Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-30

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

High ISO
Light sensitivity
51,600 ISO
Thin
Thickness
2.8"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-30

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-30.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-50.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-30

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Advantages of the Pentax K-50

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
51,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-50's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
129×97×70 mm vs 130×97×71 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$294.90 vs $365.00
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 20% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.8" vs 2.8"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              23.7 bits
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.61x
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              162 ms shutter lag
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Size Fairly small Help
              K-30130×97×71 mm
              K-50129×97×70 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.8"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              K-30$365.00
              K-50$294.90
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/6000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              650 g
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-3016.1 MP
              K-5016.2 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              410 shots
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $347 - $436 body only

              $397 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $628 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Pentax K-30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-30.

              Pentax K-50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-50.

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              Avatar for Senor Esteban Senor Esteban (2:32 AM, December 18, 2014)
              It has the same sensor and processor and the noise and IQ are the same.
               
              Avatar for $76602355 $76602355 (9:05 PM, December 04, 2013)
              I guess the points on K-30 are more because the price is less. But amazon deal for K-50 is better so i get ideally it should be the winner in comparision
               
              darkmagician1184 (2:20 AM, October 17, 2013)
              I was just looking at the same thing. the K50 is on amazon right now for $550, $620 with 18-55mm kit lens; the K-30 is $450 and $560 with same kit lens. I'm almost regretting having just bought the K-30 mainly due to having shot in an auditorium and seeing a lot of grain, which K-50 might've been able to prevent.
               
              Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (10:54 PM, September 26, 2013)
              nope
               
              quang chau (5:34 AM, September 23, 2013)
              so the higher ISO mean anything here ?