Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens (Red)
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- 16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. A high performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor strikes the perfect balance between resolution and image quality. DA-L 18-55WR lens included
- ISO Speeds up to 51200. High sensitivity shooting up to 51200 ISO range improves noise performance throughout, even in low lighting.
- Eye-Fi Card Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless SD cards, the user can send images to a smartphone. Users can enable automatic transmission of images to a smartphone for sharing. Users can even select favorite images and resize before transmission.
- Innovative In-body Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism. The PENTAX in-body, sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction technology ensures sharp, image stabilized, auto-leveled, and dust-free imaging with any mounted lens.
- Weather-sealed, Dustproof, Cold proof Design. With 81 weather seals your K-50 ensures use in any weather condition, be it rain or sand. The K-50's rugged, cold proof design is also made for use in freezing, wet, snowy winter conditions (-10C, 14F).
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||410 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||51,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||RAW (DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/180 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Hot-shoe, Wireless|
|Focus Description||TTL Phase Detection SAFOX IXi+|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Compact SLR|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||3.82 x 2.8 x 5.12 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.6 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.43 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||7.8 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4.2 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year|
|Material Type||Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/6000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,928|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||PRIME M|
|Remote Control Description||optional, wired or wireless|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Sensor movement with SP coating on low pass filter|
|Shipping Weight||3.55 pounds|
|Style Name||DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens|
|Supported Battery Types||D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable (4 x AA with optional adapter)|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4;h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
|Weather Resistance||Weather and dust resistant|
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|Continuous Shooting||6||5.4||6 frames_per_second||8.3||—||5|
|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3.2 in||3 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus||manual-and-auto||manual-and-auto||Includes Manual Focus||—||Includes Manual Focus|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps||Auto, 100-51200||—||Auto, 100 - 51200||—||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (with boost)|
|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 5.12 x 3.82 in||4.82 x 2.55 x 3.58 in||4.9 x 2.9 x 3.7 in||3.03 x 5.16 x 3.94 in||4.82 x 2.55 x 3.58 in||2.99 x 4.88 x 3.86 in|
|Item Weight||1.43 lbs||1.5 lbs||2 lbs||1.76 lbs||1.5 lbs||0.95 lb|
|Megapixels||16.3 megapixels||20 megapixels||24.24 megapixels||24.4 megapixels||20 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16 megapixels||20 megapixels||24.24 megapixels||24.4 megapixels||20 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)||APS-C||aps-c||APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)||APS-C||APS-C|
|Style Name||DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens||Lens kit||w/ 18-135mm||N/A||Lens kit||w/ 18-55mm|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)||1080p||1080p||1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p)||—||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||optical viewfinder||optical viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||optical viewfinder||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Wireless Technology||Yes||Wi-Finfc||Wi-Fi||Optional, Special version of Flu Card available||Wi-Finfc||Yes|
Forget conformity, and get serious with the PENTAX K-50, a mid-level DSLR with fast, advanced functionality, all wrapped up in bold colors. Featuring specifications of a top level DSLR, enjoy a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, fast continuous shooting at six frames per second, high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 51200, 100% field of view, innovative in-body shake reduction, and an advanced auto focus module with four optional focusing screens, not to mention the PENTAX-original weather-sealing. Even with features this generous, the K-50 is also available in 3 brilliant color combinations that are sure to match your personality and style. The K-50's approachable, easy ergonomics is perfect for families and everyday photography, complete with a wide selection of creative tools and filters for limitless personalized expressions. Get ready to stand out from the crowd and wear your colors on your camera. Also enjoy full 1018p HD video capture, and eye-fi card compatibility for fast and easy image sharing. It's your camera, and your colors, with the PENTAX K-50.
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The body is unbelievable rugged for being plastic. It makes every other DSLR in its price range feel like a cheap toy. Plus, the grip is hands down the best I have ever felt at any price. It hugs my hand and locks in place--no need for a hand strap. The grip and solid, unyielding body are why I chose this model over the K-5II.
At low ISOs, the older sensor is on par or maybe a little noisier than competing models, but when the lights go down, this thing shines. Zero noise gain when well exposed, but if you have to push say a 3200 RAW image, you will be blown away at the headroom the K-50 has in its 12 bit files. And if you can find noise (by pushing), it's not that gross banding we are used to seeing with cameras that shoot for marking megapixels rather than image quality. It is a gentle, film-like fine grain in very large prints. And this is for color, if you're converting to B&W, you can take this thing all the way through its ISO range and make beautiful small prints.
The menu system is as near perfect as I can trust engineers to make it. They either are, or work with photographers. Everything you need is one to three clicks away. I tried using a D5200 recently, and I couldn't even figure out how to set it to RAW, I had to look it up. Then ISO took me five minutes. It was ridiculous. I guarantee you will not have this problem with any Pentax DSLR from 2010 to today.
The lens is pretty brilliant for a kit lens. It is weather-sealed and solid. The zoom is very well dampened. It feels high-quality. I have used many kit lenses in the past from many manufacturers, and this one is the best. It even beats Panasonic's micro four-thirds kit lens in build. Image quality wise, it's about on par with others; by that I mean it needs to be stopped down to shine. But it is very sharp throughout the range when it has plenty of light.
Now for the bad: The out-of-camera JPEGs suck. Pentax has never had great JPEG processing. This sensor begs to be left alone. Shoot RAW and use a calibrated monitor to edit the images (it records in DNG, so there's no worry there).
Moreover, this body needs good glass. Please don't be a hipster and buy a high-quality camera and only use the kit lens. This is a serious tool, not a toy, so invest in decent lenses. Luckily, the K-mount has among the most expansive and diverse lens collection in photography (it's why I shoot Pentax). But you don't have to break the bank, just go to your favorite flea market or internet auction site and look for old manual lenses. You'll be surprised and the quality that can be had for under 50 USD.
So there it is. My very first ever Amazon product review. Yes, I love this camera that much. It is not just an alternative brand. And this is not an alternative camera at all because the competition doesn't come close at this price.
Bottom line: If you are looking for your first DSLR, or if you're considering switching mounts because you're growing tired of the half-adding and broken promises the Big Two have been accused of lately, you cannot go wrong with the Pentax K-50.
So here is what's wrong with this picture. First, a common failure of a previous camera model was not resolved in the K50. For all I know, the KS-1 and KS-2 could have the same issue. Pentax has given no evidence that they're interested in fixing product problems - the K3 transitioned the mirror flop problem to the K3 ii and depends on a firmware fix to prevent the mirroe from thrashing itself to death instead of building in quality from the beginning. The other issue is that parts are not stocked for a known problem. I do not believe this is Precision Camera's fault. I hope the delay is happening because the aperture motor issue is being resolved, but I'm not holding my breath. In 5 days PC will have had my camera for a month. I'm also not holding my breath.
I really should have bought the K5 ii when it was available through Pentax approved suppliers. Yeah it's 4 years old but it's images are fine and it's failure rate is much lower. If I didn't love my lenses, I would probably be heading to Canon or Nikon. Might still do that.
I'm glad I chose the K-50. If this is roughly where you're at, and your emphasis is on still photography, this is a great choice — especially if you're into outdoor photography, at all.
The features and image quality just can't be beat at anything like this price. (If you don’t need weather sealing, I believe the K-500 is basically the same camera, and it is ridiculously cheap.) The value is most obvious with the pro-style features, like dual control wheels and weather sealing; get ready to spend over twice as much for those features with one of the two major brands. (If you want to use it outside much, the sealing is the killer feature. We're going on an Alaska adventure this summer, so the weather resistance sealed the deal for me.) Another major benefit is the in-camera shake reduction system. This means the telephoto lenses can be cheaper than IS telephoto lenses for the big 2. (Compare the prices on the weather-resistant 55-300mm Pentax lens versus the not-weather-resistant Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens.) The burst shooting, 6 fps, is downright crazy.
I made this choice after reviewing just about every online image quality comparison I could find, and I thought the K-50's IQ was generally better than and very rarely less satisfying than the output of an SL1 or d3300.
Now that I own the camera, I'm already very impressed, and that's without yet learning how to do much with the manual modes. AF is super fast and very accurate. (If it's focused on the "wrong" thing, just point it at the "right" thing, half-press the shutter, keep the shutter half-depressed to keep the focus locked where you had it, and frame and shoot as intended. It's so fast that I can do all of that in about half a second, and I'm still not even a very experienced amateur.) The full auto and scene modes are very good. Right out of the box, if you're at least kind of knowledgeable about the basics of photography — if you can frame a shot and not work too hard against what the lighting is giving you — you'll get good-to-great shots right away.
Kit lenses are solid as well. I basically just leave the 55-200mm on for running around. It makes for great portraits with fantastic bokeh/depth of field. (Put everything on auto, set the zoom length to roughly 85-100mm, and then start taking awesome portraits pretty much instantly.) It zooms well enough for kids’ sports and not-super-distant wildlife shots, too. (For our trip to Alaska, my spouse — who’s also pretty good at framing a shot and holding a camera steady — will carry the superzoom for those shots that an SLR can’t get without a ridiculously large & expensive zoom lens.)
There are a lot of fun effects and other post-processing tools, too, if you'd rather do these in-camera than in software. (I wouldn't recommend that strategy generally, but deleting the bad shots and trying some minor processing is a fun way to kill the ride back from a day's adventures, and I've found at least one effect that's easier in-camera than on a computer.)
The real viewfinder is also very good; it has 100% coverage — another feature not common in this price range — which helps with framing shots. (For those with slightly diminished eyesight, they have a neat accessory that B&H should but does not suggest: the Magnifier Eyecup O-ME53, which magnifies the viewefinder by an extra 40%. It gets 4.5 stars on B&H, with most of those saying their vision “isn’t as good as it used to be” and it's helped substantially with manual focus via the viewfinder.)
The Live View is also very good, and if you want to use manual focus with Live View, you can zoom in a lot closer to focus, a feature I've already found helpful.
This camera is thus great if you want to learn to take pictures (more) like a pro. A lot of reviews suggest it’s also great if you have film SLR experience and want to feel like you're getting back on that bike (not least since the mount works with most legacy Pentax lenses; for newbies like me, that just means some fun on eBay down the road). Even if you just want something fairly easy that kicks tail right out of the box, this is a fine choice and a great buy.
Like all cameras, it does the best in outdoor daylight. (If it’s very sunny, shots can get a little washed out, but this is also really true for all brands. Thus, I'd recommend a circular polarizing filter.) It still does pretty darned well in low lighting; images get noisy by 1600 ISO, if not a touch sooner, but the built-in flash is lightyears ahead of what you’ll get out of even a bridge camera. Even with higher ISOs with no flash, though, it still holds its own; for the price, it does better than the competition, but don't expect it to work miracles in poorly-lit scenes. Here’s where I’ve started to tinker with the more advanced settings. The Sensitivity Priority mode works well, and I can cap the ISO at 800 or 1600, then just be sure to shoot with a steadier hand (exposure will get longer to compensate) and shortest possible focal length (to allow in more light). The short focal length in particular is a sensible compromise; low-light shooting is usually up close (indoors), so just put the 18-55mm lens on and start from there. Again, full auto does fine here, too, but I’ve already gotten even better with just some basic trips into more advanced settings.
Here are the disadvantages for this camera, none of which compromise my core purposes for acquiring it.
1. It's loud as heck, by contemporary camera standards. The AF motor makes a real ruckus, and you could record the shutter to use it as a sound effect. If you put it on fast burst mode, it sounds not a little bit like a machine gun. If stealth street photography is your thing, this is probably not the camera you want. (I even went with the red model; makes it easier to find me at a parade.)
2. Out-of-the-box at least, the video is just passable — a bit worse than what I've seen from budget Nikon SLRs and definitely not as good as Canons. I think I can do better once I learn more — and buy some extra gear, like an external sound recorder (good idea no matter what SLR you use) — but I still have small hope that I'll ever get GREAT video out of it. Don't fool yourself that a $1,000 SLR kit will match a $1,000 video camera, of course, but this is definitely a still photographer's camera.
3. People complain about the battery life being less than with other brands. I haven't even had that experience at all; I took about 1200 daytime shots in about 3 hours on one charge, many of them using LiveView (the screen is plenty bright and clear for most angles, even though it doesn’t articulate) and many in rapid-fire bursts. Apparently, other brands can do even better than this. In any case, I bought the off-brand backup battery and it works perfectly as well.
4. The kit lenses have different barrel thread sizes. You’ll probably want to get a 49-52mm step-up ring so that you don’t need to buy two sets of filters. 49mm is the size on the longer zoom lens; accessories are somewhat easier to come by in the 52mm size. If you’re in the city, I found a new one in B&H's Used department in store. For two dollars. The website lists the same device starting at seven.