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Pentax K30 features
Mark Peters : May 28th 2012 - 10:45 CET
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PentaxPentax K30 Digital SLR Camera features : The Pentax K30 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. When photographing sport events, the Pentax K30 high-speed burst shooting function comes in handy, allowing users to capture active, fast moving subjects in a series of pictures at a maximum speed of 6fps in JPEG format.

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Pentax K30 camera features
The Pentax K30 autofocus 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 auto focusing performance when using the Pentax K30 with a telephoto lens.

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Pentax K30 Optical finder
Despite its compact camera body, which is smaller and lighter than traditional mid level digital SLR cameras, the new Pentax K-30 camera 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 Pentax K30 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 Pentax K30 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.

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Live View shooting with the Pentax K30
Thanks to the latest CMOS image sensor and Prime M engine, the Pentax K30 digital SLR camera offers a clear, true-to-life Live View at a smooth 60 frames per second. The Pentax K30 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. For more info, download the Pentax K30 specification data sheet.

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Pentax Shake Reduction for sharp, blur free photographs
The new Pentax K30 digital SLR camera incorporates the Pentax developed SR mechanism, which effectively reduces blur due to camera shake by approximately four shutter steps. Usable with all Pentax 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 Pentax K30 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 Pentax O-GPS1 GPS Unit (sold separately).

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Pentax K30 photo effects
The Pentax K30 DSLR 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 Pentax K30 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 photo 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 picture.

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Pentax K30 Price & Availability
The Pentax K30 all-weather camera will be available at major retail outlets nationwide and online in July 2012. The Pentax K-30 carries a suggested retail price of $850 USD for body only, and $900 USD for the K-30 kit including the Pentax DA L 18-55mm zoom lens.
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