Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)

Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)

Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)

B&H # PEK501855B MFR # 10894
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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
  • 77-Segment TTL Exposure Metering
  • In-Camera Shake Reduction System
  • Weather-Sealed, Li-Ion or AA Batteries
  • smc DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR Lens
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Pentax K-50 overview

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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, 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 is the smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AL WR lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 27.0-82.5mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of situations. The lens construction integrates aspherical elements to help minimize chromatic aberration as well as improve image sharpness. An SP (Super Protect) coating has been applied to elements to help repel dust, water, and grease and the lens body is 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.
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.

Pentax K-50 specs

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,
Bit Depth 12-Bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Focus Lock AF Area Mode, Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 11
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 to 51200
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 to 1/6000 Second 
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 to 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 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 Second
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
Audio Recording With Video (Mono)
Self Timer 12 Seconds, 2 Seconds
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity AV Output
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8 
Battery 1 x D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 1050 mAh
AC Power Adapter K-AC128 (Not Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 13.0 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm
Weight 22.9 oz / 649.2 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
Optical Design 11 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 6
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 2.70 x 2.66" / 68.5 x 67.5 mm
Weight 8.99 oz / 255 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.2 x 7.8 x 5.1"

Pentax K-50 reviews

K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More features than needed for the average picture taker Finally upgrading my old K1000 film camera to my first digital model. I wanted something lower priced, with a good basic selection of features, and one that would accept my old lenses. What I now have is a camera with MORE features than I will probably ever use! Although they are nice to have if I ever want to experiment with them. I've only had the camera for a few weeks, still reading the allmost 300 page manual, and setting it up to the defaults I like! So basically I'm still becoming familiar with all it has to offer, but in the short time of use, I'm impressed with just about everthing this camers comes with! I'm allready thinking of an additional lens or two.
Date published: 2016-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Warrranty repairs longer than 6 weeks! For the first 6 moths I really loved this camera! It is really easy to use and also allows one to do serious photography at a reasonable price. However, the battery started acting up (on a trip of course) and I bought a back-up that seemed to solve the problem. However, intermittent power behaviour continued so I sent it in for repair. Four weeks later, the repair shop is still waiting for a battery case and even Ricoh USA has no ETA. They told me that 6 weeks was not unreasonable since this camera is still in production (there goes my Thanksgiving pics) and should it take longer than that they would consider replacing. So beware of the slow repairs! Especially that this camera is still in production!
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of Pentax K-50 DSLR camera I am new to DSLR cameras. I love my Pentax K-50 camera. Really impressed with all its features. Wish I new more about the hands on operation. So far have taken many pics using the Auto mode. Works great. Wish there was a simple book on what it can do. I am missing a lot, but hope to learn more as I keep using this great camera. Highly recommend it. I should have ordered the one with the two lenses, but was a little short of the cash at the time. Haven't tried their external flash, but I'm sure it will present no problem. The built in camera flash works fine. Really happy with this camera and the things it can do.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera for a starting photographer As an amateur photographer, after doing some research, the Pentax K-50 was highly recommended as a camera worth checking out. Initially I've purchased it as a camera for my getaway vacation. The picture quality is great for the starter 55mm lens, I'm also in the process of upgrading to a telephoto lens. It's easy to use, I love the anti-shake feature which comes in the camera. The video is great, the audio is kind of lacking - as it's mono.
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific DSLR Perfect balance between feature set and quality photos. If you are looking for the absolute perfect professional photo, this is probably not your camera. But the pictures I've taken so far are all sharp, crisp, colorful... and all with the included kit lens. I'm very pleased with the results. I can shoot auto or I can easily manipulate the nuts and bolts of picture taking while still perfecting composition. Very lite, yet doesn't feel cheap. Great little DSLR.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from more than enough features for an average picture taker Finally upgrading to my first digital from my Pentax K1000 film camera. I wanted to start with a somewhat lower priced / simpler model to accept my old K lenses. What I now have is a camera with MORE features than I will probably ever use. Although they are nice to have to experiment with if the time is ever needed! Still reading the almost 300 page manual & setting up the camera to the settings I like. I'm allready thinking of an additional lens for the auto feature which in my opinion is the best part of this model! Only had the camera for a few weeks, but I'm impressed with just about everything it has to offer so far!
Date published: 2016-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong Camera for a Beginner I got this as my first DSLR and have been very satisfied with it. It's easy to use and the image quality is pretty good. The build quality is quite nice and it has some weight to it, but it is a good weight and feels comfortable in your hands. B&H delivered it on time and it was packaged well. The box had some scuffs and and dents but I was happy to find the camera box in a protective casing of bubble wrap inside the box. Very satisfied with this purchase over all and I've already captured many memories with it during my first week of having it.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Weatherproof camera Great camera for use on the trail, especially long trail trips-The John Muir Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. Weatherproof, uses AA Lithium batteries for 1,500 shots per set. lighter weight than Pentax K3 with better battery life with AA batteries. I poured water out of the Battery compartment on a similar camera after a storm in the Sierras, and it still works. Great price for the value.
Date published: 2015-02-22
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