Playback Screens & Menus

Please excuse the quality of the screen captures and live view images. The K-50 does not include A/V cables, so we had to photograph the monitor.

Playback with standard info (default) shows file number and basic settings along the bottom of the screen: file type, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The green arrow on the downward position of the four-way control icon tells you this is how to access the edit menu.

To change the information display, you press the Info button. This brings up a five-item menu of the information display modes. Pictured above is the detailed information display, which offers plenty of camera settings. Note that the arrows at top and bottom tell you that up/down on the four-way control will take you to another page of information, which includes photographer copyright and GPS information.

Playback display menu:
  • Standard info
  • Detailed info
  • Histogram display
  • RGB histogram display
  • No information display

The histogram display overlays a histogram over the standard info display.

The RGB histogram display reduces the size of the image to make room for separate red, green and blue histograms. You can also choose to see only the image by choosing no information display mode.

For index view you turn the rear thumb dial to the left. The default view has 9 thumbnails, but you also can select to have 4, 16, 36, or 81 thumbnails shown. In addition, you can set it to show a calendar filmstrip display. You reach this menu by pressing the Info button when in playback index view (don't go to the regular menus in search of it). If you press the Info button before turning the rear dial to the left to launch index view, you will instead bring up the information display menu.

The 16-up thumbnail display makes faster work of going through lots of images. Using the rear thumb dial, it's easy to toggle back and forth from index view to playback of a single image. You use the four-way control to move the green highlighted frame to the desired thumb nail, then give the rear thumb dial a turn to the right.

Having 36 thumbnail makes even faster work of navigating through dozens of images. My only gripe was that the front dial does not navigate through the individual thumb nails in the index view. Rather, it turns the page to the next group of thumbnails. This is certainly faster for whizzing through page after page of thumbnails, but having to use the four-way control to navigate through thumbnails was not as slick.

You can cram 81 thumbnails on the 3-inch LCD, and thank Pentax for including a 921,000-dot screen so you can actually make out enough detail on some of the images to tell them apart.

If you have a good memory for dates, the calendar view will likely get you to your desired shots faster than scrolling through thumbnails on index pages.

One turn leftward on the rear dial after index view brings up the folders view. You can customize the folder naming so it includes, for example, two digits from the month and day, to help you find your photos more easily.

Turning the rear thumb dial rightward zooms in on your image in playback. You can customize in playback menu how much magnification you want on the first turn. This zoom view shows 4X magnification.

You can set the quick zoom view to jump to 2X, 4X, 8X or 16X. Once in magnified view, however, turning the thumb dial takes the playback view through a series of finer magnification increments, some as small as 0.2X, while sweeping through the 16X range.

In contrast to navigating through index page thumbnails using the four-way control, flipping through a series of magnified images is a breeze. The camera keeps the magnified view, even if you turn the front dial to go to the previous or next image. In this way, you can quickly inspect the focus closely on a series of images that were framed similarly (and therefore the subject in question will always land on-screen, even at strong magnifications).

At bottom right, next to rear thumb dial icon, the screen indicates you are viewing an 8X magnified view.

You can do a lot with your images while they still reside on the SD Card in the K-50. You get 19 digital filters you can apply to your images, almost all of which offer at least one adjustable parameter (see below).

You also can save cross processing data, save manual white balance, perform RAW processing, and transfer images if you're using an Eye-Fi card.

Edit menu options
  • Image Rotation
  • Digital Filter (see complete list below)
  • Resize
  • Cropping
  • Index
  • Protect
  • DPOF print instructions
  • Slideshow
  • Save as manual white balance
  • Save cross processing
  • RAW development
  • Movie editing
  • Eye-Fi image transfer
Digital filters edit menu (with adjustable parameters):
  • Monochrome (filter effect, toning)
  • Extract color (extract one or two colors, adjust extractable range of color, with rest of image black-and-white)
  • Toy camera (shading level, blur, tone break)
  • Retro (toning, frame composite)
  • High contrast
  • Shading (shading type, shading level)
  • Invert color
  • Color (adds color filter)
  • Tone expansion (low, medium, high)
  • Sketch: Pencil sketch effect (contrast: low, medium, high; scratch effect off/on)
  • Water color (intensity,saturation)
  • Pastel
  • Posterization
  • Miniature (in-focus plane, in-focus width, in-focus plane angle, blur)
  • Soft (soft focus, shadow blur)
  • Starburst (effect density, size, angle)
  • Fish-eye
  • Slim
  • Base parameter adjustment (brightness, saturation, hue, contrast, sharpness)

When you select a digital filter in edit mode, you access adjustable parameters by pressing the Info button (note icons at bottom left).

This screen shows an edit in progress using the Retro filter. This filter offers two adjustable parameters: toning and frame composite (shown at bottom left).

The playback menu is a one-page basic affair. This is where you set up slide shows, adjust the quick zoom function, and choose whether to show overexposed highlights and underexposed shadows.

Movie editing is basic on the K-50. You can not apply digital filters to movie files in playback. You get the simple choice of cutting a video into two segments. As indicated by the icons at bottom, the rear thumb dial adjusts the audio volume and the Info button cuts the video.

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