Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50 front
  • 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
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

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 #310 out of 1465 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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Here is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Pentax K-50 family

The Pentax K-50 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Pentax-KF front thumbnailPentax KF
K-50 vs KF
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2022
Pentax-K-70 front thumbnailPentax K-70
K-50 vs K-70
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2016
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Pentax-K-S2 front thumbnailPentax K-S2
K-50 vs K-S2
20MPAPS-C5.4 fps2015
Pentax-K-500 front thumbnailPentax K-500
K-50 vs K-500
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Pentax-K-50 front thumbnailPentax K-5016MPAPS-C6.0 fps2013
Pentax-K-30 front thumbnailPentax K-30
K-50 vs K-30
16MPAPS-C6.0 fps2012
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Pentax-K-r front thumbnailPentax K-r
K-50 vs K-r
12MPAPS-C6.0 fps2011

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.

built-in flash
delivers RAW files
environment sealing
focusing manually
good megapixels (16MP)
good sized screen (3 inch)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
great high ISO (51,600)
great minimum ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
has phase detect auto focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
supports tracking focus
very good screen resolution (921 thousand dots)
bad battery life (410 per charge)
doesn't have HDMI out
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have microphone support
does not posses selfie friendly display
more heavy than competition in class (650g)
no moving screen
slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Here is a image of the Pentax K-50 with a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Pentax K-50 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button layout on the K-50.

Pentax K-50 topview buttons dials

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.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samsung-D-Xenon-50-200-F4-5.6-ED-Pentax-KAF lensSamsung D-Xenon 50-200 F4-5.6 ED50-200mmf/4.0-5.6 255g
Irix-45mm-F1.4-Pentax-KAF-Mount lensIrix 45mm F1.445mmf/1.4925g
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Venus-Laowa-100mm-F2.8-2X-Ultra-Macro-APO-Pentax-KAF2 lensVenus Laowa 100mm F2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO100mmf/2.8638g
Pentax-smc-DA-50-135mm-F2.8-ED-IF-SDM lensPentax smc DA 50-135mm F2.8 ED IF SDM50-135mmf/2.8 685g
Pentax-smc-DA-300mm-F4.0-ED-IF-SDM lensPentax smc DA 300mm F4.0 ED IF SDM300mmf/4.0 1070g
HD-Pentax-DA-55-300mm-F4.0-5.8-ED-WR lensHD Pentax DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED WR55-300mmf/4.0-5.8 466g
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Venus-Laowa-25mm-F2.8-2.5-5X-Ultra-Macro-Pentax-KAF2 lensVenus Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro25mmf/2.8400g
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Following is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
K-50 vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

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 74 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.

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manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detection focusing
delivers RAW files

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.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
weather proofing
great ISO range (51,600)
no moving screen
heavier than average (650 grams)

Pentax K-50 Sports photography highlights

A very good sports photography points total of 67 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.

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max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
has phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames per second)
terrible battery power (410 per charge)

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 56 for a travel camera which makes it fairly appropriate to purchase for your travels.

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environment sealing
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
not so great battery pack (410 shots)
heavier than competitors in class (650g)
display is not selfie friendly

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.

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you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average high ISO (51,600)
exports RAW formats
weather proof
low battery power (410 shots)

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.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
comes with face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
heavier than competition in class (650 grams)

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.

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General Information
Pentax K-50
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
23.7 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Peak resolution
4928 x 3264
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mount
Pentax KAF2
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of display
921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display tech
TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/6000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/180 seconds
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)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
650 grams (1.43 lbs)
130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8")
Battery life
410 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Retail cost