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Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30

Portability
59
Imaging
65
Features
80
Overall
71
Nikon D7100 front
 
Pentax K-30 front
Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
66
Overall
61

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 Key Specs

Nikon D7100
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Increase to 25600)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 765g - 136 x 107 x 76mm
  • Announced April 2013
  • Older Model is Nikon D7000
  • Replacement is Nikon D7200
Pentax K-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced October 2012
  • Successor is Pentax K-50
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Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 Overview

Below, we are looking at the Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30, both Advanced DSLR cameras by competitors Nikon and Pentax. There is a noticeable difference among the image resolutions of the D7100 (24MP) and K-30 (16MP) but they come with the exact same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The D7100 was unveiled 6 months later than the K-30 which means that they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before we go straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a short introduction of how the D7100 grades against the K-30 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D7100 over the Pentax K-30

 D7100 K-30 
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1229k921kClearer display (+308k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Nikon D7100

 K-30 D7100 

Common features in the Nikon D7100 and Pentax K-30

 D7100 K-30 
IntroducedApril 2013October 2012Same age
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon D7100 enjoys exterior measurements of 136mm x 107mm x 76mm (5.4" x 4.2" x 3.0") along with a weight of 765 grams (1.69 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-30 has measurements 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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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the D7100 compared to the K-30.

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the D7100 and K-30 is 59 and 63 respectively.

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizing just by viewing a spec sheet. The graphic here will help give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the D7100 and K-30.

As you can see, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You can anticipate the Nikon D7100 to provide you with extra detail having an extra 8MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively.

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 sensor size comparison

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D7100 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax K-30 Portrait photography highlights
79
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
74
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D7100 Street photography details
Pentax K-30 Street photography details
60
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D7100 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-30 as a Sports photography camera
70
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
67
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
environment proofing
supports phase detect autofocus
continuous shooting slow (6.0 fps)
bad battery power (410 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D7100 Travel photography features
Pentax K-30 Travel photography features
66
weather proofing
good megapixels (24MP)
has built in flash
display is not selfie friendly
60
environment proofing
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
bad battery power (410 shots)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D7100 Landscape photography info
Pentax K-30 Landscape photography info
76
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inches)
good megapixels (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
doesnt have low pass filter
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
has dual storage slots
lack of image stabilization
73
manual focus
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
bad battery power (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D7100 Vlogging info
Pentax K-30 Vlogging info
30
supports face detection focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external microphone jack
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic port
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Nikon D7100 vs Pentax K-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D7100 and Pentax K-30
 Nikon D7100Pentax K-30
General Information
Company Nikon Pentax
Model type Nikon D7100 Pentax K-30
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2013-04-25 2012-10-29
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 366.6mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Highest resolution 6000 x 4000 4928 x 3264
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Highest boosted ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 51 11
Cross type focus points 15 9
Lens
Lens support Nikon F Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 309 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.2" 3"
Screen resolution 1,229k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD monitor TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.63x 0.61x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/6000s
Continuous shooting speed 6.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
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 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 765g (1.69 lb) 650g (1.43 lb)
Dimensions 136 x 107 x 76mm (5.4" x 4.2" x 3.0") 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 83 79
DXO Color Depth rating 24.2 23.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.7 13.0
DXO Low light rating 1256 1129
Other
Battery life 950 pictures 410 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL15 D-LI109,4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC x 2 slots SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 2 One
Launch price $800 $525