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.
Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera
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- 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
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3)|
|JPEG quality levels||Good, Better, Best|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||11|
|Lens mount||Pentax KAF2|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/6000 sec|
|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)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (optional, wired or wireless)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Weather and dust resistant)|
|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″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)|
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Lens Assistance: K-50
Hello all, I'm in the process of choosing a lens for my Pentax K-50 for a backcountry hiking trip west and could use some solid input from those more seasoned. I've been using the kit lenses that came with the K-50 and on the whole I am pleased with their performance given they are kit lenses. However, I noticed that images are softer and a bit less sharp than I desire, especially on the 18mm end. My key needs in a lens(es) are: Sharpness, Low light performance, at least 35mm (18mm would be great) Things I could care less about: motor noise, Im on a budget, my max would be just north of $350-400. I'm fine achieving these needs in a single lens or a handful or primes. What are your thoughts/experiences? I mainly shoot portraits and landscapes. Weight is important but not a lens killer if it comes down to quality. Here are a few I found- thoughts and do you think they would satisfy my equipment needs? Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR - I like what I have read so far, but would I be better off ...
First thing I would do is have a good look at my previous shooting history with some thing like exposureplot http://www.vandel.nl/exposureplot.html That will tell you which focal length is really your favorite. Only worjs with jpeg though. Your budget is not going to stretch to a handful of primes unfortunately. The DA35 f2.4 is a very good lens so if you find you use that focal length enough then it would be a good buy. Similarly the DA50 might be very useful as a portrait lens. I have used a DA16-45 for 10 years now and would happily recommend that. There are those who hate it, mainly for CA and the reverse zoom action. The former is easily corrected and the latter us just personal prejudice. Continue Reading
If you are shooting landscapes the kit lens should be sharp at 18mm set to F8. A larger aperture at 18mm isnt typically advisable for landscapes. Im personally not a big fan of the kit lens but at F8 it should be fine. If you can find a Da17-70 I recommend it if its a new copy. Newer versions have a mk ii sdm motor and is definitely faster than old versions based on my own copy. Continue Reading
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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