updated 07:41 am EDT, Tue May 22, 2012
Pentax K-30 debuts, offers numerous enhancements
Pentax has taken the wraps off its K-r successor, the K-30. Pentax says that the K-30 is resistant to dust, rain and temperature extremes as low as 14 degrees Farenheit (most cameras typically claim normal operation down to 32 degrees). The new dSLR also utilizes a glass prism optical finder with a 100 percent field of view, usually reserved for more expensive models.
Among its capabilities, the K-30 offers high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of six images per second coupled with 11-point auto-focus. Its high-speed shutter has a top speed of 1/6000 second, while it also incorporates dual electronic dials for quick access to exposure control and a number of auto-picture and scene modes. It uses a 16-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS images sensor with a large capture area of 23.7mm by 15.7mm. The K-30 can shoot high-quality 1080p video, aided by the processing capabilities of the Pentax PRIME M image engine.
The Pentax K-30 will hit the market in July for $850 body-only. A version with a DA L 18-55mm zoom lens will only cost an additional $50 at $900 in total. The camera will also be offered in white, blue and black hues.