As well as being compared against other compacts, the Pentax Optio M50 is also often compared to ultra compacts and entry-level DSLRs. The Pentax Optio M50's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the Optio M60 and the Optio M30) and Canon (such as the EOS Digital Rebel XS)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Pentax M50 is older (january 2008 vs july 2008).

Pentax Optio M60

Pentax Optio M60
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the M60 (vs the M50)

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Significant disadvantages of the M60 (vs the M50)

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common strengths of the M60 and M50

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (95×55×24 mm) vs Compact (95×55×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.9"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax M50 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (36 mm vs 38 mm), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and is newer (january 2008 vs january 2007).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/3.1) and is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7").

Pentax Optio M30

Pentax Optio M30
1 year older
$436

Significant advantages of the M30 (vs the M50)

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Significant disadvantages of the M30 (vs the M50)

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common strengths of the M30 and M50

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compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax M50 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (480p vs none), is much smaller (compact (95×55×24 mm) vs prosumer size (126×98×65 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 2.6") and is much lighter (130 g vs 502 g).

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 10.1 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.4 fps vs 3 fps), has a much smaller sensor (1/2.7" 5.68x4.26mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.8mm), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and is older (january 2008 vs june 2008).

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the Rebel XS (vs the M50)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10.1 MP vs 8 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XS (vs the M50)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Compact (95×55×24 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.6" vs 0.9"
  • Much heavier: 502 g vs 130 g

common strengths of the Rebel XS and M50

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (126×98×65 mm) vs Compact (95×55×24 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.6" vs 0.9"