Pentax introduces two new DSLR cameras, the mid-range K-50 and the entry-level K-500. The former is the only DSLR camera in the market that is available in customizable colors. Consumers can pick the color for the body and the grip, and you can expect a total of 120 color combinations. The K-50 also gets a fully weather-sealed design for weather-resistant, dustproof and cold-resistant.
Both K-50 and K-500 are equipped with 16 Megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and PRIME M image processing engine to deliver high quality images. They feature SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine for accurate subject tracking, 77-segment multi-pattern metering system, up to 51,200 ISO sensitivty for good low-light performance, and in-body sensor-shift shake reduction mechanism for shooting clear, blur-free images. Both models are capable of 1920×1080 Full HD video recording.
These K-mount DSLRs have also got a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and a 3-inch LCD display. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards are used for storage. Whihe K-50 comes with a rechargeable li-ion battery, it can also be powered by four AA batteries using D-BH109 AA Battery Holder. The K-500 will come standard with the battery holder.
Pentax K-50 is priced at $699.95 for body-only, $779.95 for the kit with DA-L 18-55mm WR lens and $879.95 for the dual lens kit with the DA-L 18-55mm WR and DA-L 50-200mm WR lenses. The K-500 costs $599.95 for the kit with DA-L 18-55mm lens and $699.95 for the dual lens kit including the DA-L 18-55mm and DA-L 50-200mm lens.