Pentax Ricoh has announced two new entry-level DSLRs. The cameras both feature the same 16 million-pixel APS-C format sensor that made its debut on the Pentax K-30.
In fact, the Pentax K-50 shares most of the same features as the Pentax K-30, but with an improved Prime M image processor and the ability to shoot at sensitivities up to ISO 51,200. Although the two cameras are very similar, Pentax says that both the K-30 and K-50 will continue in the company's lineup, bringing the total number of DSLR cameras up to five.
The Pentax K-500, also announced today, has very similar specifications but doesn't feature weatherproofing. Both cameras will come bundled with an 18-55mm kit lens, with the Pentax K-50's being weatherproofed.
Other features of the cameras include a 100% field of view optical viewfinder, 1/6000 sec shutter speeds, customisable buttons and the capability to shoot in DNG raw format.
Up to 120 different colour combinations will be available for the Pentax K-50, which can be ordered especially by customers. However, retailers will stock it in red, white and black, the lower priced Pentax K-500 is only available in black.
Price and availability
Available to buy from the end of the month, the Pentax K-50 price will be £529.99 (around US$830 / AU$870) body only, or £599.99 (around US$940 / AU$985) with the weatherproofed 18-55mm kit lens.
Alternatively, the Pentax K-500 price will be £449.99 (around US$705 / AU$740) with the standard 18-55mm kit lens.