- Resolution: 16.3 MP
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Type: DSLR
- Red Eye Reduction: Yes
- Battery Type: Li-ion
- LCD Info Display: TFT LCD
- Lens Kit: 18 - 55 mm
Pentax K-50: A DSLR meant for the Pixel Peepers
The struggle for Pentax is over as the latest K-50 provides the needed holistic performances as expected from a mid-range DSLR. One may argue as why not to go with the more noted brands, but this recent innovation from Pentax is all set to surprise the reviewers with the weatherproof sealing in place besides the exhaustive specs sheet. One may subject the K-50 to the tag of an all-rounder as it assimilates every possible aspect with brilliance while keeping the soaring rates in check.
Pros: Stills are kind of perfect as we did get a feel of the high-end detailing and vivid sharpness. In comes the Eye-Fi connectivity which is a different mode of the wireless addition as prescribed and speculated by the company. Shooting speed is quite good and the in-body image stabilization is more of a prized addition. This is completely weather sealed and includes all the minor details for envisioning the gadget as the future superstar.
Cons: The screen happens to be a fixed entity which is backed up by the noise operability and also the lack of Wi-Fi connectivity which according to the recent standards is one serious dampener.
This review would seriously focus upon the most impactful areas associated with the K-50 while keeping a note of the major to minor constraints leading towards the same.
Design and Handling:
The device feels extremely comfortable with the grip being chucky and well-laid out. While the textured layering at the front end is one serious innovation, the camera comes out to be one great device to hold and click out picks, one handed. Being a weatherproof entity, this device feels a lot robust than the contemporaries as with the feathery feel and minimalistic dimensions. This camera can get a bit noisy in terms of operability whereas the 18-55mm kit in itself produces quite a decibel level. The loud clicking sound is more of a liability keeping in mind the nature of the modern day camera. The 100 percent viewfinder coverage is another encouraging aspect which kind of avoids the intruders and unpleasant discovering lingering at the edges. This may not be the brightest viewfinder but certainly pulls off what is expected. Clutter has been avoided but still the gadget houses a lot of buttons which include the direct access tabs in addition to the ISO level modulators. The rightmost grouping is quite pleasing as it allows one to control the device while keeping up with the provided grip. In comes the small yet discoverable scrolling dial at the rear which can easily alter the aperture as per the desirable values. One might also control the manual mode and the shutter priority for effectively controlling the underlining speeds. The dated interface is certainly unacceptable but the anti-reflective coating does make up for this minor glitch. Articulating the screen is not an option which restricts the overhead shooting norms.
The overall camera performance is on the better side as for the Sony Sensors are the core of the gadget. Punchy ad detailed colors are quite evident whereas the device includes the JPEG and DNG formats with likewise precision. One might feel quite good regarding the detail resolution which gives away only a tad bit at the higher ISO levels. The 18-55mm kit comes in as more of an average performer with a flexible focal range to choose from. The tallest gripe has to be the noise made by the same which hinders the purported clicks at the supposed stealth mode. What comes as a letdown is the metering glitch posing certain underexposure problems at most times. One has to manually include the exposure compensation as with the dial mode which in turn accurately represents the colors. Automatic white balancing in more of a heartening aspect as it lets the user shoot under the most intricate image rendering conditions and still comes out with astounding details and sharpness. The improved processor does account for a better and bigger ISO range with images looking vibrant even at the 1600 levels. Even at 3200 the snaps look crisp but as we surge up the softness starts to creep in.
Swift and Snazzy AF specs are included with 9 cross type points to bank upon. Although we did find the focus range and speeds going down at the low-light conditions, the performances are still quite more than acceptable. The Instagram crowd has been kept happy with the inclusion of multiple digital filters which are meant for editing the images and adding multiple layers to each one of them. Custom images can be shot but with the added flexibility it is always good to include a bit of trendiness in terms of filter usage and RAW renders.
Capture Quality and Specifications:
The 16.3MP CMOS sensor is quite capable of shelling out extremely vibrant images. While the flash exposure compensation happens to be effectively sought out, the inclusion of the external hot-shoe is more of an encouraging feature. High speed flash sync is allowed in addition to the dedicated flash and TTL contrast detection mechanism. One might also make use of the sync associated with the Trailing Curtain which includes a balancing mode as per the AF preferences. Be it the integrated dust protection of the shake reduction. the K-50 has every aspect taken care of besides the availability of the authentic pixel mapping similar to most of the high-end DSLRs. Custom image modes are available in plenty whereas the 6fps burst shooting prowess can be extended up to 30 JPEGs and 8 RAWs. HDR adjustments are seamless whereas multiple formats like DPOF, DCF etc. are perfectly supported as well. HD recording is also included as per the MP4 regulations and support. One can also regulate the shutter speeds as the per the electronic auto adjustments or the manual controlled interface besides the availability of the basic 18-55mm lens kit with VR capabilities.
This gadget seriously wins over a lot of individuals as per the specs sheet and the affordability. One might consider adding this to the repertoire if the brand name isn’t an obsession and the user is looking to neglect a few noises and creeks here and there.
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At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Pentax K 50 in India is Rs.45698/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.