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Pentax K-50 Black + DAL 18-55WR

The PENTAX K-50 boasts outstanding basic specifications that rival many upper-class models,
including high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second, super-high-sensitivity
shooting at ISO 51200, and high-precision AF with accurate tracking of moving subjects.
This means that beginning digital SLR users and casual family photographers can enjoy high-quality digital photography with very little effort.

The K-50 also features a weather-resistant, dustproof construction to assure solid performance under demanding outdoor conditions, and also to reduce the need for maintenance. It even provides a wide range of advanced shooting features, such as full HD movie recording and a selection of creative tools such as digital filters, to accommodate various shooting requirements. It can be powered by easy-to-obtain AA-size batteries,**
in addition to the standard lithium-ion battery.

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High-resolution, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200

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The K-50 features the state-of-the-art CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm, to assure high-speed image data readout. This image sensor is coupled with PRIME M — the same high-performance imaging engine incorporated in upper-class models — to deliver super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels. The K-50 also offers super-high-sensitivity shooting at a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, allowing the photographer to handhold the camera for beautiful nighttime snapshots.


Reliable weather-resistant, dustproof body

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Thanks to the 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, the K-50 is built to be weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-resistant, even at temperatures as low as -10°C. This means that the K-50 can be taken along on outdoor activities such as camping, mountaineering and sports, for the joy of high-quality digital SLR photography without worrying about weather conditions. Its compact, functional body is carefully contoured with delicate curves, assuring that even a photographer with a small hand will have a firm grip of the camera.


Innovative SR mechanism

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The PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake to deliver sharp, blur-free images, even under shake-prone conditions such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or taking landscapes at twilight. This innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those developed for film-format cameras.*** Thanks to the SR mechanism’s flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-50 offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, including an Automatic Horizon Correction function to assure high-precision image framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment; a Composition Adjustment function to allow minute adjustment of image alignment both to horizontal and vertical directions, as well as slant-wise rotation; and an ASTRO TRACER mode to simplify astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.

 
High-precision autofocus with SAFOX IXi+ AF module

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The K-50 features the state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation with 11 sensors (including nine cross-type sensors in the middle). It also features a spotbeam projector to assist AF operation at poorly lit locations. Its select-area expansion function keeps the sensor module tracking a moving subject, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing the distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. This means not only greatly improved accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus operation, but also the enhanced auto-tracking performance of moving subjects when using a telephoto lens.


High-speed continuous shooting, approx. 6 fps

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When shooting sports, stage performances or wildlife, the K-50’s high-speed continuous shooting function comes in handy. It allows the photographer to record active, fast-moving subjects in a series of images, at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second (in the JPEG recording format).


High-quality movie recording

The K-50 captures high-resolution, full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the H.264 recording format, with a choice of frame rate (30, 25 or 24 frames per second). It even comes with creative image-processing tools**** like Custom Images and useful movie-recording features like an interval movie recording function, for the production of more personalized movies.

**** The frame rate may vary when nonstandard image processing is required.


Optical finder with approximately 100% field of view

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Despite a compact body common to all entry-class models, the K-50 features a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of view and approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. Since it delivers a clear view of the subject even in bright sunshine and eliminates parallax and time lag in the viewfinder image, the K-50 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical. The infocus point is indicated as a red point in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.


Effortless, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

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The PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene from Portrait, Landscape, Macro and other distinctive shooting modes. Since the K-50 sets all vital camera settings — including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness — the photographer can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity. The K-50 also offers 19 Scene modes, including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette, to simplify the photographing of subjects and scenes that could be too complicated or demanding for entry digital SLR photographers, by optimizing all camera settings with a simple choice of the corresponding icon on the camera’s LCD monitor.


A selection of tools for creative, personalized expression

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The K-50’s custom image function allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image, with a choice of 11 custom images. These include Bleach Bypass to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures, and Cross Process to produce fanciful, eye-catching images with dramatic colors. The K-50 also provides 19 distinctive digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to captured images and produce creative, artistic images without the need for a computer. The user can even explore new creative possibilities by applying multiple filters to a single image.


Choice of two power sources

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In addition to the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of capturing approximately 480 images with a single recharge,***** the K-50 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder. Since AA-size batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when on the road.

***** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, using the D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery with no flash discharges.


 

  • Camera Type    
    Digital-still SLR camera, chassis made of highly rigid stainless steel.
    Weather-resistant construction with 81 special seals
     
    Sensor
    Type    CMOS with primary color filter
    Size    23.7 x 15.7mm
    Total Pixels    approx. 16.49MP
    Effective Pixels    approx. 16.28 MP
    Still    
    JPEG:16M(4928x3264), 12M(4224x2816), 8M(3456x2304), 5M(2688x1792)
    4 quality level of JPEG (★ good, ★★ better, ★★★ best)
    RAW:16M(4928x3264)
    RAW (12bit): DNG
    RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
    RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
    Movie    
    Full HD (1920x1080, 16:9, 30fps/25fps/24fps)
    HD (1280x720, 16:9, 60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps/24fps)
    VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30fps/25fps/24fps)
    Quality levels ★★★(Best), ★★(Better), ★(Good)
    Sensitivity    AUTO/100 to 51200 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV)
    Shake Reduction    Sensor shift Shake Reduction
    Sensor Cleaning    Dust Removal: SP coating and CMOS sensor operations
    Lens
    Mount    PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
    Usable lenses    KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, KA mount lenses
    Focusing System
    Type    SAFOX IXi+ with TTL, phase-matching autofocus
    Functions    
    Auto: 5 points, Auto: 11 points, Select(Expanded Area AF available), Spot
    Brightness Range: EV-1 to 18 (ISO 100)
    AF Mode:
    Auto AF (AF.A), Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
    Focus priority or shutter priority mode for AF.S
    Focus priority or FPS priority mode for AF.C
    AF assist    Dedicated LED AF assist light
    Viewfinder
    Type    
    Pentaprism Finder
    Field of View    
    Approx. 100%
    Magnification    
    Approx. 0.92x (50mm F1.4 at infinity)
    Focusing screen    
    Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
    Indication    
    Eye-Relief Length: Approx. 21.7mm (from the view window), Approx 24.5mm (from the center of lens)
    Diopter adjustment    
    Approx. -2.5m to + 1.5m-1
    Screen
    Type    
    3’’ (7.6cm), TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing,
    With AR coating
    Brightness and colors adjustable
    Resolution    Approx. 921k dots
    Playback    Single frame, Multi-image display (4/9/16/36/81 seg.), Display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling & quick magn.), rotating, histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calendar filmstrip, display, folder display, slideshow, Eye-Fi transfer
    Liveview
    LiveView    
    Type: TTL method using CMOS image sensor
    Focusing Mechanism: Contrast detection + Face Detection, Tracking, Select, Spot
    Display: Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 6x), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram
    Shutter
    Type    Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plan shutter
    Speed    Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV step or 1/2EV step), Bulb.
    X-Synchronization    Sync Speed : 1/180 sec.
    Exposure system
    Metering    TTL open aperture, 77 segmented metering, center-weighted and spot metering
    Exposure Modes    
    Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb
    Auto Picture mode: automatically selects from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
    Scene Mode: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
    *JPEG only
    Metering Range    EV0 to 22 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
    Auto Exposure Lock    Can be assigned to the AF/AE-L button from the menu
    Compensation    ± 5EV (1/2EV step or 1/3EV can be selected)
    Auto Bracketing    3 frames
    Flash
    Type    
    Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
    Guide Number    
    approx. 12 (ISO 100/m)
    Modes    
    P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
    High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash
    Angle of View Coverage    
    Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equ. to 28mm in 35mm format
    Exposure Compensation    –2.0 to +1.0 EV
    Exposure Parameters
    Modes    
    Drive Modes
    Mode Selection:
    Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12sec., 2sec.), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec.), Auto Bracketing (3 frames)
    Continuous shooting :
    Approx. 6 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Hi)
    Approx. 3 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Lo)
    Capture Functions
    Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
    Noise Reduction: Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR
    Dynamic Range Setting: Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
    Lens Correction: Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction
    Digital Filter: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
    HDR Capture:  Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, Automatic composition correction function, Exposure Bracket Value: ±1EV, ±2EV, ±3EV
    Multi-exposure: Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically
    Horizon Correction: SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 1.5 degrees
    Composition Adjustment: Adjustment range of ±1mm up, down, left or right (0.5mm when rotated), Rotating range of 1 degrees
    Interval Shooting: Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Number of shots: up to 999 images, Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
    White Balance    
    Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual, Color
    Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
    Auto: Method using a combination of the CMOS image sensor and the light source detection sensor
    Manual: Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved),
    Color Temperature settings, Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
    Digital Filter    Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
    Movie
    Recording    
    Recorded pixels:
    Full HD (1920x1080, 16:9, 30fps/25fps/24fps),
    HD (1280x720, 16:9, 60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps/24fps),
    VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30fps/25fps/24fps)
    Quality levels: ★★★(Best), ★★(Better), ★(Good)
    File Format: MPEG–4 AVCï¼ï¿½H.264
    Sound: Built-in monaural microphone, Recording Sound Level
    Recording Time: Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high
    Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
    Digital Filter: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color, Color
    Interval Movie: Recording interval: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr., Recording time: 4 sec. to 99 hr.,
    Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
    *The File format is Motion JPEG(AVI)
    Editing    Divide or delete selected frames, Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
    Playback
    Digital Filter    Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
    Options    
    Delete: Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
    RAW Development: File Format (JPEG), Image Capture Settings(Aspect Ratio, Recorded Pixels, Quality Level, Color Space), Lens Correction(Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction
    Edit: Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving the RAW file data in the buffer memory
    Storage
    External    
    Compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card (Eye-Fi card compatible)
    File Format    
    RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
    Image sizes :
    JPEG : 16M(4928x3264),12M(4224x2816),8M(3456x2304),5M
    RAW :[3:2]16M(4928x3264)

    Quality level RAW (12bit): DNG

    JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good)

    Color space : sRGB, Adobe RGB
    File Name    
    Date (100_1018, 100_1019...)/PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX...) PENTX can be changed by user
    Special Features
    Features    
    World time : 75 cities, 28 time zones
    Digital Filters :  Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
    Custom Functions : 22 items
    Mode Memory : 12 items
    Electronic level  : Displayed in viewfinder (horizontal direction only); displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)
    USER Mode: Up to 2 settings can be saved
    Button/Dial Customization:
    RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical preview, Digital Preview, Composition Adjustment, Select AF Point),
    AF/AE-L button (Enable AF1, Enable AF2, Cancel AF, AE Lock)
    Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.
    Text Size: Standard, Large
    AF Fine Adjustment: ±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)
    Copyright Information: Names of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file.
    Language    English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
    Interface
    Interface    
    USB2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, USB MSC/PTP,
    Video Output Format: NTSC/PAL
    Power
    Source    
    Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI 109
    With AA Battery Holder D-BH109 (optional), four AA batteries (Lithium, Ni-MH rechargeable, alkaline) can be used
    AC Adapter Kit K-AC128 (optional)
    Performance    

    Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109:
    Number of recordable images: approx. 410 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 480 images (without flash usage)
    Playback time: approx. 270 minutes
    * Using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23 °C, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.
    AA Lithium batteries:
    Number of recordable images:approx. 710 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 1250 images (without flash usage)
    Playback time: approx. 560 minutes
    * Using 4x new Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries under the temperature at 23 °C, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.
    Dimensions
    Height    96.5mm
    Width    129.0mm
    Depth    
    70.0mm
    Weight    
    Approx. 650 g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 590 g (body only)
    Compatibility
    PC    
    Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7 and 8
    Mac    10.8 or above

    Accessories
    Included Software    
    SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE

    Kit Content    
    USB Cable I-USB7
    Strap O-ST132
    Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109
    Battery Charger D-BC109
    Software (CDROM) S-SW138
    Mounted on the camera:
    Hot shoe cover FK
    Body Mount Cover

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Ease of use
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Value for money
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Overall rating
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8 out of 10

David

Edinburgh GB Keen amateur
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I had older film pentax MZ30 cameras and have been waiting for a good all round digital pentax at an affordable price. K ring system allows me to use all my older lens and attachments. Like the idea of rechargeable battery but also can use double AA batteties when you by a small adaptor to fit battery compartment. Although I will need to read the camera manual several times to get the best out of the K50, I couldn't be happier.
Will need to read manual to learn how to switch off autof I customers bleep sound. I remember having to do this for the older Pentax MZ30 as can wind up people around you trying to enjoy a peaceful moment!
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Confirmed purchase: 28 November 2016
Published on: 16 December 2016
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