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Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black)

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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+ 11-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 51200, 6 fps Shooting
  • In-Camera Shake Reduction System
  • Weather-Sealed, Li-Ion or AA Batteries
  • smc DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR Lens
  • smc DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED WR Lens
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The black Pentax K-50 DSLR 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 viewing 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.

Included with the K-50 camera body are the smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR and the smc Pentax-DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED WR lenses, which together provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27.0-300mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of situations. Both lens constructions integrate low-dispersion glass elements to help minimize chromatic aberration as well as improve image sharpness throughout the zoom range. Additionally, both lens bodies have been constructed to the same weather-resistant standards as the K-50 for use in inclement conditions.

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.
smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR Lens
The included standard zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27.0-82.5mm to suit working in a wide variety of shooting scenarios. It features the same weather-resistant construction as the camera body to enable shooting in harsh environments and also has an SP coating to help repel dust, water, and grease on lens elements. Its construction incorporates aspherical and super-low dispersion elements to help minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and also contribute to producing overall sharper, clearer imagery.
smc Pentax-DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED WR Lens
The included telephoto zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 75.0-300mm to suit working with distant subject matter as well as offering a narrower angle of view that is well-tailored to portraiture. Extra-low dispersion glass elements are integrated into the lens' construction to provide high image sharpness and clarity while also working to reduce chromatic aberrations. The lens also features a weather-sealed construction to support its use in harsh and inclement environmental conditions.
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.
UPC: 027075233331
Imaging
Lens Mount Pentax K
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16 MP: 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 Continuous-servo AF (C), Focus Lock AF Area Mode, Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
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 
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 seconds
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 seconds, 2 seconds
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, 7.4 VDC, 1050 mAh
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
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27.0 - 82.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 38
Angle of View 76° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.34x
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 6
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.70 x 2.66" (68.5 x 67.5 mm)
Weight 8.99 oz (255 g)
Kit Lens
Focal Length 50-200mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 75-300 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Viewing Angle 31.5° - 8.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 3.6' (1.10 m)
Magnification 0.24x
Elements/Groups 11/10
Diaphragm Blades 6
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front:  49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.72 x 3.13" (69 x 79.5 mm)
Weight 11.46 oz (325 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.7 x 7.8 x 5.1"
Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black)
  • smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR Lens
  • smc Pentax-DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6ED WR Lens
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-Li109 for The KR Digital SLR Camera
  • K-BC109 Battery Charger Kit for D-LI109 Battery
  • AC Plug Cord
  • I-USB7 USB Interface Cable
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Eyecup FR for K7 Digital SLR Camera (replacement)
  • SLR Body Mount Cover
  • Camera Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

  • Included Free

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PentaxK-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (White)
     
    4.7

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (36)

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      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (30)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (28)
    • Good image quality (28)
    • Image stabilization (26)
    • Large clear LCD (25)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (30)
    • Family photos (29)
    • Travel (25)
    • Wildlife (20)
    • Low light (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (23), Casual photographer (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (35), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great first DSLR

    I'm a relatively new photo enthusiast. Almost a year ago, I got a $ bridge superzoom (Sony DSC-HX200V), and now I'm hooked. I started learning some of the more advanced features,...Read complete review

    I'm a relatively new photo enthusiast. Almost a year ago, I got a $ bridge superzoom (Sony DSC-HX200V), and now I'm hooked. I started learning some of the more advanced features, but I wanted to "get serious" with a DSLR. (I love the Sony for what it is, but the 1/2.3" sensor can only do so much, and it doesn't have a thread for lens attachments like filters.)I'm glad I chose the K-50. If this is roughly where you're at, and your emphasis is on still photography, this is a great choice — especially if you're into outdoor photography, at all.The features and image quality just can't be beat at anything like this price. (If you don't need weather sealing, I believe the K-500 is basically the same camera, and it is ridiculously cheap.) The value is most obvious with the pro-style features, like dual control wheels and weather sealing; get ready to spend over twice as much for those features with one of the two major brands. (If you want to use it outside much, the sealing is the killer feature. We're going on an Alaska adventure this summer, so the weather resistance sealed the deal for me.) Another major benefit is the in-camera shake reduction system. This means the telephoto lenses can be cheaper than IS telephoto lenses for the big 2. (Compare the prices on the weather-resistant 55-300mm Pentax lens versus the not-weather-resistant Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens.) The burst shooting, 6 fps, is downright crazy.I made this choice after reviewing just about every online image quality comparison I could find, and I thought the K-50's IQ was generally better than and very rarely less satisfying than the output of an SL1 or d3300.Now that I own the camera, I'm already very impressed, and that's without yet learning how to do much with the manual modes. AF is super fast and very accurate. (If it's focused on the "wrong" thing, just point it at the "right" thing, half-press the shutter, keep the shutter half-depressed to keep the focus locked where you had it, and frame and shoot as intended. It's so fast that I can do all of that in about half a second, and I'm still not even a very experienced amateur.) The full auto and scene modes are very good. Right out of the box, if you're at least kind of knowledgeable about the basics of photography — if you can frame a shot and not work too hard against what the lighting is giving you — you'll get good-to-great shots right away.Kit lenses are solid as well. I basically just leave the 55-200mm on for running around. It makes for great portraits with fantastic bokeh/depth of field. (Put everything on auto, set the zoom length to roughly 85-100mm, and then start taking awesome portraits pretty much instantly.) It zooms well enough for kids' sports and not-super-distant wildlife shots, too. (For our trip to Alaska, my spouse — who's also pretty good at framing a shot and holding a camera steady — will carry the superzoom for those shots that an SLR can't get without a ridiculously large & expensive zoom lens.)There are a lot of fun effects and other post-processing tools, too, if you'd rather do these in-camera than in software. (I wouldn't recommend that strategy generally, but deleting the bad shots and trying some minor processing is a fun way to kill the ride back from a day's adventures, and I've found at least one effect that's easier in-camera than on a computer.)The real viewfinder is also very good; it has 100% coverage — another feature not common in this price range — which helps with framing shots. (For those with slightly diminished eyesight, they have a neat accessory that B&H should but does not suggest: the Magnifier Eyecup O-ME53, which magnifies the viewefinder by an extra 40%. It gets 4.5 stars on B&H, with most of those saying their vision "isn't as good as it used to be" and it's helped substantially with manual focus via the viewfinder.)The Live View is also very good, and if you want to use manual focus with Live View, you can zoom in a lot closer to focus, a feature I've already found helpful. This camera is thus great if you want to learn to take pictures (more) like a pro. A lot of reviews suggest it's also great if you have film SLR experience and want to feel like you're getting back on that bike (not least since the mount works with most legacy Pentax lenses; for newbies like me, that just means some fun on @ down the road). Even if you just want something fairly easy that kicks tail right out of the box, this is a fine choice and a great buy.Like all cameras, it does the best in outdoor daylight. (If it's very sunny, shots can get a little washed out, but this is also really true for all brands. Thus, I'd recommend a circular polarizing filter.) It still does pretty darned well in low lighting; images get noisy by 1600 ISO, if not a touch sooner, but the built-in flash is lightyears ahead of what you'll get out of even a bridge camera. Even with higher ISOs with no flash, though, it still holds its own; for the price, it does better than the competition, but don't expect it to work miracles in poorly-lit scenes. Here's where I've started to tinker with the more advanced settings. The Sensitivity Priority mode works well, and I can cap the ISO at 800 or 1600, then just be sure to shoot with a steadier hand (exposure will get longer to compensate) and shortest possible focal length (to allow in more light). The short focal length in particular is a sensible compromise; low-light shooting is usually up close (indoors), so just put the 18-55mm lens on and start from there. Again, full auto does fine here, too, but I've already gotten even better with just some basic trips into more advanced settings.Check the sample images. These are straight out of the camera. The daytime shot (Mermaid Parade in Brooklyn) really needed a polarizing filter, and it still came out pretty good.Here are the disadvantages for this camera, none of which compromise my core purposes for acquiring it.1. It's loud as heck, by contemporary camera standards. The AF motor makes a real ruckus, and you could record the shutter to use it as a sound effect. If you put it on fast burst mode, it sounds not a little bit like a machine gun. If stealth street photography is your thing, this is probably not the camera you want. (I even went with the red model; makes it easier to find me at a parade.)2. Out-of-the-box at least, the video is just passable — a bit worse than what I've seen from budget Nikon SLRs and definitely not as good as Canons. I think I can do better once I learn more — and buy some extra gear, like an external sound recorder (good idea no matter what SLR you use) — but I still have small hope that I'll ever get GREAT video out of it. Don't fool yourself that a $ SLR kit will match a $ video camera, of course, but this is definitely a still photographer's camera.3. People complain about the battery life being less than with other brands. I haven't even had that experience at all; I took about 1200 daytime shots in about 3 hours on one charge, many of them using LiveView (the screen is plenty bright and clear for most angles, even though it doesn't articulate) and many in rapid-fire bursts. Apparently, other brands can do even better than this. In any case, I bought the off-brand backup battery and it works perfectly as well.4. The kit lenses have different barrel thread sizes. You'll probably want to get a 49-52mm step-up ring so that you don't need to buy two sets of filters. 49mm is the size on the longer zoom lens; accessories are somewhat easier to come by in the 52mm size. If you're in the city,. ............

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    not the greatest

    very very very etc loud either the kit lenses are no good or the camera doesnt focus properly past 20 yds

    very very very etc loud either the kit lenses are no good or the camera doesnt focus properly past 20 yds

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    5.0

    good camera

    By Alex

    from Shorewood, WI

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

      I love this camera. I got perfect photos of family, friends and nature.

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      5.0

      Pentax K 50

      By kathy

      from nevada

      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
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Red):

        Perfect, beautiful pictures

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        • Yes

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        1.0

        not the greatest

        By unsatisfied

        from wisconsin

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Poor Image Quality
          • Poor Image Stabilization
          • Poor In Low Light

          Best Uses

            Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

            very very very etc loud either the kit lenses are no good or the camera doesnt focus properly past 20 yds

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            5.0

            new to DSLR and this is great

            By thezeus102

            from akron,ohio

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

            the layout of the camera itself is great, plus is takes great pics with a lot of customization

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            5.0

            Great buy

            By Herb the big guy

            from CT.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great feel
            • High ISO Performance
            • Solid Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

              I have been using my k50 for a short time and I am quite happy with great photos and many options it is all the camera I need excellent family photos. Bh were very fast shipping.I have a 50 and a 35 mm lens also very good price they are also very sharp and light I would purchase again.

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              4.0

              Very competitive entry level DSLR

              By Lima Being

              from Finger Lakes NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

              Nice controls layout for aperture, shutter and ISO. A 12 year old grandchild had no problem using in Manual. Preprogrammed modes "Scenes" are menu selected which may be a draw back for some. Out of the Box the color setting was too vivid but is quite good when set to "Natural". Weight and construction are impressive at this price point. In short a very competitive entry level DSLR.

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              5.0

              love this camera

              By dav web

              from hutchinson kansas

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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
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (White):

                This is my first DSLR camera and i am so glad i chose Pentax. Easy to learn and easy to use and it takes great pictures too. I never recommend anything but i whole heartily recommend this camera for anybody that is looking for their first camera to learn about photography.

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                5.0

                More bang for the buck than you can shake a stick at!

                By K-50 Guy

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Noisy shutter

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                This camera is amazing. It's basically too good to be true, but it really is true. No one else has anything that comes close to this camera at this price range.

                I have been using this camera for the past 7 months & the pictures that I get are amazing. The M setting on the main dial with the 2 control dials to change the aperture & shutter values give me the best image quality. Obviously you have to know how to use them, but even the Auto mode that I use when I'm lazy puts out some amazing images. The images are awesome up to ISO 3200. At ISO 6400, the noise gets a bit harsh, but still usable. The out of camera jpegs look pretty good, but process the high ISO RAW files in Lightroom, RawTherapee, Darktable or whatever you use & be amazed by the amount of fine detail that you can recover.

                The weather sealing is a plus. I can shoot at the tidepools on the beach & get splashed by waves & not worry about it. You can shoot the kids in the yard splashing each other & not worry about getting the camera wet. Rain is not a problem, just shoot away. You obviously need to be using WR lenses to get the full sealing. However, don't go dipping the camera under water. It's a weather sealed camera, not an under water camera.

                The viewfinder is insanely large & bright too. It's a real optical pentaprism viewfinder. What you see is what you get.

                Like a few others have said, the video options do suck, but at least it has some kind of basic video capture. Get a dedicated video camera if you plan on doing video. The shutter is a bit loud, so if you plan on shooting where silence is required, you might be a bit screwed here. It has a semi-loud, but refined click. Keep this in mind.

                This is the best bang for the buck DSLR camera at the moment. You're gonna pay though the nose to get something similar from another manufacturer. Good stuff!

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                5.0

                Still new K50 review

                By Woodnnails

                from Ojai Ca

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (White):

                    I am not a photographer, Im a contractor who bought this camera to take pictures of projects for a new website. I am totally green and new to dslr's, so this isnt worth much, but the camera seems solid and the pictures turn out great in auto mode for my needs. Ive been reading up on settings and will get them down the more I use the camera. It seems like a perfect camera for a beginner to grow into.

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                    5.0

                    Confirms my condfidence in Pentax brand

                    By raybayonline

                    from IL

                    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

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                      Great kit for recording images when traveling.

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                      5.0

                      So happy

                      By Photomark

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      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

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                        The speed, ergonomics, capability and controls are top notch. I have been using a micro 3/4 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and never enjoyed it as much as this K-50. Being weather resistant is a huge bonus. Just recently was stuck out on a rainy day while on vacation and using the k-50 did not phase me or the camera. Some people say that the shutter is loud. It does make a nice refined click, so it not a huge clattering noise, although it might be louder than other brands. A non issue for me. 6fps is really fast, too. The kit lenses seem good, with very smooth zooming and manual focusing action. They are lightweight too, so that makes for a more comfortable day when carrying over the shoulder. I find video quality to be very good. I would agree with other reviews that say it is not primarily a video taking machine. I typically focus manually when videoing to avoid the hunting auto-focus when in video-mode. With this in mind, I have no problem having just this one camera for all of my needs, which include family events and vacations, some picture taking for local organizations (indoor and outdoor, portraits and action shots) and amateur nature/street photography. The 18-55mm lens is great for all around use, including indoors. The 55-200mm lens is better suited for outdoors or better-lit indoor subjects. Overall, I find the low-light performance of the camera to be very good. Start up time is quick and I can be shooting pics on a whim that would have been missed with the slower point-n-shoot and mirrorless cameras that I've used in the past. This is my first digital SLR (have used film SLRs) and I love it! The kit lenses are a great start and the body can easily keep up with a growing lens collection and gained experience. But, one can just leave it in "Auto" and take great shots as well! A friend took one look at the build quality and handling of my K-50 and ordered one for himself as his first digital SLR (also a former film SLR person). I wouldn't want to travel with anything else...

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                        5.0

                        good experience

                        By Frank

                        from Glenwater Dr.,Charlotte,NC

                        About Me Casual Photographer

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                        Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                        Good purchase experience,Good performance for my new K 50 camera.Quick speed to send the camera!

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                        5.0

                        Packed with Features!

                        By DCK

                        from Kansas

                        Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (White):

                        This camera has soo many settings for everything you may need. White is the perfect color for a body from my perspective. Confidence in running out in any weather knowing it will perform flawlessly. Button placement, grip, and viewfinder all set perfectly for this device. Battery lasted multiple days of shorting, surpassing reviews I have read.

                        Only jive is getting my big fingers to get the SD card out. Gasket gets in the way a bit for me. Though I'd rather have it there.

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                        5.0

                        This has got to be the best deal in DSLR cameras going

                        By JackSprat

                        from Central North carolina

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                          If you are reading this, I can empathize completely. The choices and specs for new cameras are mind-boggling. I crunched numbers, watched video reviews and read each and every owner comment.Bottom-line? I decided I wanted a camera that took great photos without breaking my limited bank. The Pentax K-50 fits that requirement perfectly; here's why:The 16 MP sensor is incredibly light-sensitive. Better focusing in low light and better image qualityIt has dual control wheels. Once accustomed to the camera, it really speeds up the settings process on the flyIt is highly weather-resistant... Like shooting in the pouring rain weather-resistant. Not available from the big "two" for less than twice the priceFocus Peaking that allows for accurate focusing if and when you want to use a fully manual lens from 40+ years ago that you picked up off @ for $ bucks (OMG, the IQ from some old prime lenses{no zoom} must be seen to be believed. Please do this, but stay off my local Craigslist please :).I am not getting paid for this review. I spent months researching this purchase and would save someone the time and effort if I could. Ignore the focus complaints from some. It focuses fast and, more importantly, accurately. even in low light (think: birthday cake candles, dusk, etc.)No, video isn't the primary focus (pun intended) of this camera and I decided that I didn't care. For one, A DSLR isn't the most ergonomic video machine out there. I have an iPhone 6 for that and I'm not a wannabe Spielberg. Canon far outshines this one for video, but their image quality bites.New DSLR owners moving from a point-and-shoot or camera phone need to realize that, even in the "AUTO" setting, your first 1000 pictures aren't going to be great. Learning composition and the camera itself takes time and practice. Be patient, you'll get there.One last hint... buy the discounted 50mm/f1.8 lenses offered at checkout. It will, with a little practice, make you look like you know what you're doing! It's referred to as the plastic fantastic for a reason!B&H truly has the best deals around and their service after the sale is what makes the difference. Their return/exchange policy sets the bar for the industry as a whole. that's my $ worth!

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                          5.0

                          Great value!

                          By Oakland Rob

                          from Oakland, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Rather Noisy Focus Motor

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                          This is a wonderful bargain on a wonderful camera. Do some research and you'll see it's a cut above some of the same cameras in the same class; I bought it over similar Nikons and Canons. I thought it had been image quality, and of course the weather resistance.

                          Pentax's controls and display also seem a big better than others. I like it better than my Olympus E-PM2, although the K50 would benefit greatly from that camera's touchscreen. And a fold out screen would have been nice too.

                          The in-body stabilization is a huge plus. As is the ubiquity of older manual lens, since Pentax has had the same mount forever. This makes using the old lenses in aperture priority with manual focus a snap, great for macro lens like the old 100mm f4 Pentax has.

                          Having bought this bundle, I must say that perhaps a better option is the one with the longer telephoto. Although not a weatherproof one, that is a killer lens. Test pics show that even cropped it gives better results than consumer grade prime telephotos, which are also pretty big. But the 200mm is a nice lens too.

                          Another lens to consider is the 35mm AL prime. It's not that expensive, and is very very well regarded. Maybe one of the better ones in the lineup.

                          I'm liking that this camera uses DNG. Nevertheless, some of the lenses (like the kit 50-200 here) aren't recognized for lens correction on this camera by Lightroom or DxO. So you may have to do that manually, or bug the parties to get support.

                          Auto focus is sure and quick, but noisy. And getting to video mode requires using the dial, although perhaps there is a workaround I haven't figured out.

                          I like being able to use AA batteries in it, a huge plus for outdoor users and travellers.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing Camera

                          By JLP

                          from nyc area

                          Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                          This camera had everything I was looking for. The best feature about the camera is the depth of control you have and the ease of acess to these features. it has features that many cameras over 2 or 3 thousand dollars have. I am very satisfied with my purchase and would recommend this camera to any serious enthusiast who wants to bring his camera everywhere.

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                          5.0

                          GREAT PERFORMANCE FOR ITS PRICE

                          By thelord151

                          from San Marcos, TX

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Noisy At High ISO

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                          I think that it has got so many features which makes it a great camera. I was looking for an entry level DSLR cam for cheap, and bought this. Enjoyed a lot so far! I think that it is pretty handy, considerably light, and good shot performance.

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                          4.0

                          I think a very good camera for the price

                          By Russ

                          from Milwaukee

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action

                            Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                            I have several older Pentax KA mount lenses from a super P}rogram film camera that work well with this body. There are manual focus but work well for portrait and scenery shots. Focus is very good with these lenses.

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                            5.0

                            great results

                            By stevo

                            from Los Gatos

                            Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (White):

                            I was very happy with the results of the pictures that were produced by the k-50 provided. The last time I had a slr camera was with my old pentax me super and the results were still the same great pictures.

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                            5.0

                            Personal best....Pentax K50

                            By Wingman

                            from Lowell Arkansas

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            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
                            • Playback Editing Features
                            • Shooting Features

                            Cons

                            • Fixed LCD screen
                            • Short Battery Life
                            • White Color Focus Peak

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Motorcycle Rally Events
                            • Spontaneous Street Pics
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

                            Comments about K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lenses (Black):

                            I use the Pentax K50 for motorcycle events and street photography for my website. The quality of the pictures, RAW format .dng, customizing the features, weatherproofing all coupled with the simplicity of shooting photos choosing the options to shoot and set up in the menues make it my 'go to' camera of choice. Since I do not shoot many video's the lackluster performance in this area is not of primary concern to me. In 35 years, I've had a few different brands and styles of SLR's and Point & shoot cameras and this model really has the best of both styles.......I think I've finally found the 'keeper'!

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