The K-30 is the latest offering from Pentax. It is the first DSLR from Pentax since the K-5 and it uses same 16-megapixel APS-C sized sensor that was shown to be one of the best sensors in terms of overall image quality – especially in the realm of high ISO performance.
The K-30 has a look reminiscent of the K-5 but does sport some differences especially in the fact that is much hardier with its 81 weather-seals to keep out the wet, the cold and the dust. It has the ability to operate in downpours, in temperatures as low as 14F (-10C), or in hot dusty or sandy environments. The kit I am using comes with weather-resistant (WR) 18-135mm f3.5-5.6. Other WR lenses available include a 50-200 f/4-5.6, 100mm f/2.8, and a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
The Pentax K-30, along with having a sensor based on the Pentax K-5, is capable of capturing 16.3-megapixel images and as well as high definition video that shoots at speeds from 24-60fps. It has an APS-C sensor and it is able to use the standard Pentax K-mount lenses. It comes with a rechargeable li-ion battery that will give you 410-480 shots per charge.
The camera itself has a really good feel to it and it feels really comfortable in my hand. It is a little smaller than the K-5 measuring (W x H x D): 5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8". Loaded and ready to go it weighs 22.9 oz. and can operate from 14°F to 104°F (-10 to 40°C) . It uses SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. It can use the Li-Ion Battery or sold separately is a AA battery holder that takes 4-AA batteries.
Like the K-5, the K-30 has the same 0.92x magnification viewfinder with 100% coverage which means that what you see and compose for in the viewfinder is what you will see in the final capture. The focus system contains the SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system with light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens which is a step above the K-5 and for you this will mean better focus tracking.
Using the Pentax K-30