Summary: First of all, this is a GREAT camera. My only complaint is it does not have an external microphone jack, which makes no sense! I read lots of reviews etc. but did not think there are DSLR with no microphone jack. Pentax did a great job for photo-shooting but did ok job for video shooting. After about 1.5 months, the price was reduced by $150 but they can't give me the price difference because price protection is only 30 days (while you can return for 90 days).
Pentax makes great cameras - don't think everything is all Canon and Nikon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I've had this camera for over a month and love it! A professional photographer recommended it to me and at first I was a little hesitant because it was hard to find in stores and it wasn't as popular as Canon or Nikon models. But I'm very happy I went with a Pentax. It's the first time I've bought a DSLR and so far, it's been pretty easy to use. I'm still playing around with some of the settings, but overall, it's been great.
Summary: Retiring and coming from large negtive wedding photography for 30 years,I feel the Pentax DSLR is an extension of my arms. Within a short time I was not aware of the camera and found myself concentrating on making great digital images. The eye piece adjustment enables me to move glasses back on my head and see the entire image in the viewfinder. Best way to buy a DSLR is with 50-200mm lens-makes aperfect outfit!
Pros: camera smaller and less bulky than nikon or canon.
Summary: Great photos. It'll take some learning to adjust the settings, but I've already taken hundreds of gorgeous photos of primarily family and pets - can't wait to get into the more detailed settings to see what this machine can do! Love that it has the weather resistant casing, so I don't have to treat it like it's about to break every time I touch it.
Excerpt: I'm very surprised there aren't any user reviews here on DPR! My full review is on my blog, so here is my conclusion on what I like: (1) Build/design similar in quality and feel to the K20/10 DSLRS (2) Weather Sealed (kit comes with WR kit lens too) (3) Excellent optical finder- 100% accurate and bright/large (4) Dual customizable control ...
Summary: I purchased the K-50 through Costco, I considered Nikon and Canon as well but read many great tech reviews on the Pentax K-50. I have been using daily since I got it - so much fun to use. Great picture quality even in low light areas. Being weatherproof is an added bonus. Love this camera!
Summary: Very good camera has many functions and management functions is intuitive, front and rear dial to vary the exposure, live view, the kit lens (18-55mm), highlight the value added is sealed for outdoor use, the auto focus is accurate and quiet, built-in flash works well, although I have not tested with a dedicated external flash, the video does not tried much since more interested in photography.
Summary: When I dropped my Pentax K2000 on the pavement it set me up to have to buy a replacement. I wanted to stay in this price range and looked at both the K30 and k50. I am very happy with my purchase. The menus are similar so learning this new camera has been pretty easy. Having video in my dslr is a nice bonus. One difference in this camera body is the wheel located near the on /off switch.