Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
05-22-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
Senior Member
dmfw's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Dallas, Tx
Photos: Albums
Posts: 159
K-30 vs. the Nikon D3200

Any comments on the K-30 vs. the new Nikon D3200 (24.2 megapixel) SLR. I know one person who has played with the D3200 and he likes the camera. Also, D3200 is $150 less than the K-30.

I like the Pentax, but the D3200's specs + the Nikon name may deprive Pentax of its thunder.

Thanks

P.S

I like the K-30's high ISO, the sealed body is OK, but I hoped for a 18+ megapixel sensor.

05-22-2012, 12:41 PM   #2
Administrator
Site Webmaster
Adam's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arizona
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 43,118
I think the K-30 still outclasses the D3200- from what I've heard from the Nikon community, they're not that fond of the 24Mp sensor in that camera.

I think a fairer comparison would be K-30 vs D5100.

Adam
PentaxForums.com Webmaster (Site Usage Guide | Site Help | My Photography)



PentaxForums.com's high server and development costs are user-supported. You can help cover those costs by donating. Or, buy your photo gear from our affiliates, Adorama, B&H Photo, or Topaz Labs, and get FREE Marketplace access - click here to see how! Trusted Pentax retailers:

05-22-2012, 12:41 PM   #3
Junior Member




Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 37
D3200 is an entry-level camera. I am sure Nikon D5100, which will be upgraded sometimes this year, will be closer camera (at least in price).

K30 though offers quite unique features for it's price (like WR, dual dial, 100% VF) that neither D5100 nor the upcoming T4i would match.
05-22-2012, 12:42 PM   #4
Pentaxian
JinDesu's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New York City
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,626
The K-30, running the k-5/K-01 sensor, will have better DR, better high ISO, and a bit better sharpness than the D3200. In addition to that, it is marketed at the mid-level (prosumer) group - the same group that will enjoy two dials, pentaprism 100% coverage viewfinder, and WR.

In addition to that, the K-30 is very interesting to look at - plus the blue and white color versions are very striking. Much of the comments at DPReview have been giving props to Pentax for the design and the WR. Responses on the D3200 at DPReview have been more mixed - most are discussing the sensor (as it is new, while the K-30's has a pretty solid background). There isn't as much positive response to it.

So to summarize - the K-30 is thundering on pretty well right now, as far as I can see.

05-22-2012, 12:47 PM   #5
Emperor and Senpai
VoiceOfReason's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Nashville, IN
Posts: 5,415
I bet if a store carries both and people can handle both you would see the difference. I handled the D7100 and the K5 both, and my K5 feels so much more substantial.
05-22-2012, 12:47 PM   #6
Junior Member




Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 37
QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I think the K-30 still outclasses the D3200- from what I've heard from the Nikon community, they're not that fond of the 24Mp sensor in that camera.

I think a fairer comparison would be K-30 vs D5100.
The 24 MP sensor is going to be huge selling point, once the camera gets to shop. That's a specification that average people know about a camera.

Yes, D5100 would be the right comparison to K30, but D5100 is an year old. It's next in line for upgrade.

Last edited by ElrondElensar; 05-22-2012 at 01:02 PM.
05-22-2012, 01:12 PM   #7
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 202
QuoteQuote:
I know one person who has played with the D3200 and he likes the camera. Also, D3200 is $150 less than the K-30.

I like the Pentax, but the D3200's specs + the Nikon name may deprive Pentax of its thunder.
Have you actually read the D3200 specs?? Other then 24MP, it offers NOthing over the K-30...and fails in numerous (important) feature comparisons.

As posted in another thread - 'weird how manufacturers release dumb cameras for ignorant people'. Simply produce a severly crippled body but stick a big MP sensor in there (with corresponding big files and slow processing, framerates etc.), price it entry level - and people go nuts.

Last edited by jmg257; 05-22-2012 at 01:53 PM.
05-22-2012, 01:17 PM - 2 Likes   #8
Senior Member




Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Lisbon
Posts: 143
QuoteOriginally posted by dmfw Quote
(...) I hoped for a 18+ megapixel sensor.
Why? What are you hoping to do with the few extra megapixels?

05-22-2012, 01:40 PM   #9
Forum Member
Paolo.Bosetti's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Stanford, CA, USA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 60
QuoteOriginally posted by lpfonseca Quote
Why? What are you hoping to do with the few extra megapixels?
Best question in a while.
05-22-2012, 01:54 PM - 1 Like   #10
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Sacramento, CA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 728
I would take a K30 over the D3200 any day. The D3200 uses a pentamirror (yuck) versus a pentaprism as used by the K30. Look through the viewfinder of a camera with a pentaprism in low-light (or at night) versus a pentamirror to see the difference. The pentaprism is much brighter and provides 100% coverage. What you see through the viewfinder is what you'll get. Other features that come to mind where the K30 is superior to the D3200:

1. dual control wheels vs. one
2. 6 FPS burst vs. 4 FPS
3. weather sealing vs. none
4. AE bracketing 3 exposures vs. none
5. focus peaking vs. none
6. AF with all Pentax AF lenses vs. AF only with Nikon AF-S lenses
7. AF with 9 cross-type points vs. 1 cross-type
8. In-body stabilization vs. lens only

I think those features are worth the $150 extra over the D3200, but if history tells us anything, the street prices will usually be lower after a couple months.

Last edited by einstrigger; 05-22-2012 at 02:03 PM.
05-22-2012, 01:56 PM   #11
Pentaxian
aleonx3's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Brampton, Ontario
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,888
QuoteOriginally posted by lpfonseca Quote
Why? What are you hoping to do with the few extra megapixels?
Not to mention the baggage that comes with that... which means you are likely refrain from taking photos in RAW as the 24mp RAW file can get really big fast. This also means you need bigger size memory card and also longer processing time.
05-22-2012, 01:56 PM   #12
Pentaxian




Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago Suburbs.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 500
expensive VR

QuoteOriginally posted by Paolo.Bosetti Quote
Best question in a while.
What good are 24mp cameras if the pictures are blurry??? And who wants to spend 30-50% more for each VR lens??? Sheeple to slaughter.....

05-22-2012, 02:08 PM   #13
Site Supporter




Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Gladys, Virginia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 16,220
The 24 megapixel sensor may resolve more at low iso than the 16 megapixel sensor. I say may, because you will have to use the right lens, have perfect focus and have everything else come together just right. Other than that, as everyone else says, the K30 kills the D3200. A camera is a tool, a light box for a lens, meant to take photos. To me, the tools that accompany that in the K-30 will make it much more likely to help a photographer get the photo he/she wants.

I would not personally want a camera with just one control dial (even if it had eight more megapixels) or a pentamirror, but maybe that's just me.
05-22-2012, 02:11 PM   #14
Senior Member




Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 123
The K30 looks like the spiritual replacement of the K200d. A lot of people have said, "if they'd just re-make the K200d." Well it looks like they just did. The price is too close to the K-5's though. Certainly it will drop a bit later in the year.

I expect the K-5 successor to have the new Sony 24mp sensor. It would make sense but in my opinion it would not be an upgrade.
05-22-2012, 03:05 PM   #15
Emperor and Senpai
VoiceOfReason's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Nashville, IN
Posts: 5,415
For me, nothing! I generally always resize my pics. I can't think of too many times I need a full size pic from either the K5 or the Kx.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
d3200, k-30, k-50, megapixel, nikon, pentax, pentax k30, pentax k50, vs
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nikon D3200 Hands-on Preview jogiba Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 24 04-30-2012 07:20 PM
Nikon D3200 with D4`s processor and 24 megapixels as well as iso 12800. Reportage Pentax DSLR Discussion 25 04-24-2012 08:53 AM
Nikon announces 24MP D3200 twitch Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 38 04-23-2012 09:27 AM
Nikon V1 and J1: the new mirrorless cameras from Nikon ogl Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 81 09-23-2011 02:11 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:22 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top