Pentax has announced a new DSLR to sit in its line-up, featuring a weatherproofed body and shake-reduction technology.
The company says that the features found in the K-30 are more commonly found in higher specced cameras, but the body shape and size is more reflective of an entry-level model.
Featuring a 16.2 million pixel CMOS sensor and a PRIME M image processor, which enables the K-30 to shoot full HD video at 30fps. A wide sensitivity range of between ISO 100 and ISO 12,800 (expandable up to ISO 25,600) is also available.
Built to be weather-resistant, dustproof and coldproof, the K-30 is designed to be used outdoors, and also features a large group intended for a secure hold of the camera.
An optical viewfinder is included, which offers a nearly 100% field of view and approximately 0.92x magnification.
The K-30 features a Pentax designed Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen to assist with manual focusing. This can be replaced with a standard focusing screen, or a cross-lined and scale type screen, which has been designed to accommodate more specialised photography.
Pentax claims that the K-30’s SAFOX IXi+ autofocusing module is “state-of-the-art” and that it is designed for high-precision autofocusing and responsiveness. Nine of the 11 AF points are cross type sensors, while the AF algorithm has been updated in all areas.
A high speed shooting function allows for shooting at upto 6fps (in JPEG format only). Other features include Live View at 60fps with a focus-assist function to improve precision when manual-focusing, Auto Picture and Scene modes and Pentax’s own Shake Reduction mechanism.
A number of image processing tools, such as Bleach Bypass and Cross Process are also available and can be added after the shot has been taken.
Pentax has also announced a new 50mm f/1.8 K-mount lens. It features the company’s Super Protect coating to fend off dust, water and grease.
The Pentax K-30 price is yet to be confirmed, but it will be available from the end of June.