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08-08-2012, 03:23 AM   #1
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Returning K-30

I was a K-X owner and decided to switch to a K-30. I found it to have a higher IQ but ended up throwing away more pictures than with my K-X. The autofocus was too picky and therfore slower. Also pictures had more noise than with my old K-X. I wanted my upgrade to work but unfortunately ended up returning it yesterday.

It could have been my camera but since my 30 days from B&H were expiring I decided to return it.

Maybe it is too early to come to any conclusions but the posted pictures of the K-5 look superior than the quality of pictures I was getting from the K-30.

Anybody else having such problems?


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08-08-2012, 03:27 AM   #2
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I would think about just getting a k5. As of today, there is only a $30 difference. I have been using my k5 for about a week now and have been extremely impressed by it's high ISO performance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jorgitog1 Quote
I was a K-X owner.........

Anybody else having such problems?
No oposite, I have K-x, have K-5 and few days ago K-30 arrived, took nearly 500 photos and 95% are keepers, much higher than with K-x or K-5,
I am actually in love with K-30, is smaller, lighter, much faster processing and AF/MF than K-5 + can take AA batteries with adapter.
Some photos:
Pentax K-30 - a set on Flickr
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I think it also depends on your JPEG custom image settings, as they can drastically affect how all your pictures look.

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What settings did you use for the AF on the k-30? When I played with the k-30, it was noticeably faster than my k-x.
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The K-30 is superior to my K-r in every way. I'm sure it's the same for the K-x, since they are so close in specs. It's possible it was a problem with your particular camera, but your findings are the complete opposite of mine. High ISO on the K-30 blows away the K-r, and the AF is significantly faster and more accurate.

You can get a K-5 if you want, but I really doubt there's much difference in IQ between the K-30 and K-5.
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You should have posted some actual photos showing exif data before coming to any final conclusions. For all we know you may be a flamer.
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I just tried a K-30 yesterday and I was impressed by the AF. Especially in liveview were it killed my K-5 in every way possible.

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I think moving from K-x to K-30 was an upgrade. K-30 beats K-x in every situation imo.
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K-30 more noise then the Kx, first time hearing that!

Besides the K5 and K30 uses the same sensor so the image quality should be almost the same.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Anvh Quote
K-30 more noise then the Kx, first time hearing that!

Besides the K5 and K30 uses the same sensor so the image quality should be almost the same.
Pentax Official Facebook even said that it's a newer version of the sensor.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
Pentax Official Facebook even said that it's a newer version of the sensor.
A few users are saying it's cleaner up to 3200 ISO, and after is just a little worse. I've seen the k-30 RAW files up to 25600, and it's definitely a stop better than the k-x at least.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Franky2step Quote
You should have posted some actual photos showing exif data before coming to any final conclusions. For all we know you may be a flamer.
Probably not, if you look at previous posts. However, I spot a trend - in 2009, it was a Sony P&S that was better than the newly purchased K-x which couldn't focus. It now produces nice images, evidently better than a new K-30.
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Last night at the Tour they made a big deal, with slides, that the K-30 has precisely the same sensor as the K-5 BUT it has a newly improved PROCESSOR. They had a triangle and had Lens -> Sensor -> Processor as the triad of image quality.
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It could be that your lens needed a fine AF adjustment as did mine. I was quite frustrated the first few days as the pictures just seemed blurry and off...but now that I have the FF issue dialed in on the camera, the pictures are looking sharp! I jerry rigged a playing card and a measuring stick at a 45 angle to measure it. Worked a charm.

I also recommend playing with the AF modes, and metering, etc... my 18-55 kit was fast enough to get clear shots of my son while swinging on a swing...not every shot a keeper, but more than I expected, and the 18-55 WR is supposed to be fairly slow...

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