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Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-135mm Lens (Black)

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  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Camera body has full weather sealing for worry-free use in any weather condition. Rugged coldproof design for sub-freezing use (-10C, 14F)
  • Full 1080p30 HD video features h.264 compression, flexible exposure control, and HDR finishing options
  • Advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine features AF assist lamp, light source sensor, and improved optical components
  • 3-inch LCD is wide angle viewable, and features 921,000 dots of resolution
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Technical Details

Color: Black | Style: with 18-135mm Lens
  • Brand Name: Pentax
  • Model: K-30 Lens Kit w DA 18-135WR
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 16 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 7.5 x
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Product Details

Color: Black | Style: with 18-135mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 3.1 x 4.8 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0082OJ3DQ
  • Item model number: K-30 Lens Kit w DA 18-135WR
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,210 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 18, 2012

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: with 18-135mm Lens

From the Manufacturer

Thanks to the K-30, for the first time in a long time location doesn't matter. Whether it's a sandy day at the beach or a trek into the wet rainforests of Belize, the K-30 is the ideal DSLR camera to capture your memories regardless of your location or the elements you face. Its 16 megapixel sensor and full 1080P HD video capabilities coupled with a fully weather sealed, dustproof and coldproof, ergonomic body, give you the flexibility and comfortability to shoot what you want, when you want and where you want.

Weather resistant design ideal for travel and outdoor photography
Featuring 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, the K-30 is built to be weather, dust and cold resistant with proven functionality in sub-freezing temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). Its exterior has been designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor photographers – a large grip provides a firm, secure hold of the camera; a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for a solid grip of the camera during vertical shooting.

Newly developed SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus (AF) module for improved autofocus performance
The K-30 features the new state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each individual lens. A dedicated sensor also factors the light source into its calculations at the time of shooting. Additionally, 9 of its 11 focus points have cross-type sensors to capture subjects in sharp focus, while a spotbeam assists the AF system during low light situations. The K-30's AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas for efficiency and accuracy. A new expanded area AF function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject in AF select mode, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. This greatly improves the accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus shooting, and autofocusing performance when using a telephoto lens.

High resolution, low noise, true-to-life image reproduction
The K-30 incorporates the latest 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high speed image data readout to deliver super high resolution, rich gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels. This image sensor is coupled in the K-30 with the PENTAX “PRIME M” imaging engine for outstanding full 1080p HD movie clips (1920x1080 pixels at 30 frames per second), in addition to outstanding still image capture processing. The camera also minimizes luminance noise at low sensitivities, while offering a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 (ISO 25600 maximum when expanded via a custom function).

Optical finder with 100% field of view
Despite its compact body, which is smaller and lighter than traditional mid level DSLR camera models, the K-30 comes equipped with a glass pentaprism finder featuring a 100% field of view and approximately 0.92X maximum magnification (with a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. Since its viewfinder delivers a clear view of the subject even in the brightest sunshine while also eliminating parallax, the K-30 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical. The K-30 also accepts interchangeable PENTAX Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screens to facilitate manual focusing operation. Optional focus screens include cross-lined and scale types, to accommodate more specialized applications.

High-speed burst shooting at approximately six images per second
When photographing sporting events, concerts or wildlife, the K-30's high-speed burst shooting function comes in handy, allowing the photographer to capture active, fast moving subjects in a series of images at a maximum speed of approximately 6 frames per second (in JPEG format).

Advanced Live View shooting
Thanks to the latest CMOS image sensor and PRIME M engine, the K-30 offers a clear, true-to-life Live View at a smooth 60 frames per second. It also features a focus peaking function during live view to improve manual focusing speed and accuracy. Live View on the K-30 also offers a choice of three grid display patterns including a Golden Section overlay, and detailed information overlay if desired by the photographer.

High quality video recording
The PENTAX K-30 features full HD video recording to capture high quality movie clips in 1080p resolution (1920x1080 pixels). The efficient h.264 compression format offers a choice of frame rates (30, 25 or 24 frames per second) at 1080p, or up to 60 FPS at 720p, to accommodate user specific applications. Video recording options are flexible, allowing the photographer to select aperture or shutter exposure control, while PENTAX Shake Reduction helps stabilize captured video. Users may add creative artistic effects to recorded clips using various Custom Image modes or record subjects in a series of video clips with the Interval Movie Shooting mode.

User friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes
The K-30 features the PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode, which analyzes a scene then automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from Portrait, Landscape, Macro as well as others. This allows the photographer to concentrate on image composition and other creative elements while leaving more technical settings to the K-30, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. The K-30 also offers 19 creative Scene modes, including Night Scene Portrait, Pet, Backlight Silhouette, and more, to simplify photographing unique subjects and scenes that often require uncommon camera settings.

PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism for sharp, blur free images
The PENTAX K-30 incorporates the PENTAX-developed SR mechanism, which effectively reduces blur due to camera shake by approximately four shutter steps. Usable with all PENTAX compatible lenses*, including those produced for film format SLR cameras, this mechanism produces sharp, blur free images even under demanding conditions that are prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in twilight. The K-30's SR system also offers several other useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, including an Automatic Horizon Correction function to assure high precision image framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment, a Composition Adjustment function to allow minute adjustments of image alignment horizontally/vertically/axially, and an ASTROTRACER mode to eliminate light trails during astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit (available separately).
* Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

A selection of image processing tools for creative, personalized expression
The K-30 features a Custom Image function, which allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image. Choose from 11 custom settings including Bleach Bypass that creates a dramatic visual effect similar to that used in motion pictures, and Cross Process to produce fanciful, eye-catching images boasting dramatic colors. The K-30 also offers a choice of 19 creative digital filters including Miniature, which transforms an actual scene into what appears to be an image of miniature models. These filters add distinctive visual effects to captured images producing creative, artistic images without the need for a computer. The user can further expand the creative possibilities by applying multiple filters and processing modes to a single image.

Choice of two power sources
In addition to the included lithium ion battery capable of capturing approximately 480 images with a single charge**, the K-30 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder. Since AA batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there's no worry about battery shortages, even when shooting for an extended period of time or in remote locations.
** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, using the D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery with no flash discharges.

Additional features include:
  • Large, wide angle viewable 3-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots of resolution
  • 77 segment multi-pattern metering system for accurate light measurement
  • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust off from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
  • PENTAX-designed Hyper control system to assure fast and flexible response to the photographer's creative intentions
  • Dynamic range expansion function to compensate for blown out (overexposed) and muddy (underexposed) areas of an image
  • Retrieve and save RAW data from buffer memory for a just-recorded JPEG image
  • RAW/Fx multi-function button for on-the-fly switching of image file formats, as well as for assignment and instant recall of other specific functions
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX (RAW processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included

Product Description

Encased in a compact fully weather sealed body, the Pentax K-30 digital SLR comes equipped with a host of advanced photographic tools for the easy creation of great pictures in any weather condition. This compact but solid Pentax K-30 digital SLR comes equipped with a host of advanced photographic tools for the easy creation of great pictures, while delivering high standards of image quality, data processing speed and operability. 

Developed using the highly acclaimed Pentax K-7 as its base, the K-5 inherits the exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, array of advanced features and compact, lightweight body of its predecessor. 

However, it is more resourceful and flexible in photographic expression. Combining a new high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor it produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.3 effective megapixels, even when shooting in the continuous shooting mode at a maximum speed of approximately 6 images per second. 

It also offers an extra-wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 25600 (when expanded via a custom function) and full HD-proportion movie recording at 1920 x 1080p @30/25/24 fps w/h.264 compression to expand the boundaries of high-quality visual presentation. 

In camera sensor shift image stabilization that allows usage with any K-mount lens. Adding other improvements and refinements--such as a faster autofocusing speed, an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function now usable in handheld shooting, and better operability through an overall review of the design and shape of all components - the K-30 is designed to be more functional and maneuverable in every detail, and in its response to the demands of the photographer in any weather condition.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I consider is an awesome camera. It's high ISO pictures are extremely good. Read more ›
I bought this camera as an upgrade for my old K100D, and it really shows how far…Picture quality is great with my existing lenses, the camera is light and weather sealed. Read more ›
the camera just makes me happy. the images are great and i know there are better reviews, so here are my five stars! Read more ›
I hike and camp a lot, so this Pentax K-30…It's not as compact as a little camera, of course, but the image quality is excellent, so I'll put up with the extra weight. I… Read more ›
It will save jpeg and raw versions of the same file automatically or after the fact. Battery life is great and the picture quality is great. I looked at the new 24… Read more ›
Now, I have the 18-55(kit lens), 35-70 and 70-210(old ones) lenses with this monster. The picture quality is excellent and it looks better than the real thing on my 42" HDTV. Read more ›
Overall weight of the camera with 135mm lens is reasonable and my meathooks don't inadvertently hit a button while i am trying to shoot a photo (a big problem for me with… Read more ›
It's a huge step up from the Pentax K1000 that I started off with back in 1977. The 18-135 lens seems to be a great lens too. It fast for a zoom lens and is a good lens if… Read more ›
I bought w/ kit lens, promo package (32gb card, tripod, bag, cleaning kit), and I…The 55-300mm lens is truly amazing quality w/ this camera, and the kit lens performs well. Read more ›
F…I had a film Pentax with some pretty high quality lenses but when digital cameras came on the scene I was told to "Give it all away. It is obsolete, useless and worthless." Read more ›
As anyone with a remote background in photography will explain, these cameras have little to do with megapixels and more to do with aperture, seamless functioning and lens… Read more ›
Pentax claims…This means that you can own a complete set of AMAZING lenses for a fraction of the price that you would have to pay if you are to own DSLRs from other brands. Read more ›
A great hikers camera. In RAW mode it is an excellent camera in low-light settings and has low noise even at ISO 1600. Styling is a little angular and off-putting for some. Read more ›
A significant improvement over my old K-10D. All the controls are still well laid out, easy to find and navigate, and the image quality is superb. Read more ›
Added 9/1/13:…It balanced well while hand-holding a Sigma 120-400 telephoto attached and the continuous shooting mode was spot on, making panning and stills all tack sharp. Read more ›
Of all the cameras I have purchased, I find myself…Its unique high end features combined with low cost and durability, make it the most creative tool I have ever owned. Read more ›
The K-30 is a precision camera that takes wonderful pictures, with features that will delight any photographer, from beginner to Pro. Read more ›
Many people here will list all of the benefits of this camera, and it has many really nice features. But it also has two down sides. Read more ›
Pentax may not be as ubiquitous as Canon and Nikon, but offers ease of use and great value for the…Solid build, and finding weather sealing at this price point is awesome. Read more ›
After selling that I waited for a good deal on K-30 and K-5 and grabbed K-30 at a very good price (not on Amazon though) and have been very satisfied with its image quality… Read more ›
With this combo you can…At current price levels it is excellent value for money and althnough rated as an intermediate level camera I would say its specs are very advanced. Read more ›
Amazon did their usual wonderful job in getting this camera to me on time and also a shout out for Emmy Photography for offering the great Price. Thanks to both. Read more ›
Great camera to produce crisp shots of anything from flowers to…If your normal photo size (printed) is 16 x 20 or smaller, this is a great camera at a great price. (If… Read more ›
I will get some photos and post later. I bought this because of all the great reviews its a great price and my old k mount lens work on it. I am so happy I got it. Read more ›
I'm still learning on how to use all of the features. The manual mode works well for me and automatic mode is fun to use and requires little thinking. Read more ›
Order camera to take photos at Son's Wedding last weekend. Everything arrived on time and camera was easy to use and photos were excellent. Read more ›
Easy to use and takes great pictures. Heads and shoulders above the Pentax K-5. Read more ›
Both easy to use while producing great results in all possible confitions (light, weather, moving subject). the 18-135mm versaility is perfect if you do not want to travel… Read more ›
Just a thought. Great camera other wize, I like the OS, very easy to use after some research. Well worth the money, just not sure my 135mm zoom was... for me atlease Read more ›
Easy to use, takes wonderful photos, and is really solid. Fits nicely in my hands and is fun to use. Read more ›
The viewfinder is excellent, controls are responsive and precise. Focus response is very fast, and the frequently used menus seem to be quick and easy to access. The… Read more ›
The camera handles very well and feels very comfortable. The focusing is faster than previous models. In bright light, the exposures seem to be right on, however, in low… Read more ›
As many of us know, Pentax just lets you buy the body to upgrade, and allows you to use old lenses! I always loved the color on my K100d, but wanted a faster autofocus. I… Read more ›
The 18-135 lens, by the way, is superb. Tight, precise zoom, excellent focus. Read more ›
Pros: Very fast focus in low light conditions nice weight distribution Read more ›
It appears that a press of the AF button on the back of the camera will do a quick focus adjustment, but having the option of putting AF into Continuous mode for video… Read more ›
IMO the auto-focus is very fast and I am very happy with the kit lens as well. The color reproduction is fantastic. I used to be a Photoshop "Curves Adjustment… Read more ›
I did a lot of research on this camera before buying it as a gift for my wife, and although I have yet to test the weather resistance (bought a WR lens to match), I am… Read more ›
I was shopping for a DSLR for some time and settled on this for a few reasons ... on the outside, I like the great blue color. It's very attractive and solid. Read more ›
I have experience with all recent pentax dslr, k-x,k-r,k-7,k-5,…I'm really happy with its performance, fast AF, solid building quality, nice color, comfortable ergonomic. Read more ›
As many of us know, Pentax just lets you buy the body to upgrade, and allows you to use old lenses! I always loved the color on my K100d, but wanted a faster autofocus. I… Read more ›
This camera has high iso capabilities, video and a fast frame per second rate. Plus I love the blue color! This camera has a cool look! Read more ›
It's SUCH an amazing camera! easy to carry and easy to use and spectacular performance for what you pay for! Read more ›
- Weather Resistant - Corrected: Good size APS-C sensor for nice wide angle performance and greater depth of field/bokeh control - Penta-prism instead of penta-mirror system Read more ›
I could never get shots like this with my film camera. Very smooth performance. You can keep the Canon and Nikon selection that everyone is selling. Read more ›
Weather resistant, good cold temp performance outside in Minnesota winter. Ace Photo very fast delivery in three days! Read more ›
an interesting feature set. excellent performance. very durable. Read more ›
Been running a K-x for some time now and was pretty happy with its performance. Decided to pick up another body to cut down on lens changes. Read more ›
I hear a lot of people show their dislike of the design of the Pentax K-30, but i love how it looks. The build quality is good. The only thing I am not fond of is the Body… Read more ›
Great camera easy to use from beginner to intermediate users easy to understand controls. The camera is well built sturdy construction. The only issue with my purchase the… Read more ›
Very solid build quality I like the white finish Read more ›
I have experience with all recent pentax dslr, k-x,k-r,k-7,k-5,…I'm really happy with its performance, fast AF, solid building quality, nice color, comfortable ergonomic. Read more ›
My MUCH larger \ younger brother favors my Pentax K5 which by it…Despite its plastic \ Polycarbonate body the Pentax K30 Camera feels surprisingly solid in build quality. Read more ›
Very solid build quality I like the white finish great ergonomics Read more ›
I bought the camera in early December 2013 and was quite excited about my…The camera handled very well, the controls were easy to use, and the screen was sharp and bright. Read more ›
It takes great pictures. The display is easy to read. I have used it in rain storms and it has worked great. Read more ›
The Pentax K30 Camera's digital view screen color is rich and true. The lettering on the menu screens can be sized to normal or LARGE for those like me with older eyes. Read more ›
The display is worlds better than the K-x, I can't do justice to the upgrade…A very solid display, sure no flipping and moving, but the camera is water resistant after all. Read more ›
I can't really give a fair review of the live view composing, I have tried it, and with the new bigger, crisper display it seems to make it easier. Focusing is much faster… Read more ›
If ever you decide to be adventurous the Pentax K30 Camera has ample button's knobs and other controls needed to manage iso,…The full color display is large and clear. T… Read more ›
I already knew the reviews on the K30 were all really good and the 16MP Sony CMOS sensor was an awesome performer in cameras like the Nikon D7000 and the Pentax K5 (which I… Read more ›
Uh, well, something I did which was stupid... I got dust all over the sensor :| ... so, I bought some eclipse and some swabs and went to town, guess what, it worked, one… Read more ›
The more I learn the…I heartily recommend it to anybody who wants the security that the weather-sealing provides along with a very good sensor and an easy-to-learn menu. Read more ›
In my…It really offers great features (WR, Shake Reduction, great sensor, pentaprism finder with a 100% field of view, great AF, dust removal, etc) at a great price. Th… Read more ›
Some competition is increasing MP to 24 and higher, but I beleive it will not make pictures much better on APS-C sensor; It will fit full frame sensor much better because… Read more ›
I waited until this…That the K5, K01, and K30 all share the same extensive line of lenses as well as the same excellent sensor was a huge inducement for me to buy these. Read more ›
The fact that the K30 has 2 control wheels (front and rear) was another consideration to my purchase. The K30 video is good enough for anything I will ever need. The K30… Read more ›
-The "feel" of the camera is fantastic, like you're holding something really well made. -Video feature is really convenient. Haven't used it more than a couple… Read more ›
Video in the DSLRs has been something of a gimmick since introduced. DSLRs aren't great for video, camcorders aren't great for stills. I wanted great stills - the K30 fits… Read more ›
I have a K-10D and I was surprised how many more features this has. I even like the video feature although I was thinking of myself as a "purist" still photographer. T… Read more ›
There is a rare and great optical view finder,…For those who love using video only to frame their shot that mode is made easily available with the change of a few settings. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Czaja on December 10, 2012
Style Name: with 18-135mm LensColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
...GONE!!! Pentax, in my opinion, has smashed a home run with this camera. I am a current K-x owner and that camera has served me very well for the past couple years. I wanted to upgrade to a newer/better version of a Pentax. This camera offers everything that the K-x had going for it, and expands what made that camera great into what I consider is an awesome camera.

It's high ISO pictures are extremely good. I've cranked it up to ISO 6400 and notice no noise in my Christmas light photos. I'm sure that when you approach 12800, or expand up to 25600, you will notice significant noise. But I would have no lack of confidence in shooting 6400 and below.

The viewfinder is a pentaprism. Which in it's price range is a rarity. Most similar cameras offer pentamirrors. What's the difference? With the pentaprism you get 100% view coverage, what you see in the viewfinder is what will be taken.

I have not found fault with the 18-135mm lens I bought with the kit. I haven't and normally do not pixel peep. It seems like a very solid lens. I like that it covers a very nice range from wide angle to moderate telephoto.

Weather resistance is AWESOME for this price range. I've already taken it out in the rain, and have had my 3 year old son splash it while I was photographing him in his bubble bath. I can't wait for some snow storms (as long as it doesn't drop below 14 degrees F) or next spring/summers thunderstorms when I try to get a perfect lightning shot. You honestly don't understand the piece of mind this weather resistance offers until you have had it. I used to scurry indoors with the K-x.

I mainly, almost exclusively use the camera for photos, not video. The K-30 shoots video in 1080p/30fps, so that is a selling point for some of you.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful By S. Vogt on August 5, 2012
Style Name: with 18-135mm LensColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
DISCLAIMER: This review is from a still-shooter's perspective. I don't use video that often so look elsewhere if you want an in-depth review of the video functions on this camera.

Updated 7/24/13

The K-30 is an excellent DSLR for still shooting and offers a very robust feature set for the money. It has since been replaced by the K-50 in Pentax's lineup but the differences between the two are minute. So unless you want access to the new DAL WR lenses, you can save yourself some money by going with this model (I suggest getting the kit with the 18-135 WR).

Image quality from this camera is excellent. It has the same look as files from the K-5 (except for slightly inferior dynamic range)..bright, punchy, and sharp. The camera produces exceptionally clean files right through ISO1600 and even through ISO6400 it does a good job balancing noise, noise reduction, and detail capture. The 18-135 WR is a good starter lens due to its focal length. It's sharp at the wide angle but gets sort of soft at the telephoto end (not an uncommon problem with zoom lenses). But despite middle of the road optical performance...you aren't going to find a kit with an 18-135 weather sealed lens for under $1,000 from the other guys...so it's still a worthwhile purchase.

Speaking of RAW files... Pentax saves RAW files in the Adobe dng file format exclusively with this camera and does away with the .PEF format on their older cameras. This is a wonderful feature because this universal file format will open in most photo editing software (I use Apple's Aperture and I had no problem opening the files).
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd W. Hayes on December 23, 2012
Style Name: with 18-55mm LensColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
I have 40 years worth of Pentax SLR and DSLR cameras. The K-5 and the K-30 can stand right along with their 35mm equivalent cameras. They are great cameras. I bought the K-30 a few months ago, and have used it for portraits. It has far more features then I need, since I really only need a camera with a manual setting.

It is an advanced camera for advanced users. It can use any Pentax lens made for any previous Pentax SLR or DSLR model, including the older 35mm film cameras. All Pentax digital models have been water resistant. They simply tightened the seals for this camera.

Many people here will list all of the benefits of this camera, and it has many really nice features.
But it also has two down sides.

1. Unlike the K-5, this camera does not have a PC plug for external flash units. I use a wireless transmitter which sits in the hotshoe. You can also use an adapter with a PC Plug. (The camera has a wireless system for using a wireless flash, but I have yet to get the camera's wireless system to operate correctly with studio flash units.)

2. Like all auto-focus cameras, it does not always auto-focus correctly on very black skin.

In the end, all that matters are the photographs. This camera makes great photographs. If you don't want to spend enormous sums of money on Nikon or Canon DSLR cameras and lenses, but you want the same great photographs, then this is the camera for you. Plus it will go where Canon or Nikon wishes they could go.
(I like Nikon and Canon cameras. Mainly, I like Nikon. But I don't like the amount of money that you wrap up in them. That is why I have always ended up with Pentax. Same quality. Nearly the same features. Less price.
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