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 – Autofocus

Image: The K-50 handles well and is quick to use, making it great for when you need to react quickly to a situation

Although with a rather meagre 11 AF points the K-50 may pale in comparison to many of its competitors, the speed of the focusing system certainly does not. I found that the K-50 focuses just as fast as any rivals, quickly snapping into focus particularly when the centre AF point is used. When combined with the camera’s generally fast operation, this means it can be quickly switched on, focus found and a shot taken in just over a second, making it great for documentary or street photography, or just to capture family events.

An AF assist lamp is present to help in low-light situations, but of more interest, at least to those users with older lenses, is that AF fine-tune adjustments are also available. This allows the autofocus to be slightly adjusted to compensate for front or back focus in these lenses. Any adjustments can be applied universally, regardless of the lens being used, or custom AF micro adjustments can be saved for up to 20 different lenses. This may be especially useful for Pentax K-mount users who wish to use old AF lenses designed for film cameras.

  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