Entry-level single-lens reflex camera

Entry-level single-lens reflex camera

TOKYO —

An entry-level version of the digital single-lens reflex camera – the PENTAX K-50 – will be released by Pentax Ricoh Imaging on July 5.

This is an affordable, accessible model with an estimated retail price for the body of only 75,000 yen.

The body is water-resistant, dust-resistant, and is equipped with cold-resistance performance to -10℃, making it suitable for outdoor photography in rainy days.

The imaging element is 16,280,000 pixels, APS-C size CMOS sensor, with sensitivity to ISO 51200.

In addition, besides the AA battery which is attached to the main body, a special lithium-ion battery can also be used for the camera (sold separately with a battery charger).

The camera can be ordered in any one of a choice of 20 colors for the body part and 6 colors for the grip, (up to 117 different color combinations) through “the color order service.” 

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    Virtuoso

    In addition, besides the AA battery which is attached to the main body, a special lithium-ion battery can also be used for the camera (sold separately with a battery charger).

    Poor translator.... :( Here's what he was trying to say. The camera is powered by AA batteries (either dry cell or rechargeable) but can also be used with a lithium-ion battery, offered by Pentax as an optional extra with a dedicated charger unit.

    cold-resistance performance to -10℃, making it suitable for outdoor photography in rainy days.

    If it's minus 10 degrees Celsius, the rain will be white and slippery.

    If it's ¥75,000 for the body only, without kit lens, then you're looking at ¥90,000 or more, which is only affordable when discounted, the way the mass merchandisers like Yodobashi and BIC Camera typically do.

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    praack

    you are right Virtuoso- took a look out there- this is actually a very nice camera for the price point.

    like the colors

    course the big thing are the lenses- always need a fast lens

  • 0

    diuneahma

    The nikon D3100 is only selling at less than USD$500 with lens

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    Virtuoso

    Those AA batteries will save money (the rechargeable ones anyway) as they are generic, but they will add considerably to the camera's weight. I'm not a big fan of colors or anything else that attracts attention to the camera. The first thing they teach you at photography school is to cover the camera's brand name with black tape so as not to distract the subjects you're shooting.

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