PENTAX announces PENTAX K-50 digital SLR camera – Jun 13, 2013– Tokyo, Japan  (Techreleased) – PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-50 digital SLR camera. Developed as the model to feature a weather-resistant, dustproof construction,* this compact, lightweight camera offers outstanding operability and maneuverability, with many of the advanced shooting features found only in upper-class models.

PENTAX K-50 White
PENTAX K-50 White

The PENTAX K-50 boasts outstanding basic specifications that rival many upper-class models, including high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200, and high-precision AF with accurate tracking of moving subjects. This means that beginning digital SLR users and casual family photographers can enjoy high-quality digital photography with very little effort. The K-50 also features a weather-resistant, dustproof construction to assure solid performance under demanding outdoor conditions, and also to reduce the need for maintenance. It even provides a wide range of advanced shooting features, such as full HD movie recording and a selection of creative tools such as digital filters, to accommodate various shooting requirements. It can be powered by easy-to-obtain AA-size batteries,** in addition to the standard lithium-ion battery.

Launched simultaneously with the K-50 camera body, two lens kits feature simplified weather-resistant lenses — the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6AL WR, and the smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200 F4-5.6ED WR — to enhance the reliability and dependability of the K-50 imaging system.

The standard PENTAX K-50 model offers a choice of three body colors: black, white and pink.

PENTAX K-50 Black
PENTAX K-50 Black

PENTAX K-50 Features

  1. High-resolution, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200

    The K-50 features the state-of-the-art CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm, to assure high-speed image data readout. This image sensor is coupled with PRIME M — the same high-performance imaging engine incorporated in upper-class models — to deliver super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels. The K-50 also offers super-high-sensitivity shooting at a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, allowing the photographer to handhold the camera for beautiful nighttime snapshots.

  2. Dependable weather-resistant, dustproof body

    Thanks to the 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, the K-50 is built to be weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-resistant, even at temperatures as low as -10°C. This means that the K-50 can be taken along on outdoor activities such as camping, mountaineering and sports, for the joy of high-quality digital SLR photography without worrying about weather conditions. Its compact, functional body is carefully contoured with delicate curves, assuring that even a photographer with a small hand will have a firm grip of the camera.

  3. Innovative SR mechanism

    The PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake to deliver sharp, blur-free images, even under shake-prone conditions such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or taking landscapes at twilight. This innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those developed for film-format cameras.*** Thanks to the SR mechanism’s flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-50 offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, including an Automatic Horizon Correction function to assure high-precision image framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment; a Composition Adjustment function to allow minute adjustment of image alignment both to horizontal and vertical directions, as well as slant-wise rotation; and an ASTRO TRACER mode to simplify astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.*** Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K, KA, KAF, KAF2 and KAF3mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645 and 67system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

  4. High-precision autofocus with SAFOX IXi+ AF module

    The K-50 features the state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation with 11 sensors (including nine cross-type sensors in the middle). It also features a spotbeam projector to assist AF operation at poorly lit locations. Its select-area expansion function keeps the sensor module tracking a moving subject, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing the distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. This means not only greatly improved accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus operation, but also the enhanced auto-tracking performance of moving subjects when using a telephoto lens.

  5. High-speed continuous shooting

    When shooting sports, stage performances or wildlife, the K-50’s high-speed continuous shooting function comes in handy. It allows the photographer to record active, fast-moving subjects in a series of images, at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second**** (in the JPEG recording format).**** using the D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery. When using with AA batteries, the camera can capture approximately five images per second.

  6. High-quality movie recording

    The K-50 captures high-resolution, full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the H.264 recording format, with a choice of frame rate (30, 25 or 24 frames per second). It even comes with creative image-processing tools***** like Custom Images and useful movie-recording features like an interval movie recording function, for the production of more personalized movies.***** The frame rate may vary when nonstandard image processing is required.

  7. Optical finder with approximately 100% field of view

    Despite a compact body common to all entry-class models, the K-50 features a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of view and approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. Since it delivers a clear view of the subject even in bright sunshine and eliminates parallax and time lag in the viewfinder image, the K-50 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical. The infocus point is indicated as a red point in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.

  8. Effortless, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

    The PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene from Portrait, Landscape, Macro and other distinctive shooting modes. Since the K-50 sets all vital camera settings — including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness — the photographer can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity. The K-50 also offers 19 Scene modes, including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette, to simplify the photographing of subjects and scenes that could be too complicated or demanding for entry digital SLR photographers, by optimizing all camera settings with a simple choice of the corresponding icon on the camera’s LCD monitor.

  9. A selection of image-processing tools for creative, personalized expression

    The K-50’s custom image function allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image, with a choice of 11 custom images. These include Bleach Bypass to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures, and Cross Process to produce fanciful, eye-catching images with dramatic colors. The K-50 also provides 19 distinctive digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to captured images and produce creative, artistic images without the need for a computer. The user can even explore new creative possibilities by applying multiple filters to a single image.

  10. Choice of two power sources

    In addition to the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of capturing approximately 480 images with a single recharge,****** the K-50 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder. Since AA-size batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when on the road.****** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, using the D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery with no flash discharges.

  11. Other features
    1. Large, wide-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots
    2. 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for extra-accurate light measurement
    3. DR (Dust Removal) mechanism to shake dust from the surface of the CMOS image sensor
    4. Digital level for extra-accurate image composition
    5. PENTAX-designed Hyper control system to assure flexible, unfailing response to the photographer’s creative intentions
    6. RAW data retrieve function to save an original raw data of a just-recorded JPEG-format image
    7. RAW/Fx button for single-action switching of image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
    8. Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
    9. SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE for PENTAX RICOH IMAGING(RAW-data processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included, together with the K-50’s in-body RAW data processing capability

[Overview of smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mmF3.5-5.6AL WR lens]

This standard zoom lens covers focal lengths from 27.5mm wide angle to 84mm moderate telephoto (in the 35mm format). Thanks to the incorporation of high-performance aspherical and super-low-dispersion glass optical elements in its optics, it assures outstanding image resolution and remarkable brightness, even at the edges, while effectively compensating various aberrations.

[Overview of smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200mmF4-5.6ED WR lens]

This telephoto zoom lens covers focal lengths from 76.5mm moderate telephoto to 307mm super telephoto (in the 35mm format). With the incorporation of extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass optical elements, it assures excellent description of the subject in various telephoto applications, including portraiture, sports/action and landscape, while effectively compensating chromatic aberration over the entire zoom range.

[A feature common to both lenses]

Both lenses feature a simplified weather-resistant construction, which prevents the intrusion of water into the lens barrel. By mounting one of these lenses on the K-50 camera body, the user creates a highly durable, dependable digital imaging system, even when shooting in the rain, mist or spray.

PENTAX K-50 Pink
PENTAX K-50 Pink

PENTAX K-50 Specifications

Model Description Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Compatible Lens KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, KA mount lenses
Image Capture Unit Image Sensor Primary color filter, CMOS. Size: 23.7×15.7 (mm)
Effective Pixels Approx. 16.28 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 16.49 megapixels
Dust Removal SP coating and CMOS sensor operations
Sensitivity
(Standard output)
AUTO/100 to 51200 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV)
Image Stabilizer Sensor shift Shake Reduction
File Formats File Format RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded Pixels JPEG 16M(4928×3264),12M(4224×2816),8M(3456×2304),5M(2688×1792)
RAW 16M(4928×3264)
Quality Level RAW (12bit): DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good)
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Medium SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card (Eye-Fi card compatible)
Storage Folder Date (100_1018, 100_1019…)/PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX…) PENTX can be changed by user
Vew Finder Type Pentaprism Finder
Coverage (FOV) Approx. 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.92x (50mmF1.4 at infinity)
Eye-Relief Length Approx. 21.7mm (from the view window), Approx 24.5mm (from the center of lens)
Diopter Adjustment Approx. -2.5m to + 1.5m-1
Focusing Screen Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen
Live View Type TTL method using CMOS image sensor
Focusing Mechanism Contrast detection + Face Detection, Tracking, Select, Spot
Display Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 6x), Grid display (4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram
LCD Monitor Type TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing
Size 3.0 inches
Dots Approx. 921,000 dots
Adjustment Brightness and colors adjustable
White Balance Auto Method using a combination of the CMOS image sensor and the light source detection sensor
Preset Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual, Color
Manual Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved),
Color Temperature settings,
Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine Adjustment Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Autofocus System Type TTL: phase-matching autofocus
Focus Sensor SAFOX IXi+, 11 point (9 cross type focus points in the center)
Brightness Range EV-1 to 18 (ISO 100)
AF Mode Auto AF (AF.A), Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
Focus priority or shutter priority mode for AF.S
Focus priority or FPS priority mode for AF.C
AF Point Selection Auto: 5 points, Auto: 11 points, Select(Expanded Area AF available), Spot
AF Assist Light Dedicated LED AF assist light
Metering Type TTL open aperture, 77 segmented metering, center-weighted and spot metering
Exposure Compensation EV0 to 22 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
Exposure Modes Auto Picture mode: automatically selects from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene Mode: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
*JPEG only
Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb
EV Compensation ± 5EV (1/2EV step or 1/3EV can be selected)
AE Lock Can be assigned to the AF/AE-L button from the menu.
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb
Drive Modes Mode Selection Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12sec., 2ssec.), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec.), Auto Bracketing (3 frames)
Continuous Shooting Approx. 6 fps (JPEG, Continuous Hi)
Approx. 3 fps (JPEG, Continuous Lo)
Built-in Flash Type Built-in retractable P-TTL pop-up flash
Guide number: approx. 12 (ISO100/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash Modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Sync Speed 1/180 sec.
Flash Exposure Compensation –2.0 to +1.0 EV
Capture Functions Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Noise Reduction Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR
Dynamic Range Setting Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Lens Correction Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction
Digital Filter Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
HDR Capture Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, Automatic composition correction function,
Exposure Bracket Value: ±1EV, ±2EV, ±3EV
Multi-exposure Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically.
Horizon Correction SR On: correction up to 1 degrees, SR Off: correction up to 1.5 degrees
Composition Adjustment Adjustment range of ±1mm up, down, left or right (0.5mm when rotated),
Rotating range of 1 degrees
Interval Shooting Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Number of shots: up to 999 images, Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
Electronic Level Displayed in viewfinder (horizontal direction only);
displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)
Movie File Format MPEG–4 AVC/H.264
Recorded Pixels FullHD(1920×1080,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps),
HD(1280×720,16:9,60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps/24fps),
VGA(640×480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Quality Level ★★★(Best)、★★(Better)、★(Good)
Sound Built-in monaural microphone, Recording Sound Level
Recording Time Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filter Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color, Color
Interval Movie Recording interval: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr., Recording time: 4 sec. to 99 hr.,
Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
*The File format is Motion JPEG(AVI).
Playback Functions Playback View Single frame, Multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segmentation),Display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calendar filmstrip, display, folder display, slideshow, Eye-Fi transfer
Delete Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
Digital Filter Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
RAW Development File Format (JPEG), Image Capture Settings(Aspect Ratio, Recorded Pixels, Quality Level, Color Space), Lens Correction(Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction
Edit Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving the RAW file data in the buffer memory
Customization USER Mode Up to 2 settings can be saved
Custom Functions 22 items
Mode Memory 12 items
Button/
Dial Customization
RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical preview, Digital Preview, Composition Adjustment, Select AF Point),
AF/AE-L button (Enable AF1, Enable AF2, Cancel AF, AE Lock) Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.
Text Size Standard, Large
World Time World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
AF Fine Adjustment ±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)
Copyright Information Names of “Photographer” and “Copyright Holder” are embedded to the image file.
Power Supply Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109 With AA Battery Holder D-BH109 (optional), four AA batteries (Lithium, Ni-MH rechargeable, alkaline) can be used.
AC Adapter AC Adapter Kit K-AC128 (optional)
Battery Life [Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109]:
Number of recordable images: approx. 410 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 480 images (without flash usage)
Playback time: approx. 270 minutes
* Using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23 ℃, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.

[AA Lithium batteries]
Number of recordable images:approx. 710 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 1250 images (without flash usage)
Playback time: approx. 560 minutes
* Using 4x new Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries under the temperature at 23 ℃, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.

Interfaces Connection Port USB2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal
USB Connection MSC/PTP
Video Output Format NTSC/PAL
Dimensions and Weight Dimensions Approx. 129.0 mm (W) × 96.5 mm (H) × 70.0 mm (D) (excluding the operation parts and protrusion)
Weight Approx. 675 g (loaded and ready with 4x AA Lithium batteries,Battery Holder and SD Memory Card),
Approx. 590 g (body only)
Included accessories Package Contents For Japan
USB Cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST132, AA Battery Holder D-BH109, 4x AA Lithium batteries, Software (CDROM) S-SW138
<Mounted on the camera>
Hot shoe cover FK, Body Mount Cover
Software SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE

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