Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera Review and Specifications


Bottom Line:

This camera is all about customization with it’s 120 different color options, and many customizable features and modes. The K50 is superior to the comparable Canon t5i and Nikon d5200, in almost every case, only except in video mode and size of sensor (megapixels).


The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 16.3 megapixels
    • Approx. 23.7 x 15.7mm APS-C CMOS sensor 
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
    • Compatible lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 11 AF points (9 cross type focus points)
    • AF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
  • 4. Video Features
    • Recording Size and (frame rate fps in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (30 / 25 / 24 fps)
      • 1280 x 720 (60 / 50 / 30 / 25 / 24 fps)
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 25 minutes
  • 5. Image Features
    • File Formats: JPEG, RAW
    • High Speed Continuous Shooting: Maximum 6 shots/sec.
    • Size in pixels:
      • JPEG
        16M (4928×3264)
        12M (4224×2816)
        8M (3456×2304)
        5M (2688×1792)
      • RAW
        (4928 x 3264)
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Exposure Modes:  Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Hyper Manual (M), Bulb (B), User (U1, U2), Scene (SCN), Auto Picture (AUTO), Movie
    • Auto Picture modes: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
      Scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
    • Custom Image modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
    • ISO AUTO/100 -51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
    • Shutter Speed: Auto; 1/6000 to 30 sec, Bulb
    • Flash X-sync at 1/180 sec
    • White Balance Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, (D: Daylight Color, N:
      Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
    • White Balance Manual mode(s): a) 3 manual settings can be configured and saved, b) Kelvin color temperatures can be selected, c) WB settings can be copied from a captured image
  • 8. Interface
    • 3.0 inch TFT monitor
    • 921,000 dots monitor resolution
    • USB 2.0
    • AV out
    • Video out: NTSC, PAL
    • Built in monoaural microphone
  • 9. Power
    • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109
    • Battery Life: 480 shots (CIPA)
    • AC power optional with AC Adapter K-AC128
  • 10. Body
    • SD, SDHC, SDXC, EyeFi
    • Viewfinder coverage: 100%
    • Fully weather sealed throughout body, coldproof
    • Dimensions: 5.1” x 3.8” x 2.8”
    • Weight: 20.8 oz (body only)
    • Customizable in 120 colors
    • Build in retractable flash
  • 11. Price
    • MSRP: $700 (body only)

Pentax K50 Video Review:


Video review highlights:

  • K50 is comparable to the Nikon D5200 and Canon t5i 
  • Integrated sensor image stabilization
  • Built in intervalometer for timelapses
  • 120 different color combos
  • Well placed buttons and dials
  • Dual control dials
  • Dial is a little off for where thumb naturally rests
  • Two user programmable modes
  • Iso, aperture, shutter priority modes
  • Zero exposure button: resets exposure settings to get zero exposure for current situation when hit the shutter button. You can program what changes (shutter, iso, aperture) in order to reach zero exposure.
  • Even at 16 megapizels is ok for large photos. Unless printing huge larger than 4 feet images, 16 megapixels should be fine for printing
  • At 25,600 ISO you still can read detail but noisy
  • ISO 6400 is usable. Might be able to get away with 12800 ISO
  • Ok with low light performance, not great or terrible
  • 11 AF points, 9 crosstypes – Didn’t have problem with hunting/grabbing focus
  • Live view focus is good
  • Sharp clean details, great colors
  • Movie mode quality is good but doesn’t stand out
  • There’s no external microphone jack
  • Can only use up to 3200 ISO in movie mode
  • Has focus peaking (indicated by white haloing, would prefer if it was another color to stand out)
  • Impressed by camera for features, body
  • K50 superior to canon t5i, Nikon d5200, in almost every case, only except video mode and size of sensor (megapixels). (Compare the Canon t5i and Nikon D5200)
  • Image quality good, sharp, vibrant, lots of control flexibility

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