Summary: Have found the camera a true joy to use. Take the time to learn the menus so you can optimize your results. Also be aware there are options available here not available on higher priced brand name competitors products. This makes this quality camera a true competitor in the field of DSLR's. Pentax has been out there for a long time and is a reputable name with product history to back it's offerings.
Pros: options and features not on more expensive brands iso vs f-stop settings and additional choices choice of battery types interchangable on site added viewfinder vs digital screen additional 50 ~ 200 lense for price colour options if your inclined
Cons: shutter focus noise although not an issue to me
Summary: I am a big fan of Canon, and have owned several of them in the past 10 years[in fact never a Pentax,until this one]. Now I can tell you that Pentax K 50, is a good decision. Weather proof , Great Image quality, easy to hold, AA battery backup & LOTS of features that costs at least 1.5k in canon or Nikon. I simply love this camera. its not just the cost, The quality is amazing.
Excerpt: I got this camera a couple of weeks ago, through Airmiles, and I must say, I love this camera so far. I used to (and still) have the K-1000 and ME Super, that I used back in the 80's through to the mid to late 90's, that's when I got my 1st Digital point & shoot camera. Since then I have had two point & shoot cameras, and loved using them.
Summary: I would not enjoy my new Nikon D7000 and cheapest Nikon 50mm 1.8F lens that much without owning that K-50 double lens kit. My story in short: old canon 350d failed, decided to try a newer/better one. If you really want K-50 - consider buying a body only and buy a couple of fixed lens instead.
Cons: both lens are very slow make no sense to own them huge delay when shooting with flash image stabilizer on sensor makes video useless sensor is very noisy (iso 400 probably is max) autofocus is terrible