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Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with DAL 18-55mm WR Lens Kit - White (16MP, CMOS APS-C Sensor) 3 inch LCD

by Pentax
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)



RRP: 599.99
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  • 81 Protection seals for a complete protection of the electronic circuits against splashing water, snow, dust and sand
  • 16 MP CMOS APS-C for fully detailed images
  • Continuous shooting 6 frames/sec. for catching action shots
  • Full HD Video (codec H.264) for high quality video clips
  • Shutter Speed up to 1/6000 sec to freeze movement in an image


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.7 x 7 cm ; 5 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 10938
  • ASIN: B00DC4BS02
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Jun 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,001 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The PENTAX K-50 boasts outstanding basic specifications that rival many models, including high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200, and high-precision AF with accurate tracking of moving subjects. This means that new digital SLR users and casual family photographers can enjoy high-quality digital photography with very little effort. The K-50 also features a weather-resistant, dustproof construction to assure solid performance under demanding outdoor conditions, and also to reduce the need for maintenance. It even provides 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.

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 personalised 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 optimising 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, 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 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.

Other features
  • Large, wide-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots
  • 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for extra-accurate light measurement
  • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
  • Digital level for extra-accurate image composition
  • PENTAX-designed Hyper control system to assure flexible, unfailing response to the photographer’s creative intentions
  • RAW data retrieve function to save an original raw data of a just-recorded JPEG-format image
  • RAW/Fx button for single-action switching of image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
  • Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
  • 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

Box Contains

Battery lithium-Ion D-LI109
Battery charger K-BC109
Cable USB I-USB7
Strap O-ST132
Software CD-ROM S-SW138
Viewfinder cover
Hot-shoe cover
Body mount cover
Pentax K50 DSLR Camera + 18-55mm WR Lens


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy this thing is RED! 1 Oct 2013
By Nickrs
Style Name:DAL 18-55mm WR Lens Kit| Colour Name:Red|Verified Purchase
I bought my last SLR way back in 1977 with my first week's wages as a fitters mate in a paper mill the summer before I went up to University so I can't really give a valid comparison with anything else currently on the market, but because I learnt to take (and develop) photographs back in the old days I have a reasonable grasp of the theory of optics and photography, I also used to work in I.T. so I sit towards to the guru end of the computer nerd scale. Firstly, this camera is very RED, in fact so RED that when I get it out to take photographs (or just brag) my audience is universally taken aback! Now that is out of the way I'm going to summarise my experience of the camera in as few words as possible; Pentax have pulled off a very difficult achievement in that they have created a product which is very easy to use from the outset and yet has many layers of sophistication which wait to be discovered as you be come more skilled, I have only had the camera a few days but I'm almost stunned by the quality of the images I've captured! Secondly, the build quality of this device is first class, I chose this model especially because of it's claimed ruggedness, whilst I doubt it would survive being hurled into a lake I'm sure it would easily shrug off having coffee, tea, beer or even cider accidentally poured over it or being left out in the rain. Thirdly, this camera is not one I would recommend for the weak of arm, again I can't compare it to other modern SLRs but it is a bit of a handful albeit a well designed and very ergonomic handful, a good case is essential as I think it is quite heavy. Finally, I can't really comment on the spec, except that say there is a lot of it, but the only camera magazine I read before my purchase gave this beast a gold award. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Impressions (more will follow) 16 Dec 2013
By thomasl
Style Name:DAL 18-55mm WR Lens Kit| Colour Name:Red|Verified Purchase
After nearly two weeks of on-and-off usage some first impressions...
Pro: very good image quality up to ISO3200/6400; rugged; fast and mostly reliable AF; many and flexible settings; efficient handling; ISO priority mode;
Con: battery life mediocre at best; noisy shutter; live view and viewfinder measurements (for AF and exposure) not always in agreement; manual sometimes too terse;

A couple of (cheap) spare batteries are a must; the AA battery holder is probably also not a bad idea, especially when shooting off the beaten track.

I will edit this with a more complete review once I've used the camera for a while.

And yes... it is indeed VERY red though not exactly the Ferrari red I'd expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 18 Jun 2014
Style Name:Body Only|Colour Name:Black
I spent around 2 weeks trawling every review that I could find on the internet, comparing the Pentax K50 along with a Canon 700D and the Nikon d5300. It was such a struggle to make the final choice, all get excellent reviews, but the K50 won hands down. I bought the K50 in red with the 18-135 lens and am very impressed. Image quality is superb, and a viewfinder to die for. And colours are so true to life. Exposure has been spot on in a variety of daytime lighting conditions. At this price, this is just a brilliant piece of kit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy. 10 Jun 2014
Style Name:DAL 18-55mm WR Lens Kit| Colour Name:White|Verified Purchase
This looks, feels and is, a quality product. The clarity of the LCD Monitor and photo's is superb.
I was very impressed by the detailed layout in the instructional manual.

I would recommend this camera to anyone starting to take photography serious.

My one regret is that I did not buy the 50-200WR twin lens kit with my initial purchase.
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