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


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Pentax K-50 review – Our verdict

Once again, Pentax has created a camera that enthusiast photographers will enjoy using. Its body
may be polycarbonate, but don’t let that fool you. The camera is strong and the weather-sealing gives you confidence that the camera can be used in rugged, wet and dusty conditions.

The image quality matches the build of the camera, with an impressive amount of detail recoverable from shadow areas and a superb selection of image styles. While the number of autofocus points is a little underwhelming, the system is fast, and unless you are heavily into sports or wildlife photography it should not present a problem. Similarly, the evaluative metering is not perfect, but it is, importantly, predictable.

A camera featuring a 100% viewfinder yet costing only £530 is impressive, and the K-50 is certainly a mid-priced DSLR with ideas well above its station.

Pentax K-50 Key features

Live view
On the top left of the rear of the camera is the live view button. This is easily pressed with the thumb of the left hand when needed. It also acts as the delete button when reviewing images.

The K-50 has a built-in pop-up flash with a guide number of 12m @ ISO 100.

Digital filters
As well as the image style modes, there is the now somewhat standard complement of image-effect modes. Among these in the K-50 are monochrome, extract colour, toy camera, retro, high contrast, water colour, pastel, miniature and fisheye modes.

Info button
This button rotates between the various display functions on the rear screen, and is most useful because it brings up the quick menu on the rear of the camera.

The name of the photographer and copyright holder of the image can be added to the Exif data of image files.

The camera is powered by a D-LI 109 rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery. The optional D-BH109 battery holder allows the K-50 to be powered by four AA batteries, which is useful when travelling.


Video:1920 x 1080 pixels (at 25fps), 1280 x 720 pixels, 16:9 (at 30fps or 25fps), 640 x 480 pixels, 4:3 (at 30fps or 25fps), Motion JPEG (AVI)
External mic:No
Dioptre Adjustment:-2.5 to +1.5 dioptre
White Balance:Auto, 10 presets, custom setting, Kelvin and WB fine adjustment
Built-in Flash:Yes – GN 12m @ ISO 100
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled vertical-run focal-plane shutter
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
Output Size:4928 x 3264 pixels
LCD:3in TFT with 921,000 dots
Field of View:Approx 100%
AF Points:11 individually selectable AF points, 9 of which are cross-type points
Sensor:16.28-million-effective-pixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor
White Balance Bracket:No
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Exposure Modes:Auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, sensitivity priority, shutter and aperture priority, bulb
Weight:650g including battery and card, 590g without
Power:Rechargeable Lithium-Ion D-LI 109 battery
File Format:12-bit PEF or DNG raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Shutter Speeds:30-1/6000sec in 1⁄3EV or 1/2 EV steps plus bulb
Drive Mode:6fps for approx 30 large/fine JPEG files or 8 raw images
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
RRP:£529.99 body only
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
Lens Mount:Pentax KAF2
Focusing Modes:Manual, AF.S (single), AF.C (continuous)
DoF Preview:Yes
Dimensions:129 x 96.5 x 70mm
Metering System:77-segment metering, centreweighted and spot
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Compression:2-stage JPEG, 3-stage raw
Tested as:Enthusiast DSLR
  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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