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Pentax K-50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 478 reviews of Pentax K-50. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the lens and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the focus.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax K-50

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 user reviews of Pentax K-50 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the lens and battery. The portability and price also get good opinions, but there are some mixed reviews about the focus.

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99% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax K-50

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Pentax K-50 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and design. The performance and price also get good feedback.

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97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax K-50

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 user reviews of Pentax K-50 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Views about the image quality and portability are generally positive. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the sensor.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax K-50

 

The Pentax K-50 is a fully weather-sealed D-SLR camera with an big optical viewfinder and fast burst shooting capability. It's available to order in any of 120 color combinations, but its video functionality is behind the times.

Large pentaprism viewfinder. Weather-sealed design. 5.9fps burst shooting. Customizable controls and noise reduction. In-body shake reduction. Very good high ISO performance. Available in 120 different colors.

Fixed rear LCD. No mic input. Slow to focus when recording video.

The K-50 can be had as a body only, but only in a few of the 120 color combinations. In order to customize it completely you'll need to order it with the DA-L 18-55mm WR kit lens, which increases the price to $779.95. The WR designation means that the...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Pentax K-50 and K-500: Lots of photo features but photos disappoint

 

Both stuffed with semimanual shooting options, the weather-sealed K-50 and the K-500 seem like great deals. But they just don't come through on the photo quality.

The ; features a weather-sealed body that's unique in its price class, an interesting set of shooting features, support for AA-size batteries, and a relatively nice viewfinder. Plus, it comes in colors, if that appeals to you. The cheaper ; has the...

Image quality and performance, while acceptable, don't match the competition's, and the cameras lack an articulated LCD. Also, both the shutter and the lens make a lot of noise.

A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Pentax K-50 ( with 18-55mm WR Lens, Black)

 

The K-50 has a cheaper brother, the K-500, which lacks the weather sealing and only comes in serious black. For review purposes, it's more or less identical.

The Pentax K-50 features a weather-sealed body that's unique in its price class, an interesting set of shooting features, support for AA-size batteries, and a relatively nice viewfinder. Plus, it comes in colors, if that appeals to you. The cheaper...

Image quality and performance, while acceptable, don't match the competition's, and the cameras lack an articulated LCD. Also, both the shutter and the lens make a lot of noise.

A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax K-50

 

The Pentax K-50 is a entry-level priced DSLR with an APS-C image sensor that aims to compete with more rugged mid-range cameras. A 16.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor pairs with the PRIME M image processor for low light sensitivity (ISO 100 - 51200),...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : Eric Butterfield (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax K-50 DSLR Review

 

The rugged, weather-sealed K-50 offers high image quality, speedy burst modes, and low noise at high ISO settings. Two dials for quick navigation, many customizable functions, and a good selection of digital effects round out the offering. You also get...

High image quality ; Customizable buttons ; Two well-placed dials ; Good high ISO performance ; Burst modes perform well ; Sensor-shift shake and dust reduction ; Big pentaprism viewfinder ; Live view on high-resolution LCD ; Rugged, weather-sealed...

Auto focus is slow when using Live View ; No continuous auto focus in video mode ; Li-ion battery life could be better ; LCD does not tilt or swivel ; No HDMI port ; No external microphone jack

The rugged, weather-sealed K-50 offers high image quality, speedy burst modes, and low noise at high ISO settings. Two dials for quick navigation, many customizable functions, and a good selection of digital effects round out the offering. You also get...

Oct, 2013

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Pentax K-50 Review

 

The Pentax K-50 is a new mid-range DSLR camera. Key features include a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, an ISO range of 100-51200, Full HD 1080p video at 30, 25 and 24fps, 6fps continuous shooting, 11-point SAFOX IX+ AF...

The Pentax K-50 is a very minor refresh of 2012's K-30 DSLR camera, additionally offering support for Eye-Fi wireless cards, an extra ISO 51200 setting, more sober styling than the "aggressive" K-30, and the option to uniquely customise the colour to...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Pentax K-50 Review

 

The Pentax K-50 appeared in our most recent Best DSLR and lens combination under $1,000 article. It's pretty easy to see why: the K-50 is one of the best deals around and we were able to put together several bundles with Pentax's excelent lenses for...

The Pentax K-50 puts enthusiast-grade features in the hands of consumers, and does so with a surprisingly affordable price tag.

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Melissa J. Perenson (macworld.com)

Pentax K-50 review: A decent entry-level DSLR that braves the elements

 

A year since its release, Ricoh Imaging's Pentax K-50 still touts something that no other consumer grade entry-level SLR camera offers: weather sealing. While it's not enough protection to save you if you dunk the camera in a pool, this sealing should...

Weather sealing to protect against exposure to the elements (water, dust) ; Speedy (albeit text-based) menu navigation

Images are very noisy after ISO 800 ; Colors appear oversaturated and inaccurate at default settings

The Pentax K-50 is chock-full of features, and those features—many of them, including in-camera vibration reduction and weather sealing, unique at this price—increase its allure. But its mixed image quality constrains its appeal.

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Digitalcamera HQ (digitalcamera-hq.com)

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With a colorful, weather-sealed exterior and solid image quality, the Pentax K-50 shouldn't be overlooked.

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (popphoto.com)

Camera Test: Pentax K-50

 

The Pentax Way, for a long time now, has been to offer up rugged, weather-sealed DSLRs priced well below comparably built competitors. Its latest DSLR, the K-50 ($697, street, body only), continues this trend, while also showcasing a new Pentax Way:...

Oct, 2013

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