Pentax K-50 vs Pentax K-r

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Pentax K-50

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Pentax K-r

70

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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
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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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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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$291.32
              K-r$309.99
              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
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-5016.2 MP
              K-r12.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              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

              $677 body only

              $477 - $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

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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 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
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,196 body only

              $842 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              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-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $900 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-50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax K-S1

              Pentax K-S1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $509 body only

              $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Continuous video focus
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Pentax K-r Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 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

              $275 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

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