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Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II

Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
66
Overall
61
Pentax K-30 front
 
Pentax K-5 II front
Portability
60
Imaging
58
Features
82
Overall
67

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II Key Specs

Pentax K-30
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Launched October 2012
  • New Model is Pentax K-50
Pentax K-5 II
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Bump to 51200)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 760g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Released June 2013
  • Previous Model is Pentax K-5
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Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II Overview

In this article, we are looking at the Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II, both Advanced DSLR cameras and they are both produced by Pentax. The resolution of the K-30 (16MP) and the K-5 II (16MP) is fairly close and they use the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The K-30 was manufactured 7 months prior to the K-5 II and they are of a similar age. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before diving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a short summary of how the K-30 matches up vs the K-5 II in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Pentax K-5 II

 K-30 K-5 II 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-5 II over the Pentax K-30

 K-5 II K-30 
ReleasedJune 2013October 2012Newer by 7 months

Common features in the Pentax K-30 and Pentax K-5 II

 K-30 K-5 II 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Display resolution921k921kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to take into account its weight and volume. The Pentax K-30 enjoys physical measurements of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") having a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs) and the Pentax K-5 II has sizing of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") with a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are employing at that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the K-30 vs the K-5 II.

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the K-30 and K-5 II is 63 and 60 respectively.

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to envision the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by researching specs. The image underneath will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the K-30 and K-5 II.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same megapixels and you can expect comparable quality of pictures however you have to factor the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged K-30 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II sensor size comparison

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-30 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K-5 II as a Portrait photography camera
74
focusing manually
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detection focus
saves RAW files
74
has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detection focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-30 Street photography factors
Pentax K-5 II Street photography factors
68
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment proof
screen is fixed
67
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather proof
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-30 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax K-5 II as a Sports photography camera
67
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking autofocus
environment proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
low battery (410 CIPA)
79
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
weather proof
supports phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-30 Travel photography highlights
Pentax K-5 II Travel photography highlights
60
environment proof
MP count good (16MP)
flash built-in
low battery (410 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
65
weather proof
resolution is good (16MP)
built-in flash
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-30 as a Landscape photography camera
Pentax K-5 II as a Landscape photography camera
73
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment proof
low battery (410 shots)
79
has manual focus
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather proof
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-30 Vlogging factors
Pentax K-5 II Vlogging factors
30
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone port
33
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external mic support
display isn't selfie friendly
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Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-5 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-30 and Pentax K-5 II
 Pentax K-30Pentax K-5 II
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax K-30 Pentax K-5 II
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 2012-10-29 2013-06-04
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Prime M Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 372.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 4928 x 3264 4928 x 3264
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Max boosted ISO 25600 51200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Min boosted ISO - 80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 151 151
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating TFT LCD monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.61x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 6.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 13.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, High speed, Rear curtain and Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 650 grams (1.43 lb) 760 grams (1.68 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 79 82
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 23.8
DXO Dynamic range score 13.0 14.1
DXO Low light score 1129 1235
Other
Battery life 410 shots 980 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI109,4 x AA D-LI90
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $525 $830