• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Pentax K-30 advantages over Sony A68

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $525* vs $698
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.81 vs 3.92 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,129 vs 701 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More telephoto lens reach
    203 mm vs 83 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.5 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A68 advantages over Pentax K-30

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 580 vs 410 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 9
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    79 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • 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
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony A68
Nikon D7000
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon T4i

Pentax K-30
Canon T4i
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony A68
Canon T4i
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-30
Pentax K-5 II
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony A68
Pentax K-5 II
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon T6s

Pentax K-30
Canon T6s
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $765
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony A68
Canon T6s
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $765
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Pentax K-30
Pentax K-3 II
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • High resolution composite
  • Built-in GPS
Sony A68
Pentax K-3 II
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $797
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • High resolution composite
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