Estimated Street Price: $850 (body only)
Featuring a 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor similar to the highly regarded one in the K-5 (but not the same sensor), the K-30 delivers 12-bit RAW DNG files or JPEGs at 16, 12, 8 and 5 megapixels. It can shoot at 6 fps (up to 30 JPEGs or 8 DNGs). Normal ISO range is 100-12,800, expandable to 25,600. Multilevel in-camera HDR extends detail and even can be used with moving subjects.
The K-30 can shoot 1080 full HD at 30 and 24 fps, and 720 HD at 60, 30 or 24 fps. Sound is mono via a built-in microphone and the level can be adjusted manually. You can apply many of the camera's built-in special effects to video as well as still images. There's also Interval Movie mode, which shoots at preset intervals and saves the images as a video clip.
Other fine features include a top shutter speed of 1⁄6000 sec. (usually 1⁄4000 sec. in this category), digital levels for a viewfinder and an LCD monitor, a built-in flash and a 3-inch LCD monitor.
STANDOUT FEATURE: Weather-, dust- and cold-proof (as are some of the lenses).