Pentax unveils K-50, K-500: price, release date, full specs revealed

Pentax unveils K-50, K-500: price, release date, full specs revealed

Ricoh Pentax has unveiled two new entry-level DSLRs, officially announcing details of the Pentax K-500 and Pentax K-50 price, specs and release date overnight.

Both new Pentax cameras share the same 16-megapixel APS-C sensor introduced with the Pentax K-30, and both cameras also offer high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200.

Pentax K-500, K-50 Price

Pentax K-500, K-50 Price

The Pentax K-50 price tag will be £529.99 body only, or £599.99 for the K-50 + 18-55mm DAL WR lens kit, while the Pentax K-500 price tag comes in lower at £449.99 for the body + 18-55mm DAL lens kit.

A release date for the Pentax K-50 and K-500 is scheduled for “the end of June”.

Pentax K-500, K-50 Specs

Pentax K-500, K-50 Specs

Among the Pentax K-50’s key features are a weather-resistant, dust-proof construction designed with 81 seals for improved durability, and resistance to cold at temperatures as low as -10 C.

The K-50 also incorporates a Pentax-developed Shake Reduction mechanism to aid sharper images, and a range of advanced features like full HD movie recording, an Automatic Horizon Correction function and an Astro Tracer mode to assist with astronomical photography.

Continuous shooting mode allows for 6fps (in JPEG format), while the SAFOX IX+ AF system incorporates 11 sensors (including 9 cross-type sensors in the middle). Other features include a 100% field of view optical viewfinder, customisable buttons and a top 1/6000sec shutter speed.

What’s more, the Pentax K-50 comes in 120 different colour variations – yes, you read that right! Pentax says, “the colour-to-order service has proved to be… a unique, stylish way for Pentax camera users to express their style through their choice of camera system.”

Pentax unveils K-50, K-500: price, release date, full specs revealed

Pentax K-50 vs K-500

The main difference between the Pentax K-50 vs K-500 is the K-500 lacks the weather sealing of the K-50 and the K-500 doesn’t come in the wide variety of colours.

What’s more – and perhaps most significantly – AF points are not visible in the Pentax K-500’s viewfinder, while they are visible in the K-50 viewfinder. You can view AF points on the K-500’s LCD screen, however.

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