- 16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. A high performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor strikes the perfect balance between resolution and image quality. DA-L 18-55WR lens included
Our Review Of The Pentax K-50
The Pentax K50 is a 16.3 megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor powered DSLR camera. It is an entry level DSLR from Pentax which comes with robust weather sealing and an array of manual controls.
The 16.3 megapixel sensor is capable of producing decent sized images (4928 x 3264 pixels). That said sensor resolution is hardly the USP of this camera. The crop factor of Pentax’s APS-C sensors is 1.5x. Simply multiply the focal length of the lens in question by 1.5 to find out the effective focal length (35mm format equivalent) on the camera.
Image processing on the camera is handled by Pentax’s PRIME M image processing engine. The PRIME M image processor is rated to produce clean images even in poor lighting situations.
Auto-focusing on the K50 is powered by an 11-point phase detection AF system and SAFOX IXi+ system. 9 out of these AF points are cross-types. Manual focusing is assisted by focus peaking that highlights areas of contrast.
The camera employs a 77-segment exposure metering system that ensures the most accurate metering possible, even for scenes which are poorly lit.
Native ISO sensitivity of the camera is 100 to 51200.
Pentax cameras employ sensor-shift type image stabilization. That means all lenses are going to be image stabilized automatically. Image stabilization is rated at 3 stops. Meaning you can use up to three stops slower shutter speed than what the camera meter tells you and still the camera will compensate for the shake. The other major feature of the camera is a reasonable continuous shooting speed of 6 fps.
The K50 can shoot full HD videos (1920 x 1080p) at a frame rate of 30 fps. There is a built-in audio mic but it records only monaural sound. You have the option to choose between H.264 AVC or MPEG 4 compression when recoding videos. Files are saved in .MOV format.
Rear LCD Screen
The 3” rear LCD screen has a resolution of 921,000 dots. Unlike some of its more illustrious competitors the LCD screen of the K50 does not articulate nor does it have a touchscreen option.
Standard connectivity options. No wireless or GPS.
Build Quality and Weather Sealing
Despite being an entry level DSLR, the Pentax K50 comes with two command wheels. Both of them are customizable which means you can assign an array of functionalities to them.
Make no mistake, this is one well-built piece of photography tool. A polycarbonate exterior cover which houses a stainless steel chassis. Pentax cameras are known for their extremely good built quality as well as fantastic weather proofing. The K50 reaffirms this. The operating temperature of the camera is 14 – 104 ˚. You will hardly find a cheaper weather sealed camera as good as the K50.
The camera comes in a choice of 120 color combinations. You should be able to find one matching your eye color, or even match the color of your car.
The greatest USP of the camera seems to be its weather sealing and continuous shooting speed. Though 6 fps is nothing unheard of in this range, weather sealing is good and something that cameras in this price point don’t have.
Pentax K-50: Guru Score
We collected reviews of the Pentax K-50 from leading photography and tech sites.
A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design.
Lori Grunin, Cnet
The best thing about this camera is its weatherproofing credentials, so to get the most of it, partner it with the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 WR (weather resistant) optic.
Amy Davies, Tech Radar
While the weather-sealing is a nice addition that adds to the already quality feel of the K-500, it’s perhaps the fact that the AF points are superimposed in the viewfinder that transforms the performance of the camera, making it a lot more satisfying and pleasurable to use compared to the K-500, making the K-50 one of the best entry-level DSLRs going.
Phil Hall, What Digital Camera
Arriving barely a year after the release of the K-30, the K-50 is very similar to its predecessor with only a few minor tweaks including 120 unique color options.
Jim Keenen, digitalcamerareview.com
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