Pentax K-50 review: attractive performance but is there any improvement on earlier iterations?

By Kevin Carter - Monday, July 22, 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Pentax K-50 sensor performance | Pentax K-50 versus competition | Conclusion
Pentax K-50 review: attractive performance but is there any improvement on earlier iterations?

Following on from the distinctive styling of the K-30, the new Pentax K-50 is a mid-range, sensitively priced DSLR featuring a tried-and-tested stabilized 16-MPix CMOS sensor with fine-tuned image processing and sensor sensitivity of up to ISO 51,200. Read on to see how well it performs in our labs.

Pentax has replaced last year’s mid-range K-30 with a more conventionally styled model. As with its predecessor, the new weather-sealed K-50 has a stabilized 16-MPix CMOS sensor with improved image processing and sensor sensitivity of up to ISO 51,200. At $699 body only or $777 complete with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, the K-50 has a number of promising features for enthusiasts and semi-professionals, which include continuous shooting up to a maximum of 6fps, a glass pentaprism with 100-percent viewfinder coverage, stainless steel chassis and support for AA type batteries (using an optionally available adaptor).

With users wanting to combine video capture along with stills photography,the camera also has extensive movie capabilities with both 1080p and 720p resolutions and options to capture at 30, 25 and 24 fps (additional 60 and 50fps also available at 720p).

Pentax K-50 sensor performance

Pentax K-50 versus competition

Conclusion