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Pentax K-50 DSLR Launched

Pentax has launched the K-50, a water resistant, user friendly DSLR available in 120 colour combos.

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Pentax Ricoh Imaging UK Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of the Pentax K-50 digital SLR camera. Weather-resistant and dustproof, this compact, lightweight camera combines user-friendly operation, with a host of advanced shooting features usually found in high-end models.

The Pentax K-50 boasts outstanding specifications, including high-speed shooting at six images per second, high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200 and high-precision AF with accurate tracking of moving subjects. This means that novice SLR users and casual photographers can enjoy high-quality digital photography with minimal effort.

The K-50 also features a weather-resistant, dustproof construction for improved durability and performance in demanding outdoor conditions.

The K-50 delivers a wide range of advanced shooting features, such as full HD movie recording and a selection of creative tools, including digital filters, to accommodate various shooting requirements. In addition, the camera can be powered by easy-to-obtain AA-size batteries,* or the standard lithium-ion battery.

Launching alongside the K-50 camera body, are two different weather-resistant lenses — the smc Pentax-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6AL WR, and the smc Pentax-DA L 50-200 F4-5.6ED WR — which enhance the reliability and performance of the K-50 imaging system.

In addition to the high technical specification, the K-50 will be available in 120 different colour variations. The colour-to-order service has proved to be very popular as a unique, stylish way for PENTAX camera users to express their style through their choice of camera system.

The K-50 will be available from the end of June 2013.

K-50 body only - £529.99
K-50 + 18-55mm DAL WR lens - £599.99

Pentax K-50 DSLR Key Features

Pentax K 50 120color

High-resolution, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200
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 high-end 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
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 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; ensuring that even a photographer with small hands will have a firm grip of the camera.

Innovative SR mechanism
The Pentax-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism effectively compensates for 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 for 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.

K 50 Black 003

High-precision autofocus with SAFOX IXi+ AF module
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 spot beam projector to assist AF operation in 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 neighbouring focus sensors.

As the result, not only the accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus operation, but also the auto-tracking performance of moving subjects when using a telephoto lens, have been greatly improved.

High-speed continuous shooting, at approximately six images per second
When shooting fast-moving subjects such as wildlife or sport, 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 personalised movies.

K 50 Black 005

Optical finder with approximately 100% field of view
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 in focus point is indicated as a red point in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.

Effortless, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes
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 optimising all camera settings with a simple choice of the corresponding icon on the camera’s LCD monitor.

K 50 18135 Black

A selection of image-processing tools for creative, personalised expression
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 colours. 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
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 travelling.

Outline of PENTAX K-50 colour-to-order service
The new PENTAX K-50, the colour-to-order service allows for the selection from 120 camera colour combinations (including three standard models). Each user can choose the desired colour combination to more personalise their K-50 camera body.

Colour options: a choice of 20 body colours and six grip colours are available. When ordering one of the lens kits with a black, white, red or pink camera body, alongside a black grip, the PENTAX-DAL 18-55mm F3.5-5.6AL WR lens will be of the identical colour. The Lens Kits that come with any other camera body colour will be accompanied by black lenses.

For more information, please visit the Pentax website.

Pentax K-50 Specifications

Effective Magnification1.5x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4928
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921,000
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/6000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 51200
White balance
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Auto
Exposure Comp+/-5
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30/25/24
Stereo SoundNo Data
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeD-LI 109
Battery Life (CIPA rating)480shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsLi-ion battery DLI-109, Battery charger D-BC109, AC plug cord D-CO2E, USB cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST53 , Eyecup , Hot shoe cover FK (already mounted) , Body mount cover

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Photographs taken using the Pentax K-50

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14 Jun 2013 11:17AM
I've had a look at the Pentax Uk website and used their comparison facility to compare the K50 with the K30 and, as far as I can see the only differences are a higher sensor ISO on the K50, a different body construction material and the multiple colours.
It looks like the K50 is a minor upgrade of the K30, apart from the price which looks like being about 100 more.
A lot of extra cost for gimmicky colours,


PS Where did the K40 go?
Scottelly 8 35 United States
1 Sep 2013 4:39AM
16 megapixels? Huh? Both Nikon and Sony have been making inexpensive, very capable 24 megapixel cameras for well over a year now! (Nikon D3200 and Sony A65) What gives?

If you say you don't need 24 megapixels, then I say you probably don't need more than 12 megapixels then. 16 megapixels is just old tech, and buying an obsolete camera doesn't appeal to me. 24 megapixels is the future of DSLR cameras. For the next year or two 24 megapixels will be the standard set by cameras of all types. Nikon and Sony have embraced 24 megapixels as the replacement for 16 megapixels as a "standard" resolution. Almost every new camera they have produced lately are 24 megapixels. It just doesn't make sense to produce a DSLR today with less than that. I think Canon is silly to produce a 20 megapixel camera (the 70 D) too.

At least this camera has weather seals, something I believe has not been available in a DSLR camera under $1,000 until now. (Or has Pentax been including this in other cameras under $1,000 for a while now?) Certainly the weather seals do differentiate the Pentax line somewhat.

For me the preferred color is black, because I often sell my equipment after just a year or so of use, but for some the browns, greens, and other colors make sense, I'm sure. I find the olive green and black quite appealing.

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