Pentax K-30: review, image and video samples

Was a Ricoh camera user back then, collected some K-mount old lenses on year 2009 because there are rumours on Ricoh mirrorless body with K-mount. But in the end they produced Ricoh GXR with M-mount expansion unit instead of K-mount.

The announce of entry level DSLR Pentax K-30 on 21st May 2012 draw my attention because of the compact size and the good pricing. It took me sometime to find out how to get Pentax gears, i summarized over here: “Buying Pentax Imaging Products in Malaysia“. I purchased it from since they offered fair price with attractive freebies as below:

  • AA battery adaptor for Pentax K-30
  • Sanyo Rechargeable Battery Charger
  • Sanyo Eneloop 4 AA Rechargeable Batteries
  • LCD Screen Protector
  • Pentax Sling Bag (Fits a lens attached camera and additional 4 lenses)

  • (Rechargeable AA Battery, Sanyo Eneloop)

    (Sling Bag that fits 4-5 lenses)

    Good about the camera:

    – ability to use AA batteries
    – ergonomic firm grip with one hand
    – noise level is amazingly low even at ISO 3200
    – the price, nothing beats it at this price range for now
    – ease of old manual lenses with K-mount, in-body shake reduction and green button
    – decent performance on video recording with help of quick access and sharp LCD screen
    – weather sealed compact body, solid build quality, bright & clear OVF, focus peaking liveview


    – noisy as a Donkey! (ex: dust removal vibrate, screw drive lens, mirror flip)
    – extreme difficult to do candid shot, the subject will discover even at the 300mm end
    – mono microphone for video recording
    – lack of sensor for auto turn-off display screen when your face got close

    Pentax K-30 images samples:

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    Pentax K-30 Full HD video sample:

    Here are some useful links for new users,

    Pentax distributor in Malaysia is DSC World Sdn Bhd, responsible of Pentax related events, exhibitions, workshop and warranty claim. Details as below:

       DSC World Sdn Bhd
       16-1, Jalan PJU 5/16, PJU 5,
       Dataran Sunway,
       Kota Damansara,
       47810 Petaling Jaya,
       Selangor Darul Ehsan.

    Tel 1: 603-6148 8122
    Tel 2: 603-6148 8098
    Facebook: PentaxMalaysia
    GPS Coordinate: 3.153125, 101.591896

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