Conclusion: The three inch, 921k dot, TFT LCD screen features anti-reflective coating, but it neither tilts nor articulates, and it isn't touch sensitive – again something which is starting to become more commonplace, especially at the lower end of the market. The optical viewfinder offers a 100% field of view, something which is unusual for cameras at this price point and means you won't get any nasty surprises when looking back at shots.
Pros: Weatherproof, 100% field of view viewfinder, 6fps shooting
Conclusion: The Pentax K-50 is a reasonable entry-level DSLR, but isn't much of an upgrade from its now-discontinued predecessor, the Pentax K-30. The most unique feature of the K-50 is its placement as a fashion accessory, as you can choose from 120 color combinations for the body of the camera. In reviews, the K-50's performance and image quality are acceptable but nothing special.
Pros: 120 camera body color combinations, 6 fps burst, Thrives in temperatures down to minus-10 degrees Celsius
Cons: Short battery life, Fixed LCD screen, Average performance
Summary: In mid June of this year (2013), Pentax announced the K-50 DSLR , their latest mid-level DSLR compatible with K-mount lenses. A large 16.28-megapixel CMOS image sensor -- great for low light scenarios thanks to its ISO range of up to 51200 as well as the PRIME M imagining engine -- tops the feature list. Full 1080p HD Video recording is a must for modern DSLRs, but here you get your choices of 30, 25, or 24 fps frame rates.
Pros: High image quality, Customizable buttons, Two well-placed dials, Good high ISO performance, Burst modes perform well, Sensor-shift shake and dust reduction, Big pentaprism viewfinder, Live view on high-resolution LCD, Rugged, weather-sealed body, Can run on AA batteries, Comes in 120 different colors, Eye-Fi wireless compatible
Cons: Auto focus is slow when using Live View, No continuous auto focus in video mode, Li-ion battery life could be better, LCD does not tilt or swivel, No HDMI port, No external microphone jack
Summary: Overall, the Pentax K-50 is a solid entry-level DSLR option. Premium features like a pentaprism viewfinder, dual-adjustment dials and weather sealing give it a professional feel, while an entry-level price puts in within reach of the average shooter. Despite its video-related shortcomings and increased weight, the K-50 offers enough unique functionality to make it a serious contender.
Pros: This camera is weather sealed.
Cons: Increased size and weight make this camera a little clumsy.
Summary: While the weather-sealing is a nice addition that adds to the already quality feel of the K-500 , it’s perhaps the fact that the AF points are superimposed in the viewfinder that transforms the performance of the camera, making it a lot more satisfying and pleasurable to use compared to the K-500 , making the K-50 one of the best entry-level DSLRs going.
Conclusion: The Pentax K-50 is a fully weather-sealed D-SLR camera with an big optical viewfinder and fast burst shooting capability. It's available to order in any of 120 color combinations, but its video functionality is behind the times.
Pros: Large pentaprism viewfinder. Weather-sealed design. 5.9fps burst shooting. Customizable controls and noise reduction. In-body shake reduction. Very good high ISO performance. Available in 120 different colors.
Cons: Fixed rear LCD. No mic input. Slow to focus when recording video.
Summary: The Pentax K-50 doesn't leave much to be desired. Like its predecessor, the K-30 , it delivers excellent image quality, has a host of innovative and unique features, and has many capabilities and options that are typically reserved for higher-end cameras.
Pros: Excellent image quality, In-body shake reduction and dust removal, Competetively priced, User-friendly interface, Very fast live-view autofocus, Loaded with features otherwise uncommon for its class, 100% pentaprism viewfinder, Fully weather-sealed, Durable construction, Handles well, AA compatibility, High 6FPS framerate and decent buffer size, Focus peaking in live view, Good video framerate options, .MOV H.264 format, Compact and relatively light, Class-leading 1/6...
Cons: 12-bit RAW files, rather than 14-bit, Viewfinder autofocus speed lags behind the competition, Autofocus poor for sports, Drops out of live view when menu is accessed or mode is changed, Loud autofocus with screwdrive lenses, Somewhat loud shutter, Live view button oddly placed, Relatively-short battery life, No external microphone jack, Mono sound during video, Video AF is still unreliable, Audible dust removal, No articuleted LCD screen, No HDMI output