Last week, we wrote to you about the supposed flagship Digital SLR camera from Pentax that was allegedly leaked in a French catalog. We also managed to get a few of the camera’s specs, albeit no official statement was heard from the optics company. But today, Pentax is making it official. Through a press release, Pentax introduced its latest brainchild, the PENTAX K-30, a weather and dust resistant digital SLR camera that’s ideal for photographers with the active outdoor lifestyles. True to previous rumors last week, the PENTAX K-30 sports a lightweight and compact body with weatherproof capabilities. Another major feature is the state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision Autofocus operation. Check out the other features as well as its availability and pricing inside.

The PENTAX K-30 is also equipped with the latest 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. The said image sensor is coupled with PENTAX’s “PRIME M” imaging engine for outstanding full 1080p HD movie clips. Other notable features include an optical finder with 100% field of view, high-speed burst shooting at approximately six images per second, advanced Live View shooting, high quality video recording, and a PENTAX Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism for sharp, blur free images. The company said that its new PENTAX K-30 will be available in July for the price of $849.95. But if you opt to grab the kit together with the DA L 18-55mm zoom lens, you’ll have to pay $899.95.

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