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    Denver, CO (May 21, 2012) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION today announces the introduction of its new weather and dust resistant digital SLR camera – the PENTAX K-30. Ideal for photographers with active outdoor lifestyles, the new PENTAX K-30 combines a compact, lightweight body with many advanced features found only in higher end DSLR camera models, such as a weather, dust and cold resistant body, a glass prism optical finder with 100% field of view, state-of-the-art autofocusing, and full HD video recording capabilities.

    “No detail was overlooked when designing the dynamic new K-30 to be weather resistant,” explains John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX. “Every seam, every button, every hinge has been weather sealed for adventure-proof creative photography. Whether enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking in the Rocky Mountains or on vacation cruising along on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls, photographers can stop worrying about weather conditions and start focusing on capturing the perfect shot.”

    In addition to its versatile weather-proof capabilities, the new K-30 offers features including high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of six images per second, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and convenient dual electronic dials for quick, fingertip access to exposure control and several Auto Picture and scene modes. Coupled with an ergonomic grip that provides firm, comfortable control of the camera, and a sporty, functional design, the K-30 assures dependable, flawless performance in the field. The new K-30 is available in 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 SLR look. It is also compatible with all PENTAX K-mount lenses.

    Major features include:

    Weather resistant design ideal for travel and outdoor photography
    Featuring 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, the K-30 is built to be weather, dust and cold resistant with proven functionality in sub-freezing temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). Its exterior has been designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor photographers – a large grip provides a firm, secure hold of the camera; a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for a solid grip of the camera during vertical shooting.

    Newly developed SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus (AF) module for improved autofocus performance
    The K-30 features the new 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. A dedicated sensor also factors the light source into its calculations at the time of shooting. Additionally, 9 of its 11 focus points have cross-type sensors to capture subjects in sharp focus, while a spotbeam assists the AF system during low light situations. The K-30’s AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas for efficiency and accuracy. A new expanded area AF function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject in AF select mode, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. This greatly improves the accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus shooting, and autofocusing performance when using a telephoto lens.

    High resolution, low noise, true-to-life image reproduction
    The K-30 incorporates the latest 16 megapixel APS-C sized 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 PENTAX “PRIME M” imaging engine for outstanding full 1080p HD movie clips (1920x1080 pixels at 30 frames per second), in addition to outstanding still image capture processing. The camera also minimizes luminance noise at low sensitivities, while offering a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 (ISO 25600 maximum when expanded via a custom function).

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  • #2
    Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

    best of the k-5 + k01 and has the colors of the k-x/r! coolest looking and feature packed mid-range DSLR, hands down. If i didn't get my k-5, I would have happily gotten the white one!

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    • #3
      Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

      it is great to hear Pentax has launch another good camera. rugged and compact dslr.
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      • #4
        Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

        Yeap...it's a cross btw K5 and K01 indeed.

        While it's designed to be ranked under K5 because of body chassis, FPS and ISO numbers, Pentax has put steroid on areas such as AF, WR and everything that a hobbyist and amertuer will prioritized. Best of all, it's a sub RM2k machines....simply delicious!

        ....and the body design....very organic look.

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        • #5
          Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

          Oh joy... would this be replacement for my ageing K7...?

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          • #6
            Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

            William, million dollar question: Local pricing? >wink wink<

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            • #7
              Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

              I think DSC is still doing their maths as to the RSP they should be putting for K30. I trust we should be able to know more details as we move into June.

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              • #8
                Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

                it is priced at USD899 with the kit lens.so we can estimate the price around here by looking at that price.
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                • #9
                  Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

                  "high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each individual lens."

                  I wonder what it means....practically....

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

                    Originally posted by jester View Post
                    "high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each individual lens."

                    I wonder what it means....practically....
                    It means that they are still solving the problem.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

                      haha....

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                      • #12
                        Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

                        This is one lethal poison, the camera is ergonomically beautiful.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

                          it look like very robotic, Transformer DSLR.....

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                          • #14
                            Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

                            Sub 2K and I might just grab one to replace my Kx...
                            mhfw : Pentax Kx : Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Pentax launches their new Pentax K30 DSLR camera

                              Looks like a bigger Pentax Optio WG series...

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