Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-500

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Thin
Thickness
2.8"
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-500

Battery life
Great battery life
710 shots
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,600 ISO

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Pentax K-50.
Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Pentax K-500.

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-50

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Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,120 ISO vs 1,087 ISO
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The K-50 has a slight edge (0 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Cheaper
$294.95 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $104 cheaper (around 30% less)
Size
Slightly smaller
129×97×70 mm vs 130×97×71 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.8" vs 2.8"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Pentax K-500

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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
710 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              51,600 ISO
              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-50129×97×70 mm
              K-500130×97×71 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              2.8"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              K-50$294.95
              K-500$399.00
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/6000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              K-50650 g
              K-500646 g
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-5016.2 MP
              K-50016.1 MP
              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

              $677 body only

              $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-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $362 body only

              $420 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much lower maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $569 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $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 significantly more expensive
              Pentax K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $509 body only

              $449 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $650 body only

              $589 - $700 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-50 Competitors

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

              Pentax K-500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-500.

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