Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-r

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,600 ISO
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
105 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 125x97x68 mm
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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Advantages of the Pentax K-50

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,120 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The K-50 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality Better image quality 79.0 vs 72.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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 2 f-stops better
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.56x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
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Advantages of the Pentax K-r

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 105 ms vs 162 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Battery life Longer battery life 470 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 125x97x68 mm vs 129x96x70 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 2.7" vs 2.8"
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 598 g vs 650 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-50:162 ms
              K-r:105 ms
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              K-50:APS-C 23.7x15.7mm
              K-r:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Size Fairly small Help
              K-50:129x96x70 mm
              K-r:125x97x68 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-50:2.8"
              K-r:2.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              K-50:$496.95
              K-r:$483.83
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/6000 of a second
              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-50:16.2 MP
              K-r:12.2 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              K-50:410 shots
              K-r:470 shots
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              K-50:Contrast detection
              K-r:None
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Movie format Poor movies Help
              K-50:1080p @ 30fps
              K-r:720p @ 25fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $433 - $440 body only

              $560 - $751 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $576 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 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
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $928 body only

              $1,107 with 18-55mm, 50-200mm lenses

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-50 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $797 body only

              $847 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $660 - $700 body only

              $920 - $1,751 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Pentax K-r Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $735 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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