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Pentax Unveils the K-50, K-500, and Q7: Two DSLRs and a Baby Mirrorless

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Pentax had a big announcement day today, unleashing three new cameras on the world of photography. The K-50 and K-500 are new mid- and entry-level DSLRs (respectively), and the Q7 is a new mirrorless camera that carries on the pint-sized tradition started by the Pentax Q back in 2011.

Pentax K-50: A Colorful Mid-Level DSLR

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The K-50 is a new mid-level DSLR that packs respectable specs and serious color — it’s a camera that’s available in 120 different color combinations.

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81 weather seals found throughout the camera’s surface will give you peace of mind when you take it to environments that aren’t friendly to most cameras. The K-50 is weather-resistant and can put up with rain, snow, and sand.

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Tucked inside the camera is a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that can shoot 6 frames per second at ISOs of up to 51200.

On the back of the camera is a large 3-inch LCD screen with 921K dots of resolution.

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Other features include a 100% coverage viewfinder, in-body sensor-shift shake reduction, HD video recording, and 4 optional focusing screens.

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The K-50 will start shipping in July 2013 with a price of $700 for the body only or $780-$880 when bundled with a lens or two. You can build one with custom colors over on Pentax’s website.

Pentax K-500: A Not-as-Colorful DSLR for Newbies

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The new K-500 is the only one of the three new cameras to not feature a bazillion different color combinations. It’s a rather straightforward entry-level DSLR that focuses on putting advanced features in the hands of people who are just starting out with DSLR photography.

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Like the K-50, it features a 16-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with a maximum ISO of 51200. The continuous shooting speed is also the same at 6fps. Oh, and you’ll also find the same 100% FOV viewfinder, in-body shake reduction, and snappy autofocus.

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Basically, if you step down from the K-50 to the K-500, two of the main features you’ll lose are the colors and the weather-sealing. The K-50 also comes with a rechargeable battery, while the K-500 comes with four AA batteries and an option to use the K-50’s battery.

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The K-500 will also be hitting store shelves in July 2013 with a price of $600 when bundled with an 18-55mm kit lens, or $700 when bundled with an additional 50-200mm.

Pentax Q7: A Tiny Q Camera with a Slightly Bigger Sensor

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Pentax remains committed to its Q line of pint-sized mirrorless cameras. In 2011, the Pentax Q became the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera. It was cute to look at, but photographers grumbled about the fact that it only contained a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The Pentax Q10 of 2012 was largely the same camera, and didn’t do much to ease the grumbling.

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Pentax is attempting to address the sensor size issue with the new Q7. It actually features a slightly larger sensor: you’ll find a 1/1.7-inch sensor inside instead of a 1/2.3-inch one. The sensor is a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with 12.4 megapixels of resolution and a max ISO of 12800. It’s capable of capturing 12-bit RAW files in DNG format.

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Despite the size change, the camera is still compatible with the same Q-mount system of lenses.

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Other features include 19 smart effects, creative modes and filters (e.g. Brilliant Color, Vintage Color, Warm Fade, Bold Monochrome, and Water Color), a convenient customizable Quick Dial on the front of the camera, in-body sensor-shift shake reduction, and a built-in pop-up flash.

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The Q7 will start shipping in August 2013 for $500. Like the K-50, it’s available in 120 different color combinations.