STANDOUT FEATURE: The K-50 is the lowest-priced weather-resistant DSLR.
Estimated Street Price: $779 (with 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 AL WR zoom)
Essentially a K-30 with a less-sculpted body and a wide variety of color combinations, the new Pentax K-50 offers a lot at an entry-level price. It’s weather-, dust- and cold-resistant. It features a well-respected, 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and 12-bit processing via Pentax’s PRIME M engine. SAFOX IXi+ autofocusing works down to EV -1 and provides 11 AF points, 9 of them cross-types. Unusual for its price category (except for its K-30 and K-500 brethren), it has a pentaprism—rather than a dimmer pentamirror viewfinder—that shows 100% of the actual image area, complemented by a 3-inch LCD monitor.
Shutter speeds run from 30 to 1?6000 sec., with flash sync up to 1?180 sec. There’s a built-in flash and a hot-shoe for more powerful accessory units. The K-50 can shoot up to 6 fps, can do multiple exposures and in-camera HDR, and there’s even an intervalometer function. There are a number of special effects, including Extract Color, which keeps one or two colors and turns the rest of the image black-and-white.
The K-50 can do MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (.MOV) 1080p video at 30/25/24 fps and 720p at 60/50/30/25/24 fps, with mono sound, as well as Motion JPEG (.AVI) interval movies. Like all Pentax DSLRs, it can use all Pentax lenses (note that not all are weather-resistant like the body).
What sets the K-50 apart from all other DSLRs are the 20 body colors and six grip colors that can be combined 120 ways to let you customize your camera to suit your style (or you can order it black on black, if you prefer not to stand out in the crowd).