Pentax K-50 vs Sony ILCE-7

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Pentax K-50
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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
25,600 higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a maximum ISO speed of 51,200, but the Sony ILCE-7 is only a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 lower).
Three hundred and ninety-nine times shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 0.01s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 3.99s shorter than the Sony ILCE-7 (4s).
30fps higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a JPEG frame rate of 60fps, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
Higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.92x, but the Sony ILCE-7 is only a 0.71x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.21x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Two hundred and ten more shots per battery charge Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a digital camera that takes 480.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 only takes 270.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£655 cheaper
The Pentax K-50 costs £241.80, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is £896.82.
Available from 17 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
More popular
The Pentax K-50 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 11582 by sales volume in our digital cameras, but the Sony ILCE-7 ranks No. 17299.
User reviews are better
Based on 82 user reviews, the Pentax K-50 has an average review score of 96%, but the Sony ILCE-7 has an average rating of 91% (based on 80 reviews).
16 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a megapixel count of 24.3MP, but the Pentax K-50 is only a 16.28MP digital camera (8.02MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a total megapixel count of 24.7MP, however the Pentax K-50 is only a 16.49MP digital camera (8.21MP less).
4x bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a digital zoom of 4x, whereas the Pentax K-50 is only a unknownx digital zoom digital camera (4x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Fourteen more auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Sony ILCE-7 is 25.00, but the Pentax K-50 only has 11.00 auto focus points.
Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a vari-angle LCD display, but the Pentax K-50 does not have a vari-angle LCD display.
Touch sensitive screen Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a touch sensitive screen, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not have a touch sensitive screen.
Marginally higher display resolution Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a display resolution of 921,600 pixels, however the Pentax K-50 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels lower).
Vastly larger viewfinder screen size Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a viewfinder screen size of 0.5", however the Pentax K-50 is only a unknown" viewfinder screen size digital camera (0.5" smaller).
HDMI port Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has an HDMI port, however the Pentax K-50 does not. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Lighter Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 is a 416g digital camera. That's 174g lighter than the Pentax K-50 (416g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

2.1mm shorter Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a height of 94.4mm, however the Pentax K-50 is a 96.5mm tall digital camera (2.1mm taller).
21.8mm thinner Edit
Sony ILCE-7 is 48.2mm deep, but the Pentax K-50 is a 70mm deep digital camera (21.8mm thicker).
A little narrower Edit
Sony ILCE-7 is 126.9mm wide, but the Pentax K-50 is a 129mm wide digital camera (2.1mm wider).
WiFi connectivity Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 supports WiFi connectivity, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not support WiFi connectivity. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Near field communication Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 supports near field communication, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not.
Bigger image effective megapixels Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 is a 24.3MP image effective megapixels digital camera. That's 24.3MP bigger than the Pentax K-50 (24.3MP).

Reasons Against

13 Reasons Against
8.02MP lower megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a megapixel count of 16.28MP, however the Sony ILCE-7 is a 24.3MP digital camera (8.02MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

8.21MP less total megapixel count Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a total megapixel count of 16.49MP, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is a 24.7MP digital camera (8.21MP more).
Fourteen less auto focus points Edit
The Pentax K-50 has 11.00 auto focus points, however the Sony ILCE-7 only has 25.00 auto focus points.
Does not have a vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have a vari-angle LCD display, but the Sony ILCE-7 has a vari-angle LCD display.
Does not have a touch sensitive screen Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have a touch sensitive screen, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 does.
600 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels higher).
Does not have an HDMI port Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have an HDMI port, however the Sony ILCE-7 has an HDMI port. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

30% heavier Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 590g digital camera. That's 174g heavier than the Sony ILCE-7 (416g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Marginally taller Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 96.5mm tall digital camera, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is a 94.4mm tall digital camera (2.1mm shorter).
A lot thicker Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a depth of 70mm, however the Sony ILCE-7 is a 48.2mm deep digital camera (21.8mm thinner).
2.1mm wider Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a width of 129mm, however the Sony ILCE-7 is a 126.9mm wide digital camera (2.1mm narrower).
Does not support WiFi connectivity Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support WiFi connectivity, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 supports WiFi connectivity. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Does not support near field communication Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support near field communication, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 supports near field communication.
10 Reasons Against
25,600 lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a maximum ISO speed of 25,600, whereas the Pentax K-50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 higher).
Vastly longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 is a 4s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 3.99s longer than the Pentax K-50 (4s).
Vastly lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a JPEG frame rate of 30fps, however the Pentax K-50 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps higher).
0.21x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.71x, whereas the Pentax K-50 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.21x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Two hundred and ten less shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 takes 270.00 shots per battery charge, however the Pentax K-50 only takes 480.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£655 more expensive
The Sony ILCE-7 is more expensive than the Pentax K-50 by £655.02.
Fewer sellers
Only 7 retailers sells the Sony ILCE-7, but 24 shops sell the Pentax K-50. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over one year older
The Sony ILCE-7 is older than the Pentax K-50 by 14 months.
Worse selling
The Sony ILCE-7 ranks No. 17299 by sales volume, whereas the Pentax K-50 ranks No. 11582.
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony ILCE-7 is 91%, whereas the average user rating of the Pentax K-50 is 96% (based on 82 reviews).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
16.28MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 3936 x 2624
 3008 x 2000
 6000 x 4000
 3936 x 2624
 3008 x 2000
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.7 x 15.7 35.8 x 23.9
Total Megapixel Count
16.49MP 24.7MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 3:2
 16:9
 3:2
BEST

Design

Colour
 White
 White

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Focal Length Range
18 - 200 28 - 70
Lens Mount Interface
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Sony E
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Sony E
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 multi point
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 multi point
 Multi Point Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto focus lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
 Auto focus assist beam
 Auto focus assist beam
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.3 - 3
Auto Focus Point
11 25
BEST
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
 50
 64
 80
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 800
 1000
 1250
 1600
 2000
 2250
 2500
 3200
 4000
 5000
 6400
 12800
 51200
 25600
 16000
 25
 8000
 10000
Maximum ISO Speed
51,200
BEST
25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Setting
 B
 B
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Pre-flash
Flash Guide
12m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
4s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Recharging Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 4s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point
Flash Metering Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data Wireless triggering

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
60fps
BEST
30fps
Video Format
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1440 x 1080
Resolution and Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1440x1080@25fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1920x810@24fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1440x1080@25fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1920x810@24fps
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 AAC++
 AAC++
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
 Noise reduction

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
Field of View
100% 100%
Touch Sensitive Screen
 Touch sensitive screen
 Touch sensitive screen
BEST
Display Resolution
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5"
Lens Magnification Ratio
0.92x
BEST
0.71x
Viewfinder
 Optical
 electrical
 Optical
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
HDMI Port
 HDMI port
 HDMI port
BEST
HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Out Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone out port

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Incandescent
 Underwater
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Incandescent
 Underwater
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Sensitivity priority
Photo Effect
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,12 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing Mode
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 DPOF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 DPOF
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Playback Mode
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
Direct Printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Direct printing
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
-2.5 - 1.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Mode
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Night landscape
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Night landscape
Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
590g 416g
BEST
Height
96.5mm 94.4mm
BEST
Depth
70mm 48.2mm
BEST
Width
129mm 126.9mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
650g 465g
BEST

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
D-LI109 NP-FW50
Shot Per Battery Charge
480 shots
BEST
270 shots
Battery Level Indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery level indicator

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

System Requirements

Windows Operating System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating system

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Included Cable
 USB
 DC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 DC
 Micro-USB
Battery Included
 Battery included
 Battery included
Included Battery Charger
 Included battery charger
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Included Wrist Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Included wrist strap

Networking

WiFi Connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
 WiFi connectivity
BEST
Near Field Communication
 Near field communication
 Near field communication
BEST
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Panorama Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Panorama mode
Aperture Priority Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Aperture priority mode
Manual Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual exposure
Shutter Priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shutter priority AE
Colour Temperature
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,500K
Image Effective Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 24.3MP
Display Tilting
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Display tilting
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Flash Type
Unknown - Click to provide data TTL
Viewfinder
Unknown - Click to provide data 2 pixels
Magnifier
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Magnifier
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