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Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D

Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
66
Overall
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Pentax K-30 front
 
Pentax K10D front
Portability
59
Imaging
49
Features
43
Overall
46

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D 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
  • Announced October 2012
  • Renewed by Pentax K-50
Pentax K10D
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 793g - 142 x 101 x 70mm
  • Introduced December 2006
  • Successor is Pentax K20D
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Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D Overview

Its time to examine more closely at the Pentax K-30 versus Pentax K10D, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both of them are built by Pentax. There is a considerable difference between the sensor resolutions of the K-30 (16MP) and K10D (10MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The K-30 was released 5 years after the K10D which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going through a thorough comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the K-30 matches up vs the K10D for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Pentax K10D

 K-30 K10D 
IntroducedOctober 2012December 2006Newer by 72 months
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k210kSharper display (+711k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K10D over the Pentax K-30

 K10D K-30 

Common features in the Pentax K-30 and Pentax K10D

 K-30 K10D 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to travel with your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Pentax K-30 has got external dimensions of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs) whilst the Pentax K10D has sizing of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") having a weight of 793 grams (1.75 lbs).

Take a look at the Pentax K-30 versus Pentax K10D in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you select at the time. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the K-30 against the K10D.

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the K-30 and K10D is 63 and 59 respectively.

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to imagine the gap between sensor dimensions only by checking specs. The pic underneath will provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the K-30 and K10D.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different resolution. You can expect to see the Pentax K-30 to resolve greater detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop images far more aggressively. The more modern K-30 provides an advantage in sensor technology.

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D sensor size comparison

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-30 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax K10D as a Portrait photography camera
74
focusing manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
53
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-30 Street photography information
Pentax K10D Street photography information
68
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
no articulating screen
64
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
screen is fixed
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-30 Sports photography factors
Pentax K10D Sports photography factors
67
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
weather proof
comes with phase detect AF
low fps (6.0 frames per second)
low battery life (410 shots)
53
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
weather sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax K-30
Travel photography with Pentax K10D
60
weather proof
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
low battery life (410 shots)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
49
weather sealing
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse mode
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax K-30
Landscape photography with Pentax K10D
73
focusing manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather proof
low battery life (410 shots)
55
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather sealing
small screen (2.5 inch)
no liveview
resolution not great (10MP)
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-30 Vlogging information
Pentax K10D Vlogging information
30
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
no microphone socket
9
lack of video recording
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Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K10D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-30 and Pentax K10D
 Pentax K-30Pentax K10D
General Information
Make Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax K-30 Pentax K10D
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2012-10-29 2006-12-15
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Prime M -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 372.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest resolution 4928 x 3264 3872 x 2592
Highest native ISO 12800 1600
Highest boosted ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Amount of lenses 151 151
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 210 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.64x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 6.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye,Slow Sync, Slow Sync+ Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Auto Red Eye
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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) -
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 650 grams (1.43 pounds) 793 grams (1.75 pounds)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") 142 x 101 x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 79 66
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score 13.0 11.6
DXO Low light score 1129 522
Other
Battery life 410 pictures -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery model D-LI109,4 x AA -
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $525 $700