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

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-50 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), records movies in 24p, has much less shutter lag (162 ms vs 173 ms), is newer (june 2013 vs may 2012) and is significantly smaller (prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs professional size (131×100×77 mm)).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,037k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't focus continuously while recording movies.

Pentax K-5

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

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

  • Much less shutter lag: 104 ms vs 162 ms
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • No 24p support
  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 16.2 MP

common strengths of the K-5 and K-50

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.60x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Pentax K-3

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

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 921k dots
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

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

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the K-3 and K-50

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

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)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 16.2 MP

common strengths of the K-30 and K-50

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

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)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,228k dots vs 921k dots

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Professional size (136×107×76 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the D7200 and K-50

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Nikon D3300

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

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Continuous video focus

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the D3300 and K-50

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

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
2 years older
$602 (body only)

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

  • Continuous video focus
  • Significantly more focus points: 39 vs 11
  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses

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

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)

common strengths of the D7000 and K-50

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.61x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-50 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is newer (june 2013 vs september 2009), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (129×97×70 mm) vs professional size (137×110×86 mm)), has a built-in focus motor and is thinner (2.8" vs 3.4").

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes much lower resolution photos (16.2 MP vs 36.2 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

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)

  • Much higher true resolution: 36.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.4 fps vs 6 fps
  • Much thicker: 3.4" vs 2.8"
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)

common strengths of the K-1 and K-50

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon EOS 70D

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

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

  • Continuous video focus
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a touch screen

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

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.8"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 70D and K-50

  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $1,444.44
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 650 g

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)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Shoots significantly faster: 8 fps vs 6 fps
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

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

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly thicker: 2.9" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the 7D and K-50

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.8"
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $1,444.44

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