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General Description

The K30 features a new "sporty, functional design for quick response and optimum maneuverability". With its newly designed AF module and with its ability to shoot at 6 frames per secon, the K30 is well equipped for speed shooting and activity shooting

The K-30's new SAFOX IXi+ AF module incorporates a newly added refraction lens to minimize the chromatic aberrations of the module's optical elements. Further, a light source sensor was added to compensate for focusing errors caused by the different wavelengths of various light sources. The responsive AF.C (continuous) mode has an auto-tracking feature. An AF assist lamp helps the camera to auto focus even in extremely low light.

The K-30 incorporates many "higher-class" features like a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage. Front and thumb wheels allow for swift setting of speed and aperture, respectively. Dust and weatherproof seals are also on board for any wet or dusty or cold (down to -10°C) outdoor activity. The CMOS image sensor with 16.3 effective megapixels is of high renown and well known from the K-5 and K-5 II(s).

The K-30 was available in 9 colours (black, blue, white, red, bordeaux, green, silver, yellow, red) and for each colour a "crystal" and a "silky" variant were available, resulting in a total of 18 colours. The "regular colurs" black, crystal blue, and crystal white, were more readily available than the other colours.

The K30 AF system, its light metering etc. prooved to be so reliable and convincing, that the successor, the K-50, remained technically almost unchangend, whereas the body design was changed back to something less unusual.

Product Variations
Exact NameK-30K-30K-30K-30
Colorcrystal blueblackcrystal whitevarious colours
Years of Production2012 ~ 20132012 ~ 20132012 ~ 20132012 ~ 2013
Availabilityabout once a week, usedabout once a week, usedabout once a week, usedabout once a week, used
Catalog Number156971561215667unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount"crippled" KAF2
Mount Limitationsdigital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity)SAFOX IXi+, 11 sensors, 9 cross-sensors (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lensesyes
Power-Zoom Features
Self-Timer12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable ReleaseCS-205
Infra-Red Releaseremote control F
Custom Functions23
Additional Featuresweather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth128.5 x 96.5 x 71.5 mm
Weight590 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count16.9 megapixel
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size15.7 x 23.7 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage FormatsRAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage MediaSecure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reductionyes
Dust Removalyes
Live Viewyes
Orientation Sensoryes
Exposure System
Exposure ModesPgreen, Video, (Hy)P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, (Hy)M, U1, U2, SCN
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter MaterialSPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-5 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range0 ~ 22 EV
ISO Range100 ~ 25600 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds30 ~ 1/6000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.92x [100%]
Aperture IndicationLED
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screensyes
Power Source
Batteries1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable
ExternalBattery Holder D-BH109 for 4 AA-sized batteries
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting6 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
FeaturesHS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s)1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN)12
Coverage (35mm equivalent)28
Auto Pop-Up
Red-Eye Reductionyes
AF Assist
Fitting Case(s)soft case: O-CC90