Pentax K-50 DSLR Preview

The Pentax K-50 is a entry-level priced DSLR with an APS-C image sensor that aims to compete with more rugged mid-range cameras. A 16.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor pairs with the PRIME M image processor for low light sensitivity (ISO 100 - 51200), quick 6 fps high speed burst shooting, and Full 1080p HD video recording at up 30p. The SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System is another reason why the K-50 is so quick, combining 11 focus points with nine cross-type sensors, a 77-segment exposure metering systems and an AF-assist lamp. In other words, your still images and videos are going to be sharp, crisp, and properly exposed.

Sensor-shift image stabilization will come in handy to help reduce shaky cam in HD video recording which, in addition to 1080p, can also record 720p HD videos at up to 60 frames per second. The K-50 also adds in-camera HDR (High-Dyanamic Range) photography with numerous Creative Modes, artist Filters, and Scene Modes. Plus, its RAW (.dng) capable.

The K-50's weather-sealed body is built upon a stainless steel chassis, and is weather rated from 14-104°F. This camera works with all K-mount Pentax lenses, offers a built-in pop-up flash, and Eye-Fi SD memory card compatibility for wirelessly transferring images. Lastly, in addition to a standard, rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, you can also purchase an optional AA battery adapter to run the K-50 off of four AA batteries.

Pentax K-50 DSLR Features
  • 16.3MP APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • PRIME M Image Processor
  • 3.0" 921k-dot LCD display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • 6fps high speed shooting
  • 1/6000th of a second maximum shutter
  • Full 1080p HD Video @ 30p and 24p
    • 720p HD Video @ 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 fps
  • SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System
    • 11 focus points
    • nine cross-type sensors
    • AF-assist lamp
  • Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization
  • 77-segment exposure metering system
  • High-Dynamic Range shooting
  • RAW capable
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • Creative Modes & Filters
  • Scene Modes
  • Compatible with all Pentax K mount lenses
  • Eye-Fi Memory Card compatible
  • Weather-sealed polycarbonate body
    • stainless steel chassis
    • weather rated from 14-104°F.
  • Works with rechargeable battery OR optional AA Battery Holder

The Pentax K-50 DSLR is available now -- in black, white, or red -- in the following configurations:
  • Body-only for $699.95 MSRP
  • Body + DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens for $779.95 MSRP
  • Body + DA 18-135mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens for $1099.95 MSRP
  • Body + DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm WR Lenses for $879.95 MSRP


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