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07-17-2012, 07:09 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
In the video, it sounds like the k-30, while nowhere near as quiet as the K-5, is still a little bit quieter than the K-x. Was that your impression?
I believe that the k-30 is quieter (and higher pitched, so its sound will travel less) than the k-x. However, it is not such a difference in volume that would make a difference to 99% of the users, in my opinion.

For example, recently I came across a deer at night and was taking pictures of it from about 30-40 feet with my k-x. After about 4 shots, it ran away specifically from the shutter sound. At each click, it would perk up. I do not think the k-30 would have made a difference, but I do think the k-5 would.

Another example would be in a concert hall - I used my k-x in a concert hall and you can definitely hear it a few rows away. I don't think anyone would hear the k-5 from more than 1 row away.

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That's too bad...I was hoping for a quieter camera, but I'm not willing to go above the price of the K-30. Oh well, I've put up with the sound of the K-x, so I guess I can deal with the K-30.
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In consideration though, I do not think it is any louder than the CaNikon equivalents. The k-x is loudest (compared to the k-r, and now the k-30), but again, it's such a minor magnitude that is also dependent on the lenses.

The k-5 is just a different league altogether.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
For example, recently I came across a deer at night and was taking pictures of it from about 30-40 feet with my k-x. After about 4 shots, it ran away specifically from the shutter sound. At each click, it would perk up. I do not think the k-30 would have made a difference, but I do think the k-5 would.
That reminds me of an old American Indian saying:
A leaf fell in the forest; the eagle saw it, the deer heard it, the bear smelled it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
That's too bad...I was hoping for a quieter camera, but I'm not willing to go above the price of the K-30. Oh well, I've put up with the sound of the K-x, so I guess I can deal with the K-30.
Ditto. Ordered it two nights ago.

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Found this video of K-x vs K-30 vs K-5 shutter sound..........
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Compared to K100D

I understand the K-30 shutter sound is noiser than that of the K-5, but is it quieter than that of the K-100D?
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I understand the K-30 shutter sound is noiser than that of the K-5, but is it quieter than that of the K-100D?
It's been awhile since I used the K100D Super, but I believe so yes.

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If you read the rest of the posts in this thread, you'll find enough comparative to info to say it would be slightly quieter than the K100DS.
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Hello, hate to revive an old thread as my first post, but I think I'm pretty much set on buying the K30. The only thing keeping me from committing 100% is the possible loud shutter. I've searched, read, watched, and listened to many different inputs from various sources, but since most comparisons are to older Pentax cameras (often not in stores), I have a hard time judging. Can anyone comment on the sound compared to the likes of Canon or Nikon sold at best buy or something?

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QuoteOriginally posted by thehiko Quote
Hello, hate to revive an old thread as my first post, but I think I'm pretty much set on buying the K30. The only thing keeping me from committing 100% is the possible loud shutter. I've searched, read, watched, and listened to many different inputs from various sources, but since most comparisons are to older Pentax cameras (often not in stores), I have a hard time judging. Can anyone comment on the sound compared to the likes of Canon or Nikon sold at best buy or something?

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Which Canon and Nikon sold at best buy?

When I was playing with the D3200, D5100, and T4i, I didn't think the k-30 was louder.

However, I can definitely say the D7000 was louder than the k-5, so none of the Canon and Nikons you find at Best Buy will be as quiet as the k-5.
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Thanks for such a quick reply. I guess if I had to pick out they would be d5100 and t3/4i. I know the K5 seems to be extremely quiet, but I think I am leaning towards the k30 at this time. Thanks!
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Strange that the K30 is so loud - compared with the K5 and other sealed body versions... I've only used 2 DSLRs - the K30 and a borrowed-for-weekends K200D - and the K30 startled me - it's "more modern" than the K200 - but the 'clack-chunk' is sharper, less "sealed-inside" sounding, and louder.

Perhaps the lower models in the range have to have louder shutters to make the top-of-range models sound more 'Rolls-Royce silent'.

Or it promotes sales of longer lenses to get the camera clear of anything that would be startled by the sound...

And in any crowd or gathering, where most are waving their P&S devices - it certainly announces to anyone within 10-metres / 33-ft - in quieter areas, that you have a 'clack-chunky' DSLR - not always to the amusement of Security, perhaps.

Perhaps some padded "camera-armour" around the K30 would suit those who'd prefer it to be quieter.

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My K100D is the loudest DSLR I've ever heard if that helps.
Yeah, that.

Everyone's opinion of loud and tolerable is meaningless. (Except the K100D).

Someone with a DB meter should pop the cameras and post the numbers. But, people will still not know what they relate to :-)
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Someone with a DB meter should pop the cameras and post the numbers. But, people will still not know what they relate to :-)
Absolutely! I find the k30's shutter to be very subdued compared to my kx, which I didn't find loud either.
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