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06-09-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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Why should I buy a K-30 over D7000 or 60D?

Hello,

I have an Olympus E420 and want to upgrade. I really like the look of the K-30 and D7000, and thirdly the 60D. I have read countless reviews that all put the K-30 abover either the Nikon or Canon.
However, I would like to hear from the users of the K-30 about it?
Could you please give me some comparisons of these 3 cameras. I have looked at all three of them and love the sound, feel, and focusing speed of the K-30.

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06-09-2013, 07:57 AM   #2
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While I can't compare the three (I've only handled the D7000 and K30 a few times, and I never handled the Canon other than in a store and if felt plasticky and uncomfortable) I can tell you one nice thing that the K30 has and the others do not. In body shake reduction. That means you wouldn't need to shell out the extra for VR or IS lenses!
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The K-30 is more of an entry level camera. The D7000 and D60 were positioned as an enthusiast camera (like the K-5). The D7000 has a better flash system & faster (but not more accurate) autofocus. The 60D has an articulated LCD. The K-30 is smaller, has better weather sealing, in body shake reduction, can use AA batteries, and has consumer oriented Scene modes.
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I think you will find the K 30 as many more features then the other 2. Also, it is not really an entry level but mid range camera. DPreview has a nice feature where by you can compare these cameras. Go to the review of the K 30 and the conclusion page. Down at the bottom is the comarison feature. Select all cameras and then add the other two and compare results.

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I would say the canon is by far the worst, it feels really cheap and nasty, . A friend has a D7000 and its a nice camera, it feels well built and its picture quality is good. Its autofocus is faster, but only if you have expensive lenses. I would say my k30s images are probably a little bit sharper than a D7000, and the weather sealing on my k30 is brilliant.

I recently moved from an olympus e420 to the k30 and I have not regretted it one bit, It is a brilliant camera that is easy to use. Personally i would go into a shop and try them out, See what one you like most.

I hope this helps
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Re: Camera Comparison: Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-30: Beginners Questions Forum: Digital Photography Review
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Shake reduction is a killer feature for me. Nuff said. All other features/specs can be replaced by skill and Photoshop. It's like polarizing filter versus other filters. You can't easily make polarized image in Photoshop, but effects of gradient filters and tinters are just a click away.
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1. SR
2. smaller lenses, esp primes
3. better weather seal
4. Much faster CDAF
5. Focus peaking in LV
6. Better handling than the 60D (give and take bs D7K)
7. Smaller camera (less encumbrance, esp with those small Pentax lenses)
8. Better DR and noise vs the D60 (better noise profile than D7K as well; the Pentaxes have very very low chroma noise, easier to push the post processing on a file)

I've handed a 60D on one occasion (I have a 5D; rather similar layout... = not that good ).
I've handed the D7K a couple of times.
The main advantage of the D7K imo is the surer AF (slight).
The advantage of 60D/D7K over K30 are the plastic cheapo f1.8/f2/f2.8 primes (cheap and good)

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With the new announcement of cameras the K30 price will likely drop even more. That's another reason, cheap, but good.
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The Pentax DA 35/2.4 and old version Sigma 17-70 sealed the deal for me. It was a toss up between going Nikon or staying with Pentax and upgrading from a K100D to a K30. I already had the Sigma, and reviews of the 35/2.4 showed it was fast focusing and decent IQ wide open, something the cheap C&N 35/1.8 primes weren't, they needed stopping down a bit, so I couldn't really see any advantage in their offerings especially as the 35/2.4 is stabilised with SR. The Sigma is a great lens for the money I paid (about 230) and SR boosts its capabilities, so all in all I stuck with Pentax.

Other considerations:-
The D7000 only has 9 cross type AF sensors. I don't count line sensors, they let you down. The K-30 has 11.
Lots of tales of woe about users' D7000 AF problems, i.e. back and front focus. The K-30 had its AF updated to work accurately in all light, tungsten etc.
D7000 jpg skin tones are bad, no really bad indoors from what I'd seen. Yellow peril.
D7000 buffer wasn't anywhere near what it should be for the money. When it slows it really really slows.
The 60D has a poor sensor so it was out of the running.


The K-30 is absolutely brilliant for the money, I was actually just about to pull the trigger at it's full original asking price as it was worth it, but luckily the pre-Xmas drop in price came just at the right time.
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I think that the biggest reason would be money -- K30 is cheaper at this point than the other two, although it is also not at the same level as the D7000. The D7000 will have faster autofocus, in my opinion, not as good ergonomics. If sealing is important to you, Pentax does have a greater variety of sealed lenses -- Nikon doesn't really make any cheap sealed lenses. In body image stabilization is nice to have.

The K30 does not have the option of using a grip, is smaller (some people don't like small cameras).

Probably not best to buy purely based on a single camera body -- you should think about lenses that you want down the road and see which brand offers a better pathway to get there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
The D7000 will have faster autofocus.
Sometimes, sometimes not. The K-30 is no slouch with the right lenses.
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Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-30 - Our Analysis

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Making a simple judgement from that simple review one could conclude that you're giving up image quality for the reduced price. Look how they have given reasons to buy as if you were Joe Sixpack.

From the snapsnort.com link:

Reasons to buy the K30:
  • Image Stabilization
  • High ISO
  • Weather Sealed

Reasons to buy the D7000:
  • Low Noise at High ISO
  • Wide Dynamic Range
  • Great Image Quality
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QuoteOriginally posted by adamandbean Quote
Hello,

I have an Olympus E420 and want to upgrade. I really like the look of the K-30 and D7000, and thirdly the 60D. I have read countless reviews that all put the K-30 abover either the Nikon or Canon.
However, I would like to hear from the users of the K-30 about it?
Could you please give me some comparisons of these 3 cameras. I have looked at all three of them and love the sound, feel, and focusing speed of the K-30.

Thanks,


Adam
What more do you need to know? You seem to have done some research and decided YOU like the K30, so buy it and start enjoying it! Other people's opinions are meaningless. Remember, opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one and they all stink!

Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong!
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