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The table below presents the key specifications for the K-30, in comparison with the current top-level Pentax dSLR (K-5) and the hybrid MILC K-01.

Pentax K-30 Pentax K-5 Pentax K-01
CMOS sensor resolution 16.28 MP 16.28 MP 16.28 MP
ISO range (expanded) 100-12800 (100-25600) 100-12800 (80-51200) 100-12800 (100-25600)
Sensor size 15.7 x 23.7 mm (APS-C) 15.7 mm x 23.7 (APS-C) 15.7 x 23.7 mm (APS-C)
Video mode

1080p: 30/25/24 fps
720p: 60/50/30/25/24 fps
VGA: 30/25/24 fps
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MOV)

1080p: 25 FPS
720p: 30/25 FPS
VGA: 30/25 FPS
1080p: 30/25/24 fps
720p: 60/50/30/25/24 fps
VGA: 30/25/24 fps
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MOV)
Manual video controls ISO/Shutter Speed/Aperture N/A ISO/Shutter Speed/Aperture
AF During Video Yes No Yes
Shutter speeds 30s-1/6000s 30s-1/8000s 30s-1/4000s
AF System and Modes SAFOX IXi+: 11-point phase detect w/ AF.S, AF.C, AF.A
-Live View contrast detect
-AF assist lamp, light source detection sensor, diffraction lens 

SAFOX IX+: 11-point phase detect w/ AF.S, AF.C
-Live View contrast detect
-AF assist lamp, light wavelength sensor 

81-point contrast detect
-AF.S, AF.C, face detection
Max framerate (buffer)

Hi: 6 fps (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
Lo: 3 fps (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW) 

Hi: 7 fps (30 JPG, 20 RAW)
Lo: 2 fps (unlimited JPG, 40 RAW)
Hi: 6 fps (6 JPG thereafter framerate slows to 3 fps with unlimited buffer)
Lo: 3 fps (unlimited JPG), 1 fps (unlimited RAW)
LCD 3-inch, 921,000-dot 3-inch, 921,000-dot 3-inch, 921,000-dot
Built-in flash GN 12 GN 13 GN 12
Processing Engine PRIME M PRIME II PRIME M
Weather sealed Yes Yes No
Dimensions (WxHxD) 130 x 97 x 71 mm
5.12 x 3.82 x 2.8 in.

130.5 x 96.5 x 72.5 mm
5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9 in.

121 x 79 x 59 mm
4.8 x 3.1 x 2.3 in.
Weight w/ battery 650 g (22.9 oz.) 740g (26.1 oz.) 560g (19.8 oz.)
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