Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-r

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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

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.61x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
51,600 ISO
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
105 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.7"

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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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 4 f-stops better
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.56x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
True resolution
Significantly 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
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$294.90 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $104 cheaper (around 30% 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
Slightly longer battery life
470 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Size
Smaller
125×97×68 mm vs 129×97×70 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Shutter lag Minimal shutter lag Help
              K-50162 ms
              K-r105 ms
              Size Fairly small Help
              K-50129×97×70 mm
              K-r125×97×68 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-502.8"
              K-r2.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              K-50$294.90
              K-r$399.00
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/6000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-5016.2 MP
              K-r12.2 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              113 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              K-50410 shots
              K-r470 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              K-501080p @ 30fps
              K-r720p @ 25fps

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              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $347 - $436 body only

              $397 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $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 slightly more expensive
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $628 - $749 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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-S2

              Pentax K-S2

              Boutique

              $450 - $597

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $365 body only

              $531 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Pentax K-50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

              Pentax K-r Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,025 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
              Pentax K-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $569 body only

              $1,229 with 18-55mm lens

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

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