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Pentax K-500 Digital Camera

SLR 16.28MP 0.34x Jul 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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Pentax Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

SLR digital cameras manufactured by Pentax have excellent reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just SLR digital cameras) and found that Pentax also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Pentax K-500 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-500.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the D5100[pl_2120682_price], and the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-500 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the K-500 also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price].

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the EOS 60Da[pl_1425495_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the EOS 550D[pl_1446732_price] (sd|sdhc|sdxc), or the EOS 700D - Rebel T5i[pl_1609405_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) all from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax K-500 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-500. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

The maximum apertures of cameras of a similar type and age to the K-500 range from 3 to 38. At 38, the Pentax K-500 has a quite small maximum aperture compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-500.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

The lowest maximum ISO speed of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the K-500 is 1,600, the highest is 210,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 19,000. The Pentax K-500 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds (51,200) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Quite High JPEG Frame Rate

At 60 frames per second, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly high JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. The average JPEG frame rate of cameras of this age and spec is 35fps.

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Very High Maximum Playback Zoom

The average maximum playback zoom of similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-500 is 11x. The maximum playback zoom of the Pentax K-500 of 16 times zoom factor is one of the highest amongst cameras of a similar age and type to the K-500.

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± 5EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Pentax camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-500. The image editing modes "Crop" and "Resizing" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this type and age. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax K-500 is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-500. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Supports Twenty-Six ISO Speeds

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras of this age and spec. The ISO speeds "125", "160", "200", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000", "6400", "8000", "10000", "12800", "16000", "25600" and "51200" are also supported by this digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Features Six Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pentax K-500 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on cameras that have been available for around the same time as the K-500. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Face detection", "Selective Auto Focus", "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Pentax digital camera.

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B Shutter Speed Setting

This digital camera has a B shutter speed setting, which is the most commonly found shutter speed setting on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Pentax K-500 is more than most SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-500. The camera file systems "Exif 2.3" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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TFT Display

The Pentax K-500 has a better display than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display across all SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the K-500.

The worst display amongst comparable types of camera is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on digital cameras of this age and type.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

With a flash sync-speed of only 0.005 seconds, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly short flash sync-speed compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the K-500. The shortest flash sync-speed of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.0031s, the longest is 4s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.67s.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax K-500 does not support video recording, unlike most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the K-500 which support video recording.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support video recording including the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-500, the Pentax K-500 does not have a GPS.

Other digital cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to consider include the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-500 are not 3D compatible. The Pentax K-500 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-500 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Pentax K-500 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon D3000[plb_993_price] or the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon.

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the K-500 are not waterproof. The Pentax K-500 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the K-500 do not have an image stabiliser. The Pentax K-500 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Has Seven Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Pentax K-500 is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-500. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Auto", "Movie", "Program", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Only Six Diaphragm Blades

Most cameras that have been around for more than two years have between five and eight diaphragm blades, including the Pentax K-500 which has six diaphragm blades.

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Only ±1EV (1/2 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-500 has a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Most digital cameras of this spec and age have a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction.

A ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction is in fact the worst flash exposure correction amongst all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the K-500.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the best flash exposure correction is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step).

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Only 11 Auto Focus Points

The Pentax K-500 is an 11 auto focus point camera.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-500

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the K-500.

Other 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Canon EOS 60Da[plb_1425495_price] which has better reviews; or the Nikon D3000[plb_993_price], or the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV[plb_629598_price] which is cheaper.

If you want a camera with a larger screen size then you might also want to consider the D600[pl_2079663_price] (3.2"), or the D750[pl_2497138_price] (3.2") both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The Pentax K-500 has a relatively standard weight (590 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-500.

We compared all the other 590g cameras to this digital camera and we think the K-30[pl_1717026_price], and the K-50[pl_2053942_price] both from Pentax which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16.28 megapixels, the Pentax K-500 has a relatively average megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-500.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 16.28MP cameras and we think the K-50[pl_2053942_price], and the K-30[pl_1717026_price] both from Pentax which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might want to consider the D3300[pl_2113658_price] (24.2MP), the D600[pl_2079663_price] (24.3MP), or the D750[pl_2497138_price] (24.3MP) all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to look at including the EOS 60Da[pl_1425495_price], or the EOS 550D[pl_1446732_price] both from Canon which has better reviews; or the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV[plb_629598_price] which is cheaper.

If the sensor type of this SLR digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon D3000[plb_993_price] (CCD) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Setting
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Diopter Adjustment
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Carrying Case
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

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Sturdy build and design
Wide ISO range of 10051200
6fps drive motor
God build quality
100 coverage viewfinder
Noisy AF motor
Outdated interface
Absence of AF points in viewfinder
Slow startup, slow to shoot in low light
No modern features e

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

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