Pentax K-50 vs Sony ILCE-7

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Pentax K-50
Sony ILCE-7

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
25,600 higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Pentax K-50 is 51,200 maximum ISO speed, 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 motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is only a 30fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
Higher magnification Edit
Pentax K-50 is 0.92x lens magnification ratio, 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 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a digital camera that takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 only takes 270.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

£712 cheaper
The Pentax K-50 costs £283.00, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is £995.20.
Available from 6 shops
The more retailers stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst retailers to keep prices low.
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).
11 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a total megapixels of 24.7MP, however the Pentax K-50 is only a 16.49MP digital camera (8.21MP less).
One hundred and six more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Sony ILCE-7 is 117.00, but the Pentax K-50 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
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.
Touchscreen Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a touchscreen, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not have a touchscreen.
Marginally higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, however the Pentax K-50 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels lower).
HDMI Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has an HDMI, 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.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 supports wi-Fi, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not support wi-Fi. 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 (NFC) Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 supports near Field Communication (NFC), whereas the Pentax K-50 does not.
More popular
The Sony ILCE-7 is a more popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 9340 by sales volume in our digital cameras, whereas the Pentax K-50 ranks No. 11981.

Reasons Against

11 Reasons Against
8.02MP lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a total megapixels of 16.49MP, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is a 24.7MP digital camera (8.21MP more).
One hundred and six less auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Pentax K-50 has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Sony ILCE-7 only has 117.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
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 touchscreen Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have a touchscreen, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 does.
600 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels higher).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have an HDMI, however the Sony ILCE-7 has an HDMI. 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.

Does not support wi-Fi Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support wi-Fi, whereas the Sony ILCE-7 supports wi-Fi. 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 (NFC) Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not support near Field Communication (NFC), whereas the Sony ILCE-7 supports near Field Communication (NFC).
Worse selling
The Pentax K-50 ranks No. 11981 by sales volume, but the Sony ILCE-7 ranks No. 9340.
9 Reasons Against
25,600 lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 is a 25,600 maximum ISO speed digital camera, 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 motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 has a motion JPEG frame rate of 30fps, however the Pentax K-50 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps higher).
0.21x lower magnification Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 is a 0.71x lens magnification ratio digital camera, 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 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony ILCE-7 takes 270.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Pentax K-50 only takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

£712 more expensive
The Sony ILCE-7 is more expensive than the Pentax K-50 by £712.20.
Fewer sellers
Only 5 shops sells the Sony ILCE-7, but 11 sellers 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 21 months.
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
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel
16.28MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.7 x 15.7 35.8 x 23.9
Total Megapixels
16.49MP 24.7MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2

Design

Colour of Product
 White
 White

Lens System

Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Unknown - Click to provide data 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
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 flexible spot
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 Flexible Spot Auto Focus
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.3 - 3
Auto Focus (AF) Points
11 117
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 Auto
 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
 Auto
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
51,200
BEST
25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data 1s
Shutter Speed Settings
 B
 B
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 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 Number
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 Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 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 Modes
Unknown - Click to provide data Wireless triggering

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps
BEST
30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 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 At 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 Formats Supported
 AAC++
 AAC++
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS PRO Duo HS
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
Field of View
100% 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
 Second display

Viewfinder

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

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
DC-In Jack
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DC-in jack
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 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 Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Shutter priority
 Sensitivity priority
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Shutter priority
 Sensitivity priority
Photo Effects
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 RAW
 DPOF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 DPOF 1.1
 RAW
 DPOF
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Camera Playback
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
Direct Printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Direct printing
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-2.5 - 1.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Modes
 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
Languages Support
 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
Depth
70mm 48.2mm
Width
129mm 126.9mm
Weight (including Battery)
650g 474g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
D-LI109 NP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
480 shots
BEST
270 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

System Requirements

Windows Operating Systems Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Windows operating systems supported

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 DC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 DC
 Micro-USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
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
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
BEST
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Flash Type
Unknown - Click to provide data TTL
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