The Pentax K-50 Digital SLR is a great all-around camera with a weather-resistant, cold-proof and dustproof construction, offering an impressive level of specification so that you can enjoy high-quality photography with minimal effort and in any environment. The K-50 DSLR features a 16.0MP CMOS sensor, high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 6 fps, high-sensitivity at ISO 51,200 and accurate AF ...
The Pentax K-50 Digital SLR is a great all-around camera with a weather-resistant, cold-proof and dustproof construction, offering an impressive level of specification so that you can enjoy high-quality photography with minimal effort and in any environment. The K-50 DSLR features a 16.0MP CMOS sensor, high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 6 fps, high-sensitivity at ISO 51,200 and accurate AF and precise tracking of moving subjects. The tough exterior of the K-50 provides a solid performance under demanding outdoor conditions, and will ensure minimum maintenance in years to come. The Pentax K-50 includes a wide range of advanced shooting features, such as full HD movie recording and a selection of creative tools such as digital filters, to accommodate various shooting requirements.
The Key Features:
Weather resistant Body
- 81 protection seals for a complete protection of the electronic circuits against splashing water, snow, dust and sand
- Standard lenses also weather resistant for a complete outdoor solution
Exceptional image and video quality
- 16 MP CMOS APS-C for fully detailed images
- In-body Shake Reduction System for sharp images whatever the lens used
- Full HD Video (codec H.264) for high quality video clips
- Sensitivity up to ISO 51200 thanks to its noise treatment by the CMOS sensor
Fast and precise
- Continuous shooting 6 frames/sec. for catching action shots
- Shutter Speed up to 1/6000 sec to freeze movement in an image
- New SAFOX IXi+ for a faster and more accurate AF
Ease to use
- 3’’ 920 000 pts LCD screen with 170° extra-wide viewing
- 100% Pentaprism viewfinder
- Dual e-dial for an easy access to different settings
- Dual power Lithium-ion or AA battery
Pentax K-50 Video
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 upper-class 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 night-time 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, even 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 with delicate curves, assuring that even a photographer with a small hand will have a firm grip of the camera.
Innovative SR mechanism
The PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism effectively compensates the adverse effect of 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 to assure 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 (*sold separately).
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 at 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. This means not only greatly improved accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus operation, but also the enhanced auto-tracking performance of moving subjects when using a telephoto lens.
High-speed continuous shooting, at approximately six images per second
When shooting sports, stage performances or wildlife, 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 personalized movies.
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 optimizing all camera settings with a simple choice of the corresponding icon on the camera’s LCD monitor.
A selection of image-processing tools for creative, personalized 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 (*sold separately). Since AA-size batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when on the road.
I. Large, wide-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots
II. 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for extra-accurate light measurement
III. DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
IV. Digital level for extra-accurate image composition
V. PENTAX-designed Hyper control system to assure flexible, unfailing response to the photographer’s creative intentions
VI. RAW data retrieve function to save an original raw data of a just-recorded JPEG-format image
VII. RAW/Fx button for single-action switching of image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
VIII. Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
IX. SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE for PENTAX RICOH IMAGING(RAW-data processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included, together with the K-50’s in-body RAW data processing capability
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