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Press Release

May 29, 2012

PENTAX K-30
A sporty, mid-level digital SLR camera, offering solid
performance and a weather-resistant, dustproof body to active
outdoor photographers

PENTAX K-30 Crystal WhitePENTAX K-30 Crystal BluePENTAX K-30 Black

Crystal White Crystal Blue Black

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-30 digital SLR camera. This new mid-level model offers all standard SLR features and outstanding operability in a compact, lightweight body that is also weather-resistant and dustproof for worry-free outdoor photography.

Developed as a model to help SLR beginners easily capture high-quality images, the PENTAX K-30 combines a compact, lightweight body — equal in size to entry-class models — with many advanced features found only in upper-class models, such as a weather-resistant, dustproof body and a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of field. It also offers such handy features as 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. Coupled with a grip providing a firm, comfortable hold of the camera, and a sporty, functional design, it assures dependable, flawless performance in the field. It even offers a choice of three body colors: Crystal White and Crystal Blue, with brilliant, glossy finishes reminiscent of the finish of an exclusive sports car; and Black, for a traditional, classy SLR look.

PENTAX K-30
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Major Features
  1. High-resolution, low-noise, true-to-life image reproduction

    The K-30 incorporates the latest CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high-speed image data readout to deliver super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels. This image sensor is coupled in the K-30 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 ISO 12800 (or even ISO 25600 when expanded via a custom function).
  2. Sporty, functional design perfect for outdoor shooting

    Thanks to the 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, the K-30 is built to be weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-resistant, as well as proven functionality in temperature as low as -10°C. This means that the K-30 can be taken along on outdoor activities such as camping and mountain climbing, for the joy of high-quality digital SLR photography without worrying about weather conditions. Its exterior has been designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor shooting: a large grip for a firm, secure hold of the camera; a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for firm hold of the camera during vertical-position shooting.
  3. Optical finder with nearly 100% field of view

    Despite its compact body that is smaller and lighter than conventional mid-level models, the K-30 comes equipped with a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of view and approximately 0.92-times maximum magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. Since it delivers a clear view of the subject even in bright sunshine and eliminates parallax and time lag in the viewfinder image, the K-30 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical. The K-30 accepts a PENTAX-original Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen to facilitate manual-focusing operation. The photographer can replace the standard focusing screen with one of the available optional screens, including cross-lined and scale types, to accommodate more specialized applications.
  4. Newly developed SAFOX IXi+ AF module for improved autofocus performance

    The K-30 features the state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each individual lens. It also factors the light source at the time of shooting into its calculations. Nine of its 11 sensor points have cross-type sensors to capture all kinds of subjects in sharp focus, while its spotbeam projector assists the AF system at 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 neighboring focus sensors. The accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus shooting, and autofocusing performance when using a telephoto lens, have been greatly improved as well.
  5. High-speed burst shooting at approximately six images per second

    When shooting sports, stage performances or wildlife, the K-30’s high-speed burst shooting function comes in handy, as it allows the photographer to record active, fast-moving subjects in a series of images — at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second (in the JPEG recording format).
  6. Advanced Live View shooting with helpful features

    Thanks to the latest CMOS image sensor and upgraded algorithm, the K-30 offers a clear, true-to-life Live-View image (at 60 frames per second). It also features a focus-assist function to improve manual-focusing accuracy, as well as a choice of three grid display patterns including Golden Section.
  7. Effortless, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

    The K-30 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene from Portrait, Landscape, Macro and other distinctive shooting modes. The photographer can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity, while leaving all other camera settings to the K-30, including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. The K-30 also offers 19 Scene modes — including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette — to simplify the photographing of subjects and scenes too complicated or too demanding for inexperienced digital SLR photographers, by optimizing all camera settings with a simple choice of the corresponding icon on the camera’s LCD monitor.
  8. PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-assisting options

    The K-30 features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively reduces camera shake for sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions — such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark or at night without supplementary flash illumination. This innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those developed for film-format cameras.* Thanks to the SR mechanism’s flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-30 offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, including: an Automatic Horizon Correction function to assure high-precision image framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment; 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.

    * Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

  9. A selection of image-processing tools for creative, personalized expression

    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 images, 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 colors. 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. These filters add distinctive visual effects to captured images and produce creative, artistic images without the need for a computer. The user can further expand the creative possibilities by applying multiple filters to a single image.
  10. Choice of two power sources

    In addition to the standard lithium-ion battery capable of capturing approximately480 images with a single recharge,** the K-30 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional D-BH109 AA-Battery Holder. Since AA-size batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when on the road.

    ** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, using the D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery with no flash discharges.

  11. Other features

    1. Large, wide-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots
    2. 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for extra-accurate light measurement
    3. DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust off from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
    4. PENTAX-designed Hyper control system to assure flexible, unfailing response to the photographer’s creative intentions
    5. Dynamic-range expansion function to compensate for both whitewashed (overexposed) and blacked out (underexposed) areas
    6. RAW-date filing of a just-recorded JPEG-format image
    7. RAW/Fx button for single-action switching of image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
    8. SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX (RAW-data processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included, in support of the K-30’s in-body RAW data processing capability
Optional Accessory

PENTAX O-ST128 Hand Strap Product Image

Attached to the camera’s grip, this hand strap assures a secure hold of the camera during shooting and carrying. Since the camera is carried in the right hand while on the move, the strap helps the photographer smoothly and rapidly respond to unexpected shutter opportunities. It comes in three colors: Carbon Black, Punching White and Leather Beige.

PENTAX K-30 Specifications
Model Description Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Compatible Lens KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, KA mount lenses
Image Capture Unit Image Sensor Primary color filter, CMOS. Size: 23.7 x 15.7 (mm)
Effective Pixels Approx. 16.28 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 16.49 megapixels
Dust Removal SP coating and CMOS sensor operations
Sensitivity
(Standard output)
AUTO/100 to 12800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV),
expandable from ISO 100 to ISO 25600.
Image Stabilizer Sensor shift Shake Reduction
File Formats File Format RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded Pixels JPEG:16M(4928x3264),12M(4224x2816),8M(3456x2304),5M(2688x1792)
RAW:16M(4928x3264)
Quality Level RAW (12bit): DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good)
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Media SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card
Storage Folder Date (100_1018, 100_1019...)/PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX...)
Vew Finder Type Pentaprism Finder
Coverage (FOV) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.92x (50mmF1.4 at infinity)
Eye-Relief Length Approx. 21.7mm (from the view window), Approx 24.5mm (from the center of lens)
Diopter Adjustment Approx. -2.5m to + 1.5m-1
Focusing Screen Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
Live View Type TTL method using CMOS image sensor
Focusing Mechanism Contrast detection + Face Detection, Tracking, Select, Spot
Display Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 6x), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram
LCD Monitor Type TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing
Size 3.0 inches
Dots Approx. 921,000 dots
Adjustment Brightness and colors adjustable
White Balance Auto Method using a combination of the CMOS image sensor and the light source detection sensor
Preset Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual, Color
Manual Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved),
Color Temperature settings,
Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine Adjustment Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Autofocus System Type TTL: phase-matching autofocus
Focus Sensor SAFOX IXi+, 11 point (9 cross type focus points in the center)
Brightness Range EV-1 to 18 (ISO 100)
AF Mode Auto AF (AF.A), Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
Focus priority or shutter priority mode for AF.S
Focus priority or FPS priority mode for AF.C
AF Point Selection Auto: 5 points, Auto: 11 points, Select(Expanded Area AF available), Spot
AF Assist Light Dedicated LED AF assist light
Metering Type TTL open aperture, 77 segmented metering, center-weighted and spot metering
Exposure Compensation EV0 to 22 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
Exposure Modes Auto Picture mode: automatically selects from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving
Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene Mode: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
*JPEG only
Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb
EV Compensation ± 5EV (1/2EV step or 1/3EV can be selected)
AE Lock Can be assigned to the AF/AE-L button from the menu.
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb
Drive Modes Mode Selection Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12sec., 2ssec.), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec.), Auto Bracketing (3 frames)
Continuous Shooting Approx. 6 fps (JPEG, Continuous Hi)
Approx. 3 fps (JPEG, Continuous Lo)
Built-in Flash Type Built-in retractable P-TTL pop-up flash
Guide number: approx. 12 (ISO100/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash Modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Sync Speed 1/180 sec.
Flash Exposure Compensation –2.0 to +1.0 EV
Capture Functions Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Noise Reduction Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR
Dynamic Range Setting Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Lens Correction Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction
Digital Filter Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
HDR Capture Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, Automatic composition correction function, Exposure Bracket Value: ±1EV, ±2EV, ±3EV
Multi-exposure Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically.
Horizon Correction SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 1.5 degrees
Composition Adjustment Adjustment range of ±1mm up, down, left or right (0.5mm when rotated), Rotating range of 1 degrees
Interval Shooting Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Number of shots: up to 999 images, Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
Electronic Level Displayed in viewfinder (horizontal direction only);
displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)
Movie File Format MPEG–4 AVC/H.264
Recorded Pixels FullHD(1920x1080,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps),
HD(1280x720,16:9,60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps/24fps),
VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Quality Level ★★★(Best)、★★(Better)、★(Good)
Sound Built-in monaural microphone, Recording Sound Level
Recording Time Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filter Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color, Color
Interval Movie Recording interval: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr., Recording time: 4 sec. to 99 hr.,
Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
*The File format is Motion JPEG(AVI).
Playback Functions Playback View Single frame, Multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segmentation), Display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calendar filmstrip, display, folder display, slideshow
Delete Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
Digital Filter Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
RAW Development File Format (JPEG), Image Capture Settings(Aspect Ratio, Recorded Pixels, Quality Level, Color Space), Lens Correction(Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction
Edit Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving the RAW file data in the buffer memory
Customization USER Mode Up to 2 settings can be saved
Custom Functions 23 items
Mode Memory 12 items
Button/
Dial Customization
RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical preview, Digital Preview, Composition Adjustment, Select AF Point),
AF/AE-L button (Enable AF1, Enable AF2, Cancel AF, AE Lock)
Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.
Text Size Standard, Large
World Time World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
AF Fine Adjustment ±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)
Copyright Information Names of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file.
Power Supply Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109 With AA Battery Holder D-BH109 (optional), four AA batteries (Lithium, Ni-MH rechargeable, alkaline) can be used.
AC Adapter AC Adapter Kit K-AC128 (optional)
Battery Life Number of recordable images:
approx. 410 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 480 images (without flash usage)
Playback time:
approx. 270 minutes

* Using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23 ℃, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.
Interfaces Connection Port USB2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal
USB Connection MSC/PTP
Video Output Format NTSC/PAL
Dimensions and Weight Dimensions Approx. 128.5 mm (W) × 96.5 mm (H) × 71.5 mm (D) (excluding the operation parts and protrusion)
Weight Approx. 650 g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 590 g (body only)
Accessories Package Contents USB Cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST53, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109, Battery Charger D-BC109, Software (CDROM) S-SW128
<Mounted on the camera>
Hot shoe cover FK, Body Mount Cover
Software SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX

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