Pentax K-50 vs Samsung NX30

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Pentax K-50
Samsung NX30

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Reasons For

8 Reasons For
86% smaller maximum aperture number Edit
Pentax K-50 is 38 maximum aperture. That's 32.4 smaller than the Samsung NX30 (5.6).
50% higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 25,600 higher than the Samsung NX30 (25,600).
One more flash guide number Edit
The Pentax K-50 has 12.00 flash guide numbers, however the Samsung NX30 only has 11.00 flash guide numbers.
99x shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a flash sync-speed of 0.01s, however the Samsung NX30 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s longer).
480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Pentax K-50 takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Samsung NX30 only takes 360.00 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.

Cheaper by $33
The Pentax K-50 is $33.06 cheaper than the Samsung NX30.
4 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Better user reviews
Based on 82 reviews, the average user review score of the Pentax K-50 is 96%, whereas the average rating of the Samsung NX30 is 88% (based on 19 reviews).
11 Reasons For
20% higher megapixel Edit
The Samsung NX30 has a megapixel of 20.3MP, however the Pentax K-50 is only a 16.28MP digital camera (4.02MP 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.

5.11MP more total megapixels Edit
The Samsung NX30 has a total megapixels of 21.6MP, whereas the Pentax K-50 is only a 16.49MP digital camera (5.11MP less).
Two hundred and thirty-six more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Samsung NX30 has 247.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Pentax K-50 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Samsung NX30 has a vari-angle LCD display, however the Pentax K-50 does not.
Touchscreen Edit
The Samsung NX30 has a touchscreen, but the Pentax K-50 does not have a touchscreen.
116,000 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Samsung NX30 is a 1,037,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-50 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (116,000 pixels lower).
A little higher magnification Edit
Samsung NX30 is 0.96x lens magnification ratio, but the Pentax K-50 is only a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.04x 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.

HDMI Edit
The Samsung NX30 has an HDMI, whereas the Pentax K-50 does not have 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.

58% lighter Edit
The Samsung NX30 is a 375g digital camera. That's 215g lighter than the Pentax K-50 (375g). 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 Samsung NX30 supports wi-Fi, but the Pentax K-50 does not. 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 Samsung NX30 supports near Field Communication (NFC), but the Pentax K-50 does not support near Field Communication (NFC).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 16.28MP digital camera. That's 4.02MP lower than the Samsung NX30 (20.3MP). 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.

31% less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 16.49MP digital camera. That's 5.11MP less than the Samsung NX30 (21.6MP).
Only 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Pentax K-50 is 11.00, but the Samsung NX30 only has 247.00 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, whereas the Samsung NX30 has a vari-angle LCD display.
Does not have a touchscreen Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have a touchscreen, however the Samsung NX30 has a touchscreen.
13% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels. That's 116,000 pixels lower than the Samsung NX30 (1,037,000 pixels).
Lower magnification Edit
The Pentax K-50 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.04x lower than the Samsung NX30 (0.96x). 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.

Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-50 does not have an HDMI, but the Samsung NX30 does. 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.

A lot heavier Edit
The Pentax K-50 has a weight of 590g, however the Samsung NX30 is a 375g digital camera (215g lighter). 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, however the Samsung NX30 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), however the Samsung NX30 does.
Older by three months
The Pentax K-50 is three months older than the Samsung NX30.
8 Reasons Against
Six times bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Samsung NX30 has a maximum aperture number of 5.6, however the Pentax K-50 is a 38 maximum aperture digital camera (32.4 smaller).
Lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Samsung NX30 is only 25,600 maximum ISO speed, but the Pentax K-50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 higher).
Only 11.00 flash guide numbers Edit
The Samsung NX30 is an 11.00 flash guide number digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-50 only has 12.00 flash guide numbers.
99% longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Samsung NX30 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Pentax K-50 (1s).
One hundred and twenty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Samsung NX30 is a digital camera that takes 360.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas 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.

$33 more expensive
The Samsung NX30 is more expensive than the Pentax K-50 by $33.06.
Not as many stockists
Only 5 stores sells the Samsung NX30, however 9 retailers sell the Pentax K-50. Read more
Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Lower user review Score
The Samsung NX30 has an average user rating of 88%, but the Pentax K-50 has an average user rating of 96% (based on 82 reviews).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel
16.28MP 20.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 3648
 3888 x 2592
 3712 x 2088
 2640 x 2640
 2976 x 1984
 2736 x 1824
 2944 x 1656
 2000 x 2000
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 1024 x 1024
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3080
 3648 x 3648
 3888 x 2592
 3712 x 2088
 2640 x 2640
 2976 x 1984
 2736 x 1824
 2944 x 1656
 2000 x 2000
 1920 x 1080
 1728 x 1152
 1024 x 1024
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5472 x 3648
 5472 x 3648
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.7 x 15.7 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixels
16.49MP 21.6MP
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
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Maximum Aperture Number
38
BEST
5.6
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5 3.5
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
84mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
27.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 55 18 - 55
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
11/8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Samsung NX
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Samsung NX
Number of Aspheric Elements
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blades
6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
52mm 58mm
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
 single
 continuous
 spot
 selective
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Selective Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 11
Auto Focus (AF) Points
11 247
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
 ± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Settings
 B
 B
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
Flash Guide Number
12m
BEST
11m
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
1s
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

Video

Full HD Video
 Full HD video
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps 60fps
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 810
 320 x 240
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 810
 320 x 240
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
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 AMOLED
 AMOLED
BEST
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 1,037,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.92x 0.96x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
HDMI Version
 1.4a
 1.4a
BEST
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Shutter priority
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Shutter priority
Photo Effects
 Muted
 Neutral
 Calm
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
 Calm
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,30
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
BEST
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Thumbnails
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Thumbnails
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-2.5 - 1.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
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)
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 EST
 HEB
 CZE
 LAV
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 CRO
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 EST
 HEB
 CZE
 LAV
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 CRO

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
590g 375g
BEST
Height
96.5mm 95.5mm
Depth
70mm 127mm
Width
129mm 41.7mm
Lens Weight
230g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
67.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
68.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight (including Battery)
650g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
D-LI109 BP1410
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3h
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,410mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
480 shots
BEST
360 shots
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.6V

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Unknown - Click to provide data 5 - 85
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

System Requirements

Minimum Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data Intel i5, AMD Phenom II x4
Minimum RAM
Unknown - Click to provide data 512MB
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Unknown - Click to provide data 250MB

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, iLauncher
Cables Included
 USB
BEST
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data

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
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Audio Recording Formats
 AAC+
 AAC+
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