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

4.5 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

QUESTION

need help with new DSLR or SLR

Hi everyone - i have been out of the market in regards to purchasing a camera for about 10 years and needless to say i'm kind of overhelmed. I was looking at a lot of reivews and kind of landed on the Pentax K50. i know there are a lot of other choices out there, but am i picking the best one? I mainly shoot landscape when i travel. this is usually in bright to normal outdoor light using low ISO's. looking for full frame or APS-C. i don't need a whole lot of options because i am more of a point and click then do all the editing i need on photoshop. for the lenses, i am looking for 18-300mm and it can be all in one lens or seperate, doesn't matter. main options i need are auto focus and the ability to switch between manual and presets (like landscape, portrait, sports, etc). everything else is optional. my budget is 600$ for the body and/or under $1000 for lenses and body. perceived level = beginner

indianaman asked
2 days ago

ANSWERS

Not a bad way to think about it! For me, the "best" camera is a 10 year old Nikon d200, because it has a nice, large prism viewfinder, a lot of buttons, a rugged build, and it is relatively inexpensive (about us$300). For my wife, the "best" camera seems to be the Sony Nex 3n I just got her, because it works well in low light and it fits in her purse. I like it a lot too, btw. Given the desires of the original poster, probably any number of cameras would be equally best. Nikon d5xxx with 18-105 and 70-300 would be a pretty good combination. But you might want to look into a used Sigma 10-20. They aren't too much $ and they are really good lenses. They open up a lot of landscape possibilities. Continue Reading

BobSC answered
2 days ago

If we do a little market analysis on dslr sales: Canon is number one then nikon then pentax. So by the "best" one its all relative. Is it a good camera? absolutely. I think the best dslr in your price range is by far the Nikon D5300. Get the kit and add the excellent 70-300 nikon lens. and BAM. Its all you'll need. Full frame is WAY out of your budget. starts at 1700$ and goes up from there. However things in the camera world have changed a great deal in the past 10 years. Mirrorless cameras from Sony, Olympus, Fuji and Panasonic can all match or surpass many DSLRs in a much smaller and lighter package. The new Sony A6000 at 800$ for the kit for example is pretty much unbeatable in image quality, autofocus, ISO performance, and speed (frames per second) in that price range. It has the same sized APS-C sensor as the big dslrs. (even newer version of it however). You can do the research yourself, dont take my word for it but at least give it a look. Continue Reading

juvx answered
2 days ago

Best is subjective. There is no best. There is only what works for you. And there isn't any one solution that works for everyone. Hence the number of different cameras on the market. However, if it helps, any camera on the market is capable of taking a good or bad picture. The difference isn't in the camera, it's in the person using the camera. The only thing any camera does is record light, record an exposure. There will be differences in features , so find that camera that has the right set of features for you. The only drawback to the Pentax is that they currently don't offer a full frame option. So if you are ever considering "upgrading" to full frame, Pentax might not be the choice for you. Define options. It is the options/features that set cameras apart from one another. All of them at going to have an aperture/shutter/ISO… the things that control recording the light/exposure. Oh, it matters. It matters more than the camera. It just not matter much to you and that's fine. But ... Continue Reading

John Deerfield answered
2 days ago

QUESTION

K50 and K500 metering sensor

Hi, according to the specs the K50 and K500 have a 77 point metering sensor. Is it still that faulty unit, that make Pttl so amusing or did they replace it? THX for your replies Albert

fotobert asked
7 days ago

ANSWERS

It' the same 77 segment one as used in the K-30.  P-TTL works OK (Sigma 610) and consistently but bounce flash definitely needs -1.5EV EC to match direct flash. Continue Reading

Brad99 answered
7 days ago

Hi Brad, THX for your reply. As you might guess, I am not really happy with Pttl. I often use my flash(es) bounced or wireless with or without umbrella / softbox. In these configurations it is often trial an error to get a precise exposure. Tuning up / down the flash exposure sometimes has no effect, changing the aperture has (!), mostly f/5.6 or f/8 work, f/2.8 or f/4 often causes overexposure. I working more and ore with full manual control instead. Other users have found the new 86k metering module to be more consitent (Andrew, where are you?). I was hoping, that an improved77-segment-module is used in the new cameras. Have a nice day Albert Continue Reading

fotobert answered
7 days ago

K3 metering is reported to be very accurate. Continue Reading

ozdean answered
7 days ago

QUESTION

help in choosing a camera

I have been looking up cameras to choose from.  This will be my first dslr. I want to try and get the best value.  Out of these few which one would be the best if I could get them around a similar price. pentax k5 pentax k50 pentax k500 nikon d5200 nikon d3200

koalathunder asked
3 days ago

ANSWERS

We do get a lot of questions like this and it is not always easy to answer. It is my opinion that before buying any of them, you have to handle the cameras. Often the best specified camera does not feel right in your hands. Try them out, which will narrow your choices further. I will then say, "Buy the one that feels best to you". Continue Reading

Footski answered
3 days ago

The problem with answering you is that they are all good cameras. The only one I personally don't like is the D3200 because it lacks features which are standard on all other manufacturer's entry level DSLRs. Some of the Pentax models have weather sealing ( which is not an OK to rush out in a dust storm or high gale - it just means they're more resistant to normal rain levels than a non-sealed DSLR ). I would not put too much emphasis on this - in my experience most people simply do not photograph much in poor weather. However it's a factor for some people. Some Pentax models have a pentaprism viewfinder ( as opposed to the cheaper penta-mirror used on other entry level DSLRs ). These tend to be brighter. I've used both and while there is a difference, I would again not call it a major deciding factor. Pentax equipment can be harder to find, so keep that in mind. The biggest factor apart from those points would be that the handling and feel of each is different. This is important as ... Continue Reading

darklamp answered
3 days ago

The Pentax K-50 makes for an amazing value, and I tend to strongly recommend it for anyone who's looking for a mid-range DSLR. But is a DSLR really what you want, or need? If you don't plan on shooting in low-light (be it indoors or just very early or very late in the day), there's almost no advantage to an interchangeable-lens camera whatsoever. Just get a high-end compact camera, like the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, or its improved and more expensive version, the RX100 II. If you do, but won't shoot sports, a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (from now on - MILC) may suit you better than a DSLR. They are smaller and lighter, and so are the lenses available for them, though the selection is not as broad as the availability of lenses for Nikon and Canon (though the mirrorless systems, especially the Micro Four Thirds mount and Fujifilm's X-mount, are catching up, and are pretty much on par with Pentax - while MFT may have already surpassed it). Some of the newer ones are ... Continue Reading

Ido S answered
2 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

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