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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Sensor
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
Image
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
Autofocus
  • 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
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI No
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (optional, wired or wireless)
Physical
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

Reviews

User Reviews

4.16667 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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  • Larry, Aug 3, 2014 GMT:
    Camera is fine except for one major problem, LCD screen turn off.

    This problem is consistent with K50, K30, and even K500.The annoying LCD screen will not turn off as your using the viewfinder to take a photo. This also takes up battery power. I have to recharge my battery far to early. I even bought a back up due to this problem. I do not use the LCD screen as its worthless in sunlight conditions. I have tried everything even the Pentax forum to get this camera to turn off the LCD. This is a Pentax problem they have not addressed to this date. Pentax forum ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

K30 vs K50?

So I have potentially narrowed down my choices here after some help over the past day. After learning both cameras will offer AF adjust, and knowing they both have the same Prism OVF and IQ, I checked prices. They both sell used for about the same, The k30 is going for $425 new on Amazon, while the K50 is $450 new everywhere but with a memory card for free. Calling the price a wash, is there much different between the two? DPR doesn't do much good as I can't find an individual review to compare them, the just lump the K50 into the "affordable" review. Anything you guys know that makes one better than the other? Does the K50 have the better low light AF of the K5II and newer?

Ontario Gone asked
24 days ago

ANSWERS

K-30 and K-50 are 99% similar regarding specs. Both of them take D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable or 4xAA batteries with (the same) optional battery holder You can see a comparison of these cameras here: K-30 vs K-50 Continue Reading

nbela answered
24 days ago

I thought I remembered talk of the K20 having the 2.8 AF sensor. Maybe I remember incorrectly or it was just a wishful thought at the time... Continue Reading

Tan68 answered
24 days ago

CNET quoted a reputable Ricoh source at Photokina that the K50 kit will be reduced to $499 very soon. While a lot of the article was off kilter (like missing the Ricoh Pentax acquisition date by two years, I think we will start seeing the indicated closeout pricing very soon. Hang in there. That's a fine deal. Continue Reading

JNR answered
5 days ago

QUESTION

Which cameras have Micro AF Adjust?

I used to have a K5IIs, and I know that one has it. I also figure the K3 does too, but what about cheaper models? Does the K50 or K500? What about the DC'd K30? Anybody know?

Ontario Gone asked
25 days ago

ANSWERS

They all have it, K30, K50 and K500. Continue Reading

miles green answered
25 days ago

Hmm, this is surprising and good to hear as well. I am pretty set on getting something in the DSLR format for the times when rapid movements are the subject. But I don't want to deal with the occasional BF/FF issues that can plague the gear. Considering Pentax is the only brand that offers both AF adjust and a Prism OVF on their lowest end cameras, it's a pretty easy decision. Now to break down a K30 vs K50 vs K500.... Continue Reading

Ontario Gone answered
25 days ago

I agree, Pentax has the best quality entry-level dslrs. I think they are exactly the same inside, just different "boxes". The K30 and K50 are weather sealed. The K30 is the oldest and therefore cheapest model, but it's often kitted with a non WR lens. I think the sale prices have started now that Pentax announced the K-S1 Continue Reading

miles green answered
24 days ago

QUESTION

Pentax K10D to K-30 or K-50. Is there much difference at base ISO?

I currently own the K10D and am looking with envy at the K-30 or K-50 models for their larger pixel count and much improved high iso performance, amongst other things. However I did wonder if the improved high iso was at the expense of base iso? I'd appreciate some feedback from users who have upgraded from the K10D. Besides being a bit bigger are the raw files just as clean at base iso? Are they just as maleable in post work?

13 days ago

ANSWERS

There is no substitute for Dynamic Range. The K10 has less than 12 EVs of dynamic range at base ISO. The K-30 and K-50 have over 13 EV. (The difference even grows at 200-800 ISO.) The K-5 family betters the K-30 and K-50 by more than another EV: This is only one reason that you would appreciate an upgrade. The additional pixels resolution, the better frame rate, the better AF performance. The K10 is a great camera, but you've certainly gotten your money's worth out of it if you have resisted upgrading until now. I would highly recommend a K-5II or K-5IIs. Both are fantastic cameras and tremendous values at this point in time. Continue Reading

pixelsmithy answered
13 days ago

I think there are two ways to look at it and it depends on what you have in mind. Noise, I suppose..? Perhaps there is little difference at base ISO for any typical bright scene exposed properly. One camera may produce much the same result as the next for a picture of a beach with palm trees. The blue sky shows about the same noise. I don't know for certain, though, I never used a K10. I do have a K5 and I believe there is a great difference at base ISO. This difference isn't just noise with the typical bright picture but dynamic range. So, the K10 may do fine with the beach scene. The shadows in the trees will be dark. If you like, you might be able to lift those shadows to brighten the trees a little before you decide there is too much noise. With the K5 and similar cameras, you can lift the shadows a lot. The K5 has more dynamic range. Why anyone wants to lift tree shadows a lot is unknown; it is an example... The difference in DR is a facet of having good high ISO performance. A ... Continue Reading

Tan68 answered
13 days ago

Noise at base ISO before you work the raw files. How far you can push the files before noise rears its head? I've not had the K10D that long but it does seem that the files are not as workable as my K01 was, or my Sony 5N, or Fuji Xa1. Noise shows up in the sky with little effort. I try and keep the ISO to 100 or 200. I'm probably working the files too hard for what is a somewhat dated sensor. Yes, I guess I am asking about colour also. It's colour that often goes askew as the iso rises. What you say about the K5 and being able to lift shadows. Is that just down to 12bit v 14bit? Or do you think there is more at play here? I think the K-30/K-50 are 12bit files. Maybe I should really be looking to upgrade to a K5IIs. I don't want the camera to get too heavy though! Continue Reading

norman shearer answered
13 days ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • 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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