Pentax has always had a reputation for providing great value with their DSLR cameras and yet still include features more commonly found on higher end cameras. The Pentax K-50 is no exception. If value and performance were not enough, the K-50 sets itself apart by offering three different color options of black, white or red.
K-50 Design and Controls
The K-50 has dimensions of 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8 inches and weighs 1.3 pounds. It has a comfortable, deep grip with finger indentions. It also has weather sealing, in-body shake reduction, and a dual control dial setup.
The mode dial is located on the top right of the camera near the grip so as to be able to make changes with your right thumb while still retaining your grip on the camera. The front and rear e-dials are located so as to be easily manipulated by your thumb and forefinger and control shutter and aperture settings, exposure, and menu settings. Dedicated keys are available to control ISO, white balance, flash, single or continuous shooting, the self-timer and exposure bracketing.
The K-50 comes with a SMC PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6AL WR lens which features a simplified weather-resistant construction designed to minimize water and moisture intrusion into the lens barrel. The lens also has a special coating which repels dust, water and grease and makes it easy to wipe off fingerprints and smudges.
The K-50 has an optical viewfinder with nearly 100% frame coverage, 77-segment matrix meter, 3-inch LCD monitor with 920k dots.
The K-50 has a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor that is capable of shooting 6 frames per second. It has an accurate color rendition and good image quality and high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 51200; noise control is well under control up through ISO 1600. The K-50 also has a shutter designed for 100,000 releases, top shutter speed of 1/6000th second.
The K-50 can capture 1080p video up to 30 fps and is capable of continuous video capture durations of around 25 minutes with a maximum file size of 4GB. The camera doesn’t have an external mic jack, so you are limited to the built-in mic when recording video.
The autofocus for the K-50 is fast and accurate in good lighting, but much slower in low lighting. There is also more visible noise in the images when in low light.
The Pentax K-50 has many features, including in-camera vibration reduction and weather sealing that is usually not available in cameras at this price, which does increase its desirability, but its poor image quality in low light limits its appeal.
Overall, the camera is a good choice for an entry-level DSLR camera and is very affordable.