Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera – Buying Guide

Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera

Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens.

The Pentax K-50 is the follow-up to the Pentax K-30. It is a weather-proof mid-level DSLR with a 16MP sensor and a PRIME M processor. The image processing has been improved on the Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera.

It is high time to forget conformity, and get serious with the Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera mid-level DSLR with fast advanced functionality. The camera comes along with featuring specifications of a top level DSLR and allows you to enjoy a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, fast continuous photo shooting at six frames per second and high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 51200, provides you 100% field of view, features innovative in-body shake reduction, and also an advanced auto focus module with four optional focusing screen, not to mention the original weather-sealing from PENTAX. Even with the features these generous, the PENTAX K-50 is also available in 3 amazing color combinations that are sure to be matched with your personality and style. The Pentax K-50’s approachable easy ergonomics is absolutely perfect for everyday photography. The Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera is complete with a wide selection of creative tools for editing and filters for limitless personalized experience. You should get ready to stand out from the crowd and wear your own colors on your camera. You can also enjoy 1018p Full HD video capture as well as eye-fi card compatibility for fast and easy image sharing whenever you want.

The Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera is definitely designed for “normal” hands. It has a deep, contoured handgrip on the right-hand side which is coated in a rubberized compound to aid grip that enables user to use three fingers to hold it and right forefinger to operate the shutter button easily. In the body there is a generous contoured area where your right thumb sits perfectly, though disappointingly it’s not covered by the same coating as the front handgrip. Curiously the left-hand side and the remote control port on the right side also include a rubber covering; the rest of the body is finished in a shiny black.

The Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera has a shooting mode dial on the top-right side of the camera which allows you to select either one of the advanced mode. As like Aperture-priority, Shutter-Priority or the more point-and-shoot Auto and also Program modes. The camera also features a range of 19 scene modes, signalling its intent as a camera that is equally suited to more casual users. You will instantly notice that the Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera has a couple of unusual shooting modes that the user won’t have seen before on any other camera. These modes are Sensitivity-Priority and Shutter & Aperture-Priority modes, and must be mentioned they are genuinely useful.

 

The rear of the k-50 is dominated by the large 3” LCD screen. The LCD screen has a very high resolution of 920K dots, gives you wide viewing angle and it remains visible outdoors in all but the brightest conditions; this feature makes it one of the better LCD screens that you have seen seen on a DSLR. Colour temperature of the screen can be modified easily if you think it doesn’t match your calibrated computer monitor, you should know that the contrast and gamma cannot be altered. The camera’s rear screen also doubles as a comprehensive status display that can be called up only by pressing the OK or Info buttons in record mode. Then if you press the Info button again, you can change all the settings right on the screen using the combination of the navigation pad and the rear e-dial. This amazing ingenious solution helps to spare you the pain of having to enter the menu as well as making most setting changes very simple.

There are also some notable drawbacks to the K-50’s video mode. It’s a little difficult to actually start recording one. The user have to set the Mode Dial to the Movie mode, then have to press the AF-On or half-press button to set the focus, then simply press the shutter button to begin recording (the same button ending the movie). As with most modern DSLR cameras offer a video mode, user can autofocus during movie recording, though it’s pretty slow and loud to do so with the standard kit lens. It is quite unfortunate that you still can’t set the camera to continually autofocus when shooting a video, which is something that several newer DSLRs can now do.

 

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Features at a glance:
  • Includes16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and a high performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor that strikes the perfect balance between resolution and image quality. DA-L 18-55WR lens is also included
  • The ISO Speeds up to 51200. User can enjoy High sensitivity shooting up to 51200 ISO range with improved noise performance throughout, even in low lighting.
  • Supports Eye-Fi Card Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless SD cards, the user can send images to a Smartphone easily. Users can enable automatic transmission of images to a Smartphone for easy sharing as well as even selecting liked and favorite images and resize them before transmission.
  • Built in Innovative In-body Shake Reduction Mechanism. PENTAX in-body sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction technology ensures sharp detailed, image stabilized, auto-leveled, and dust-free imaging with any mounted lens.
  • Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera is fully Weather-sealed, Dustproof and Cold proof Designed. With 81 weather seals the K-50 ensures using in any weather condition, even in rain or sand. The K-50’s rugged, cold proof design is also made to use in freezing, wet, snowy conditions (-10C, 14F).

 

 


 Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera Technical Details 

Auto Focus Technology
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus Points 11
Battery Average Life 410 Photos
Color Black
Compatible Mountings
  • Pentax KAF2
  • Pentax KAF3
Continuous Shooting Speed 6 fps
Display LCD
Display Fixture Type Fixed
Display Resolution Maximum 921000
Display Size 3 inches
Expanded ISO Maximum 51,600
Expanded ISO Minimum 100
Exposure Control Type
  • 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
External Memory Included No
File Format RAW (DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Flash Memory Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Flash Sync Speed 1/180 sec
Flash Type Hot-shoe, Wireless
Flash Type Built-In Flash
Focus Description TTL Phase Detection SAFOX IXi+
Focus Type Includes Manual Focus
Form Factor Compact SLR
GPS Optional
HDMI Type No
ISO Range Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps
Image Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift
Item Dimensions 3.82 x 2.8 x 5.12 inches
Item Display Weight 0.71 pounds
Item Weight 1.43 pounds
Lens Type Normal
Lithium Battery Energy Content 7.8 Watt Hours
Lithium Battery Weight 4.2 ounces
Material Type Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/6000 of a second
Maximum horizontal resolution 4,928
Metering Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds
Optical Sensor Resolution 16 MP
Optical Sensor Technology CMOS
Optical Zoom 3.1x
Photo Sensor Technology CMOS
Processor Description PRIME M
Remote Control Description optional, wired or wireless
Self-timer Yes
Sensor Cleaning Method Sensor movement with SP coating on low pass filter
Shipping Weight 4.7 pounds
Style Name DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm WR Lenses
Supported Battery Types D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable (4 x AA with optional adapter)
USB 2.0 1
Video Capture Format mpeg-4;h.264
Video Capture Resolution 1080p_hd
Viewfinder Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism)
Water Resistance Level Not Water Resistant
Weather Resistance Weather and dust resistant


 

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PROS CONS
  • Excellent image quality
  • Dustproof and weather resistant system
  • Fast operation and including upgraded AF
  • Glass pentaprism viewfinder
  • Includes In-body shake reduction system
  • Backwards compatibility with a huge amount of lenses
  • Wide ISO range
  • Excellent built-in quality
  • AA Battery option
  • 120 color options
  • No Quick-Shift on DAL Lenses
  • Loud focus on DAL lenses

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