Weatherproof Pentax K-30 DSLR unveiled, coming in July

Pentax K-30 DSLR

Moving forward from its rugged Optio WG-2 range, Pentax Ricoh Imaging has taken down the curtain on the Pentax K-30 DSLR, the company’s ‘new weather and dust resistant’ camera. This offering combines certain high-end features with a rugged and lightweight exterior, and can boast of a glass prism optical finder which gives 100% field of view, in addition to full HD video recording. The company will also introduce the DA 50mm f/1.8 medium-telephoto lens which is capable of fitting onto its K-mount digital cameras.

Sharing his views on the new piece of hardware, John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, Pentax, said, “No detail was overlooked when designing the dynamic new K-30 to be weather resistant. Every seam, every button, every hinge has been weather sealed for adventure-proof creative photography. Whether enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking in the Rocky Mountains or on vacation cruising along on the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls, photographers can stop worrying about weather conditions and start focusing on capturing the perfect shot.”

Pentax K-30 DSLR 2

So the new Pentax K-30 DSLR has some outstanding features for a camera in its class. But it doesn’t stop there. The unit adds a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and an advanced autofocus engine. It is capable of shooting up to 6 images a second in burst mode, while shutter speed can be pushed to a high 1/6000th of a second.

Dual electronic dials make controlling exposure time and switching between scene modes convenient. In addition, the camera’s Prime M image processing engine helps in consuming less power while still optimized for capturing video in high-definition.

Pentax K-30 DSLR 3

The Pentax K-30 DSLR price and release information are as follows: a retail price of $850 for the body only and $900 for the kit which includes the DA L 18-55mm zoom lens. The camera will be made available in July 2012 online as well as at retail across the US. The DA f/1.8 lens is scheduled to touch down in July for a suggested retail price of about $250 and will be compatible with the likes of the already-released K-01 mirrorless camera.