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06-21-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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Pentax K-30 Test Images (Finally!)

Finally, someone has decided to (or been allowed to?) post some images taken with the Pentax K-30.

Imaging Resource has just posted 15 photos: Pentax K-30 Gallery.

P.S. I would like to have seen at least one image (and preferably more) taken somewhere between ISO 1600 and ISO 6400, to see (as much as possible) where the noise actually starts to become noticeable in lower-light settings.


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Someone was walking around with the k-30 in NYC!? Dangit!

Straight out of Cam jpegs, as a warning to those who want to look at the set:
http://216.18.212.226/PRODS/pentax-k30/FULLRES/yIMGP0386.JPG

Shot with the 18-135 WR, 31mm, 1/60s, ISO 1600, F4.5. Looks very off, in terms of noise level and noise reduction. However, I remember seeing DPreview's k-5 jpeg pictures and they are pretty similar. I assume RAW will look a heckuvalot better.

EXIF says NR was off in that shot, but I feel like there is still NR..

http://216.18.212.226/PRODS/pentax-k30/FULLRES/yIMGP0253.JPG
Shot with 18-135WR, 28mm, 1/30s, ISO 6400, F4. Definitely feels like there is NR in this shot, but the exif says NR is off.

Also - exif says SR was off in the two shots I linked, which is odd since they were shot at 1/30 and 1/60s and the lens isn't THAT light.

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Someone was walking around with the k-30 in NYC!? Dangit!
That'll teach ya not ta be payin' attention! He probably walked right past you at least once.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
http://216.18.212.226/PRODS/pentax-k30/FULLRES/yIMGP0253.JPG
Shot with 18-135WR, 28mm, 1/30s, ISO 6400, F4. Definitely feels like there is NR in this shot, but the exif says NR is off.
If it works like the K-01 and K5 which is quite likely then everything above ISO1600 has NR applied to it, even the RAWs

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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
http://216.18.212.226/PRODS/pentax-k30/FULLRES/yIMGP0386.JPG

Shot with the 18-135 WR, 31mm, 1/60s, ISO 1600, F4.5. Looks very off, in terms of noise level and noise reduction. However, I remember seeing DPreview's k-5 jpeg pictures and they are pretty similar. I assume RAW will look a heckuvalot better.

EXIF says NR was off in that shot, but I feel like there is still NR..
Aggreed. And fairly aggressive NR to boot.
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If it works like the K-01 and K5 which is quite likely then everything above ISO1600 has NR applied to it, even the RAWs
Hmmm, I didn't know that. Is there a way to remove the NR in Lightroom or some other program or are you stuck with it?
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Hmmm, I didn't know that. Is there a way to remove the NR in Lightroom or some other program or are you stuck with it?
The thing is - on the k-5, shooting ISO3200+, I've seen RAW edited shots and they look amazing. Very clear, crisp, and low in noise. A huge improvement over the out-of-cam JPEG with equivalent settings. I can only assume that the noise reduction applied to the JPEG is much stronger than the one applied to the RAW.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
The thing is - on the k-5, shooting ISO3200+, I've seen RAW edited shots and they look amazing. Very clear, crisp, and low in noise. A huge improvement over the out-of-cam JPEG with equivalent settings. I can only assume that the noise reduction applied to the JPEG is much stronger than the one applied to the RAW.
I agree that the K5 images I've seen look awesome - that's why I was surprised to find that out. Since I shoot RAW, I just figured all the NR was done to JPG's and never gave it much thought. Anyway, I hope the K-30 high ISO performance is as good as the K-5!

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Hmmm, I didn't know that. Is there a way to remove the NR in Lightroom or some other program or are you stuck with it?
Shoot at ISO 1600 and underexpose the photo, bring them back later with lightroom.
From what i hear all modes above ISO1600 are done by the camera software anyway so you shouldnt be loosing something in quality.
Havent tested it yet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
Shoot at ISO 1600 and underexpose the photo, bring them back later with lightroom.
From what i hear all modes above ISO1600 are done by the camera software anyway so you shouldnt be loosing something in quality.
Havent tested it yet.
Thanks for the info!
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A brief hands-on summary at Engadget:

Pentax K-30 weather-sealed DSLR hands-on with sample photos and video -- Engadget
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If it works like the K-01 and K5 which is quite likely then everything above ISO1600 has NR applied to it, even the RAWs
I don't think that's correct. If you shoot RAW+, then the JPEG image will have NR applied (very effectively, too, especially with the Q) but as far as I can see, the RAW image is untouched, as it should be. Do you have a source for this?
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Shoot at ISO 1600 and underexpose the photo, bring them back later with lightroom.
I agree. I've seen some outstanding examples using this methodology.

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Engadget put the camera under a water spout.

That's like crashing a car to make sure the airbags work. Kinda.
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but the image puts out an immediate message to the other sub-$1000 DSLRs: this is far more rugged camera and capable of handling weather extremes. and it's better than the recent Popular Photography's picture of the K-30 at least.
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