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Pentax K-50 Camera

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K-50
A 16-megapixel camera from Pentax with a 2.9-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and manual controls.
Description
A 16-megapixel camera from Pentax with a 2.9-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and manual controls.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Image quality

Image quality

Image quality is based on tests performed in auto and manual mode using regular photos, low-light photos, and flash photos with consideration of their performance in terms of color reproduction, dynamic range, resolution, distortions, reflections, image stabilization, as well as movie quality.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

Ease of use is our evaluation of the camera's controls, manual, response time and focusing.

 /  5
Video quality

Video quality

Video quality mostly reflects footage shot in regular and low light, with audio quality and macro (close-up) capability also considered.

 /  5
LCD quality

LCD quality

LCD quality is a judgment of images viewed under a number of lighting conditions.

 /  5
Viewfinder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder is our evaluation of the quality of the viewfinder, including its accuracy in displaying the framing of the image that will be recorded.

 /  5
Flash photos

Flash photos

Flash photo tests assess the quality of the built-in flash's light output and evenness of illumination at various distances.

 /  5
Image stabilization

Image stabilization

Image stabilization is our evaluation of the camera's ability to compensate for handheld camera shake. This includes having a built-in image stabilizer in the camera body or the lens it was tested with. The test lens is specified in the camera's brand and model name.

 /  5
Weight

Weight

Total weight of the camera body only, including battery.

 /  5
Megapixels

Megapixels

A unit of measurement that shows how many million pixels an image sensor has. As a rule, the more megapixels you have, the larger you can print your image, or enlarge parts of an image without losing detail or image quality.

 /  5

About

The Pentax K-50 is part of the Cameras test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, SLR cameras models like the K-50 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Image quality Image quality is based on tests performed in auto and manual mode using regular photos, low-light photos, and flash photos with consideration of their performance in terms of color reproduction, dynamic range, resolution, distortions, reflections, image stabilization, as well as movie quality.

Ease of use Ease of use is our evaluation of the camera's controls, manual, response time and focusing.

Video quality Video quality mostly reflects footage shot in regular and low light, with audio quality and macro (close-up) capability also considered.

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