As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-50 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Pentax K-50's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-5 and the K-1) and Nikon (such as the D7200 and the D3300)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
2 years older
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 and K-50

  • None found

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
3 months newer
$818 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-3 and K-50

  • None found

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
1 year older
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-30 and K-50

  • None found

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200
1 year newer
$629 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,150 18-140mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7200 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7200 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7200 and K-50

  • None found

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
6 months newer
$473 (body only)
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the D3300 and K-50

  • None found

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years older
$602 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the D7000 and K-50

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
2 years newer
$1,797 (body only)
$2,197 28-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-1 and K-50

  • None found

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
3 months older
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the 70D and K-50

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
3 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the K-50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the K-50)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and K-50

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-50 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (51,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a weather sealed body and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 4K @ 24fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,620k dots), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01
1 year older
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-01 (vs the K-50)

  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the K-01 (vs the K-50)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the K-01 and K-50

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Many lenses available: 113 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5

Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
3 years newer
$1,498 (body only)
$1,925 - $2,198 12-60mm lens

Significant advantages of the Lumix DC-GH5 (vs the K-50)

  • Higher resolution movies: 4K @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DC-GH5 (vs the K-50)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.37x vs 0.61x
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Lumix DC-GH5 and K-50

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
3 years newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-50)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.61x
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-50)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 58 lenses vs 113 lenses

common strengths of the X-T2 and K-50

  • Weather sealed
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
9 months older
$660 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5R (vs the K-50)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Continuous video focus
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5R (vs the K-50)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 5R and K-50

  • None found

Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1
3 months newer
$360 11-2mm lens

Significant advantages of the AW1 (vs the K-50)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Continuous video focus
  • Has a GPS

Significant disadvantages of the AW1 (vs the K-50)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the AW1 and K-50

  • Weather sealed
  • Each has a built-in flash