16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor; 1080p HD video with mono sound (no mic input); 3-inch 920,000 dot LCD screen; 6 fps continuous burst; Weather sealing; RAW capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery or AA's with optional accessory
Pentax's latest crop-sensor camera seems more of a sidestep to the K-5 than an outright upgrade, but the significant price drop to $899 with the kit lens is a real steal. The camera body has undergone a serious redesign, with its stippled surface and angular design resembling an Italian sports car more than a DSLR. The body is weather-sealed and, interestingly, takes either a
rechargeable lithium-ion battery or AA's through an additional adapter.
It's a neat trick, but Pentax has sacrificed battery capacity here for
convenience, with the K-30 only rated to 410 shots with the lithium-ion. Other prosumer features include a 100% viewfinder and dual control wheels, both a rarity in this price range. The autofocus has also been upgraded, as has the 16 megapixel sensor (which is the same as the K-01's), although reviews still note focus issues with the standard kit lens. Image quality remains among the best, however, and puts this photographer's camera near the top of the heap.