Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera

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Key Features

  • 16.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 11-point AF system
  • ISO 100-12,800 expandable up to 51,200
  • 1080/30,24fps HD video (H.264/MPEG-4/MOV)
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 100% viewfinder and 4 optional focusing screens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Pop-up flash with hotshoe
  • Fully weather-sealed, dustproof, and coldproof
  • Raw, JPEG, and Raw+JPEG with in-camera RAW processing
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC and Eye-Fi compatible

Product Description

The Pentax K-50 is the follow-up to the K-30, a mid-level DSLR with a 16MP sensor and PRIME M processor. Image processing has been improved on the K-50, with the promise of fewer 'jaggies' in images. Additionally, the K-50 has 100% field of view viewfinder, in-camera shake reduction, four optional interchangeable focusing screens, and a fast shutter with the ability to shoot at speeds up to 1/6000. The weather-resistant camera can be custom ordered in 120 possible color combinations, and is compatible with Eye-Fi SD Cards.


Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Other resolutions 4224 x 2816, 3456 x 2304, 2688 x 1792
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor PRIME M
ISO Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (3)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Good, Better, Best
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.92×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Continuous drive 6 fps
Self-timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (optional, wired or wireless)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Weather and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable (4 x AA with optional adapter)
Battery Life (CIPA) 410
Weight (inc. batteries) 650 g (1.43 lb / 22.93 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 2.8)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)
GPS Optional
GPS notes O-GPS1


User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • cgarrard, Nov 9, 2013 GMT:
    First user review here? Kidding me!? :)

    I'm very surprised there aren't any user reviews here on DPR! My full review is on my blog, so here is my conclusion on what I like: (1) Build/design similar in quality and feel to the K20/10 DSLRS (2) Weather Sealed (kit comes with WR kit lens too) (3) Excellent optical finder- 100% accurate and bright/large (4) Dual customizable control ...

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  • Bertie123, Feb 19, 2014 GMT:
    Great Camera - Tons of features

    I got this camera a couple of weeks ago, through Airmiles, and I must say, I love this camera so far.  I used to (and still) have the K-1000 and ME Super, that I used back in the 80's through to the mid to late 90's, that's when I got my 1st Digital point & shoot camera.  Since then I have had two point & shoot cameras, and loved using them.  It's only lately that I got the itch to get back into SLR photography, but the prices were way out of my league (given my current situation).  So Thank ...

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Questions & Answers


Selecting a DSLR Camera...

I've read countless posts asking the same question ("can you recommend a camera for a beginner") with different answers and I've done quite a bit of reading up on the different cameras I've discovered through online reviews as well as threads in these forums. I've reached the point where all of the reviews are starting to blur a bit. Here's a little bit of background. I'm an amateur photographer who enjoys taking pictures. I have no illusions of ever becoming a professional but I do enjoy challenging myself to become better. I used to use a Minolta Vectis S1 (APS film based SLR for those who don't remember it) with a variety of lenses until digital cameras became the fashion. At the time I bought my first digital camera I opted for a point and shoot for budgetary reasons (college, rent, etc.). I've reached the point now, however, that I'd really like a camera that will, once again, allow me some greater control and also provide me with better pictures -- mostly family shots, our ...

SueEsponte asked
8 days ago


Look at "older" models. There's really nothing wrong with a D5100 or D5200 or a T3i instead of a T5i. Used dealers are a good source for this. Same for lenses. I've sourced almost all my lenses from used dealers. Megapixel count is almost totally irrelevant. Entry level DSLRs are now being challenged head on by mirrorless systems ( MILCs ). Fuji X-E1 models or Olympus's E-M range would be the choice for for someone looking for "traditional" controls in a MILC. Panasonic's G-series are also an option here. I would seriously look at MILCs. Lack bracketing and some other features which every other maker includes in their entry level DSLRs. Should be Nikon's entry level model, IMO, and the a better choice than the D3x00 models. The articulate screen is useful, if for no other reason than you can turn it round to cover it and turn it off., but also for macros. Very well spec'd and I like Pentax DSLRs generally. Problem : company not doing much since Ricoh absorbed it and not well ... Continue Reading

darklamp answered
8 days ago

This is exactly why I am suggesting that you make the live view/optical view decision first.  I guess I am not making my point clearly.  With a live view camera, while you are looking at the scene you adjust whatever parameters you want until what you see on the screen or in the electronic viewfinder matches what you see in your head and then you take the picture.  All of this can be done at eye level with either the built in EVF or an add on EVF. With a DLSR this process is the reverse.  First you adjust the settings to what you think will match what is in your head, then you take the picture, then you evaluate the picture, adjust the settings again if necessary, take the photo again, check the LCD, adjust again if necessary, etc.  Professional photographers usually get it right the first time.  Amateur photographers not always.  Beginners tend to "chimp" a lot, and none of this can be done at eye level or in real time as in a live view camera. Not really.  Although many (not all) ... Continue Reading

tedolf answered
6 days ago

if I wanted to achieve something more than merely taking snapshots: first decide whether you want a live view or optical view camera.  To get photographs that are more than mere snapshots, an optical view camera requires that you be able to pre-visualize  your result and then know enough about exposure, white balance, aperture and shutter speed control to adjust the settings get that result-just like in the days of film cameras. Thanks to modern technology, a live view camera gives you a real time preview of how the photograph is actually going to look with your existing settings, and in real time you can change the settings to get the look you want before you take the photo.  Good live view systems can even simulate the effect of slow shutter speeds on moving objects, e.g. waterfalls, etc. before you take the shot. If you are good at pre-visualization and know how to reliably set a camera to execute that vision get a DSLR. If you are interested in a live view camera then you will ... Continue Reading

tedolf answered
7 days ago


Should I buy a Nikon D3200 or a Pentax K-50?

I am looking to buy my first DSLR (upgrading from a point and shoot). I am looking to do this on a budget, as I am a graduate school student and need to be semi responsible with my spending. I of course want to purchase the best camera for my needs and budget, and after much research I have narrowed an overwhelming list down to two cameras. The Pentax K-50 (with the 18-55 and 50-200 lens kit) or the Nikon D3200 (with the 18-55 VR and 55-200 VR lens kit). At this point I am having a hard time making a final decision, I know there is so much to consider and I want to make sure I don't miss anything major. Any advice and/or suggestions would be appreciated.

Laura85 asked
14 days ago


Okay guys, going way off topic. Please take your arguments off forum. They do nothing to help the OP, or any other beginner. Continue Reading

Footski answered
11 days ago

With that attitude to people trying to help you you might as well grab dice and pick a camera that way. Bye. Continue Reading

darklamp answered
13 days ago

The main thing is you haven't really identified why you think you "need" a DSLR. If you just want more control, you can get that without buying a DSLR. There are compact cameras with the same controls as DSLR's, plus there are the so-called mirrorless cameras as well. If you're on a budget, they can often be a cheaper option, plus they are often smaller. About the only creative thing you cannot do with smaller cameras is get the shallow depth of field that is oh-so-fashionable. If you're dead set on a DSLR, you can often find used or refurbished cameras at very good prices. For example, here is a refurbished D3200 two lens kit with bag that's the same cost as a new one with just the one kit lens. I think the K-50 is a better value than the Nikon. To take full advantage of its weather sealing, you'd have to get the WR lenses, so it would cost more than Nikon. Costco sells the K-50 with the ... Continue Reading

trekkeruss answered
13 days ago


Another "my first dSLR" question and also a price check to see if this makes sense

Hi all, I'm considering my first dSLR and coming from a combination of a Nokia Lumia 920 phone (crazy good pics considering it's a phone) and an old Panasonic Lumix Z28 superzoom. *LOVE* the telephoto reach of the Z28, but I've never been entirely happy with the color it captures and it's not quite as versatile as I'd like. My primary uses for a new camera are: (1) Landscape & Nature - lots of outdoor shots, water, clouds, etc. and hiking in the mountains (2) Wildlife - this was the main reason I got a superzoom several years ago I don't *NEED* an SLR, but I *WANT* one :) Mainly after a larger sensor, more lens options (compared to the obviously single-lens of my superzoom) and more manual controls so I can get deeper into photography (it's fun, I want to learn more!) I've read through a ridiculous amount of info on this ...

6 days ago


for wildlife, and fast AF take a look at the Nikon 1 system. Tedolph Continue Reading

tedolf answered
5 days ago

Going to do a single bump in the hopes this gets more visibility.  Thanks! Continue Reading

AlienHairball answered
5 days ago

How is it not versatile enough? Your FZ28 already has PASM control.What other manual controls are you looking for? Another superzoom with get you even more telephoto (FZ28 486mm eq. vs 600+), and more bells and whistles, but no better image quality. That's a nice camera. To get roughly the same maximum telephoto as your old camera, you would want a 300mm lens. A new Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.6 lens is $325.95 on Amazon. It is not a fast lens, but it is relatively inexpensive (and of course even less used). Continue Reading

trekkeruss answered
5 days ago


  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Battery Charger Kit K-BC109(A)
  • Strap O-ST132
  • Eyecup FR
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW138
  • Li-Ion Battery D-LI109
  • AC Plug Cord D-C02J
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover

Warranty Information

"RICOH IMAGING products originally distributed by RICOH IMAGING CORPORATION, 633 17th Street, Suite 2600, Denver, Colorado 80202, have a limited One-Year Warranty starting from the date of purchase. This limited warranty covers any defects in original factory materials and workmanship. If your RICOH IMAGING product malfunctions due to such a defect within this one-year period, RICOH IMAGING CORPORATION will repair it at no charge within a reasonable amount of time. This warranty does not cover any damage caused to the product, including, but not limited to: impact, moisture, liquid, sand, excessive temperature, battery leakage, chemical corrosion, mishandling, operation contrary to operating instructions, tampering, modification, or servicing by an unauthorized repair shop.RICOH IMAGING shall not be liable for any consequential or incidental damages, such as memory cards, batteries, travel expenses, loss of time, etc. This warranty only applies to RICOH IMAGING photographic equipment originally distributed in the United States by RICOH IMAGING CORPORATION, 633 17th Street, Suite 2600, Denver, Colorado 80202".

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