Pentax Ricoh on Wednesday introduced two mid-range DSLRs that feature the same 16 million-pixel APS-C format sensor that first debuted on the Pentax K-30 in 2012. 

Pentax K-50

The Pentax K-50 is a weather-resistant and dust-proof DSLR with a lightweight body. It's also the higher-end camera of Pentax's new lines. The K-50 shoots six images per second with an improved Prime M image processor at ISO 51200 and high-precision AF, and it features full HD movie recording and creative tools like digital filters.

The camera also supports two different weather-resistant lenses: the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6AL WR, and the smc PENTAX-DA L 50-200 F4-5.6ED WR. It even draws power from AA batteries or the standard lithium-ion battery. 

Pentax K-500

The Pentax K-500 has similar specifications to the K-50, as Pentax developed it to resemble the higher-end camera. The K-500 notably captures high-resolution image reproduction with 16.2 megapixels at ISO 51200. It also comes with the same 18-55mm kit lens as the K-50, but the K-500 does not feature a weather-resistant body or lens.

Other features include a 100 per cent field of view optical viewfinder, customisable buttons, 1/6000 sec shutter speeds, and the ability to shoot in DNG raw format.


The Pentax K-50 comes in 120 different colour combinations. Customers can choose and order their specific colour through Pentax, but retailers will only stock it in red, white and black. The lower-end Pentax K-500 is just available in black.

Pricing and Availability

The Pentax K-50 will launch at the end of June for £529.99 or £599.99 with the weatherproofed 18-55mm kit lens. The Pentax K-500 also launches at the end of June for £449.99 with the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

With these entry-level prices and specs, Pentax Ricoh likely hopes to see its new DSLRs give the Nikon D5200 and the Canon 60D a run for their money. Check out the gallery below for more press shots.