P3 / P30

P3 / P30

General Description

With the P series, Pentax left the design line that was startet by the ME, led to the successful ME Super und culminated in the superA / superPROGRAM. Also, with the P series cameras, Pentax reintroduced the exposure lock (first seen in the K2 DMD).

P3 / P30 were the first Pentax bodies without a thread for a mechanical remote release.

Product Variations
Exact Name P3 P30
Color dark grey black
Year of Introduction 1985 1985
Catalog Number 06210 unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount KA
Mount Limitations
Self-Timer 12 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release
Infra-Red Release
Additional Features DOF preview
Width x Height x Depth 137 x 87.5 x 50.5 mm
Weight 510 g
Exposure System
Exposure Modes M, P
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses center-weighted
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses center-weighted
Meter Material GPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) XXX
Exposure Lock yes
Meter Range 1 ~ 18 EV
Manual ISO Range ISO setting only via DX-film encoding
Film DX Range 25 ~ 1600 ASA
Construction electronic (vertical)
Material metal
Shutter Speeds 1 ~ 1/1000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage] 0.82x [92%]
Aperture Indication
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries 2 x 1.5 Volt silver-oxide (A76, SR44) or alkaline (LR44)
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting manual wind lever
Flash System
Command Protocol(s) analog
Features P, S
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/100 ~ 1, B
Built-In Flash
Fitting Case(s) soft case: P3-S,
soft case: P3-L

Subjective Evaluation