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02-01-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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K-3 Upgrade from K-30

I have the itch to get a K-3. Who has upgraded from the K-30 and what do you like the most about the K-3 compared to the K-30? Any downsides?

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I'm in the same boat- have a K-30, but would love a K-3... I just don't need it, being a pretty casual photographer, I don't find that I'd need all the bells and whistles.

You can compare the two cams side by side here: Pentax Cameras | Pentax K-3 vs. Pentax K-30 - Pentax DSLR Comparison - PentaxForums.com

What stands out to me most about the K-3 is that it has a battery grip option, has 2 SD card slots, slightly bigger LCD, top LCD screen, larger sensor, better color depth, and faster shutter speed options. Also should feel more solid and tough because build isn't plasticy like the K-30 line. Overall a very fast and solid performer with pluses over the K-30...
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The K3 is an astonishingly good camera. Only you can know if it is enough better than the K-30 to make it worth the money. I upgraded from a K-01 and K10D, so the contrast is more apparent to me.
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Going from a K-30 to a K-3, you are going from an entry-level camera to a top of the line camera.
The most noticeable things would be the increased resolution, and new features. There shouldn't be anything that the K-30 has that the K-3 does not. I can't think of any at least.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sdenby Quote
Going from a K-30 to a K-3, you are going from an entry-level camera to a top of the line camera.
The most noticeable things would be the increased resolution, and new features. There shouldn't be anything that the K-30 has that the K-3 does not. I can't think of any at least.
I like the fact that the K-30 can take AA batteries... that is a plus for some. If you're out somewhere and don't have an extra charged battery pack, AAs aren't too hard to find. But then again, you can avoid the issue by just carrying some extra charged battery packs or having a grip for extra battery life, so not a super huge plus of the K-30...
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Ah yes I forgot about that feature. It is quite useful for the times when you are going to be away from power for a while.
The AA batteries do tend to drain pretty quickly though.
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Ah yes I forgot about that feature. It is quite useful for the times when you are going to be away from power for a while.
The AA batteries do tend to drain pretty quickly though.
Regular non-recharable AAs do drain pretty quickly and cheaper recharable ones aren't much better, but I've been really happy with the Sanyo Eneloops (white ones with the blue writing). Hold up well in my K-30 and in my hot-shoe flashes.
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Thanks. I am fairly certain I will pick up a K-3 once the price drops a bit. I think I can wait because I am not taking too many pictures this winter because the weather sucks so much. So maybe I will jump in around April.

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I think I can wait because I am not taking too many pictures this winter because the weather sucks so much.
Oh, I definitely feel you, northern neighbor. Can't wait for it to be over!
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QuoteOriginally posted by kosmoejtg Quote
I have the itch to get a K-3. Who has upgraded from the K-30 and what do you like the most about the K-3 compared to the K-30? Any downsides?
I did this upgrade couple of weeks ago. But I only jumped ship when the B&H special offer with battery grip appeared which made K-3 much more worth it and softened the blow of loosing AA batteries in the body. Which should show that I also wasn't too sure.

That said, K-3 is better in almost any respect. The things that stand out the most to me in comparison to K-30:
- better controls - for me this is a big one. It's easier to change metering, auto-focus, ISO buttons is great, I love separate AF and AE-L (but that's just me) and generally, I do go into info menu much less often. I guess I've kind of outgrown my K-30.
- top LCD - how could I live without that?
- no AA filter - it's nice to have ultimate sharpness from those primes
- AF & exposure metering in low light - I do not see significant difference between AF speed of the two cameras when there's plenty of light, but when the light level drops, K-3 is the king. It can focus in situations where I can hardly see what it's focusing on, without AF assist light and it can even meter exposure.
- continuous AF and burst mode. I don't shoot too much of these but it comes handy sometimes and AF-C now does much better job of subject tracking.
- better build quality - magnesium body just feels more solid and compared to it, my K-30 now looks more like a toy. That said, K-3 is also noticeably heavier.

And of course lot of small things: dual card slots, more AF points, more MP, IR sensor on the back, better LCD overall....

Do I miss anything from K-30? AA batteries of course, but OEM battery that you get with K-3 lasts much longer time. And battery grips works as workaround. K-3 flash has delay before firing - it's hardly noticeable, but it's there and there's a whole thread about it somewhere. You'll loose scene modes but I am actually glad they're gone from the mode dial.

Is it worth upgrade? For me it was, but only you can decide for yourself. K-30 is still an astonishing camera with great sensor. If you don't feel like it's limiting you in any way, you can wait for K-3 prices to drop. Or get some nice lens instead.
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Thanks for the breakdown of the features. I am very interested in the AA filter option. I like macro photography and with 24 mp and no AA filter I can imagine the details will be considerably better than my K-30. I am fairly certain I will upgrade. I will then send my K-30 in to get the flash fixed (stopped working about 6 months ago) and then sell it.
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I did the upgrade from my K-30 a couple weeks ago and my rationale was the improved AF, AWB for indoor shots, quieter shutter and of course no AA filter. I am still getting used to it but took it to a dim wine party with no flash, an FA 43 and ISO 3200 an got some great shots. I will say the noise (auto NR) algorithm seems stronger (or more obvious) than the K-30 and the color presets are a little different so you'll have to play around with those settings to your liking. Overall feel is much better than the K-30 and it's quicker to use/change settings on the fly. Shutter sound is awesome as is burst mode.

If you can swing it I'd say do it but it's by no means necessary, I still think the K-30 takes amazing pictures and now it's turned into my 'manual lens' camera so I can always have one camera ready to go with a fast AF lens and another for shots I have more time to think about. First world problems, right??
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As to in camera noise reduction, I turned it off in November, 2007 on my K10D and have never seen any reason to turn it on again. That's both noise reduction settings if you have two. You can blur the image yourself to reduce the noise exactly how much you want on your computer.
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My dad has a K30 and I have a K3. I think there are a lot of little features that are improved with the K3 as compared to the K30. Overall, biggest things I notice are faster auto focus with more (and smaller) points. Better tracking. Speed of processing photos is quite a bit better with the K3 and it has really fast burst rate. Sensor has more resolution, but you won't see much difference otherwise with regard to sensor performance.

I would just say that K3 is a really nice camera that doesn't skimp in any area as far as I am concerned.
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