First impressions of the Pentax K50 and K500

Pentax has a long history of creating photographer-friendly digital SLRs at reasonable prices. The most recent example is the K-30, which offered a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, built-in image stabilization, weather-sealed body, pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage, and dual control dials - all for under $799 (with 18-55 WR lens).

The venerable Japanese manufacturer has continued that trend with the new K-50 and K-500 digital SLRs. The K-50 ($699/£529 body only, $779/£599 with a lighter 18-55mm WR lens) takes everything that made the K-30 so appealing, and adds improved image processing and a more traditionally styled body.  And, if you desire, you can custom order the K-50 in your choice of 120 color combinations. Pentax is quoting a 4-week (ish) wait for custom color orders, so plan ahead, especially if you're buying one as a gift (note that with this many color combinations, you can replicate many national flags and team colors...).

Just five of the K-50's more than 100 possible color variants - pictured at Pentax's launch event in New York. Which is your favorite?

"You can have any color you want!" That's the very un Henry-Fordian way that journalists were greeted at today's New York launch of the Pentax K-50, K-500 and Q7. In Pentax's opinion, apparently, as technology advances to a point where iterative improvements become the norm, customization - specifically color options - is a serious differentiator. 

Here's the colorful K-50 (we grabbed a glossy red one for this shot) from the front... ...and from the back. Both K-50 and K-500 feel good in the hand, but although pleasantly solid, neither has the heft of Pentax's higher-end K-5 II/S. 

The K500 is a more budget-conscious model ($599/£449 with a standard, non-water-resistant 18-55mm lens), with only the weather-sealed body, electronic level, and included battery differentiating it from the K50. Unlike its pricier sibling, the K-500 comes only in black. We're a little surprised by this, but according to Pentax, it's a logistical issue. Offering three cameras in multiple color options would simply have been too much to handle. 

Along with the two new camera bodies come two lower-cost versions of existing Pentax lenses. Both the F3.5-5.6 18-55mm and F4.0-F5.6 50-200mm WR lenses fall under Pentax's DA L line-up, which means that they're lighter than regular DA lenses, and have a plastic mount. They have the same 'glass' and are just as water-resistant as the DA models.

John Carlson, Senior Manager for Sales and Marketing, pictured at the New York launch of the K-50 and K-500. 

We've not had a long time with the K-50 and k-500, but in the course of a brief shooting session, our conclusions are boringly familiar - they look nice (hot pink K-50 aside, but someone out there will love it), feel nice, handle well and don't have any obvious vices. They are, in short, very much what we'd expect from recent K-series DSLRs. Interestingly, there's little sign of the influence of Ricoh on these products. Whereas the recently-announced Ricoh GR betrays a little of its newfound Pentax DNA, the K-50 and K-500 look, handle, and operate like pure-breed Pentaxses.

This isn't a bad thing of course. Actually, far from it. We really like the K-30 and K-5II/S and the K-50 and K-500 slot neatly beneath them. In the words of one Pentax executive that we spoke to at the launch, 'we finally have a DSLR lineup!'. And that's great news.

What's New

  • Improved image processing, with fewer 'jaggies' and higher maximum ISO
  • More traditional D-SLR design
  • Lighter (yet still water-resistant) kit lenses with plastic mount
  • Available in 120 color combinations (K-50 only)

Cameras Compared

The K-50 (right) has a much rounder style than the angular design of its predecessor the K-30.
The K50 and K500 are nearly identical, with the non-WR lens being the only visible external difference in the above photo. Although the K-50 is weather-sealed, in use the two cameras handle in the same way, and feel the same to use. 

Aside from cosmetic differences, the features on the K-30, K-50, and K-500 are nearly identical, as you'll see in the table below:

 
K-30
 K-50
 K-500
MSRP (w/18-55 lens)
$799
$779
$599
Sensor
16M APS-C CMOS sensor
Image processor 
PRIME M
AF system
SAFOX IXi+
AF points
11 (9 cross-type)
ISO range 
100 - 25600
100 - 51200
Shutter speed range 
60 - 1/6000 sec
Burst mode 
6 fps
6 fps
5/6 fps *
Display
3-inch, 921,000 dot
Viewfinder
Pentaprism (0.92x magnification, 100% coverage)
Electronic level
Yes
No
Eye-Fi card control
No
 Yes
Battery used
D-LI109, AA (4) **
Battery life (CIPA)
410 shots
710 ***
Kit lens
DA L 18-55mm/
DA 18-55mm WR
DA L 18-55mm WR
DA L 18-55mm
Available colors
9
120
1
* 6 fps available with optional lithium-ion battery
** The K-30 and K-50 include the D-LI109 lithium-ion batter, while the K-500 includes four AA batteries. An optional AA battery holder is available for the K-30 and K-50.
*** With four AA lithium batteries; 410 shots with optional D-LI109

As you can see, the differences between all three cameras are very subtle. As of right now, the K-30 is a real bargain for as long as stocks last, and unless you really hate using AA batteries, the K-500 is almost all of a K-50 for considerably less cash. But then, you don't get the reassurance of the K-50's weather-sealing and of course you'll be stuck with plain old black as your only color option. And where's the fun in that? 

Sample Photos

There are 16 images in our samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. The photos below are from a pre-production K-50 and image quality is not final.

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Comments

Total comments: 83
Hellraiser
By Hellraiser (3 months ago)

Dear Pentax,
Please consider moving 14 bit DA converter more down. Nikon 5100 has it, and it is cheaper than K-50.
Your loyal customer.

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PentaxBro
By PentaxBro (4 months ago)

Did anyone else notice that in the new DPreview New Studio Comparison Tool Pentax k-500 photos actually looks much sharper at any iso & light conditions vs that of Pentax k-50 with same lens!?!
I wonder if the test were run correctly..?

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (10 months ago)

Reuters: Madrid, Spain. A man who brought a red Pentax K-50 to a bullfight was suddenly.......to the surprise of the matador. Maybe someone with an equally warped imagination can do better. It just begs to be parodied.

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Madaboutpix
By Madaboutpix (10 months ago)

K-500, K-50, K-5 II(s) ... Well, I guess that Pentax executive quoted in the article is right about the brand finally having "a DSLR lineup". And that is certainly good news. Because it shows how committed Ricoh is to Pentax's line of eminently photographer-oriented cameras.

As for the body design, I see it more as a step towards brand recognition, with the K-500/50 now sharing much of the subtly-retrostyle-no-frills K-7/K-5/K-5 II(s) design, rather than a "dumbing down" of the K-30's. It would be interesting to compare how the old and new cameras feel in the hand, which is probably more important than their looks. Feature- and IQ-wise the new models look quite competitive and auspicious to me. Can't wait to see the K-5 II(s) successor that seems to be in the pipeline!

And the custom colours? Well, if those colours helped to induce new customers to the wonders of DSLR photography who otherwise perhaps wouldn't have considered such a camera, that wouldn't be a bad thing either, right?

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fuxicek
By fuxicek (10 months ago)

Ken Rockwell would probably say: If you have Nikon D40, dont bother, you are fine...

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fuxicek
By fuxicek (10 months ago)

the red version would make a nice complement to fireman´s hose :D

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fuxicek
By fuxicek (10 months ago)

Is there camouflage option?

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David247
By David247 (10 months ago)

Not a true camouflage but you could go with a combination of Olive green body and either brown or black grip to get a semi camo/military like look. Another alternative would be Sand beige body with brown grip for a semi desert camo look.

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Expat Nomad
By Expat Nomad (10 months ago)

DPR Staff, can you please verify the max shutter? I was about to be very happy it was 60 seconds, but the pentax.jp website indicates otherwise.

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (10 months ago)

What is the K-500 battery life with NiMH AA, as opposed to lithium AA?

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klopus
By klopus (10 months ago)

I actually like how "old" K-30 looks much more than boring "new" K-50. Not sure why Pentax did it? K-30 handling was superb with unique look as an incing on a cake.

That's the problem with Pentax - while everybody else, and especially Sony, innovate and evolve Pentax continues to rehash one and the same innards with mostly inconsequential things like colors and arbitrary appearance changes. In almost two years since K-30 they even didn't bother to improve their substandard by current standards AF engine or at least to to add a flip LCD or something.

That's why Pentax is where it is now, half alive blip on a DSLR landscape. I noticed that in more than few cases 3rd party lens manufacturers even stopped bothering with K-mount preferring better to devote energy to more lucrative Canon, Nikon, Sony and even mirrorless mounts.

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Pepe Le Pew
By Pepe Le Pew (10 months ago)

"I actually like how "old" K-30 looks much more than boring "new" K-50. Not sure why Pentax did it? K-30 handling was superb with unique look as an incing on a cake."

I loved the looks on a k-30 then a boring conservative look....

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lmpjdllc
By lmpjdllc (10 months ago)

You certainly got it right about Pentax's "rehashing," offering below-standard AF (as well as resolution), not being competitive by not having a flip LCD screen, and the fact that K-mount lenses are becoming less available from 3d-party lens mfrs. I have been a loyal and exclusive Pentax SLR owner for almost 50 yrs (through 4 film SLRS going back to the original Asahi Spotmatic, and am now on my 4th DSLR, the K-7), and I simply do not understand why Pentax still lags behind the competition by not offering a DSLR with an articulated LCD screen or a full-frame model. If it weren't for the fact that I have a fair amount of money invested in K-mount lenses, I would have jumped ship to Canon or Nikon, or even Sony, a long time ago. Come on Pentax (Ricoh) get current with your competitors!

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pajenbel
By pajenbel (9 months ago)

Canon and Nikon camera can do the high quality but very expensive.
Pentax offers cameras with pentaprism 100% stabilization contruction metallic, two wheels, waterproofing ... etc.. Canon and Nikon proposed almost the same things for more expensive ... Here innovation??

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (10 months ago)

I like these crazy colours!

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Christoph Stephan
By Christoph Stephan (10 months ago)

My favourite would be black with yellow grip
http://www.pentaximaging.com/K50studio#/black/yellow
or metallic green with black grip
http://www.pentaximaging.com/K50studio#/black/yellow
Although a mix ofg the two has a certain charm, too
http://www.pentaximaging.com/K50studio#/black/yellow

On the other hand, too bright colours might be not a that good idea for birding...

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Jurka
By Jurka (10 months ago)

Old Sony sensor...

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D1N0
By D1N0 (10 months ago)

still a great sensor capable of much more than the average Joe can get out of it.

4 upvotes
tompabes2
By tompabes2 (10 months ago)

So what? It's a good sensor. Once the image quality is good, camera fatures are what matters, and Pentax delivers more than Canikon (with the same price). Tropicalization, multiple control wheels and a good viewfinder can really make the difference in everyday use. That's more important than spending our time zooming images at 100%! ;)

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (10 months ago)

Unlike lets say "Canon 18-mpix APS-C" this one is capable of being re-used for quite a long time. Cause it will be good even next year..

Which cant be said about that particular Canon sensor, which sucked from time it was made.

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Pntxdan
By Pntxdan (4 months ago)

My Canon T3i couldn't lock focus on a flat surface, couldn't lock focus in low light situation, was sloooooooow to focus in live view (such as portraits on a tripod), had a dark pentamirror viewfinder, and produced grainy, washed out images over 3200 ISO. Also, it was a pain in the rear to have to enter the menu to make adjustments, and when the 50mm lens I bought had severe front focus issues all I could do was send it to be recalibrated. My brother-in-law owns the Pentax K-30 and I now own the K-5lls, and EVERYTHING I just complained about with the Canon is absolutely the opposite with the Pentax, including the ability to fix the front focus issue in-camera! I have since talked 4 people into buying Pentax over the OVERATED Canon and Nikon offerings. ...Jurka- Go to the DPR or imaging resource comparison tool and see how that "old Sony sensor" stacks up against anything in its price range and higher.

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Brettsko
By Brettsko (10 months ago)

Is the DL-109 battery and charger available as an optional extra for the K-500 or is it exclusively designed for AA's?

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David247
By David247 (10 months ago)

Yes it is an option

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Babka08
By Babka08 (10 months ago)

Full feature set, amazing/proven sensor, two control wheels, WR (unlike any other manufacturers), in-body stabilization, PENTAPRISM viewfinder (completely trumps everybody else's cheaper camera options).

But it won't do as well in reviews because it has hampered video functionality and a slower data processor and fairly average AF.

And Pentax, hello, you put WR in your cheapo lenses but can't figure out how to put WR into $650 f/4 zoom or $650 limited prime? C'mon. You're totally handcuffing your potential competitiveness. Awake!

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Amateurbob
By Amateurbob (10 months ago)

I don't see my comment about the poor dynamic range in the sample photos. Does anyone care about the purpose of the camera, i.e. picture quality?

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anthony mazzeri
By anthony mazzeri (10 months ago)

Every p/review on this site has two comments sections - the intro article and the article itself.

Your comment, and subsequent lambasting, is in the intro article comments.

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ronniemac
By ronniemac (10 months ago)

There's a lot you don't see Amateurbob, e.g. picture quality. I have a K-5 and can vouch for the picture quality of the sensor and camera - but do you care? (check out DPR review's on K5, K30, K5II and K5IIs - same inners with improved processing engine and only positive comments about picture quality).

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Revenant
By Revenant (10 months ago)

Again, like I wrote in the other thread, those are JPEGs at default settings. You can't judge dynamic range from those. Highlight clipping in JPEGs is dependent on the particular tone curve applied during conversion. Haven't you ever shot RAW+JPEG, got blown highlights in the JPEG, and still been able to recover a lot of detail from the raw file?

Also: "The photos below are from a pre-production K-50 and image quality is not final."

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viking79
By viking79 (10 months ago)

100% pentaprism finder in an entry level SLR. That's what I am talking about...

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Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (10 months ago)

Indeed. Given that $250 film SLRs used to have pentaprism finders and the reason for not providing 100% coverage in film SLRs was the difficulty of aligning film travel and optics (which shouldn't be an issue in DSLRs) it's never been clear to me why $500 DSLRs don't all have glass prisms and 100% coverage.

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zakaria
By zakaria (10 months ago)

Well done pentax.It is time to be #3 in dslr market.
and this will be a fact soon!
I like the k50 concept.does it has focuss peaking!

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Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (10 months ago)

From my reading, yes but not when shooting video.

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Roland Karlsson
By Roland Karlsson (10 months ago)

Where did you see that information?

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DELETED88781
By DELETED88781 (10 months ago)

Very nice samples
I like it

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jon404
By jon404 (10 months ago)

Could stay up all night running through those K-50 color combinations!

Have to remember that there will probably be a black lens on it, like if I get the 18-135 WR package.

Let's see... if I were German, or maybe anyway, I might try this one --

http://www.pentaximaging.com/K50studio#/red/yellow

I don't think anybody would steal it, except for some kleptomaniac first-grader. Also, the Lilac/Aqua combination... as well as any variation of Pink... would be safe from any male thief, which is probably 85% of all thieves.

I wish Pentax had a store, or a travelling road show, where we could see all the colors on actual cameras.

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jon404
By jon404 (10 months ago)

Back to the colors -- guess I can't order the K-50 with a matching-color 18-135 WR lens? Unless I'm wrong, the only color-matched lens is the 18-55 WR?

Just checked the Pentax site... the color choices are a kick! Of course, as a K-01 owner, we're already ahead of that curve a little bit.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (10 months ago)

But no shots taken with the kit lens. You usually use the Nikon/Canon ones, are we to assume the Pentax kit lens isn't worth having?

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Matt1645f4
By Matt1645f4 (10 months ago)

Pentax has several kit lens a DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II, DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR and DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL the first one is very popular and many Pentax users find little reason to upgrade from that lens, otherwise there on a par with Canon and Nikon.

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bdery
By bdery (10 months ago)

By all accounts, tests, etc, Pentax's 18-55 kit lens (in its three versions) is the best kit lens available. Canon's kit lens is laughable, Nikon's is good enough, Sony's is passable.

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Christoph Stephan
By Christoph Stephan (10 months ago)

.. Canon's kit lens WAS laughable. If you check the Canon forums, the newer IS versions of the 18-55mm get good marks. That said, the rotating front lens is not that great and Pentax lightweight water-resitant F3.5-5.6 18-55mm and F4.0-F5.6 50-200mm WR DA L are a very attractie offer. How good is Pentax' IBIS compared to Canon's in-lens IS?

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jon404
By jon404 (10 months ago)

Well, if I ever move up from my K-01 to a DSLR, that K-50 with the 18-135 WR looks like a sure bet.

I like all the color choices, too. As long as they only make pink ones for the Mary Kay ladies!

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (10 months ago)

Why on shots taken with the kit lens? Surely that would be a better test as it's the one most people will use.

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bdery
By bdery (10 months ago)

Pentax users are quite likely to invest in the fantastic lineup of Limited primes and thus less likely to use the kit lens, maybe?

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photofan1986
By photofan1986 (10 months ago)

It will be one pink K50 for Kai from digital rev tv! :-)

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fahad usman
By fahad usman (10 months ago)

I liked the _non-traditional_ design of k-30 better, they should have stuck to it. I was also expecting a newer sensor by this time, (not that the 5 years old sensor is bad by any standard)

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peevee1
By peevee1 (10 months ago)

It is less than 3 years old, first appeared in Nikon D7000 in September 2010.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (10 months ago)

I can't help it, I (aghast!) like the Black and yellow bodied K50.

Why? Hayell, I don't know. I'm not supposed too, but I do! Now the question is, would I like it a year from now? Dunno, can't say. But the more I look at it the more I like it- and I'm no stranger to having just black cameras either.

C

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (10 months ago)

I like some color combos too.
But that doesn't mean I'd like to go out and promenade holding one! ;-)

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (10 months ago)

Maybe this will buy Pentax another year or two while they work on that 12-years and counting FF project.

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Shahidur Rahman
By Shahidur Rahman (10 months ago)

Bravo PENTAX!! Well done.

These pre-production sample photos look impressive too!

Now all they need is a better line-up of lenses.

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JONNO G
By JONNO G (10 months ago)

Hopefully dpreview doesn't take so long to post a review

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peevee1
By peevee1 (10 months ago)

Why wait?
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentax-k-30/

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (10 months ago)

Before you laugh at the crazy colour schemes, I've seen people be able to use cameras like that where the traditional black DSLR's have attracted attention of security people, like in private business venues, fashion shows, etc.

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Uncle Mick
By Uncle Mick (4 months ago)

Yes, I went to a military tournament in London at the weekend and was told to lodge my K500 as it looked like a 'professional' camera (because it had two interchangeable lenses). Everyone else with phones, compacts and even CSCs were welcome to take photographs. Bah! Bumbledom rules!

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (10 months ago)

I like the K30 JPEGs over the K50.

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JONNO G
By JONNO G (10 months ago)

With the new image processing which will shoot better, k30 or k50?

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (10 months ago)

I would expect them to be very close. They use the same glass, have the same sensor, have the same image processor. The principal difference seems to be processing for 'jaggies' - so reduced aliasing, and higher ISO's. How usable the latter really is...when I test my K-01, which shares much of the same, I don't want to go where there are two digits to the left of the comma. To much noise.

I wish Pentax would get serious about high quality video.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (10 months ago)

Well, it's something like aperture for a lens: you don't generally want to shoot wide open, but a good f/1.8 lens generally performs better @f/5.6 than a f/4 lens (all things being equal), so there's a difference in the lowest aperture you can get away with.

Same with ISO: maybe you'll never shoot @51k, but if results are better at, say, 12800, then it'll be worth it.

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (10 months ago)

Hmmm, every time there is a Canikon preview its usually done with crappy kit lens...and a Canikon fanboy usually asks why samples are always done with the crappy kit lenses, and the response is usually that it indicates what you will get out of the box for what you paid for. Yet for Pentax you get the baddest most expensive lenses (which have had a price hike). I think it is far more interesting to see how that 'newer' kit lenses performs and what people get out of the box for what is paid and not what you'll get when you buy lenses that cost 1.5x more than the entire kit...Please be consistent on the whole body/lens samples! I don't remember the last time I've seen a Rebel being shot with L primes.

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Intermittentoverexposure
By Intermittentoverexposure (10 months ago)

Somebody's got a chip on their shoulder over that price hike. LOL

Also, you do realize this was a "first impressions" one-pager?

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (10 months ago)

First impressions are important. Like the first impression a buyer gets when he shoots his body with the kit lens! Compared to the first impression a buyer has when he buys a $1300 dollar lens. Nikons D5200 got many of its first impressions on dpreview with the 18-55 VR kit lens on a 24 MP sensor. Pretty sure I see plenty of 18-55 IS/STM and 18-135 STM shots used for Rebel first impressions.
First impression I get when I opened up the picture of John Carlson holding up his Pentax is the thought, "are you really going to take a picture of me marketing these new Pentax using a Nikon D800 that is stopped down a bit too much, and displaying a great deal of noise in my suit for such a sensor re-known for dynamic range and shadow performance!?". You don't get another chance to make a first impression.

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007peter
By 007peter (10 months ago)

4xAA = 710 shots, vs Lithium = 410 shots. I wish canon/nikon makes an AA dslr as well. Good job Pentax....but

I would lose the stupid color scheme. Instead of focusing on color gimmick, Pentax should invest its resource on making affordable pancake primes.

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Timbukto
By Timbukto (10 months ago)

710 with 4 X AA lithium non-rechargeable batteries. The expensive rechargeable Li-on is actually the most green least-polluting solution for power vs any disposable one-use AA's.

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BorisAkunin
By BorisAkunin (10 months ago)

No one is stopping you from using recharable AAs, shipping the camera with AA batteries allows Pentax to lower the asking price a bit and the customers have the choice to buy either Li-on batteries or AAs that have other uses (flashes or non-camera stuff).
And being able to use desposable AAs is a good feature for tourists and other travelers because you can get those almost anywhere you might find yourself...

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (10 months ago)

Whatever happened to rechargeable alkaline batteries that put out 1.5 volts instead of 1.2?

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ET2
By ET2 (10 months ago)

4xAA = 710 shots

That with non rechargeable AA lithium batteries. This number will be much lower with other types of AA batteries

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iudex
By iudex (10 months ago)

Take the eneloops and you will get these numbers.

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (10 months ago)

thumb and forfinger control on an entry level camera! if single point af is well implement well here I am impressed.

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AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (10 months ago)

Wow. The JPEG engine produces terrible looking NR patterns at ISO3200+

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (10 months ago)

I don't wanna bash Pentax. I really don't. It is a respectable, innovative and honest brand which makes DSLRs I wouldn't refuse to own and would certainly enjoy. But... that pink and gold colour scheme...? I don't know what's worse - Pentax offering it, or thinking someone will actually buy one.

..........

(long pause in order to clean the vomit off the keyboard)

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audiobomber
By audiobomber (10 months ago)

Not to worry, they make a black one for you.

1 upvote
berix
By berix (10 months ago)

That's the anti-theft feature. Most efficient ever!

8 upvotes
MarkInSF
By MarkInSF (10 months ago)

I'm tolerant of colorful cameras. The candy apple red looks quite nice. But pink and gold? That looks like a Christmas ornament. I can't imagine anyone ordering one of those.

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miles green
By miles green (10 months ago)

Just for the record, pink and glittery-silver would match 80% of my daughter's clothes. You get used to it, really, though gold is a bit much... And no, she can't borrow my silver limiteds.

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BobEll69
By BobEll69 (10 months ago)

Nothing wrong with different colour schemes and obviously Pentax Richoh have had some success in this area for a few years now and the fact that they are now making the full range of colours available world wide is an indication that people like it.

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BIJ001
By BIJ001 (8 months ago)

> But... that pink and gold colour scheme...?
> I don't know what's worse - Pentax offering it,
> or thinking someone will actually buy one.

Different cultures appreciate this differently. Colored camera bodies are not forcibly that attractive in Europe or the USA, but they are beloved e.g. in Japan, in the home market.

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Gesture
By Gesture (10 months ago)

Just what they needed for now. More than a 2 DSLR lineup. Not difficult to engineer. Although it still amazes me what an entry level DSLR and kit lens cost.

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Mike Hiran
By Mike Hiran (10 months ago)

But I really like that an entry level camera has a pentaprism viewfinder and dual wheel controls. I think these should compete well in their class.

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attomole
By attomole (10 months ago)

That is the best shirt and tie combination seen on any executive since the 70's

John Carlson, Senior Manager for Sales and Marketing Pentax , I salute you.

Great Cameras by the way.

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William Koehler
By William Koehler (10 months ago)

He wanted to be sure if anyone shot video, they would get blinding aliasing and moire.

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sdribetahi
By sdribetahi (10 months ago)

I liked the old style better before they Canikoned it.

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Model Mike
By Model Mike (10 months ago)

Yep, but I could get used to it. The handling on Pentaxes is just great.

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CeleryBeats
By CeleryBeats (10 months ago)

In Japan at least, people seem to really dig those different colors. It's clever marketing. They have to differentiate from the other big 2. And if people don't see this camera is the absolute best at this price point, you still have many colors to convince yourself:D

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