Updated 21 Nov 2016

Pentax

K-50

Snapshot: The Pentax K-50 DSLR has an APS-C CMOS sensor and an optical viewfinder. But how’s the image quality?

K-50
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$995

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Test results

Overall score
61
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK ease of use.
  • Good screen.
  • Very good viewfinder.
  • OK video quality.
  • Good flash.
  • Has a high-resolution monitor.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video and manually focus.
  • Is water resistant.

But

No obvious bad points.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (30%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$995
Type
DSLR

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
16
Sensor
APS-C CMOS
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
ISO range
100 - 51200
Optical zoom
n/a
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
29 - 84
Shutter range
1/6000 - 30
Dimensions (cm)
128 x 78 x 100
Weight (g)
677
Depth (mm)
n/a

Features

Water resistant
n/a
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
n/a

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
921000
Touchscreen
×
Articulated monitor
×

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Optical
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Resolution
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
×

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash

More info

Notes
Tested with a DA L 18-55 WR lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.