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

First DSLR: Nikon D5200 vs. Pentax K-50?

I'm looking to buy my first DSLR. I've done some looking online and I've narrowed it down to a D5200 or a K-50. I've been interested in photography in the past, but I've never shot with anything better than a point and shoot camera. Most of the photos I'll be taking will be outdoors, landscapes, etc. I'm also looking to take pictures and video of mountain biking and whitewater kayaking. The articulating screen and autofocus system on the Nikon is a big plus, but the Pentax has some features that the Nikon is lacking. I'm wondering which of these cameras you would recommend for my purposes. Or if there is something else you'd recommend, I'm open to ideas. Thanks!

AdamBuzz223 asked
10 days ago

ANSWERS

I have a K-50 and there are various reasons I picked it over other cameras. It has in body-stabilization, so every lens you will put on it is stabilized and thus there are plenty of lenses you can actually afford for the camera that are atabilzed. However, that doesn't probably matter because most users never go beyond the kit lenses. But that is my reason, not yours. Let's take a look at why you might want to buy the K-50. I also like the fact that's it is weatherized and it is the only camera with affordable kit lenses that are weatherized. If you are heading into the mountains hiking, weatherization might be a good feature. But I would say the biggest plus for you and most users, is that it has an excellent viewfinder, much better than Nikon. Every time you pick up the camera you will be looking through the viewfinder. An important feature like that that you use every time you take a photo does make a difference. These are reasons for you, yourself to buy the camera, not my ... Continue Reading

bladerunner6 answered
10 days ago

Thanks for the reply. I hadn't thought about the in-body stabilization. That is definitely an added plus. That in combination with an in-body focus motor mean more affordable lenses. Affordability is a pretty big factor for me. Video is somewhat important though. I've seen a few different places say that the Pentax isn't great for video. What is it about the Pentax that makes it a poor choice for video? Continue Reading

AdamBuzz223 answered
9 days ago

I think you could just about flip a coin. Both are excellent choices. As far as stabilization goes, I don't think Pentax's implementation is as good as in lens optical stabilization, but that's an opinion. When I'm looking through the viewfinder, I like to see the view lock on rather than hope it's working. It also means I see the target stabilized and can assure proper focus. Besides, these days most lenses you may want come stabilized and are not more expensive than non stabilized lenses made for companies who have in-body stabilization. The Pentax is an excellent camera though and is definitely worth considering and their viewfinder might be the best available in that price range, though the Nikon penta-mirror isn't too bad either. All new Nikon lenses and many older ones are sealed with rear gaskets and more instead of just a very few. Besides, I think this is more marketing then a real virtue. We have been using unsealed cameras and lenses for a hundred years by ... Continue Reading

Guidenet answered
9 days ago

QUESTION

K50 or K5IIS
laith asked
5 hours ago

ANSWERS

Hello, In the few past days, i was advised to bought K5iis instead of K50. In Amazon, now one can find K50 body ($360) and K5iis body ($497) ! -- I need some advise from that used both of them with best regards. laith Continue Reading

laith answered
4 hours ago

QUESTION

K-X or K-50

Hello, Im wondering to update my K-x that was sold with 18-55mm and 55-300mm ($650). Now i can find K-50 with 18-55mm and 50-200mm ($546)! what do you suggest? with regards.

laith asked
1 day ago

ANSWERS

If you handle both at the same time, you would see the difference. The K-50 build feels cheaper,  more plastic,  the K-5 II is more solid and comfortable to hold. And that focusing is a huge step forward compared to any recent Pentax, truly worth it in my opinion. The lack of focus peaking is not such a big deal, because AF is so good, and because viewfinder is also good and bright, manual focusing is not a problem, plus there is a very reliable focus confirmation that comes with the improved AF system. Continue Reading

DS21 answered
1 day ago

k-5 IIs body for the same price. You already have 2 lenses. Continue Reading

mepaca answered
1 day ago

Nicer semi-pro body, better AF system (especially in low light), very quiet shutter sound, bigger viewfinder. Continue Reading

DS21 answered
1 day 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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