Don’t let the colour fool you into thinking the Pentax K-50 isn’t a serious camera, it’s very serious and shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if you’re looking for a rugged, weather resistant, 16.3-megapixel camera.
The K50 is an upper entry-level DSLR that was introduced back in 2013 as a replacement for the K30. It has a top ISO of 51200 which enabled me to take some cracking nighttime snapshots without the use of a tripod.
Thanks to the 81 seals set in its compact and lightweight body, the K50 is built to be weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-resistant, even at temperatures as low as -10°C, perfect for our British summers!
The viewfinder has 100% frame coverage, something typically only found on more advanced and expensive cameras and its processor enables smooth live view performance as well as video recording in Full HD at 30 frames per second, or 720p at 60 frames per second.
There are many lenses to choose from, and for this test I chose the standard kit lens 18-55mm that’s also Weather Resistant, this gave me the opportunity to take photos in torrential rain as others ran for cover.
The K-50 provides a wide range of advanced shooting features too, such as full HD movie recording and a selection of creative tools such as digital filters, to accommodate various shooting requirements. In addition to the standard lithium-ion battery the K-50 can be powered by easy-to-obtain AA-size batteries.
Although Pentax DSLRs don’t receive nearly as much attention as those from Canon or Nikon, they still have many distinctive features that set them apart from the competition, and thus they should not be overlooked. Overall I reckon this is a cracking camera for the price.
Price: £340.00 Prices vary according to lens choices
Below are a selection of images that I took on very dark days, they’re all Jpegs and straight from the camera.