• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 364.3mm2
  • 19.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Pentax K-30 advantages over Sigma sd Quattro

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $599* vs $899
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sigma sd Quattro advantages over Pentax K-30

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    3 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 922k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.61x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    19.6 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

  • 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 Nikon D7000

Pentax K-30
Nikon D7000
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Sigma sd Quattro
Nikon D7000
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Internal flash

Compared to Canon T4i

Pentax K-30
Canon T4i
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sigma sd Quattro
Canon T4i
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Newer
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-30
Pentax K-5 II
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Sigma sd Quattro
Pentax K-5 II
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sony A3000

Pentax K-30
Sony A3000
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sigma sd Quattro
Sony A3000
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
  • $474
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Fujifilm X-H1

Pentax K-30
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Sigma sd Quattro
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $716
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $1299
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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