As I said the feel of the K-30 is firm and solid and its angular shape grips well in your hand – even in rainy conditions, without fear of slippage. The body is made of a polycarbonate with a stainless steel chassis at the center so it is lighter than the K-5 but still has the same quality feel to it.
The K-30 It uses SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 supported) memory and this is inserted on the right side of the camera by pulling open the cover to the memory slot, slide in the card, replace the cover and you're good to go.
The back of the camera is very similar to the K-01 and there are a series of controls on the back including a menu button where you can manage most of your settings from the display. The menu contains five tabs with a varying amount of information to work with on each one. The first tab is the camera tab where you have the ability to set image capture settings, AE Metering, noise reduction, shake reduction, instant review, and more.
The second tab controls your movie capture settings, sound levels, and the type of exposure settings. The third tab controls your playback settings such as slideshow, zoom, rotation, and deleting of images. The fourth tab handles global setting such as language, time, LCD display, copyright information, power settings, and formatting of your card. The final tab manages custom function capabilities like EV steps, Bulb mode options, white balance when using flash, shake reduction options, and more.
There are additional buttons on the back of the camera including the play back button which allows you to view your photos and videos on the LCD screen, the info button which displays the control panel with the first push and the type of info display on the LCD with the second push. There is a rear E-dial which sets the shutter speed, aperture, and EV, and there is a four way control which provides navigational movement as well as setting ISO, time delay, multiple shots, and more.
On the top of the camera are your shutter release mechanism, your main power switch, Front E-dial, green button and the EV compensation button. On the left side is the pop-up flash button, RAW/FX button that will let you assign a function to it, and a focus mode switch that lets you change the focus mode between AF.S (Auto-focus Single mode) AF.C (Auto-focus Continuous mode), and MF (Manual-focus mode).