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Advantages of the Pentax K-50

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Low light performance
Much 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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Size
Slightly smaller
129×97×70 mm vs 130×97×71 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$456.49 vs $596.41
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Thickness
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
Longer battery life
710 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Color depth Excellent color depth Help
              23.7 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%
              Size Fairly small Help
              K-50129×97×70 mm
              K-500130×97×71 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              2.8"
              Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              162 ms shutter lag
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-5016.2 MP
              K-50016.1 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              K-5013 EV
              K-50013.1 EV
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              79.0
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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