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Pentax K-50 vs Nikon D5200

K-50-vs-D5200-frontPentax K-50 vs Nikon D5200 specification comparison review, Pentax K-50 features 16Mp sensor, ISO range upto 51200, 11 focus points and Fully Weather-Sealed Body Design, on the other hand Nikon D5200 features 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor, Up To ISO 25600 and plastic body, take a look at the major difference below.


Sensor and Image Processor
Nikon D5200 features 24.1MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor, native sensitivity up to ISO 6400, which is then further expandable to ISO 25600. D5200 can capture 24 MP (full-resolution) still images at a continuous rate of 5fps, maximum shutter speed of D5200 is 1/4000th of a second.

Pentax K-50 features 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processing engine, ISO Sensitivity from 100 to 51200, The speed afforded by the image processor enables continuous full-resolution – 16MP shooting up to 6 fps, a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second.

Big Pixels:
23 µm²(Pentax K-50) vs 15.3 µm²(Nikon D5200) – Pixel size measured in µm2 is the area of a singular pixel in the sensor. Bigger pixel leads to better pictures in higher ISO rates.

Image Stabilization: Pentax K-50 features In-body Image stabilization, No IS available in Nikon D5200.


AF System
Nikon D5200 features advance AF system, 39-point autofocus system, with nine cross-type sensors.
Pentax K-50 features a 11 points AF system with nine cross-type sensors.

Nikon D5200 offers better video recording options and 60fps shooting speed at Full HD.
Pentax K-50 limited to 30fps at Full HD.

Pentax K-50 features fast continuous shooting speed, (5fps vs 6fps).
Pentax k-50 features more shutter range compared to D5200. (1/6000 vs 1/4000).


Both have same display size and screen resolution, but Nikon D5200 features Vari-angle display that swivels to nearly any position, pentax K-50 comes with fixed display unit.

Viewfinder: Pentax K-50 features Pentaprism (100%) viewfinder and Nikon D5200 features Pentamirror (95%), Pentax K-50 features bright and better viewfinder.


Highly Recommended: Based on Specification Comparison, If you are a Still+Video shooter we recommend you to buy Nikon D5200. Nikon D5200 features more megapixel, Advance AF system and better Video mode.

Recommended + If you are a still shooter(only) you can buy Pentax K-50. Pentax K-50 features better low light performance (High ISO range + In camera IS), better shutter speed and Fully Weather-Sealed Body Design,  the 3 Major drawback of Pentax K-50 compared to D5200 is – less megapixel, low-end AF system and limited video mode.

Price / Buying options |
Pentax K-50 available at $700+ at Amazon | B&H
Buy Nikon D5200 from Amazon | | Amazon UK

1 comment to Pentax K-50 vs Nikon D5200

  • MickeyD

    Hello Niikon Camera users: The Nikon D5200 has a better sensor in it than the more expensive D7000, my D7000 produces photo’s that I am not proud to show to anyone! On the other hand, my wife has the Nikon D5200 and it runs circles around my Nikon D7000? It seems that both camera’s have the same 39 point focusing system but the D5200 does a much better job producing clearer images! The only drawback to the D5200 is that there is no focusing motor in the body and you are forces to buy the Nikon AF-S Lenses.

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