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Opinion of Pentax K30 vs. Nikon D5100/D5200

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Initial post: Nov 16, 2012 10:05:22 AM PST
Ayoub says:
Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens (Blue)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 12:09:36 PM PST
® says:
I don't use Pentex so I don't know much about it. I think it use the same sensor as in the D5100/D7000. The weather sealing price maybe the cheapest for a dslr, Nikon would be the D7000.

D5100 is a good price as a sub $600 camera. It has the same D7000 sensor. The D5200 (not out in the US yet) shares the same d5100 body and it might be priced somewhere in-between the d5100 and d7000 when it is first release (d5100 was $850 or soemthing). But it has a newer modified D3200 sensor with the more advance D7000's 39point autofocus (AF) point and metering system. So if you do sport or action the d5200 is a good starter. Otherwise you will have more missed shots and hope the subject is at the center focus. So you get what you paid for in term of features between models.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 8:37:55 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
If you're getting your first DSLR, Pentax is something you want to avoid, because it's a dying system. It's not necessarily an inferior system but people see faster innovations with Canon, Nikon and Sony. Pentax lenses appear to be more expensive as well. Newer Pentax bodies are mostly bought by those who have invested in a lot of Pentax lenses. In brief, you don't want to board a sinking ship that people want to jump. The same could be said to Olympus and Samsung DSLRs.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 6:36:33 AM PST
ryan says:
What utter rubbish. You just have to read the reviews on the Pentax K30 to see what a great camera this is. It's backward compatible with virtually every lens ever made by Pentax, and it has weather sealing. Adding to all this, it's got better ISO performance than both Nikon and Canon comparable cameras and it has built in image stabilization and focus motor so you don't rely on the lens having it. It's a superb camera for a starter and pound for pound you won't get a better camera for the money. As for a sinking ship... You clearly don't know much about Pentax!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 10:47:12 AM PST
We know that Pentax -- as a camera COMPANY -- no longer exists. They sold the name, products, and marketing to Hoya, and a few years later Hoya sold it to another company.

Hoya's goal in obtaining Pentax was for the medical industry optics. Apparently "Pentax" medical gear is still Hoya. Hoya closed the Pentax factories (in Japan) and moved production to "Southeast Asia" (Singapore, Malaysia, etc.).

Last year Hoya sold the camera business to Ricoh... So if you see medical gear with the Pentax name, it is made by Hoya; cameras with the Pentax name are now made by Ricoh.

The cameras may be good -- but they no longer have a history one can refer to... The next design from Ricoh may be complete junk (Sony at least had an industry for sensors and P&S cameras when they sucked up the Minolta brand [and relabeled them as "Sony Alpha"]). Consider -- Sony has had the Alpha for 6 years... Are they doing any designs for the original SLR? Maybe a full-frame model? Mostly they're pushing their "SLT" and NEX models; the same fate may happen to Pentax under Ricoh -- they may phase out SLRs for some other design.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 1:09:58 PM PST
Ken Elliott says:
The current Pentax cameras seem rather nice. But you'll notice nearly every professional uses a Nikon or Canon. Those companies have extensive lines of acessories and a large number of used lenses are available.

Short term - I like the Pentax bang-for-the-buck. Long Term? Nikon or Canon. If you can wait for it, the D5200 should be a fantastic camera for the money. The Pentax does have pro features, like weather proofing. You have to move into Nikon's pro lineup for that stuff. But Nikon's Pro bodies are vastly superior to Pentax - but cost more.

Disclaimer: I'm a pro who shoots Nikon for digital and Sinar for film. I love that my Nikon lenses from the '70's work with my new cameras.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2013 7:41:26 AM PST
Neil Fraser says:
I recently bought a pentax k30, i am an enthusiast who uses manual all the time, I love this camera. It runs rings round the nikon and canon alternaives. My friend who is around the same level as me bought a D5100 and he prefers the pentax when he uses them side by side. Personally i would go to a shop and try all the cameras out and decide then which one you would like.

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 10:42:15 PM PDT
Hugh says:
Neil..."runs rings around" is too vague. What specifically does your friend prefer about the Pentax? Right now I am trying to decide between comparable Nikon and Pentax k30. Would you please mention some specifics?
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