Pentax K-50
  • Choose from black, red or white
  • Fully weather-sealed, dustproof, coldproof design
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording
  • SAFOX IXi+ auto focusing & mode selection
  • 100% FOV & 4 optional focusing screens
  • In-body shake reduction (SR) mechanism
  • Large high resolution 3 inch LCD
shoot like a pro

The K-50 gives you fast, advanced functionality to capture every moment. Expect top level DSLR specifications, like a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, and a large 3-inch high resolution LCD with brightness and color adjustments, plus 921,000 dots of resolution. The K-50 gives you four interchangeable focusing screens and achieves a 100% optical field of view for framing accuracy.

Shoot like a pro at a fast continuous six fps, ISO up to 51200, advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine with AF assist lamp, and full h.264 HD video recording. With 81 seals throughout the body, the PENTAX K-50 tough and flexible, too. Venture into rain, sand or sub-freezing weather, and keep shooting. Plus, our in-body, sensor-shift Shake
and Dust Reduction technology ensures sharp imaging with any mounted lens — and the PENTAX K-mount is compatible with every K-mount lens ever made.

SAFOX IXi+ auto focusing & automatic mode selection

Advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine, with AF assist lamp and light source detection sensor, features improved optical components, including a diffraction lens, for responsive autofocus in any lighting.

Traditional shooting modes feature PENTAX Sensitivity Priority (Sv) and Shutter And Aperture Priority (TAv) for outstanding flexibility, while powerful automatic modes like Auto Picture and Scene modes take the guesswork out of great photography.

100% FOV & 4 optional focusing screens

What you see is what you get with the low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder, with four interchangeable focusing screens, achieves a 100% optical field of view for framing accuracy in a highly compact form factor.

fully weather sealed, dustproof, coldproof

With 81 weather seals throughout the entire body, your K-50 lets you shoot in any weather condition or outdoor setting, rain or sand. The rugged, coldproof design is also made for perfect use in sub-freezing, wet, snowy winter conditions (-10C, 14F).

in-body shake reduction (SR) mechanism

The PENTAX in-body, sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction technology ensures sharp, image stabilized, auto-leveled, and dust-free imaging with any mounted lens.

large high resolution 3 inch LCD

Large 3 inch LCD with brightness and color adjustments is wide angle viewable, and features 921,000 dots of resolution.

compatible with K-Mount lenses & Eye-Fi card

The PENTAX K-mount is compatible with every single K-mount lens ever made. Choose from over 25 million PENTAX lenses to use with your K-50.

With Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards, you can auto-transmit recorded images to a smartphone. New built-in menus let you easily enable auto-transmission of images and video to a smartphone for rapid sharing. Select favorite images and resize them before transmission.

full 1080p h.264 HD video recording

Full 1080p HD video capture at 30 fps (60 fps for 720p) features efficient h.264 compression, flexible exposure control, and HDR finishing options for stunning video quality.

PRIME M image processing engine

PRIME M image processing engine is optimized for HD video capture, smooth live view, low chromatic noise, and low energy consumption.


Digital SLR


Type: CMOS w primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C)
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits / channel RAW
Effective pixels (total pixels): 16.3 MP (16.5 MP)
Dust Removal: Sensor movement w SP coating on low pass filter
Pixel mapping: Yes


Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screw-mount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function: n/a

Focus System

Type: SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system w light
wavelength sensor and diffraction lens
Sensitivity range: EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)
Focus modes: AF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus point adjustment: Auto 11 pt., Auto 5 pt., User-Selectable (w Expanded Area AF), Center
AF assist: Yes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
Focus peaking: Yes (n/a during active video recording)


Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.92X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to +1.5m
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital

LCD Monitor

Type: 3.0” TFT color LCD w brightness / color adjustment
Resolution: 921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes


Type: Retractable P-TTL pop-up flash
Guide number: 12m (ISO 100)
Coverage: 28mm wide angle equivalent
Flash modes: P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to +1 EV (1/3 steps)

External Flash

Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec

Storage Media

Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, (Eye-Fi Card compatible)


Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out
USB Connection: MSC / PTP
Video out: NTSC, PAL
Microphone: Built-in monaural

Power Supply

Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (included), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4* AA batteries (sold separately)
Recordable images: Li-Ion approx. 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA), AA lithium approx. 1250 (710 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Li-Ion approx. 270 min, AA lithium approx. 560 min
Movie recording time: 25 min max time per clip
AC adapter available: Yes. K-AC128 (sold separately)

Physical Specs

Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1” x 3.8” x 2.8”
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 20.8 oz
Loaded and ready: 22.9 oz (Li-Ion)
Primary construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Operating temperature: 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Ruggedized features: Fully weather sealed throughout body, coldproof

Language Support

English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian

Image Stabilization

Type: Sensor-shift SR w rotational compensation (3 stops avg CIPA, 4 stops max)

Metering System

Type: TTL open aperture 77 segment metering
Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Metering patterns (multi, center, spot): Multi 77, Center, Spot
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes
Exposure bracketing: 3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps

ISO Sensitivity

Auto: 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), auto range selectable
Manual: 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)

White Balance

Type: Image sensor detection w light wavelength sensor detection
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, (D: Daylight Color, N:
Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
Manual mode(s): a) 3 manual settings can be configured and saved, b) Kelvin color
temperatures can be selected, c) WB settings can be copied from a captured image
WB fine adjustment: +/- 7 steps A-B axis or G-M axis


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),

Capture Modes

Mode selection: Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Hyper Manual (M), Bulb (B), User (U1, U2), Scene (SCN), Auto Picture (AUTO), Movie
Auto Picture modes: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Custom Image modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Green simplified mode available: n/a
Face detection available: Yes
PASMB: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic range adjustment: Highlight, shadow
Digital level: Viewfinder (horizontal), LCD (horizontal, vertical), SR auto-level function
File/Folder customization: Folder name (standard, date), create new folder, embed copyright

Drive Modes

Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames)
Continuous FPS
- Continuous Hi: approx. 6.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
- Continuous Lo: approx. 3.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)
Multi-exposure: 2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment
Interval: 999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay
HDR: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, pixel alignment, exposure bracket +/- 1-3 EV (1/1 steps)
Cable switch: Yes CS-205 (sold separately)

Playback Modes

Mode selection: 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
Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Index Print, Protect, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, Save Cross Processing, RAW Development, Movie Edit, DPOF
Digital filters (playback): 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

File Formats

Recorded resolutions: 16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792)
RAW (4928x3264)
Quality levels: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good)
File formats: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Color space: sRGB, AdobeRGB

Custom Functions

Functions available: 22

Computer Requirements

Windows: Windows XP (SP3 or later 32-bit Home/Pro), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Win 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
Win 8, (can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit edition of Windows).
Mac: Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8

4 GB eyefi card (not available with custom colors)
Li-Ion Battery D-LI109
AC Plug Cord D-C02J
Hotshoe Cover FK
Body Mount Cover
USB Cable I-USB7
Battery Charger Kit K-BC109(A)
Strap O-ST132
Eyecup FR
Software CD-ROM S-SW138
no firmware available
no software available
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