When the mode dial is set to the AUTO position and the shutter release button is pressed, the K-50’s Auto Picture mode automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene — such as Portrait, Landscape or Moving Object — and optimizes all camera settings, assuring beautiful results, even for SLR beginners.
With its 19 scene modes, the K-50 automatically optimizes camera and exposure settings for a particular scene or subject to produce a beautiful, professional-quality image.
The surface of the CMOS image sensor is treated with PENTAX-original SP (Special Protect) coating to minimize the clinging of dust. Any dust that does adhere to the surface is then effectively removed by the DR (Dust Removal) mechanism, which shakes the dust off the sensor using high-speed vibration to prevent any annoying dust spot from appearing on captured images.
In addition to the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the K-50 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using the optional battery holder. Even when the standard battery runs out of charge, you can easily replace it with easy-to-obtain AA-size batteries and resume shooting without any delay.
The K-50 captures beautiful Full HD movie clips (at 30 frames per second, in MPEG-4 format). You can add various visual effects using custom images and digital filters, and also remove unwanted segments using simple-to-use editing tools. The K-50 also provides the interval movie mode, which captures a series of movie clips at a fixed interval, then edits them into a single movie (in Motion JPEG). This mode lets you dramatize familiar, everyday events, such as the blossoming of a flower, by compressing the progress of the event into a shorter timeframe.
You can tell a fascinating story simply by combining several scenes in a single image. The K-50 lets you compose a single picture from as many as nine separate images. During Live-View shooting, you can even check an existing composite image on the LCD monitor when framing the next image, for easy composition of the entire image.
The PENTAX in-body, sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction technology ensures sharp, image stabilized, auto-leveled, and dust-free imaging with any mounted lens.
The K-50 is compatible with the optional O-GPS1 GPS unit. When installed on the K-50 camera body, this unit records the latitude, longitude and altitude of a shooting location on a captured image for easy image filing and quick data search. It can also display an electronic compass to point the exact direction the camera is facing. It even offers the ASTROTRACER function, which automatically synchronizes the camera’s CMOS image sensor with the movement of celestial bodies based on the GPS data. As the result, you can capture faint stars as solid points, rather than blurry streaks.