Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-50
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Pentax K-50 with pop-up flash extended
Type Digital single-lens reflex camera
Sensor APS-C 23.7×15.7 mm CMOS sensor
Maximum resolution 16.3 million effective pixels
Flash Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash. 1/180s sync speed.
Shutter speed range 30-1/6000 s, Bulb
Exposure metering TTL open-aperture metering with choice of: 77-segment evaluative, center-weighted & spot metering
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism, near-100% coverage, 0.92x magnification
ASA/ISO range ISO 100–51 200 in 1, 0.5 or 0.3 EV steps
Rear LCD monitor 3", 921k pixels with AR coating, adjustable for brightness and color
Storage SD, SDHC, SDXC (Eye-Fi compatible)
Battery Lithium-Ion D-Li109 rechargeable battery or four AA batteries (with optional AA battery holder)
Weight With battery and SD card: 650 grams (1.43 lb)
Without battery: 590 grams (1.30 lb)
Made in Vietnam

The Pentax K-50 is a 16.3-megapixel mid-level Pentax digital single-lens reflex camera, announced on 12 June 2013.[1] It is the direct successor to the Pentax K-30 model, both of which are weather sealed.

The main differences over the Pentax K-30 include a more traditional body design, 120 available body color combinations, higher max ISO range (up to 51 200), compatibility with Eye-Fi cards and an improved kit lens (Pentax K-30 included the DA L 18-55mm lens, while Pentax K-50 bundles a water resistant version the DA L 18-55mm WR, both with plastic mounts.[2]

Among APS-C mid-range DSLRs[edit]

Among competing APS-C mid-range DSLRs, the Pentax K-50 has the smallest body, although it is 4mm wider than its nearest rival, the Nikon D5300. The body is made from stainless steel and polycarbonate resin, as is the Canon EOS 700D. The Pentax K-50 has an onboard microphone but lacks the audio-in port of most comparable cameras, limiting its usefulness to videographers. Pentax is the only company to include a weather resistant kit lens, Pentax K-50 with DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 WR, while the higher-model Pentax K-3 offers the 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 WR in one of its kits. The Pentax K-50 is available for around $500 (body only) and less than $600 with kit lens, as of the end of May 2014, which puts it at a very low price point compared to its competition (Canon EOS 70D, Canon EOS 700D, Nikon D5300, Nikon D7100, Pentax K-3 and Pentax K-50).[3]

Pentax K-500[edit]

The Pentax K-500 is an entry-level sibling of the Pentax K-50, sharing almost all of its features. The main differences between the two cameras are the K-500's lack of colored body options (only black), electronic level, weather sealing, and focus point visualisation through the optical viewfinder. As a consequence of the lack of weather sealing, this camera is bundled with the non-weather sealed DA L 18-55mm kit lens, and most variants of the camera come with an AA battery holder included as opposed to the D-Li109 rechargeable Li-ion battery included with the K-50. However, the camera is still compatible with the aforementioned Li-ion battery.


  1. ^ "Pentax announces K-50 and K-500 mid- and entry-level DSLRs". 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ "First impressions of the Pentax K50 and K500". Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Simon Crisp. "2013 Mid-Range DSLR Comparison Guide". Retrieved January 31, 2014. 

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