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Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black)

You Pay: $396.95
Product Highlights
  • 16.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME M Image Processing Engine
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps
  • In-Camera Shake Reduction System
  • Fully Weather-Sealed Body Design
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion or AA Batteries
  • In-Camera HDR and RAW Image Processing

The black Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera features a 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processing engine to produce high quality imagery while delivering fast performance throughout the entire camera system. The combination of these two technologies affords a high sensitivity level of ISO 51200, top full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, and renders both still images and videos with notable image quality and clarity. Full HD 1080p video recording is supported in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps as well as HD 720p recording up to 60 fps. Video files are recorded in the high quality H.264 AVC/MPEG-4 codec and saved as .MOV files for easier sharing and editing. When recording video or making still imagery with live view, a 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor is available and provides a wide viewing angle for improved composition in a variety of shooting positions.

Benefitting the image quality is the SAFOX IXi+ autofocus system, which works to ensure sharp, accurate focus quickly and smoothly. Additionally, when working with manual focus, focus peaking is available to provide a more objective and comparable method of acquiring critical focus. Also contributing to image sharpness is in-camera sensor shift image stabilization, which reduces the appearance of camera shake by about three shutter speed steps when working in low-light conditions or with longer focal length lenses.

For extensive control over image-making, in-camera RAW (DNG) image processing is available as well as HDR shooting capabilities. For expediting control over the most oft-used functions of the K-50, both the front and rear e-dials are customizable and can be programmed to control an array of exposure settings and camera functions. For creatively modifying imagery in-camera, a variety of filters, scene modes, and auto modes are available to enhance the look and feel of imagery prior to post-processing. In addition to the range of automatic camera settings, traditional manual shooting modes are also available, such as program, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, sensitivity-priority, and manual.

All of the K-50's technologies are housed within a polycarbonate-covered camera body that is supported by a stainless steel chassis. This body design is fully weather-sealed and protects the camera from moisture and dust as well as extreme temperatures from 14-104°. Additionally, the design of the camera allows the use of either the standard lithium-ion battery pack or four AA batteries as its power source when used in conjunction with the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder.

16.3MP APS-C Sensor and PRIME M Image Processor
The combination of the 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processor is able to produce high resolution imagery with notable quality and low-light sensitivity to ISO 51200. The speed afforded by the image processor enables continuous full-resolution shooting up to 6 fps, a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second, and also supports full HD 1080p video capture.
SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System
The SAFOX IXi+ AF system utilizes 11 focus points, including nine cross-type sensors, to quickly and accurately acquire focus using a phase-detection method. With the inclusion of an AF-assist lamp and a diffraction lens, precise focusing is possible in a wide variety of lighting conditions using single-shot or continuous focusing modes. If working in manual focus, focus peaking is also available to highlight lines of contrast within the scene to offer a more objective means for determining critical focus.
Fully Weather-Sealed Body Design
The weather-sealed polycarbonate body with stainless steel chassis affords a wealth of protection to camera and enables its use in a wide variety of conditions, ranging from rain and humidity to snow and frigid temperatures. The weather sealing is rated to protect from moisture and dust as well as an extensive temperature range from 14-104°F.

In addition to the weather protection, the body also incorporates a bright optical pentaprism viewfinder that provides a 100% field of view for critical viewing in a wide range of conditions. Four optional focusing screens are also available to further customize the viewing conditions within the viewfinder and to suit different needs based viewing and focusing requirements.
In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax' sensor-shift type shake reduction image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working with longer lenses in dim lighting conditions by up to the equivalent of three to four shutter speed steps. This helps to produce sharper overall imagery regardless of the lens in use. Also helping to balance imagery in-camera, a dual-axis electronic level is available to ensure consistent and straight horizons and plumb vertical lines.
Full HD 1080p Video
In addition to high quality still imagery, the K-50 also supports full HD video recording up to 1080p at 30 fps. Other frame rates available include 1080p at 24 fps; HD 720p at 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 fps; and SD 480p at 30, 25, and 24 fps. Video is recorded in the high quality H.264 AVC/MPEG-4 format and can be saved in the Internet-friendly .MOV file format. Sound can be recorded along with the video using the built-in monaural microphone.
Other Camera Features
  • A 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor is available for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation.
  • In addition to the standard lithium-ion battery pack, the K-50 also accepts four AA batteries as its power source when using the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder.
  • A 77-segment exposure metering system works to produce well-exposed and consistent results even in the most challenging lighting conditions.
  • In-camera HDR shooting works to effectively expand the dynamic range of an image and achieve greater shadow and highlight detail.
  • RAW (DNG) image processing is available in camera in order to quickly and easily convert images an Internet-friendly JPEG file format.
  • Built-in pop-up flash with a guide no. of 39.4' at ISO 100 provides additional illumination for low-light settings and covers focal lengths as wide as 28mm.
  • Programmable front and rear e-dials allow you to customize the controls available to quickly access without having to navigate through the camera's menu system.
  • Enhanced creative modes, scene modes, filters, and auto picture modes allow you to easily modify and adjust the overall aesthetic appearance of imagery in-camera.
  • Pentax K lens mount enables the use of a wide variety of both past and present K-mount lenses as well as compatibility with a variety of lens mount adapters.
  • Eye-Fi memory card compatibility for wirelessly transferring imagery directly from the camera.
  • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, and Russian.
Imaging
Lens Mount Pentax K
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4928 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.7 x 15.7 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Bit Depth 12-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Focus Lock AF Area Mode
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 11
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.92x
Diopter Adjustment - 2.5 to +1.5 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (921,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-51200
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/6000 sec
Remote Control Remote Control F or O-RC1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene Modes, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 22.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Cool White, Daylight, Daylight Color, Daylight White, Flash, Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten, Warm White
Flash
Flash Modes Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 39.37' (12 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed Electronic Shutter: 1 / 180 sec
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System P-TTL Remote Firing
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
1280 x 720p (HD)
640 x 480p (SD)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
25 min.
1280 x 720
25 min.
640 x 480
25 min.
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps
Self Timer 12 sec, 2 sec
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity AV Output
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Power
Battery 1x D-LI109  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 1050mAh
4x AA
AC Power Adapter K-AC128 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 13.0 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm
Weight 22.9 oz / 649 g With li-ion battery and memory card

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PentaxK-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black)
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good image quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
  • Fast shutter speed (4)
  • High ISO performance (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Family photos (3)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    5.0

    Great Camera!!!

    By kfc

    from Branson, MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about K-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

    As a casual photographer who wants great quality photos, I am totally satisfied. I mainly shoot nature photos and want detail and high color resolution. This camera gives me that. I am thrilled with the multitude of shooting options available, and the "point-and-shoot" capability for getting those shots where you don't have a second chance to get the photo. In fact, the point-and-shoot photos turn out so well that I find myself not playing with the camera's settings as much as I expected. The body is well-balanced, battery life has been great, it feels solid and well made. As a long-time Pentax camera user, this is the best one yet. Totally satisfied.

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    4.0

    Pentax K50 is the bomb!

    By Stu

    from Kailua, Hawaii

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • Placement Of Front E-dail

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about K-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

    This is my 2nd Pentax DSLR. My first was the istD. This camera is heads and shoulders above the istD. I consider myself an amateur photographer, and wanted to upgrade my DSLR from a entry level to mid-level camera. The K50 fits my needs like a glove. Light-weight, easy to use and understand controls. The only thing that I don't like about this camera is the placement of the front e-dial. My fingers are not used to having a control so close to the shutter release, and I keep bumping the e-dial. Overall, I think that the Pentax outperforms the more commercialized Cannon and Nikon models of the same range, plus the added backward compatibility of older lens to include manual focus lens makes this camera the right choice for me.

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    5.0

    Feature Rich and Simple to Use

    By Brendan

    from Portland, OR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • None At This Price Point

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about K-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

    After spending countless hours researching all of the major brands I took the plunge with Pentax. I had some old high end Pentax glass hanging around from the film days and I liked the fact that you could use old glass on these new cameras and that Pentax supported this with features like SR built into the camera body. I purchased a K-5iis and a K-50. They are both great cameras. The K-50 is simple and rich with features at the same time. I turned my 14 year old loose with the K-50 after 5 minutes of instruction and she took some great shots. The OS just makes sense and there are dedicated buttons and dials available to quickly access settings instead of wasting time searching through menus to make adjustments. This is something that seems to be lacking on other brands at this price point. The weatherproofing and build quality are excellent. Highly recommended.

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    5.0

    Very Nice

    By FLkrakr

    from Citrus County, FL

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    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about K-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

      I have had Pentax cameras for the last 15 years. I started out using them because they were less expensive, but cheaper doesn't always mean lower quality. I have been pleased with ALL of my Pentax cameras, including the latest one I just purchased, the K50. It has the quality I have come to expect from Pentax at a reasonable price.
      I especially like the higher ISOs that are available with the K50.

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      5.0

      Excited to use

      By Rup

      from San Jose

      Comments about K-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

      I bought this to take photos of daughter's volleyball and am so pleased with it. I am able to shot in multiple lighting conditions and still catch great action shots without the blur of the moving ball!

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      5.0

      K-50...All Around DSLR

      By Bravomike

      from North Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate auto-focus
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Needs Faster Auto-focus

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about K-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black):

      Have not had the chance to really explore the capabilities of the K-50. I am a Pentax user and already own the K-5 and K-r. So far, the camera is everything I expected from Pentax. Solid build, very good IQ, high ISO performance. The only con with Pentax is the speed of the auto-focus. I do fast action photography and the Pentax does perform well overall, but being faster would make it easier at times. Looking forward to trying out the movie mode. Supposed to be better and at times I would like to take short, but good quality video. Another great feature of Pentax DSLR cameras is I can use all my old Pentax lenses. Have some old manual focus lenses that take wonderful pictures.

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