Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-5 IIs

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Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-5 IIs

81

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

High ISO
Light sensitivity
51,600 ISO
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
162 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (129×97×70 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-5 IIs

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Battery life
Great battery life
980 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
51,200 ISO

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

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-5 IIs

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
980 shots vs 410 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,208 ISO vs 1,120 ISO
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The K-5 IIs has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Overall image quality
Better image quality
82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.1 EV vs 13 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
23.9 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax K-50

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 25fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but K-5 IIs does so at a lower frame rate
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$287.29 vs $696.85
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The best price we've seen is $410 cheaper (2.4x less)
Size
Smaller
129×97×70 mm vs 131×97×73 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
650 g vs 760 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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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
              K-5 IIs23.9 bits
              K-5023.7 bits
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.61x
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-5 IIs2.9"
              K-502.8"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-5 IIs1/8000s
              K-501/6000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-5 IIs760 g
              K-50650 g
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-5 IIs16.1 MP
              K-5016.2 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              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 Full HD (1080p) video Help
              K-5 IIs1080p @ 25fps
              K-501080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

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              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $900 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 much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $748 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $745 - $897 body only

              $989 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-5 IIs Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $910 - $1,197 body only

              $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Pentax K-50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $509 body only

              $397 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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