SLR beginners, listen up. Pentax has just officially outed its K-30 – and even if your manually tweaked shots don't look flawless first time, its hardy body should survive the rough handling you need to line up the perfect shot.
The K-30 is weatherproof, dustproof and freezeproof (down to -10°C) so it should suit sporty types looking to step up from throwaway compacts and tough camcorders. This Pentax DSLR will shoot 16.2MP stills, rocks an optical viewfinder, 3in LCD display, burst mode of 6 shots per second and rounds off the line-up with full HD movie capabilities at 30fps.
Pentax has also added a new lens that's compatible with its whole K-mount series of cameras; the smc Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8 is a handy medium-telephoto lens weighing 122g and designed for shooting portraits with an out-of-focus background.
Pentax has set the K-30's release date for the end of June. You'll be able to pick it up in three colours – Classic Black, Crystal White and Crystal Blue – but there's no price tag for either the camera or lens just yet.
UPDATE: Body-only, the K-30 is £600 for any of the black, white and blue editions. With an 18-55mm lens, that'll increase to £650-£680 depending on the colour and if you want to go all out with a starter kit you can get the K-30 Black with 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses for £830.
The smc Pentax-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens can be snapped up for £250.