Pentax K-30 Review

Monday September 17 2012

Sensor Review
Introduction | Pentax K-30 Sensor Performance | Pentax K-30 Versus Competition | Conclusion

In the Pentax K-30 we see the excellent image quality of its Sony CMOS sensor, particularly with respect to high sensitivity and a very fine color depth that matches that of many full-frame reflex cameras. As for dynamic range, however, we see a slight retreat when compared to the Pentax K-5, which has the advantage of an 80 ISO setting (and thus more generous exposure latitude). At higher sensitivities, the K-30 sensor performance differs from its competitors’ because of significant smoothing that limits noise but affects image sharpness.