• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1000.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Nikon P510 advantages over Pentax K-30

  • Less expensive
    $299 vs $525
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 5.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Pentax K-30 advantages over Nikon P510

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~1.10 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 410 vs 240 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    71 mm vs 102 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.54 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    45 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 24-1,000mm equivalent zoom range; Built-in GPS; Articulated LCD; Very good print quality; Many movie options.

  • Focus sometimes difficult to achieve; Short shoulder strap; Battery charged in the camera; Low battery life.

  • Pentaprism viewfinder is bright and accurate; Weather-sealed body can handle direct rain; Twin control dials make exposure control a snap; Solid build; Great image quality.

  • Lower resolution than some rivals; Not as small as recent Pentax entry-level and mid-range models; A couple of ergonomic and UI quirks; Shutter isn't the quietest; 18-55 kit lens isn't weather-sealed.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm SL300

Nikon P510
Fujifilm SL300
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Hot shoe
Pentax K-30
Fujifilm SL300
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out

Compared to Canon T4i

Nikon P510
Canon T4i
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Pentax K-30
Canon T4i
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Nikon P510
Pentax K-5 II
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Pentax K-30
Pentax K-5 II
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon P520

Nikon P510
Nikon P520
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
Pentax K-30
Nikon P520
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon P530

Nikon P510
Nikon P530
  • $384
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $468
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
  • Shoots 24p video
Pentax K-30
Nikon P530
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $468
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • HDMI out
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