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Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10

Portability
63
Imaging
58
Features
66
Overall
61
Pentax K-30 front
 
Samsung GX-10 front
Portability
59
Imaging
49
Features
43
Overall
46

Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 Key Specs

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
  • Launched October 2012
  • Newer Model is Pentax K-50
Samsung GX-10
(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
  • Announced September 2006
  • Later Model is Samsung GX-20
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Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 Overview

Below is a thorough overview of the Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10, both Advanced DSLR cameras by manufacturers Pentax and Samsung. There exists a considerable gap among the sensor resolutions of the K-30 (16MP) and GX-10 (10MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The K-30 was unveiled 6 years later than the GX-10 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting right into a detailed comparison, here is a concise highlight of how the K-30 matches up against the GX-10 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-30 over the Samsung GX-10

 K-30 GX-10 
AnnouncedOctober 2012September 2006More recent by 75 months
Display dimensions3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k210kClearer display (+711k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung GX-10 over the Pentax K-30

 GX-10 K-30 

Common features in the Pentax K-30 and Samsung GX-10

 K-30 GX-10 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you'll have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Pentax K-30 enjoys physical dimensions of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") having a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs) while the Samsung GX-10 has dimensions of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") having a weight of 793 grams (1.75 lbs).

Compare the Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you choose at that time. Here is a front view proportions comparison of the K-30 versus the GX-10.

Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the K-30 and GX-10 is 63 and 59 respectively.

Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very hard to envision the difference in sensor measurements simply by researching technical specs. The visual underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the K-30 and GX-10.

As you have seen, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Pentax K-30 to result in greater detail having an extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The younger K-30 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-30 Portrait photography factors
Samsung GX-10 Portrait photography factors
74
you can focus manually
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
saves RAW files
53
focusing manually
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no liveview feature
MP count low (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-30 as a Street photography camera
Samsung GX-10 as a Street photography camera
68
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather proof
no moving screen
64
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-30 Sports photography highlights
Samsung GX-10 Sports photography highlights
67
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
terrible battery (410 CIPA)
53
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
environment proof
has phase detect autofocus
no liveview feature
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
MP count low (10 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-30 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung GX-10 as a Travel photography camera
60
weather proof
MP count good (16MP)
built-in flash
terrible battery (410 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
49
environment proof
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
MP count low (10 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-30 Landscape photography details
Samsung GX-10 Landscape photography details
73
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather proof
terrible battery (410 shots)
55
focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
small screen (2.5 inches)
no liveview feature
MP count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-30 Vlogging info
Samsung GX-10 Vlogging info
30
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic port
9
can't record video
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Pentax K-30 vs Samsung GX-10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-30 and Samsung GX-10
 Pentax K-30Samsung GX-10
General Information
Make Pentax Samsung
Model type Pentax K-30 Samsung GX-10
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Launched 2012-10-29 2006-09-21
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Prime M -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 372.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Peak resolution 4928 x 3264 3872 x 2592
Highest native ISO 12800 1600
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 11 11
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 151 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 2.5 inches
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 210 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.64x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 6.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 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 reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180 seconds 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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 format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic 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
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 650g (1.43 pounds) 793g (1.75 pounds)
Physical 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 Overall rating 79 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.0 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1129 not tested
Other
Battery life 410 photos -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID D-LI109,4 x AA -
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card
Storage slots 1 1
Retail cost $525 $850