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

  • 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

K-50 vs em-10 vs D5300

Hi guys, I am trying to decide which camera to buy as I wanted to step up from my current point and shoot and have been debating between the pentax k-50, OM EM-10 and the Nikon D 5300. Here's what I am looking for: 1) Fast Auto-Focus 2) Affordable lenses 3) WIFI connectivity 4) Picture Quality Additionally, K-50 body and lens (18-55, 55-200, f1.8 50mm prime) is available for under $650 while a similar kit for EM 10 and D 5300 is available for $950. Any thoughts on how to decide would be valuable. If any of you have other suggestions that would be great. Thanks

pdhabs asked
10 days ago

ANSWERS

First all three are fully capable of taking great photos.  I own the E-M10, have owned Nikon (D40), and recently recommended the K-50 to a friend simple because it can be had for such a low price right now. The Pentax kit lenses (18-55 and 55-200) are just average by kit lens standards. The 50mm is fantastic and a good value. Pentax offers a ton of features in with it (dual control dials, pentaprism viewfinder, weather resistant body and kit lens, wireless flash, etc). It's not the fastest focusing camera of the group, especially with the lenses you mentioned.  And I believe the Wi-fi is restricted to the use of the Wi-Fi SD cards (someone correct me if I'm wrong on that).  Downsides aside, it's super easy to use and just takes great pictures. The E-M10 is a mirrorless camera.  But you know that.  Most people here are either love it or hate it when it comes to mirrorless; there are very few "sitting on the fence" as it were.  I really like mine, but it may not be for everyone.  I ... Continue Reading

NowHearThis answered
6 days ago

Sigma and Tamron make some very attractive and capable lenses at reasonable prices. Continue Reading

Futax answered
8 days ago

Sorry it took me a couple of days to reply, I was busy and didn't see your post. The Olympus has built in Wi-Fi that works extremely well, and is more portable and lighter then the other two.  So 3 out the 4 things you are looking for the Olympus will do better then the others. Now low light IQ, this is not easily answered... Just comparing ISO 1600 between all three, the Nikon will produce the best results.  Now here's why I think it's not easy to answer it. First:  The difference in low light performance between the Olympus E-M10 and the K50 is at most 1/3rd of a stop, and comparing the D5300 to the Olympus the Nikon the difference is only 2/3rds of a stop better.  The Pentax and Olympus have In Body Image Stabilization that is very good  (around 3 stops or so for my E-M10, YMMV).  If you aren't shooting moving subjects this will be of greater benefit since the Nikon has no Prime lenses < 85mm with VR.  So essentially in a situation where you would use a Nikon at ISO 3200 you ... Continue Reading

NowHearThis answered
1 day ago

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
8 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
8 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
7 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
7 days ago

QUESTION

Best beginning all-around camera

I'm trying to pick a camera as a gift for my wife.  She is a novice when it comes to photography.  Coming from a Panasonic FZ35, Panasonic Sz15.  Which have been okay, but doesn't produce the type of photos she is looking for.  She mostly sticks with the auto settings, but occasional will 'play around' with more advanced features. She will be using it for a lot of different purposes, but mostly for pics of kids at various events (soccer, dance, band, baseball) most of those will be at distance.  It will also be used inside for birthdays, holidays, etc...  And vacations. Obviously money is an object, inexpensive as possible, but quality is important.  She just wants good pics of memorable events with the least hassle as possible.  Under $700 is budget. I've been leaning toward a few choices (but open to other suggestions)  Below are the choices with prices currently: Nikon D3300 w/18-55 lens and 55-300 lens (both Nikon lens newer version) $696. Canon SL1 w/18-55 & 70-300 lens ...

94Cats asked
11 days ago

ANSWERS

Ever tried to +1 your own post? I'd never do that! Seems that you can, but only once! Continue Reading

WryCuda answered
9 days ago

Being over 40 years as a Nikon professional, I know that brand the best and usually suggest it to friends and family when they ask. I also like it because if that person ever decides to really branch out, there's a huge system to support their every possible endeavor. Moreover, lenses and accessories from 1959 until present all tend to interchange without adaptors and such. That may not be in the least important, but stay with it long enough, and it can be. I still use things I purchased new and used in the late 1960s and 1970s regularly today. One lens I purchased new in 1978 gets almost daily use while another purchased used in the late 1960s gets used about once a week. That's both the compatibility and longevity of the huge system behind Nikon. In the past few years, my advice has been asked by one brother, one sister, a brother in law, one niece, one nephew and one daughter. I suggested the Nikon D3100, D3200 and D3300, depending on the year for all but one. So far, they have ... Continue Reading

Guidenet answered
10 days ago

I looked up the Panasonic FZ35 to see what you were talking about and I see why you suggested the cameras you did. They may be a bit bigger but not by much. I suppose you are suggesting these because with the exchangeable lenses you can pretty much adapt to the situation. You say that she the Panasonic FZ35 doesn't produce the type of photos she is looking for. So tell us. What kind of photos is she looking for? We may be of more help if we know what she is looking to achieve. Personally I would recommend the Canon, since it would be $399 with the mail in rebate. From the money saved I would then get the 50mm f1.8 II (usually $99) leaving you at $500 Of the bunch you suggested the SL1 is supposed to be the smallest of the entry level dslrs, the two bundled lenses would serve her for a general walk around lens, a telephoto lens for those out door kids games and the fast prime would be suitable for this indoor kids parties. From there I would get a flash like the 430ex II (or third ... Continue Reading

lawny13 answered
10 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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