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

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 ...

FuzzyBear asked
11 hours ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

Is the K-50 good enough?

Hi, I've decided that I want to take up landscape photography especially when I go hiking.  I've done a lot of looking at different cameras and decided that the K-50/K-30 is the only real competitor in the sub $1000 category for me on account of weather sealing. It looks to be a great camera, my only concern is that 16.2 MP might not be enough for producing stunning high-res photos that I want so that I can use them for computer wallpapers and smaller prints.  I'd also like to do some large prints but (correct me if I'm wrong) I think I'd just stitch a bunch of pictures together to get the right resolution.  So do I want higher resolution or do I want a higher-end camera.  Another consideration is that I don't really want to spend over $1000 (including a good lense).

OwenT asked
8 days ago

ANSWERS

You're totally over thinking this. 16mp is perfectly capable of producing highly detailed prints and a standard 1920x1080 wallpaper is only 2mp so no issue there what so ever. I work in printing and a 16mp image is a dream come true. Most of the time I have far smaller to work with (50kb grabs from Facebook) and I think you would be surprised what modern software and printers can do. I wouldn't hesitate taking a 16mp image to A0 size or higher if needs be. You really don't need a pixel per print dot like the internet will tell you. A 16mp image doesn't have a 300dpi size limit and then after that its a blury pixelated mess... What do you think professional images were taken with 10 years ago? 6mp did everyone just fine back then... Continue Reading

MysteryLemon answered
8 days ago

That's tough. A 1080p computer monitor is, in abstract 2 megapixels, but now they have 4k displays that are 8 megapixels. Will a 16MP ever be enough? Just a decade ago, the highest resolution dSLRs were around 6MP. Where did all those big prints come from? Surely they must have used stitching. Or magic! The highest resolution cameras on the market today are 36MP. That's literally 50% more linear resolution. That means you'll be able to get the same level of detail at a 15 foot print as the K-50 would give in a 10 foot print. Surely that's noticeable! Seriously. Megapixels stopped anywhere close to a key spec sometime around when we hit 3MP-6MP. The K-50 is a great camera. It's without peer at that price point for what it does. If it's in your price range, with decent glass, go for it. For landscape, the kit lens is actually very good. You don't need ultrawide aperture or similar. For landscape, do budget for a decent tripod. This will cost more than you expect ($150-$200, probably), ... Continue Reading

Alphoid answered
7 days ago

2mp should be about enough. Tedolph Continue Reading

tedolf answered
7 days ago

QUESTION

Lens decision: expertise needed!

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 ...

FuzzyBear asked
14 hours ago

ANSWERS

Why not post in the Pentax forum? You're probably more likely to get useful help there. Continue Reading

AlbertInFrance answered
12 hours ago

I think you'd do better to learn how to sharpen your images. I prefer primes to zooms so I have rarely used the Pentax kit lenses but when I have used them I've never had problems with softness - but that's after proper sharpening. This is with my K20D (slightly less MP than the K-50) with 18-55 at 18mm and f/5.6. You'll struggle to get both fast and wide. That's just the way optics work. Continue Reading

12 hours ago

Work with what you have now and learn to get your images sharper. I have a Canon 5DM2 with various lens's and its as soft as a 50 dollar point and shoot when not used correctly. Id say your current camera is fine. a new lens will not really help here. Some practice and applied techniques are needed to make the best of the gear you currently have. You will get better pictures and save some money. To Improve sharpness: -Shoot at 1/250 of a sec or more. This is whats necessary to freeze movement in people, animals etc that are moving at normal pace. anything slower will be a tad soft. -If its dark/nighttime , use a flash. a long exposure with the flash set for rear curtain ( at the end of the shot) will freeze any people in the shot. -use a tripod. a good tripod. if you dont have one, use a pillar, wall or something solid. -when you press on the shutter button you shake the camera. to avoid this use a shutter cable release, or improvise by using your delay timer. set this to 5 seconds. ... Continue Reading

winston_smyth answered
10 hours 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

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