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Pentax K-30 announced: 16-megapixel weather-sealed DSLR for $849.95

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Pentax has announced the entry-level K-30, a new 16-megapixel weather-resistant DSLR that will start at $849.95.

Pentax K30 press image
Pentax K30 press image

We got wind of a new weather-resistant, entry-level DSLR from Pentax a few days ago thanks to a French retailer, and today the company has made things official with the announcement of the Pentax K-30. Featuring a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range that extends up to ISO 12800 (expandable to ISO 25600), the camera also features a 3-inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 921,000 dots. The K-30 is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30, 25, or 24 frames per second — dropping the resolution down to 720p will boost you up to 60fps — but what Pentax is really touting is the weather-sealed body. The camera is resistant to weather and dust, and has been tested to be operational at temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Weather proofing isn't new for Pentax — the current K-5 boasts similar durability — but it is no doubt a step up from the previous entry-level camera, the K-r. Available in black, white, and blue, the K-30 will be available in July. The body alone will be priced at $849.95, while a $899.95 kit will be available with a 18-55mm zoom lens.