• APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Pentax K-50 advantages over Pentax K-500

  • Less expensive
    $149 vs $597
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Pentax K-500 advantages over Pentax K-50

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 710 vs 480 shots
    Capture more photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Sony A57

Pentax K-50
Sony A57
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Pentax K-500
Sony A57
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Pentax K-30

Pentax K-50
Pentax K-30
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-30
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-50
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Top deck display
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A58

Pentax K-50
Sony A58
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Pentax K-500
Sony A58
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-50
Canon T5i
  • $458
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $544
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $544
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
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