A tried-and-tested 16.28-million-pixel sensor, an impressive 81 weather seals and a 100% viewfinder could make the Pentax K-50 one of the best enthusiast cameras we have tested. Read the Pentax K-50 review...

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Pentax K-50 review – The competition

Although the mid-range DSLR market has got a little less competitive in the past couple of years, it is still Nikon and Canon that dominate this area. The latest Canon EOS 700D has an 18 million pixel, APS-C-sized sensor, which offers a slight resolution advantage over the Pentax K-50, but the Nikon D5200 has a very impressive 24.1-million-pixel sensor. The D5200 also has 39 AF points, which is far more than the 11 points of the K-50 and the nine points of the EOS 700D. However, the Pentax K-50 is the only one of these three cameras with a 100% viewfinder and the advanced weather-sealing, both of which are features that you would expect on more professional model cameras.

Despite the resolution being the lowest of the three cameras, there is still something about the K-50 that makes it feel like a real photographers camera, and it is great for those wanting to learn the craft.

  1. 1. Pentax K-50 at a glance:
  2. 2. Pentax K-50 review - Weather-sealing
  3. 3. Pentax K-50 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Pentax K-50 review - Dynamic range
  5. 5. Pentax K-50 review - Metering
  6. 6. Pentax K-50 review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Pentax K-50 review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Pentax K-50 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  9. 9. Pentax K-50 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  10. 10. Pentax K-50 review - The competition
  11. 11. Pentax K-50 review - Our verdict
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    Primary construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis