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Pentax K-50 : Specifications and Opinions




Pentax K-50, front

Pentax K-50, back

Pentax K-50, top



The Pentax K-50 is a reflex camera with APS-C (1.5x) sensor and 16.3 megapixels manufactured from 2013 to 2017 (discontinued). The range of sensitivities, including ISO extension, is 100 - 51200 ISO and it has a continuous shooting (burst mode) of 6 FPS. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 549 €;
34 users have given it an average vote of 9.0 out of 10


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 Sensor
 Format   APS-C, 23.5 x 15.7 mm (image ratio 3:2, crop factor 1.5x in comparison with FF)
 Resolution   16.3 megapixel (pixel pitch 4.77 μm)
 ISO sensitivities   100 - 51200
 File formats   JPEG, RAW

 Esposure
 Shutter speeds   30" - 1/6000
 Exp. compensation   +/- 5 stops at 1/3 steps
 Exp. modes   M, S, A, P, Scena
 Metering modes   Multi-Area, Semi-Spot, Spot

 Features
 Mount   Pentax K (click here to view all compatible lenses)
 Stabilization   Yes
 Autofocus (AF areas)   11
 Continuos shooting   6 FPS
 Pre-Burst   No
 Live View   Yes
 MLU/SS   No
 Video mode   1920x1080p @ 30 FPS
 WiFi   No
 GPS   No
 USB   micro-USB (USB 3.0)
 USB Charging   No

 Computing Features
 ND Long Exposure   No
 Pixel Shift   No
 Focus Stacking   No
 Startrail/Composite mode   No
 Astrotracer   Yes (but it requires external GPS, not included with camera)

 Camera body and built
 Touchscreen   No
 LCD   3.0", 640 x 480 pixels, fixed
 Viewfinder   Optical, coverage 100%, 0.92x
 Flash   Yes, guide number 12 meters
 Storage   SD, SDHC, SDXC
 Storage, Slot 2   not available
 Battery   Pentax D-LI109, 7.78 Wh
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   650 g
 Dimensions   130 x 97 x 71 mm

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avatarjunior
sent on November 21, 2020

Pros: tropicalization, double ring, pentaprisma, essentiality, ergonomics, sensor, photographic astro use

Cons: autofocus that can be improved

Opinion: We are at the end of 2020 and I decided to review this product after years of use. I'm one of the lucky ones who didn't encounter the magnet problem. This reflex also fits perfectly for astro photographic use as it uses a sensor with good efficiency and low noise. I am in love with his ergonomics and the pentaprisma used. I prefer it to other products and I will return to buy a Pentax in the future.

avatarjunior
sent on December 29, 2019

Pros: Excellent ergonomics, effective tropicalization, good quality materials, double ring, quality pentaprism, ISO management up to 6400, battery life

Cons: Some models suffer from a magnet problem. Nothing impossible to fix

Opinion: A great machine that I continue to use with great satisfaction. He accompanied me (and will continue to do so for some time) in many situations really on the edge for a reflex (for example during the high water, which I remember is salty, in Venice while it dilutes). The perceived and real quality is high. It doesn't even look like an entry-level machine. The materials are very good and carefully assembled. The battery life is very good. Excellent double dial that allows you to have on one finger the times and on the other the diaphragms (often using the TAv mode I find it very comfortable). Up to 800 ISO files are extremely manageable. Over 800 and up to 6400 with a little accuracy you can get good quality files for prints of discrete size (printing 30x45 to 3200 ISO is not too much of a problem, indeed). the cons are basically zero or almost zero. Some models (few from what I know) have suffered from a problem the magnets that leads to take dark photos. On ebay the magnets are located at about 10 degrees and are in a fairly accessible position to replace them.

avatarsenior
sent on March 21, 2019

Pros: Good quality general species if compared to the price of competition-possibility of correction of front/back focus on objectives-tropicalization

Cons: Autofocus deficient although improved compared to older models-the problem of "dark photos"

Opinion: I had for ten years a Pentax APSC outfit, before the K10 then, when this was beginning to be "old lady" I added the K50. Generally Satisfied with the quality of the machine and the zoom kit, not bad even the high ISO yield, at least in relation to the class of the machine and the date of the exit. The AF, however improved compared to that of the K10 (it needed little), in the most critical situations is slow and inaccurate. Very useful calibration for individual AF lenses to eliminate front back focus problems. Unfortunately after about two and a half years there was the notorious problem of "dark photos": The magnet that controls the diaphragm crashes and the machine always snaps to the minimum closure. Problem that occurred first sporadically, then with a total block. Brought to repair it worked for a few months then the defect reintroduced, repaired a second time, put away and sold any kit. Too bad.

avatarjunior
sent on December 24, 2017

Pros: double ring nut, tropicalised body, pentaprism viewfinder, AF fine adjustment, sensor stabilization

Cons: autofocus system does not live up to its competitors

Opinion: Purchased a year ago as a first non-automatic camera. Despite the competitors pariprezzo have some options that make them more attractive to a beginner (wi-fi, touch-screen, swivel screen, GPS) this is less equipped with frills but has all the features of a semi professional machine (double ring, a true pentaprism, magnesium body with a good 81 gaskets). Pentax does not produce SLR specifically for the entry level sector but proposes old bodies of a couple of generations at supermarket prices, those who look more at the substance than at the contour accessories will appreciate this philosophy. The only weak point is the autofocus system that is not really a lightning.rnPagata as a Canon 1300d, a year later I can not be satisfied. For now, there are no signs of problems with magnets.

avatarsupporter
sent on October 17, 2017

Pros: The typical compactness of Pentax machines, construction accuracy despite being an entry level, with well-assembled controls and the right response, numerous options offered, more than acceptable the autonomy guaranteed by the battery, AF reasonably fast and very accurate even with designed designed by the machine, flow rate and power of the pop up flash, price, general feeling of solidity strengthened even by the weight not small , tropicalized, good color rendering and high ISOs.

Cons: Fixed display, which I particularly dislike, few external commands and need to switch to the info screen or enter the menu to vary certain shooting parameters, HDR and digital filters on camera are not saved in RAW and therefore it is necessary to switch to JPEG, white balance not always up to scratch.

Opinion: It is a gift and "a caval donato does not look in the mouth", however, all in all, considering how much it has been paid (bought in kits with 18-55 and 50-200) gives a lot and has an excellent price /quality ratio, as in general is pentax tradition; the sensor gives on average good self-proof and, in conditions not at the limit, returns excellent colors, a good dynamic range (in my humble opinion not quite equal to the "big sisters" K1 and K70 but can stay there) and a good high ISO response, although better not to go beyond 6400; the mpx are only 16, normally more than enough even if today's digitals have now accustomed us to much more and some difference, to the greater magnifications, logically you can see ... it must be said that so far I have tried it only with the optics in the kit, it will be interesting to make the comparison with more performing optics. The AF, cross and delight of pentaxians: as mentioned, so far I have only used it with the objectives in kits, controlled by the engine of the car but I must say that I feared worse: for my needs, the speed of the AF is abundantly sufficient even if I wanted to test it: I carried out a few bursts on rather fast cyclists approaching and moving away and I must say that the percentage of the photos in focus was comforting, with the only limits given by the solution of optics and sensor. In live view, nothing special to report except that, understandably, does not excel in low light; under normal conditions, nothing to complain about The optics in the kit: they are not the same as those sold separately: although I can not make comparisons, I know for a fact that non-kit optics have metal attachment and these plastic ones but... they have a rubberized flange around the graft and so they are WR; even for optics you can make the speech made for the machine: reasonably well assembled, with no games between the rings that offer the right resistance (even that of the MAF) even if, logically, plastic is the master; the yield is quite surprising, given the evident economy of the whole, with definition and colors of respect and a MAF, as mentioned, precise, without front/back focus phenomena. In essence, a more than dignified entry level, or, optionally, a valid "forklift" able to face even non-optimal climatic conditions, a machine that, logically while, will give its best in light conditions not at the limit and not to require a lightning and infallible MAF but that, used for what it is able to give and perhaps with more performing optics, can give unexpected satisfactions. EDIT: a few years later, I noticed a curious phenomenon: the K50 (at least my specimen) is somewhat "picky" as far as SD is concerned: I practically always used it with the same SD (it is said that it is better to use SDs always on the same machine) a few days ago I put another one and, after giving me "card error" the machine literally "nailed" ! He didn't answer the controls anymore and I couldn't even turn it off! After removing the battery, it started normally except then, always with the same board, present the same problem, even if I could turn it off without removing the battery. Put back the card I've always used, it's back to normal.




Photos taken with Pentax K-50

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Country roads
by Alessio Lagreca
47 comments, 4919 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

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Sunset on the Hills
by Ez1984
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Italian Hills
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38 comments, 5194 views
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It's Christmastime
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65 comments, 3455 views  
HI RES 15.2 MP

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75 comments, 6080 views
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Freshness of spring
by Robertopitt
93 comments, 3813 views


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On the road
by Alessio Lagreca
17 comments, 3456 views  
HI RES 15.8 MP

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Along the way
by Filippo Barbaria
32 comments, 1620 views
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Under the snow the train arrives ...
by L'Olandese Volante
127 comments, 2365 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

Foto
Passes away
by Alessio Lagreca
21 comments, 2481 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

Foto
Madrid 4 Torres
by Mat-89
27 comments, 3653 views  
HI RES 14.5 MP

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When winter embraces autumn
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64 comments, 1781 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

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Calla 3
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88 comments, 1626 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

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And take every tear your
by Robertopitt
74 comments, 3419 views
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Lonely boat
by Alessio Lagreca
15 comments, 2554 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

Foto
Colors
by Robertopitt
48 comments, 1978 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

Foto
Basilicata, January 2016
by Attilio Bixio
55 comments, 3104 views
Foto
Calla 2
by Robertopitt
74 comments, 1831 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

Foto
At sunset
by Robertopitt
65 comments, 1058 views  
HI RES 15.2 MP

Foto
The Guardian of the Fields
by Robertopitt
54 comments, 581 views  
HI RES 14.9 MP

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Only in the fog
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50 comments, 2428 views
Foto
Fall to the ground
by Alessio Lagreca
18 comments, 2558 views  
HI RES 8.4 MP

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A road blurred
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22 comments, 2425 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

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The Last Sun
by Robertopitt
48 comments, 959 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

Foto
The magic wood
by Robertopitt
51 comments, 2634 views
Foto
Praise to the Inviolate
by Filippo Barbaria
25 comments, 1486 views  
HI RES 8.7 MP

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Clematis
by Robertopitt
52 comments, 2118 views
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Red, New10
by Robertopitt
66 comments, 1681 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

Foto
Winter austerity
by Robertopitt
66 comments, 1359 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

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Basilicata, January 2016
by Attilio Bixio
37 comments, 2542 views
Foto
Magic Blinds
by Davidebusetto
8 comments, 1583 views  
HI RES 11.5 MP

Foto
Foliage in Turin
by L'Olandese Volante
63 comments, 1290 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

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A window on the autumn
by Robertopitt
53 comments, 1851 views
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The Last Ray
by Robertopitt
36 comments, 1165 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP



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The color window
by Robertopitt
52 comments, 936 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

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The curves of the poppy
by Robertopitt
36 comments, 1433 views  
HI RES 16.1 MP

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Foggy Road
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18 comments, 2166 views  
HI RES 13.9 MP


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