Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-50

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-50

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.61x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Light sensitivity
High ISO
51,600 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $446.95 vs $483.83
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The best price we've seen is $37 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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"
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              K-50:410 shots
              K-r:470 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              K-50:Contrast detection
              K-r:None
              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

              $463 - $550 body only

              $560 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-500

              Pentax K-500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $736 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $730 - $928 body only

              $830 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 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
              Pentax K-5 II

              Pentax K-5 II

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 - $714 body only

              $1,049 - $1,187 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 - $774 body only

              $200 - $595 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

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              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $647 body only

              $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 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-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 Significantly smaller screen
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,288 body only

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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