Nikon D4 vs Pentax K-30

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Nikon D4
Pentax K-30

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
Moderately more total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D4 has a total megapixel count of 16.6MP, whereas the Pentax K-30 is only a 16.49MP digital camera (0.11MP less).
Fourty more auto focus points Edit
The Nikon D4 has 51.00 auto focus points, however the Pentax K-30 only has 11.00 auto focus points.
A lot higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon D4 has a JPEG frame rate of 50fps, whereas the Pentax K-30 is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (20fps lower).
0.2" larger screen size Edit
The Nikon D4 has a screen size of 3.2", however the Pentax K-30 is only a 3" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

PictBridge Edit
The Nikon D4 supports PictBridge, however the Pentax K-30 does not support PictBridge.
HDMI port Edit
The Nikon D4 has an HDMI port, whereas the Pentax K-30 does not. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

10 Reasons For
1% higher megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-30 is a 16.28MP digital camera. That's 0.080000000000002MP higher than the Nikon D4 (16.28MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

50% higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-30 is a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 12,800 higher than the Nikon D4 (25,600).
Ninety-nine times shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-30 has a flash sync-speed of 0.01s, whereas the Nikon D4 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s longer).
Higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-30 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.22x higher than the Nikon D4 (0.92x). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Significantly lighter Edit
The Pentax K-30 has a weight of 590g, whereas the Nikon D4 is a 1.2kg digital camera (592g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Shorter Edit
The Pentax K-30 is a 96.5mm tall digital camera. That's 60mm shorter than the Nikon D4 (96.5mm).
Thinner Edit
The Pentax K-30 has a depth of 71.5mm. That's 19mm thinner than the Nikon D4 (71.5mm).
25% narrower Edit
The Pentax K-30 has a width of 128.5mm. That's 31.5mm narrower than the Nikon D4 (128.5mm).
Cheaper by £4,395
The Pentax K-30 costs £293.80, whereas the Nikon D4 is £4,689.00.
2 shops are selling it
The more sellers stock the product, the greater competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
A little lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D4 has a megapixel count of 16.2MP, however the Pentax K-30 is a 16.28MP digital camera (0.080000000000002MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D4 has a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, but the Pentax K-30 is a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (12,800 higher).
Longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Nikon D4 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Pentax K-30 (0.01s).
0.22x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D4 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.7x, but the Pentax K-30 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.22x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Heavier Edit
The Nikon D4 is a 1.2kg digital camera. That's 592g heavier than the Pentax K-30 (590g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

60mm taller Edit
The Nikon D4 is a 156.5mm tall digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-30 is a 96.5mm tall digital camera (60mm shorter).
21% thicker Edit
The Nikon D4 has a depth of 90.5mm, however the Pentax K-30 is a 71.5mm deep digital camera (19mm thinner).
20% wider Edit
The Nikon D4 has a width of 160mm, however the Pentax K-30 is a 128.5mm wide digital camera (31.5mm narrower).
£4,395 more expensive
The Nikon D4 is more expensive than the Pentax K-30 by £4,395.20.
Not as many stockists
Only 1 retailer sell the Nikon D4, however 3 shops sell the Pentax K-30. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
7 Reasons Against
1% less total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-30 is a 16.49MP digital camera. That's 0.11MP less than the Nikon D4 (16.49MP).
Only 11.00 auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-30 has 11.00 auto focus points, however the Nikon D4 only has 51.00 auto focus points.
67% lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-30 is a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 20fps lower than the Nikon D4 (30fps).
Smaller screen size Edit
The Pentax K-30 has a screen size of 3". That's 0.2" smaller than the Nikon D4 (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Does not support PictBridge Edit
The Pentax K-30 does not support PictBridge, but the Nikon D4 supports PictBridge.
Does not have an HDMI port Edit
The Pentax K-30 does not have an HDMI port, however the Nikon D4 does. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Older by six months
The Pentax K-30 is six months older than the Nikon D4.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
16.2MP 16.28MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 2400 x 1344
 2048 x 1360
 1600 x 1064
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
 2400 x 1344
 2048 x 1360
 1600 x 1064
 4928 x 3264
 3936 x 2624
 3072 x 2048
 1728 x 1152
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4928 x 3280
BEST
 4928 x 3280
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
 RAW
 JPG
 TIF
 NEF
Full-Frame Sensor Size
36 x 23.9 23.7 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
16.6MP
BEST
16.49MP
Sensor Format
 Full-frame
 Full-frame
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 3:2
 5:4
 4:3
 16:9
 3:2
 5:4
 4:3

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Splash Proof
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Splash proof

Lens System

Maximum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 38
Minimum Aperture
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.5
Maximum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 84.5mm
Minimum Focal Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 27.5mm
Focal Length Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 15 - 55
Lens Structure
Unknown - Click to provide data 11/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon-AF
 Nikon F
 Nikon D
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Nikon-AF
 Nikon F
 Nikon D
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
Diaphragm Blades
Unknown - Click to provide data 6
Filter Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 52mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
 single
 spot
 multi point
 centre weighted
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 selective
 Selective Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus assist beam
Auto Focus Point
51
BEST
11
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 80
 100
 800
 12800
 Auto
 64
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25600
 25
 80
 100
 800
 12800
 Auto
 64
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25600
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
12,800 25,600
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Setting
 B
 B
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
Flash Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data 12m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 0.01s
BEST
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
50fps
BEST
30fps
Video Format
 MOV
 H.264
 MOV
 H.264
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 640 x 480
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1280×720@60fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1280x720@50fps
 640x424@30fps
 640x424@25fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Memory Card
 XQD
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
 CF+
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
BEST
Memory Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data 1

Display

Screen Size
3.2"
BEST
3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touch sensitive screen
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.7x 0.92x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Optical
 electrical
 Optical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
AV Output
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AV output
USB Connector Type
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB B
PC Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PC connectivity
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
BEST
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
 Microphone in socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Out Port
 Headphone out port
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fine
 Direct sunlight
 Tungsten
 Daylight
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fine
 Direct sunlight
 Tungsten
 Daylight
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Pastel
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Pastel
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 2,12
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 16x
Dioptre Correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
 Anti-dust function
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
-3 - 1 -2.5 - 1.5
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Cuisine
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sunset
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Cuisine
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Sunset
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 GRE
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 CZE
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 GRE
 HUN
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
1.2kg 590g
BEST
Height
156.5mm 96.5mm
BEST
Depth
90.5mm 71.5mm
BEST
Width
160mm 128.5mm
BEST
Lens Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 230g
Lens Length
Unknown - Click to provide data 68.5mm
Lens Diameter
Unknown - Click to provide data 67.5mm
Weight Including Battery
1.3kg 650g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
EN-EL18 D-LI 109
Shot Per Battery Charge
Unknown - Click to provide data 480 shots

Operational Conditions

Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Storage Temperature Range
4928 x 3280 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC
BEST
Battery Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included battery charger
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi connectivity
Near Field Communication
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near field communication
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
USB 2.0 Port
 USB 2.0 port
 USB 2.0 port
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7,Mac OS X 10.4+
Dust-Resistant
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dust-resistant
On/off Switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On/off switch
Frame
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Frame
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 1/6000 - 30
Digital SLR
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Digital SLR
Rotating
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Rotating
Ethernet LAN Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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