General Description

The K-50 inherited almost all its technical features from the K-30, whose AF system, light metering etc. had proven to be reliable and convincing. Only the maximum available ISO was increased from ISO-25600 to ISO-51200. Thus the main difference between both cameras is the body design which (in comparison to the K-30) is rounder, more traditional, and less juvenile.

Like the K-30, the K-50 incorporates many “higher-class” features like a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage. Front AND thumb wheels allow for swift setting of speed AND aperture, respectively. Dust and weatherproof seals are also on board for any wet or dusty or cold (down to -10°C) outdoor activity. The CMOS image sensor with 16.3 effective megapixels is of high renown and well known from the K-5, K-5 II(s), and K-30. The reliable SAFOX IXi+ AF module with refraction lens and light source sensor was inherited from the K-30, too.

The K-50 is available in 20 different colours each of which can be combined with 6 different grip colours. With the help of the “K-50 color simulator” (available on the Ricoh/Pentax homepages) one may choose the desired combination, identify the according product number, and place a custom order either online or at the local retailer. Then the ordered combination will be produced and delivered in about 1 month. The following table lists all available colour combinations and the according poduct numbers. Those who do not want to wait 1 month can choose between the regular black, white, or red bodies with black grip.

↓body / grip →BlackWhiteBrownAquaPinkYellow
Cocoa brown097460974709748097490975009751
Sand beige097520975309754097550975609757
Olive green097580975909760097610976209763
Metal navy097940979509796097970979809799
Metal green098010980409805098060980709808
Metal brown098110981409816098170981809820
Product Variations
Exact Name K-50 K-50 K-50 K-50
Color black white red various colours
Year of Introduction 2013 2013 2013 2013
Catalog Number 10893 10938 10984 XXXXX
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount "crippled" KAF2
Mount Limitations digital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity) SAFOX IXi+, 11 sensors, 9 cross-sensors (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses yes
Power-Zoom Features
Self-Timer 12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release CS-205
Infra-Red Release remote control F
Custom Functions 23
Additional Features weather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth 129 x 95.5 x 70 mm
Weight 590 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count 16.9 megapixel
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 15.7 x 23.7 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor 1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage Formats RAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage Media Secure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reduction yes
Dust Removal yes
Live View yes
Orientation Sensor yes
Exposure System
Exposure Modes Pgreen, Video, (Hy)P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, (Hy)M, U1-2, SCN
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses center-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses 77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter Material SPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) +/-5 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lock yes
Meter Range 0 ~ 22 EV
ISO Range 100 ~ 51200 ASA
Construction electronic (vertical)
Material metal
Shutter Speeds 30 ~ 1/6000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage] 0.92x [100%]
Aperture Indication LED
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Screens yes
Power Source
Batteries 1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable
External Battery Holder D-BH109 for 4 AA-sized batteries
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting 6 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
Features HS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s) 1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN) 12
Coverage (35mm equivalent) 28
Auto Pop-Up
Red-Eye Reduction yes
AF Assist
Fitting Case(s) soft case: O-CC90