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Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30

Portability
60
Imaging
73
Features
93
Overall
81
Canon EOS 90D front
 
Pentax K-30 front
Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
66
Overall
61

Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 Key Specs

Canon 90D
(Full Review)
  • 33MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Raise to 51200)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 701g - 141 x 105 x 77mm
  • Announced August 2019
  • Previous Model is Canon 80D
Pentax K-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Released October 2012
  • Successor is Pentax K-50
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Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 Overview

Lets take a more detailed look at the Canon 90D and Pentax K-30, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by brands Canon and Pentax. There is a significant difference between the resolutions of the 90D (33MP) and K-30 (16MP) but they use the exact same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The 90D was manufactured 6 years after the K-30 which is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before delving straight into a complete comparison, below is a short introduction of how the 90D matches up versus the K-30 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 90D over the Pentax K-30

 90D K-30 
ReleasedAugust 2019October 2012More modern by 84 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution1040k921kSharper display (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Canon 90D

 K-30 90D 

Common features in the Canon 90D and Pentax K-30

 90D K-30 
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements

Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and measurements. The Canon 90D has physical measurements of 141mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") accompanied by a weight of 701 grams (1.55 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-30 has proportions of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have chosen at that moment. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the 90D compared to the K-30.

Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the 90D and K-30 is 60 and 63 respectively.

Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 top view buttons comparison

Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to picture the contrast between sensor sizes simply by looking at specs. The picture below may offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the 90D and K-30.

All in all, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You should anticipate the Canon 90D to resolve extra detail due to its extra 17MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The newer 90D should have a benefit in sensor technology.

Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 sensor size comparison

Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 90D Portrait photography information
Pentax K-30 Portrait photography information
83
has manual focus
excellent megapixels (33 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
74
manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focusing
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon 90D Street photography information
Pentax K-30 Street photography information
72
screen articulates
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
weather proofing
above average ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Canon 90D as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-30 as a Sports photography camera
80
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shooting (1/16,000 seconds)
excellent megapixels (33 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
weather proofing
great battery (1,300 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
67
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect AF
slow fps (6.0 frames per second)
bad battery power (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 90D as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-30 as a Travel photography camera
78
great battery (1,300 per charge)
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
excellent megapixels (33MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
60
environment proofing
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
bad battery power (410 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 90D Landscape photography advice
Pentax K-30 Landscape photography advice
80
has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is good (3")
excellent megapixels (33 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
weather proofing
great battery (1,300 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
73
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
environment proofing
bad battery power (410 per charge)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 90D Vlogging details
Pentax K-30 Vlogging details
71
selfie friendly display
touch screen
supports face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have mic socket
does not have image stabilization
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic jack
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Canon 90D vs Pentax K-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 90D and Pentax K-30
 Canon EOS 90DPentax K-30
General Information
Brand Canon Pentax
Model Canon EOS 90D Pentax K-30
Type Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2019-08-28 2012-10-29
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 8 Prime M
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 33 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 6960 x 4640 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 25600 12800
Max boosted ISO 51200 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 45 11
Cross focus points 45 9
Lens
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S Pentax KAF2
Total lenses 326 151
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology - TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.6x 0.61x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/6000s
Highest quiet shutter speed 1/16000s -
Continuous shooting speed 11.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250s 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (With USB-PD compatible chargers) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 701g (1.55 lbs) 650g (1.43 lbs)
Dimensions 141 x 105 x 77mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.0") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 79
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.0
DXO Low light score not tested 1129
Other
Battery life 1300 photos 410 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E6N D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Retail price $1,199 $525