Pentax K-30 DSLR

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The Pentax K-30 DSLR is a new mid-level model featuring a compact, lightweight body that is also weather-resistant and dustproof (hence the water in the picture).

The camera has a high-performance 16.28-megapixel CMOS image sensor, high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and a pair of electronic dials for quick, fingertip setting changes.

As the picture notes, it will come in a choice of three body colours: Crystal White and Crystal Blue, both with a brilliant, glossy finish, and black.

The K-30 incorporates the latest CMOS image sensor with an image-capturing area of 23.7 x 15.7 mm. It assures high-speed image data readout to deliver super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, says the company. This image sensor is coupled with the PRIME M imaging engine for the recording of high-quality, full HD-standard movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 frames per second). The camera also minimizes luminance noise at low sensitivities, while offering a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and 12800 (or even ISO 25600 when expanded via a custom function).

Thanks to the 81 seals used in its body, the K-30 is built to be weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C.

The K-30 has a glass prism finder with nearly 100 percent field of view and approximately 0.92-times maximum magnification.

The K-30’s SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation, says Pentax, by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration regardless of the lens used. It also uses the colour of the light at the time of shooting into its calculations.

Nine of its 11 sensor points have cross-type sensors, while its spotbeam projector assists the AF system in poorly lit locations.

The K-30’s AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas.

A new select-area expansion function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighbouring focus sensors. The accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus shooting, and autofocusing performance when using a telephoto lens, have both been greatly improved as well, advises Pentax

Live View features a focus-assist function to improve manual-focusing accuracy, as well as a choice of three grid display patterns including Golden Section.

Auto Picture mode automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene from Portrait, Landscape, Macro, etc.. The K-30 also offers 19 Scene modes — including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette.

SR (Shake Reduction) effectively reduces camera shake with almost all Pentax interchangeable lenses. Thanks to the SR mechanism’s flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-30 offers an Automatic Horizon Correction function to assure level horizons; a Composition Adjustment function to allow minute adjustment of image alignment horizontally, vertically and axially; and an Astrotracer mode, to simplify astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.

The K-30 features the custom image function, which allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image, with a choice of 11 custom image tones, including Bleach Bypass to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures, and Cross Process to produce a fanciful, eye-catching image with dramatic colours. It also offers a choice of 19 distinctive digital filters, including Miniature, which transforms an actual scene into what appears to be an image of miniature models.

In addition to the standard lithium-ion battery the K-30 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional D-BH109 AA-Battery Holder.

Other features include: 3.0-inch LCD monitor; 77-segment multi-pattern metering system; interval time still and video capability; DR (Dust Removal) mechanism and SP coatings to shake dust off the surface of the CMOS image sensor unit; RAW image capture.

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