax did with the k-30 as it distinguishes the k30 as a distinctly mid level camera.
It is understandable why you are considering jumping ship, but let's just see where the wind takes pentax this year firstly.

jesssss [Delete] May 23rd, 2012 8:46AM

I like this camera overall, but I'm a little frustrated with Pentax right now. I loved my DS and was excited to upgrade to a K-10. My K-10 was flatout defective, but I doubted myself all the way through the warranty period and was stuck with it. I bought a K7 and am really happy with it except for the noise. The noise is just awful. I skipped on the K5 because of the quality problems and because, frankly, I was exhausted from pouring money into seriously flawed camera.

So the K-30 looks nice, right? I'm ready for a camera that produces decent images over ISO 400. Better auto focus to boot? Awesome, right? The extra dynamic range is a big selling point as well. But I'm a little pained over the details. No mirror lock-up? Limited bracketing? It's a shame to see the firmware crippling because this would otherwise be a nice upgrade from my K7, but I'm not willing to hand over my money just so I can be handed back fewer features -- especially when those features are things that it costs nothing to include.

I'm not quite ready to jump ship just yet, but it is definitely foremost in my mind that with the recent increase in street prices, my sack of limited lenses would command a decent price. They really are the only reason I've stayed with Pentax this long.

By the way, I don't want to just hate on Pentax. I will be really happy if I'm wrong about the mirror lock-up. The bracketing can be worked around (because if you're doing a five exposure bracket, you're probably shooting a still scene on a tripod anyway). But it's all a little irritating.

zosxavius [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 10:55PM

@outsider: you don't like the wb? really? I like the accuracy of my k-7's WB. It really rarely fails me when I have pentax glass attached. Its also great under tungsten. I've used a 5d mark II pretty extensively and the wb isn't really any better or worse IMO. It fails on all cameras sooner or later. Dunno about the hazy image quality on your k-5....sensor stains possibly?? My k-7 takes pictures that are sharp enough to where I get aliasing in along hard edges, especially in OOF areas or along the edges of the frame. So I'm clearly picking up fine detail down to what the sensor can resolve with good glass. It does seem like they weakened the AA filter for the k-7. Wait I just realized I'm feeding a troll.....damn it...I bought pentax because for image quality. I haven't really been all that disappointed. The k-7 is not the same as a d-90, but I would say its comparable even @ iso 1600. I can't wait till I can find a used k-5 with only a few thousands clicks for a reasonable price. I'm not worried. There's no real need to the latest and greatest when everything keeps advancing every year anyways. Why spend 3x as much to stay at front of the curve? :)

zosxavius [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 10:44PM

@jwcjrccc: Better movie mode than k-5, better autofocus. Faster raw/jpeg engine. Slightly faster burst. Its probably a faster camera overall with about the same image quality. I guess it boils down to do you want a slightly larger all metal body with the top plate lcd (I say yes!!!) or do you want the latest and greatest? In the spec sheet I couldn't help but notice that bracketing is limited to 3 exposures. This for me is a deal breaker. I love the 5 exposure brackets I can squeeze off handheld with my k-7 and merge into hdr later. 3 exposures just doesn't give me the range I need, and I am loathe to set up a tripod for one shot in the daylight just so I can manually bracket. This would make an excellent companion to the k-5 as a backup/second body though, and I can see a lot of people are thinking just that. This is what I wished the k-r really was. I almost bought a k-r, but passed because of the pentamirror and lesser controls/features and opted for a used k-7. I have zero regrets and knew I made the right decision the moment I held that camera. I'll stick with the all metal tanks that I can beat up.....

Sol Invictus [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 8:38PM

@ jwcjrccc. For me it boils down to autofocus. If it has been greatly improved I would go for the K-30. Otherwise the K-5 is still a (slightly) better stills camera.

jwcjrccc [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 8:03PM

Thought experiment: Assuming that the image quality of the K-30 is as good as, or nearly as good as, the K-5, if one could purchase the K-30 and K-5 for the same price, based on the feature set, which camera would an experienced photographer choose? (I know that the question of image quality is not yet known, although apparently the same sensor is used in both cameras. I also know that the list price of the K-5 is greater than that of the K-30. Therefore, neither assumption may prove to be correct.)

lukulele [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 6:45PM

Subaru WRC blue. Put one in every WRX as standard equipment.

thethirdcoast [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 4:15PM

Great camera!

If Pentax had released this 3 months ago I probably would've stayed with K-mount.

Oh well.

TopherTheME [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 3:57PM

I like it. If I didn't already have a K-5 I'd probably get one.

outsider [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 3:18PM

I'm not dissapointed. Anymore. Just tired. Pentax is giving us rubbish we don't need and have been for some time. These cameras don't have enough focus points (visible in viewfinder) to make the camera very useful for certain kinds of photography. Got rid of my K-5 because of hazy Image quality and plasticky looking WB. Among others. And to think pentax is witholding certain features to entice you to buy an upcoming camera? Anyways, pentax needs to make a full frame camera and stop D*cking around. Nikon has tons of FF cameras and just released 2 stellar ones this year within a couple months (?) of each other. I'll probably be selling much of my pentax lenses in the next couple days. I'll keep the k-x, but won't be buying any more pentax equipment until they make a camera worth buying. There are just a lot of issues with these guys cams that need to be worked out.

torpesco [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 3:01PM

@thegreatswalmi - I imagine it would at least have the same auto mirror lock-up as the K-r.

jtb04a [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 1:00PM

haha AndrewG NY, talk about nonsense claims! How can you tell by the look of the camera that it is wobbly and will break into several pieces after only a few months. Thats quite the claim! What do you plan on doing to this camera that will cause it to break after a few months? If this is the case you, you better buy a K5!

AndrewG NY [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 11:23AM

"The chassis itself is not made entirely of metal, but nevertheless appears sufficiently durable."

What kind of nonsense claim is this? I can tell by the looks of it that it "appears" wobbly and that the vibration from the SR mechanism will cause it to break into several pieces after only a few months.

In all seriousness, it probably IS durable enough...but the camera has enough good points to recommend it without having to pull stuff like this out of the nether regions, doesn't it? I don't think I've seen or heard of any DSLR from any manufacturer at any price having a real frame-related construction or durability problem.

marufmirza [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 11:03AM

Very nice design. I would love to buy this but I am saving my money for the K5 successor. Hopefully they announce some before the year end.

Macroguy [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 10:16AM

I am not sure what's all the excitement about. Before the recent price hike one was able to get the K-5 for under $1000.00 here in Canada. I see it as K-5 stripped down and put into plastic body. Surely nothing revolutionary.

ManWithCamera [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 8:45AM

With the K-5 being just over $900 on Amazon right now, I don't think this K-30 will be able to sustain a price of $850 for long. The K-30 has a couple of improvements over the K-5, but the K-5 is still a better camera overall.

thegreatswalmi [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 8:45AM

B&H lists no mirror lockup? that's too bad. otherwise, i love it. been waiting to replace my ist DS for a while now :)

jtb04a [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 8:36AM

This is excellent! Canon and Nikon have nothing that can touch this at this price point. Really incredible. Very similar features to the K5 (still not as good, but its not trying to be so thats okay, and its priced right), that must mean the K5 successor is going to be SWEET! Super pumped about that release. And very excited about the release of this camera, even though I won't be purchasing. Its an excellent move for Pentax. Well done.

mrjamesabels [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 8:08AM

If it had a flip out screen Id sell my K5.I doubt the K5 replacement will have one. I could really use it for the low profile shots.

thecozmiester [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 7:54AM

microphone and battery grip! i guess ill wait a bit longer till i can afford the k-5. but this is a nice looking camera! good job pentax!

tigerzen [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 7:39AM

its the camera I've always wanted, now the people with canikons wn't laugh at me. GRRRRR!

GibbyTheMole [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 7:25AM

I like everything about this camera. I think Ricoh/Pentax has belted it out of the park on this one, and I love the body design, too. Great job, guys!

richard balonglong [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 7:19AM

The K30's design at the top are is a bit similar to MZs, the angled top. Hmmm... Maybe when the K-5's successor's body design would have an angeled top LCD panel...

chiane [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 7:15AM

I don't get the "I'm not swapping out my k-5" comments either. What part of 'mid-range' dslr would cause you to think you would trade your top of the line dslr for it? What's even better is the people saying they will buy this mid-range dslr but were hoping for a full frame? Those are two completely different animals. If you are fine shooting with this, then you probably don't need a full frame. They would also be priced worlds apart.

Stone G. [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 5:13AM

I agree with veato. As a K200D enthusiast, I truly endorse this step "back" to old virtues in a very pleasing design.

veato [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 4:28AM

There seems to be a lot of comments along the lines of 'I won't be swapping my K-5 for one.' Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think you're supposed to. This looks to me like a K200D, K-x, K-r replacement camera.

P.S. I do like the shape of the body. Very nice!

lectrolink [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 3:34AM

Size and weight of K-30 went in wrong direction vs K-x. I was hoping for less of both.
K-30: 130 x 97 x 71mm 650g
K-x: 122.5 x 91.5 x 67.5 515g (body only)

I do appreciate the one-push auto bracketing. Hoping for quiet shutter, micro focus adjust.

karlito [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 3:24AM

if only it had a flip out screen!!!! it would be the best camera ever!!

maleek [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 3:06AM

We've come a long way since my K100D. :-)

rhermans [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 3:02AM

Looks like a great update for the mid range, and yes is has better af than the k-5 but that only means that the next k-5 will be better to. I'm not really waiting for a full frame, don't need the bulk. A k-5 with even better af and a movable lcd would get my money any time.

junousia [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 2:38AM

If my K-x would be a little older (under year now), I'd order K-30 right a way.

Priscilla Turner [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 2:11AM

Anyone know about the dimensions?

Omnis [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 1:52AM

Yeah, new focus method ! Upgrade AF method for K-5 after this PLS !!!

Xandr [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 1:24AM

Like AF feature in video mode and ability of using AA rechargeable batteries via adaper. I only regret about absence of second LCD in mid-range cameras, K200d was the last where it was.

lk012345_82 [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 1:23AM

A little expensive and only a ittle improvenment than K5. Still waiting for the successor of K5......

Pablom [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 1:20AM

Pentaprism @ 100%?
I'm sold!

romancos [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 1:07AM

K-5 has mic socket, wouldn't trade for this one, sorry Pentax.

Pablom [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 12:54AM

as a K-x owner I like the new location of the LV button, but the AE-L was spot on just the way it was

Pablom [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 12:49AM

there is no 55-300 WR

grahamcoad [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 12:41AM

Isn't there a 55-300 WR lens available? Not showing on your list if so.

calsan [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 12:33AM

Looks like a very solid camera with a good range of features for the price.

QuiteCherry [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 12:17AM

I have K-5 and now don't want buy new one, and i don't like this situation, beter AF.
N and C have more predictible lines. I'm truly exhausted of theat kind of news. Think I'll choose N system and have calm mind. I was hope FullFrame, but my patience end at this time.

ogl [Delete] May 22nd, 2012 12:08AM

Will I sell my K200D? :) I'd like to see battery grip for K-30.

squashuax [Delete] May 21st, 2012 11:48PM

When will they release a faster/better "new focusing algorithm" for the K-5 firmware?

rolis10 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 11:47PM

@NickRochon, The spec sheet says yes for battery grip.

rolis10 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 11:44PM

This camera is amazing looking but i would not trade it for my k5. I'd buy it as a backup but not as a replacement. The camera looks awesome from every angle. Nice job Pentax. You did not disappoint. It's a good day to be a Pentaxian

zany225 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 11:26PM

if only the screen can move like Nikon D5100 this baby would be the best among the competitors!

cerebrate [Delete] May 21st, 2012 10:38PM

Oh my. What more could you want from a dslr? Now if Pentax could just improve the lens lineup a little bit...

OrangeKx [Delete] May 21st, 2012 10:35PM

I want a blue one. Love the overall look. The top view is fantastic.

KevinBudiman [Delete] May 21st, 2012 10:09PM

Why pentax didnt put a socket for external microphone? I don't quite understand why pentax didnt do that, this camera could be a powerful tool for many cinematographer out there. But the absence of external mic is really..ah I am speechless.

Verglace [Delete] May 21st, 2012 9:54PM

That's one handsome looking camera. I would trade my k-5 for it :)

Sol Invictus [Delete] May 21st, 2012 9:29PM

@ couliseaux. It was probably largely finished by the time Ricoh took over so they figured they might as well release it and see how it goes.

couliseaux [Delete] May 21st, 2012 9:21PM

Looks awesome. It begs the question though, why did they release the K-01 at all? This camera is at least as good and doesn't look like a lego. Seems like a waste of funds that could be used elsewhere.

NickRochon [Delete] May 21st, 2012 9:06PM

Would love to upgrade to this from my k-x. Would be nice to know if a battery grip will be an option!

VaSA [Delete] May 21st, 2012 9:00PM

This just might be the coolest looking camera I've ever seen!
Rather surprised and delighted that Pentax decided to go this way and add small touches just for the cool factor, looks really nice - especially the blue one!

The only question remains - If Pentax can design such a camera by themselves, why the heck did they hire Mark Newton for K-01?

Alizarine [Delete] May 21st, 2012 8:43PM

@ everyone complaining about DOF preview near power switch:

well, it's not the K-5 replacement. I guess that was a feature reserved for the top-level APS-C. What bugs me is the rear panel button layout :(

sam-joseph [Delete] May 21st, 2012 8:32PM

I haven't had my K7 very long, but I reckon this one might be a good upgrade. I've just got to run it by the committee.....

Class A [Delete] May 21st, 2012 8:30PM

K-01: Oh well.
K-30: Now your talking, Pentax! Way to go!
So glad you still make cameras for photography enthusiasts.
I very much appreciate the way the side covers integrate well with the body and if the new AF performs like it promises to do, this will be a winner.

Danny Delcambre [Delete] May 21st, 2012 8:27PM

Very Nice. I like blue. Wait to see for K-? "maybe K-3".

FruitLooPs [Delete] May 21st, 2012 8:22PM

I've only just noticed the lack of dedicated DOF preview on the power switch. I used that feature a lot :(

hcarvalhoalves [Delete] May 21st, 2012 8:20PM

The button/dial layout seems perfect, 100% pentaprism is awesome, the pop up flash extends enough to be useful, weatherproof, TAv mode, decent video modes... and at this price point. This is a home run. Looking forward to see if they don't screw up on the QA this time, and if the AF is really improved (although I don't care much for AF).

EdwardSSS [Delete] May 21st, 2012 8:06PM

Looks like a remarkable camera, with latest features. However, I will still be sticking to my K-5, which is barely a month-old! No regrets, though, as I am having a great time with it!

HockeyDad [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:58PM

It's like they read my mind and built my camera!

Sol Invictus [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:53PM

This looks to be a great mid-range camera. Same IQ as the K-5 in a cheaper body with a better processor and (hopefully) better autofocus. Add in a K-r replacement which can be stripped down a bit to reduce price, the K-5 replacement, and an FF, and suddenly Pentax has an extremely competent dSLR lineup. This is a good day for Pentax. And hopefully a sign of things to come.

Sol Invictus [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:45PM

@ chiane. Wait, so now we're complaining it has too many features and controls?

shiner [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:40PM

That's one heck of a "midrange" camera body! Very tempting to get one to replace my K20 as a seconnd body with the K-5.

chiane [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:32PM

I am sure you all will be thrilled with the looks, lots of bumps and buttons and things protruding off the body, 'like a real camera', and like every camera. It looks just complicated enough to make even the amateur look like a pro.

Rafael [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:25PM

Why oh why don't they put a dedicated depth of field preview mode on the power switch like the older bodies?

shakman25 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:22PM

Love the design (especially the sleek flash-top), colour (blue) and the pentaprism! This is a reverse swinging yorker on the toes of Canonikon. Well done.

rjm [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:15PM

Revolutionary? Um, no. The testosterone styling is also bit over the top. (grills!? _seriously!?_) That said, for bringing back the Nikon D80/90 // Pentax K200D class camera, a big thank you. The pentaprism is especially welcome.

rares [Delete] May 21st, 2012 7:11PM

why don't they keep the camera design simple like the k-5 ?

LowVoltage [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:57PM

What's the deal with the "non-ultrasonic" dust removal? I'm not aware of any other way to actively remove dust from the sensor through a camera mechanism. No complaint here, just curious. All-in-all, this thing is looking very attractive. Hell, the only thing it appears to be missing IMHO is a battery grip.

gabal [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:54PM

Well, this is it : a lot of buying option were on hold, now i can proceed : the 70mm Limited plus this little beast, the day after Québec's National Holiday : the 24 of june. Great job Pentax ! I usually dont care about the color, but that blue will make me hesitate. Do we know if it is a Pentax-Ricoh or Pentax-Hoya development ?

james458 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:41PM

Great news! Does it mean K5 is due for an upgrade soon?? :)

Ameiji [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:37PM

If it has a silent shutter like K5, I'm broke :D

Jetfin [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:21PM

Congrats Pentax / Ricoh,

Like the WR, AA batter option, peak focusing, pentaprism, and K5 sensor. Hope it has the AF fine adjust option. Looks like a great replacement to the K-r and update of the K200D. The bundled price with the 18-135 WR lens is very attractive - make this my next camera.

Alizarine [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:20PM

uh, wait, no PEF? Is it DNG-only?

mikeuk [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:18PM

Well done! Great specs for a mid-range DSLR. Can't wait to see what Pentax will give on the K5 replacement. Exciting time for the Pentax shooters.

callmeraymon [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:16PM

Well, crud. It's so close to the K-5 that I almost want to wait to get this next month instead of getting the K-5 today. I wish I knew how long it would be for the K-5 successor. I know the day I get the K-5, it will be announced.

Alizarine [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:07PM

What. Pentaprism, 100% coverage. 81 freaking seals. TAv mode. ++ whole lot more.

Jeez Pentax, what the hell? Shut up and TAKE MY MONEY!!

zmohie [Delete] May 21st, 2012 6:06PM

great job Pentax

northislander [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:57PM

Why no Green one to match the green on the lens that would be nice. But loving the blue too.

Ubuntu_user [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:52PM


Camera is unbelievable. Price is unbeatable.

Way to go PRIC!

systemBuilder [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:52PM

I love the high ISO performance and clarity of K-5 image sensor. I hope they can upgrade the focus system in firmware or at least make the focus system of the K-5 work a little bit more like this camera, maybe in a K-5v2 model?

LFLee [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:49PM

This is the camera I have been waiting since K200. Now own a K5, but the specs in this looks really good. Love the AA option. K5 replacement should have that option too! Will be a unique Pentax DSLR feature along with WR!
A really good job by Ricoh to bring back the K200 line - best value camera. Even though top lcd is removed (they could have put a smaller top lcd there...). oh well.

Mtax [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:41PM

Always love the look of Pentax DSLR (not the K-01 though). This one surely is not disappointed. Great job Pentax!

Marc Sabatella [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:36PM

There were more differences between the K200D and K100D than just the sensor and WR, but nothing as major as the improvements between the K-r and K30.

wcchamp18 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:35PM

Very nice! It's very good to see that Pentax still knows how to build a viewfinder! ;) For awhile I thought they had forgot...

slackercruster [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:34PM

Great work Pentax!

Love the AA option. Without it, any prospective cam purchase is a deal breaker for me.

dominikkolendo [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:22PM

i want one, because FINALLY it's a white WR camera.
i would love to know if it will take still images at 16:9, i assume so as teh k-01 does. Also, if it will have the option for sub-megapixel images, like a nice 480x640 internet ready size.

Scorg [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:20PM

There seems to be a lot of love towards the K200D, now was this not, a K100DS with 10mpix sensor and weather sealing with no added differences ?
Or have I missed something ?

Couscousdelight [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:18PM

Flash sync : 1/180 S. as seen on Pentax France website !

madbrain [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:15PM

Specs look very good, price not that good. The K200D body MSRP was $620, so this is $229 more four years later.

Does this camera support cable release ?
Is there a battery grip option ?

Couscousdelight [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:14PM

Image format : RAW 14 bits, as seen on Pentax France website.

ahw [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:13PM

Any specs on maximum flash sync speed?

john5100 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:08PM

Well done Pentax!!

icy [Delete] May 21st, 2012 5:00PM

Congratulation! Pentax rocks!

kenafein [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:56PM

Really nice, I regret buying my K-5 a bit now after becoming aware of the wonders of focus assist.

xvad [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:56PM

It seems better than the K-5 (flagman of Pentax now :)

chrisdenny [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:56PM

Wait, this doesn't have mic input or full manual video control??? What a disappointment, I think it's time to leave Pentax

darylk [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:54PM

Looks pretty cool - belongs in a Jeep commercial with both covered with spray! I wonder if it has lens fine focus calibration. That's one feature that I really like with the K-5 that my K200 didn't have.

PrairieDog [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:52PM

I have been wanting a replacement for my K20. This one looks good to me.

imtheguy [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:45PM

I am beyond elated that the Monday announcement was more than just the da50/1.8. A new and decent camera. Yahoo!

vicentesagredo [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:41PM

AF improved, but AF key? :(

Welfl [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:38PM

People began receiving their K-01s roughly two or three weeks before its official shipping date. Let's hope that also happens with the K-30. That way Adam will be able to review it relatively early. However, to tell the truth, I really don't feel a need to wait for a review this time (although I will). Pentax is finally offering a camera that has everything I want, and then some. Furthermore, much of the technology in it, including that almost supernatural sensor, has already been tested and proven in the K-5 and the K-01.

bouvin [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:38PM

I am sorely tempted to upgrade a white K-x to a blue K-30. Spec-wise a good upgrade, and sooo pretty!

Zaphodmonster [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:37PM

I'm impressed this camera looks pretty badass!

FruitLooPs [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:37PM

Woooo want, do want muchos! Might have to move up from the trusty K20D

wendl [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:37PM

I love the colours. I won''t be giving up my K-7 but if I had been in the market I would choose this over the competition.

tigerzen [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:35PM

this and the new 50 1.8 lens will be awesome

Compur [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:34PM

Interchangeable focusing screens and peak focusing. A nice nod to those of us who enjoy manual focus on occasion. Sadly this makes my K-R look a little lame. If only they had a trade-in program.

JHD [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:33PM

OMG - This is so revolutionary!

netrex [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:32PM

Well. Pentax just kicked ass, again :D I'll still go for the K-01 for my K-5 add-on, but this is a bitchin' camera!

It says focus peaking, but not while video is recording, so I assume it's for live view and manual focus as well then. Too bad it's not for use while video is recording. I wonder if it is on the K-01 while video is recording.

tigerzen [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:32PM

Target will sell a ton of these

tigerzen [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:28PM

WOW! this camera is crazy...the blue one looks crazy good. The new body design is totally Bitchin.

causey [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:27PM

Micro lens focus adjustment?

Biro [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:27PM

This looks like an excellent camera and a worthy successor to the K200D. Because I have both the K-5 and the K200D, I am in no rush to buy and can see if the body-only price drops a bit. But I strongly suspect my K200D will be going to a deserving niece before very long.

ofer4 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:27PM

FYI, the B&H link for the kit lists the WR lens but shows the non-WR in the photo.

xanis [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:26PM

Man....this is quite a beast. Hopefully the k5 succesor has more AF points.

kolleiro [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:23PM

Does it have a silent shutter like the K-5? Then it would definitely be worth an upgrade from my k-x.

pentaxmz [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:21PM

Looks good! Hopefully, the new Pentax won't screw up the marketing.

ronniemac [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:20PM

It's like a K-5 in drag, now can we have one in yellow please!
More seriously this sounds like a fine camera, striking design too.

luftfluss [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:18PM

Will this be enough to finally make me relinquish the greatest DSLR ever, the wonderful K-x? I find myself tempted...

thickeyebrow [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:18PM

this is too good to be true, but it's the real deal!!! :) great job Pentax!!

rparmar [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:18PM

Looks like a good camera for the market segment, despite the price creep. But could you please stop abusing the word "revolutionary"? Thanks so much.

Kei [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:17PM

Pentaprism, TAv mode, weather sealing and sub-$1000. This is a sure buy for me. The blue one is pure bonus!

I almost pulled the trigger on the K5 but was held back due to cost and weight. The K30 has exactly everything I want.

DSims [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:17PM

This is very encouraging; especially the fact that they're concentrating on improving the AF, and the fact that they're making a solid mid-range camera. This also signals that they're going to have one or two models above it, also with improvements in the areas where Pentax needs them most. Perhaps those otherwise unwelcome lens price hikes will be somewhat justified, since Pentax looks to be again building a solid brand that we can count on for years to come!

Next up: improve P-TTL flash and support for 3rd party strobes and triggers!

ElJamoquio [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:16PM

Looks nice. Hope it's a success.

teedee [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:15PM

this is the one for me.... !

Pentaxtic [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:15PM

not a mini K5

D1N0 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:14PM

I wonder what those dust collectors on the side of the housing are for. Does it have an external mic jack female hidden somewhere?

LaurenOE [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:13PM

Fantastic!!! Anything about external mic or video out in record mode? What a GREAT mid range DSLR from Pentax! Congrats!

goldenarrow [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:13PM

Looks like a winner. Just about everything is improved. Now it needs to become known to the general public. Apparently, that is harder than the engineering that went into making this thing!

redpigeons [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:12PM

ok take my words back looks amazing!!

amrocha [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:11PM

Can't wait!!!

Mareket: I did not see the price with the 18-135mm included, are you sure?

DonThomaso [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:11PM

This will surely bring attention and new folks to Pentax, think that the WR is a feature that will distinguish future DSLRs from the increasingly popular mirrorless alternatives.

Mareket [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:09PM

This is an amazing price with the 18-135 lens, and an awesome camera. Can't wait to see how the new autofocus performs.

Cooler [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:09PM

NEW AF, great news, will see the tests :)

axl [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:06PM

seems to be nice enough indeed! but to make K-3 (or whatever will come after K-5) interesting and different from this, they'll have to step up from K-5 quite a lot as this thing is very close IMO....

userage [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:06PM

Looks amazing! Knew it was a K200D replacement :p A strong competitor I believe, can't wait to see the K-r/K-5/FF !

pezmaker [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:04PM

so, so, so want...

kcobain1992 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:03PM

This seems amazing for the price.

RonHendriks1966 [Delete] May 21st, 2012 4:03PM

Looks great!

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