Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of K-50 vs 600D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag and continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Pentax K-50 vs EOS 600D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Pentax K-50
1,120 ISO
EOS 600D
793 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K-50
162 ms
EOS 600D
283 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K-50
6 fps
EOS 600D
3.7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Pentax K-50
410 photos
EOS 600D
440 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Pentax K-50
23.7 bits
EOS 600D
22.1 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Pentax K-50
13.0 ev
EOS 600D
11.5 ev

Features Key features of the Pentax K-50  vs EOS 600D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Pentax K-50
16.2 MP
EOS 600D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Pentax K-50
51,600 ISO
EOS 600D
12,800 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Pentax K-50
0.61x
EOS 600D
0.53x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Pentax K-50
22.9 microns
EOS 600D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Pentax K-50  vs EOS 600D 

7.4
7.8
Ironically, this design is more suited to pros who plan to use the camera as a cheap video dSLR and never take it off the video setting than to the consumers at whom it's ostensibly targeted.
EOS 600D

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Pentax K-50  vs
EOS 600D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16.2 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 4656 x 3488 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.7 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 51,600 ISO 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 9 1

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.92x 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.61x 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 3.7 fps
Battery life 410 440
Continuous shooting
3.7 fps, JPEG
6 fps
3 fps
Focus lag 162 ms 283 ms

video

Pentax K-50  vs
EOS 600D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Manual
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 921 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/6000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 129 x 96.5 x 70 mm 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
Thickness 70 mm 79.7 mm
Weight 650 g 570 g
Is weather sealed Yes No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Pentax K-50
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