Pentax s K-30 Beats The Weather

  Lest we think Pentax has been neglecting its D-SLR range to concentrate on its compact system cameras, the new K-30 breaks the recent drought. It s a stylish-looking upper entry-level model with a fully weather-proofed bodyshell —using a total of 81 seals —that is available in black, white or an attractive mid-blue. The body is also insulated so Pentax claims the new camera can operate in freezing temperatures down to-10 degrees Celsius. The construction is GRP body covers over a stainless steel chassis. In true Pentax fashion, the K-30 is designed to out-feature its rivals so, in addition to the weatherproofing, it also has a glass pentaprism viewfinder which provides 100 percent scene coverage (and a magnification of 0.92x). There s a new autofocusing module which employs 11 distance detection points, nine of them cross-type arrays. The AF operating modes include automatic subject tracking. The K-30 is based on the same 16.5 megapixels  APS-C  CMOS sensor as the K-01 CSC body and also employs the same  PRIME M  image processor, enabling a continuous shooting speed  Pentax s K-30 Beats The Weather of up to 6.0 fps and 1080p video recording. The sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 100 to 12,800 with a one-stop  push  to ISO 25,600. The processor also enables the live view image to be streamed at 60 fps to reduce lag when panning or with fast-moving subjects. The K-30 s 7.62 cm LCD monitor screen has a resolution of 921,600 pixels and is fixed. Video clips are recorded using the H.264 compression format and at either 24 or 25 fps in the Full HD mode. Manual aperture and shutter speed control is available during video recording. There s a choice of 11  Custom Image  picture presets and 19 special effects. Image stabilisation is provided via sensor shifting so it is available with most lenses and the K-30 also has  Automatic Horizon Correction  and  Composition Adjustment  which allows for manual correction of the image alignment. In the camera s  Auto Picture  mode, scene analysis —via the AF and metering systems —automatically selects the most appropriate subject mode. The K-30 employs the same 77-zone multipattern metering system as the K-5. Other notable features include dynamic range expansion processing, in-camera RAW file conversion, a shutter speed range of 30-1/6000 second, a built-in flash, auto exposure bracketing and a dual-delay self-timer. An optional battery grip (the D-BH109) is available and accepts four AA-size batteries as an alternative to the camera s onboard lithium-ion battery pack. An optional GPS receiver is also available. At the time of going to press, pricing for the Pentax K-30 or the lens kit options hadn t been announced, but more information is available at Availability is expected to be from July.

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