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Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7

Portability
63
Imaging
59
Features
65
Overall
61
Pentax K-50 front
 
Pentax K-7 front
Portability
60
Imaging
56
Features
69
Overall
61

Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 Key Specs

Pentax K-50
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Introduced November 2013
  • Succeeded the Pentax K-30
Pentax K-7
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 2000 (Raise to 6400)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 750g - 131 x 97 x 73mm
  • Revealed October 2009
  • Replacement is Pentax K-5
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Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 Overview

Following is a thorough review of the Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7, one is a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Advanced DSLR and both are produced by Pentax. The sensor resolution of the K-50 (16MP) and the K-7 (15MP) is pretty comparable and they feature the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The K-50 was announced 4 years after the K-7 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with different body type with the Pentax K-50 being a Compact SLR camera and the Pentax K-7 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before getting in to a complete comparison, below is a concise summary of how the K-50 scores versus the K-7 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-50 over the Pentax K-7

 K-50 K-7 
RevealedNovember 2013October 2009More modern by 51 months

Reasons to pick Pentax K-7 over the Pentax K-50

 K-7 K-50 

Common features in the Pentax K-50 and Pentax K-7

 K-50 K-7 
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Screen resolution921k921kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry around your camera, you have to factor its weight and proportions. The Pentax K-50 features exterior dimensions of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") and a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs) and the Pentax K-7 has measurements of 131mm x 97mm x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9") along with a weight of 750 grams (1.65 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using during that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the K-50 vs the K-7.

Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the K-50 and K-7 is 63 and 60 respectively.

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Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its difficult to visualise the contrast in sensor sizes only by going through a spec sheet. The picture below should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the K-50 and K-7.

Clearly, both the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Pentax K-50 to show more detail with its extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The fresher K-50 is going to have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-50 Portrait photography info
Pentax K-7 Portrait photography info
75
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
73
you can focus manually
good resolution (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-50 Street photography advice
Pentax K-7 Street photography advice
65
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
above average high ISO (51,600)
screen is fixed
more heavy than average in class (650g)
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-50
Sports photography with Pentax K-7
68
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
has phase detect autofocus
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
low battery life (410 shots)
70
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (15 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
environment proofing
supports phase detect AF
slow frames per second (5.0 frames/s)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-50 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-7 as a Travel photography camera
57
environment proofing
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
low battery life (410 per charge)
more heavy than average in class (650 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
65
environment proofing
good resolution (15MP)
flash built-in
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax K-50
Landscape photography with Pentax K-7
74
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average high ISO (51,600)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
low battery life (410 CIPA)
78
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (15MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax K-50
Vlogging with Pentax K-7
28
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
no microphone socket
more heavy than average in class (650g)
25
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focusing
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic socket
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Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-50 and Pentax K-7
 Pentax K-50Pentax K-7
General Information
Manufacturer Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax K-50 Pentax K-7
Category Entry-Level DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2013-11-27 2009-10-02
Physical type Compact SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip PRIME M Prime II
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 15 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 4928 x 3264 4672 x 3104
Max native ISO 51600 2000
Max enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Total lenses 151 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 921 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating TFT color LCD with AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.61x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 6.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 13.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Wireless
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/180 seconds 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 1536 x 1024 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 650 grams (1.43 lbs) 750 grams (1.65 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") 131 x 97 x 73mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 79 61
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 22.6
DXO Dynamic range score 13.0 10.6
DXO Low light score 1120 536
Other
Battery life 410 images 980 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model D-LI109 D-LI90
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/MMC
Card slots One One
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