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We've been digging around under the hood of the Nikon Z50. We look at what Nikon's first APS-C mirrorless camera does and doesn't offer.
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.
|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:
|MSRP (w/18-55 lens)||
16M APS-C CMOS sensor
11 (9 cross-type)
100 - 25600
100 - 51200
|Shutter speed range||
60 - 1/6000 sec
5/6 fps *
3-inch, 921,000 dot
Pentaprism (0.92x magnification, 100% coverage)
|Eye-Fi card control||
D-LI109, AA (4) **
|Battery life (CIPA)||
DA L 18-55mm/
DA 18-55mm WR
DA L 18-55mm WR
DA L 18-55mm
|* 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?
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.
|Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera||See price on Amazon.com|
|Body Only, Black||See price on Amazon.com|
|DA 18-135mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens, Black||See price on Amazon.com|
|DA 18-135mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens, White||See price on Amazon.com|
|DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens, Black||See price on Amazon.com|
|DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens, Red||See price on Amazon.com|
|DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 Lens, White||See price on Amazon.com|
|DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm WR Lenses, Black||See price on Amazon.com|
|DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm WR Lenses, Red||See price on Amazon.com|
|DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm WR Lenses, White||See price on Amazon.com|
Ricoh has released firmware updates for its K-3 and K-50 DSLRs which add support for the company's K-AF4 lenses. Read more
The following real-world gallery and test scene shots were first published in our 2013 Camera Roundups, but we're highlighting the Pentax K-50 again in case you missed it the first time around. The Pentax K-50 is the follow up to the K-30 and is similar in appearance and spec to the K-500. The camera can also be custom ordered in 120 possible color combinations. See gallery
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The holidays are a great time to take pictures — and they're a great time to get a camera for yourself or for a loved one. With more than 50 cameras going through the hands of the DPReview team over the year, we've seen it all (or so we think). Based on our collective knowledge we hope this guide will help you make an informed decision on which camera will fit your needs. In this penultimate part, we look at consumer-level DSLRs.
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