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05-16-2015, 12:13 AM   #1
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Replace my K-30 with a K-50 on sale???

I'm going to start shooting video on a more regular basis and wonder about any advantages the K-50 might have over the K-30. Any general advantages overall?

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QuoteOriginally posted by MD Optofonik Quote
I'm going to start shooting video on a more regular basis and wonder about any advantages the K-50 might have over the K-30. Any general advantages overall?
It's essentially the same camera, with a different body and a few menu improvements (i.e. native eye-fi support). No new features or improved hardware beyond that.

If you K-30 has high mileage, it might still be a worthwhile upgrade though!

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Better to jump to the K-S2 if you want to use Pentax for video. The vari-angle screen alone will be a great help for videography. From what I've seen so far, the footage is also a little better.
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K-S2 also picks up a mic port.


As above though, the K-30 and K-50 are essentially the same camera.
To some degree, the K-S2 does follow on from them, in that it's the same max shutter speed, same burst rate etc.


None offer anything dramatically different in terms of video though, but then that's common across all Pentax offerings.
Audio level display is a bonus though, so you know if you've set the mic volume correctly.

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Honestly, if you are going to shoot video on a regular basis, I would get a micro four thirds camera. A safe choice would be a Panasonic GHn, where n is directly proportional to amount of money you want to spend. The $330 you would spend on a lateral upgrade,will probably yield you a used GH1 and a silent-focusing panasonic kit zoom.

Just make sure you choose a lens that has MSC (olympus) or HD (panasonic), for silent focusing. Some panasonic lenses have a built in IS and I think there is a 14-42 pancake that has HD, IS and is priced reasonably. A higher end option would be a 14-140 zoom, and a cheaper one olympus 14-42 IIR with silent focusing, but no IS.
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A gh2 has far superior video quality. As well you can adapt k mount glass easily and focus manually. There is also a decent performing focal reducer giving close to aps-c field of view. Check this thread on personal-view.com:

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Thanks everyone, for staying my hand. I'll probably start looking for a used 3ccd 24p camcorder for video, totally avoiding the whole rolling shutter nonsense, and continue to use Pentax for what it is designed for. "Horses for courses."

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Are you planning on more run and gun style shooting or narrative style? If the latter then rolling shutter is less of a concern unless your style includes lots of whip pans... the gh2 hacked is a marvellous thing at 1080p esp at used prices nowadays.

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Run and gun I'm afraid. Even used, the 3ccd camcorders that record to a card still command a four figure price so I'll not be enjoying craft beer and sushi for awhile.
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