General Description

The K30 features a new “sporty, functional design for quick response and optimum maneuverability”. With its newly designed AF module and with its ability to shoot at 6 frames per secon, the K30 is well equipped for speed shooting and activity shooting

The K-30’s new SAFOX IXi+ AF module incorporates a newly added refraction lens to minimize the chromatic aberrations of the module’s optical elements. Further, a light source sensor was added to compensate for focusing errors caused by the different wavelengths of various light sources. The responsive AF.C (continuous) mode has an auto-tracking feature. An AF assist lamp helps the camera to auto focus even in extremely low light.

The K-30 incorporates many “higher-class” features like a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage. Front and thumb wheels allow for swift setting of speed and aperture, respectively. Dust and weatherproof seals are also on board for any wet or dusty or cold (down to -10°C) outdoor activity. The CMOS image sensor with 16.3 effective megapixels is of high renown and well known from the K-5 and K-5 II(s).

The K-30 was available in 9 colours (black, blue, white, red, bordeaux, green, silver, yellow, red) and for each colour a “crystal” and a “silky” variant were available, resulting in a total of 18 colours. The “regular colurs” black, crystal blue, and crystal white, were more readily available than the other colours.

The K30 AF system, its light metering etc. prooved to be so reliable and convincing, that the successor, the K-50, remained technically almost unchangend, whereas the body design was changed back to something less unusual.

Product Variations
Exact Name K-30 K-30 K-30 K-30
Color crystal blue black crystal white various colours
Year of Introduction 2012 2012 2012 2012
Catalog Number 15697 15612 15667 unknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount "crippled" KAF2
Mount Limitations digital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity) SAFOX IXi+, 11 sensors, 9 cross-sensors (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses yes
Power-Zoom Features
Self-Timer 12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release CS-205
Infra-Red Release remote control F
Custom Functions 23
Additional Features weather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth 128.5 x 96.5 x 71.5 mm
Weight 590 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count 16.9 megapixel
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 15.7 x 23.7 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor 1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage Formats RAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage Media Secure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reduction yes
Dust Removal yes
Live View yes
Orientation Sensor yes
Exposure System
Exposure Modes Pgreen, Video, (Hy)P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, (Hy)M, U1, U2, SCN
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses center-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses 77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter Material SPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) +/-5 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lock yes
Meter Range 0 ~ 22 EV
ISO Range 100 ~ 25600 ASA
Construction electronic (vertical)
Material metal
Shutter Speeds 30 ~ 1/6000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage] 0.92x [100%]
Aperture Indication LED
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Screens yes
Power Source
Batteries 1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable
External Battery Holder D-BH109 for 4 AA-sized batteries
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting 6 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
Features HS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN) 12
Coverage (35mm equivalent) 28
Auto Pop-Up
Red-Eye Reduction yes
AF Assist
Fitting Case(s) soft case: O-CC90