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11-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Difference in video capabilities between the K-30 and K-50?

I was browsing the in-depth reviews on the site and I saw that the K-50 got a 5/10 for video mode and the K-30 got a 8/10. However, nothing in the review leads me to believe there is a significant (or any) difference between them. What am I missing? I was thinking about buying a K-50 as a sidegrade to my K-5 (to use for video since the K-5 is absolutely atrocious for that with its lack of any manual controls) and I just want to make sure the K-50 would meet all my needs (manual controls of aperture/exposure/iso for video, external power supply jack, stabilizer screwhole, acceptably high quality file format, etc) without anything bad hiding under the surface that I'm overlooking.

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The movie modes are the same on the two cameras. The ratings differ due to the difference in launch date and the reviewer's opinion.

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The movie modes are the same on the two cameras. The ratings differ due to the difference in launch date and the reviewer's opinion.
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If it was me, and I wanted an alternative to the K5 that had to have the better video, I would pick the K-01 far ahead of the K-30/50. The K-01 has a mic out, and stereo mics on board, rather than the mono mic. The battery is the same as the K5, and will last much longer in video mode than the K-30/50. The K-01 is easier to handle with a video bracket, and has a much quieter shutter. It works well with screen loupe (the GGS/Perfect flippable loupe is a perfect fit). Having both the K-01 and K30, the latter would be used for video in emergency situations only.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ScooterMaxi Jim Quote
If it was me, and I wanted an alternative to the K5 that had to have the better video, I would pick the K-01 far ahead of the K-30/50. The K-01 has a mic out, and stereo mics on board, rather than the mono mic. The battery is the same as the K5, and will last much longer in video mode than the K-30/50. The K-01 is easier to handle with a video bracket, and has a much quieter shutter. It works well with screen loupe (the GGS/Perfect flippable loupe is a perfect fit). Having both the K-01 and K30, the latter would be used for video in emergency situations only.
I have always wondered, given the size of onboard mics, how much difference there is between stereo and mono; I mean, do you really get a stereo effect with the built-in mics?
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I have always wondered, given the size of onboard mics, how much difference there is between stereo and mono; I mean, do you really get a stereo effect with the built-in mics?
Of course not. Or rather, the stereo image wanders around horribly as you move the camera even a little so it will never sound 'right' on a decent playback system - unfocused and confusing at best. Stereo mikes really need to be in a fixed location. It's a shame the K-30 lacks mike sockets but we all knew that when we bought it (I hope ). The K-30 mike sounds decent - I keep meaning to try a home brew windshield but I didn't really buy the K-30 for video so haven't got round to it.
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I have always wondered, given the size of onboard mics, how much difference there is between stereo and mono; I mean, do you really get a stereo effect with the built-in mics?
Hi Schmidt,

First let me say that the on-camera mics are much better than I would have ever guessed. The poor noise floor due to AGC is not the fault of the mics, of course. I do an occasional concert video, and what comes through very strongly is a sense of the room - that is a three dimensional sound presence resulting mostly from stereo mics. Not true stereo separation, but a pleasant sense of presence. Here is a musical video (Elizabeth Cook in Taos):
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If it was me, and I wanted an alternative to the K5 that had to have the better video, I would pick the K-01 far ahead of the K-30/50. The K-01 has a mic out, and stereo mics on board, rather than the mono mic. The battery is the same as the K5, and will last much longer in video mode than the K-30/50. The K-01 is easier to handle with a video bracket, and has a much quieter shutter. It works well with screen loupe (the GGS/Perfect flippable loupe is a perfect fit). Having both the K-01 and K30, the latter would be used for video in emergency situations only.
Thanks for the recommendation. My hesitation with the K1 is that it doesn't have a viewfinder. I find it close to impossible to focus any kind of wide open shot using only the tiny camera screen. I always focus in picture mode first through the viewfinder, then flip to video and shoot. I also don't use the mics at all (neither onboard or external ones), I do the entire sound track separate later. Those are the two things that were pushing me toward a K50

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