Other manufacturers may be focusing on bringing new high end features to their cameras, but Pentax have decided to go all out on offering a huge variety of colour schemes for their K50 mid range DSLR camera.
The K50 measures 129 x 96.5 x 70 mm with an empty weight of 590g. There are three basic colours, but if this isn’t enough to suit your inner child then there is a ‘colour to order’ service now available.
The company are offering 20 body colours and six grip colours, and buyers can select from a combination of 120 schemes. We aren’t sure that dedicated photographers will really be too worried about having a red camera body with a blue grip, but Pentax think differently.
In regards to the camera itself, the K50 is a 16 megapixel camera (APS-C) with an 11 point tracking autofocus system. It has an optical viewfinder with 100 percent field of view. It partners up with the cheaper K500 entry level SLR, targeting an even wider audience.
The new K50 has a weather resistance system in place with dustproofing, the same as the K30 before it. There are a total of 81 seals in place to keep the circuitry safe from rain and moisture.
The K50 can deliver up to six frames per second continuous shooting to JPEG format and ISO support ranges from 100 to 51,200. Pentax say the same has a shake reduction system built into the body which is compatible with most of the new Pentax lenses they offer.
They have added an Astro Tracer function with an extra GPS unit to ‘simply astronomical photography’ – a feature sure to interest budding star gazers out there.
If you are still learning the craft then Pentax have an ‘Auto Picture’ mode which configures a variety of settings for a scene or subject. There are a total of 19 scene modes on hand. Interestingly, Pentax also include some after image support, with a horizon correction tool and 11 image touch up settings.
The LCD is a 921,000 dot version with a 170 degree viewing angle with adjustable colour and brightness. They have included a glass prism viewfinder with almost 100 percent field of view and 0.92 magnification. It can record full HD video at 20, 25 or 24 frames per second although they have omitted an HDMI port on the camera.
Pentax claim 480 images per charge from the li-ion battery pack and it will also take 4 AA batteries if you run out of juice on the move.
The body only option is $699.95 and you can get it with two lens options. The DA-L 18-55mm WR kit lens package is $779.95 and the DA-L 18-55mm WR with DA-L 50-200mm WR lens package is $879.95.
Kitguru says: I want a leopard skin version.