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07-19-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
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Hands-On K-30 Field Test Video

Hey everyone,

I just finished editing this K-30 field test video. We abuse the camera while rafting down the Bow River. It holds up very well, and as Chris says repeatedly, the K-30 is easily the best camera at its price point right now. It was a nice change after just finishing a video on the very underwhelming Canon T4i.

Let me know what you think and hit me with any questions you may have!


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07-19-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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Overall, a very positive review. He pointed out a few negatives, at least negatives for him, related to the aesthetics. But overall, he said it was a great camera for the price and "dominated" the Canon t4i. The only problem is that it now extends my K5 vs. k30 argument re: my soon-to-be purchased camera.
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Nice comprehensive review from my favourite camera store. Needs more Lada though.
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Yeah the looks a subjective thing, I love it but I can see your point about the bandaid haha.

Great review, I'm super pleased with my camera and I think your review pretty well reflects my feelings. There have been complaints about recorded audio quality, but from the stuff in your review its perfectly adequate for casual use.

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Great review.... thanks

Reviews like this keep confirming what I think about this wonderful Dslr.

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Thats a good review. I think they're all fair comments, and you compare properly against the competition.

But dear god, that river was flowing fast! You guys are nuts!
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Fantastic and fair review! Really enjoyed that. Thank you for posting!
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Great review. Please handcuff the camera to Chris next time.

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Nice review. Was the video/audio for the whole thing shot with the K-30?
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Some portions are annotated wish 'shot by k-30' so I expect some other gear is in play.
I love the constant "relax Sony fans"
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The K-30's mirror certainly doesn't sound too loud in this video. It could be the environment in which the cameraman is standing; however, his mouth is the same distance from the microphone as the camera, yet his voice doesn't sound muted at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ofer4 Quote
Nice review. Was the video/audio for the whole thing shot with the K-30?
The video was shot on the Sony VG20 with a Pentax DA* 16-50. I would have preferred to shoot on the Pentax, but we only recieved one camera for testing. Only the indicated portion was shot on the K-30.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Welfl Quote
The K-30's mirror certainly doesn't sound too loud in this video. It could be the environment in which the cameraman is standing; however, his mouth is the same distance from the microphone as the camera, yet his voice doesn't sound muted at all.
The mirror sound was untouched, it is pretty quiet.
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Here's a blog post on the shoot, hopefully it will answer a few more questions:

https://www.thecamerastore.com/blog/2012/07/19/pentax-k-30-hands-field-test
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QuoteOriginally posted by TCSJordan Quote
The video was shot on the Sony VG20 with a Pentax DA* 16-50. I would have preferred to shoot on the Pentax, but we only recieved one camera for testing. Only the indicated portion was shot on the K-30.
Wait what? How do you control aperture with the DA*16-50? And why did you select the 16-50 to shoot with, out of curiousity?
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