- 16MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 100 - 51600
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
- 1920 x 1080 video
- Pentax KAF2 Mount
- 650g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
- Released November 2013
- Previous Model is Pentax K-30
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Pentax K-50 summary
Pentax K-50 is Pentax's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially announced on November of 2013. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4928 x 3264.
Pentax released this camera in an effort to replace the older Pentax K-30 (Read Full Comparison)
The K-50 is ranked #38 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & over all #301 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your personalized requirements.
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Pentax K-50 family
The Pentax K-50 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.
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K-50 vs K100D6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
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Pentax K-50 Gallery
You can see the K-50 from various angles in the gallery here.
Pentax K-50 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Pentax K-50 based on features which are oftentimes regarded as useful in a camera.
Pentax K-50 Sensor info
The Pentax K-50 houses the PRIME M chip. The sensor dimension in the Pentax K-50 is 23.7mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 372 mm² sensor is able to capture 4928 x 3264 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The CMOS sensor has 16MP and features a native ISO range of 100 - 51600. RAW format is saved which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath shows the K-50's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The K-50 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is displayed in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Pentax K-50 dimensions
Pentax K-50 weighs about 1.43 lb (650 gr / 22.93 oz) & has exterior measurements of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 gr so the Pentax K-50 is heavier compared with its competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a image of the Pentax K-50 with a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will provide the button layout on the K-50.
Pentax K-50 Lens info
The K-50 uses the Pentax KAF2 mount and has 17 lenses currently available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the K-50.
Pentax K-50 Connectivity
The K-50 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and in some cases change camera settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.
Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Pentax K-50 Video info
The highest possible video resolution in the Pentax K-50 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance for quality versus file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone jack which means you get no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to consider a different model in case you want good audio for your video clips.
Pentax K-50 Weather Sealing
Pentax K-50 has got environment proofing which makes it a excellent pick for use for tricky environments. This is particularly beneficial any time you are not sure about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.
Pentax K-50 Display and Viewfinder
The Pentax K-50 includes a 3 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The View Finder specs for Pentax K-50 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
- Coverage 100%
- Magnification 0.61x
For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tough to see, viewfinders will be very helpful.
Pentax K-50 Shutter info
Pentax K-50 is able to shoot continuously at 6.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/6000s.
Pentax K-50 Flash and Hot shoe info
Pentax K-50 comes with both built in flash together with external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/180s.
Pentax K-50 Autofocus info
Pentax K-50 comes with both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & precise compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which makes it useful for people photography.
It includes 11 focus points to pick from. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Pentax K-50 comes with manual focus when required for low light scenarios or you require more exact focus control.
Pentax K-50 Battery life
The battery life (D-LI109) on the Pentax K-50 is designed to last for 410 photographs as per the CIPA requirements which is lower as compared with it's competitors. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x features the best (1900) battery life for this group of cameras.
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Pentax K-50 for specific types of photography
The following chart presents a summary of the Pentax K-50 for specific types of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Pentax K-50
The Pentax K-50 gets a score of 75 which is nice, and means the camera is a fine fit to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the ability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Pentax K-50
Getting a nice score of 65, the Pentax K-50 is a very decent fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Pentax K-50 Sports photography highlights
A very good sports photography points total of 68 means the Pentax K-50 is a good fit for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Pentax K-50 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is extremely important in choosing a camera for travel. All round, the Pentax K-50 gets a modest 57 for a travel camera which makes it fairly appropriate to purchase for your travels.
Pentax K-50 as a Landscape photography camera
When you're planning to choose a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Pentax K-50 with it's nice grade of 74 as a landscape camera is a good option among it's rivals.
Vlogging with Pentax K-50
A vlogging camera preferably should have a articulating display, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Pentax K-50 is just not very good for vlogging as it receives a awful score of 28.
Pentax K-50 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the K-50, here is a list of the top rated cameras which fall into the family of Entry-Level DSLR.
The chart followed below gives you a summary of the K-50 vs it's top ranked competitors suggested previously.
There are more cameras you might consider as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.