Pentax K-500 vs Sony Alpha A7R II

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Pentax K-500
Sony Alpha A7R II

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
0.99s shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a flash sync-speed of 0.01s, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s longer).
Higher magnification Edit
Pentax K-500 is 0.92x lens magnification ratio. That's 0.14x higher than the Sony Alpha A7R II (0.78x). 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.

480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a digital camera that takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II only takes 340.00 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.

12 Reasons For
26.12MP higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a megapixel of 42.4MP, but the Pentax K-500 is only a 16.28MP digital camera (26.12MP 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.

27.11MP more total megapixels Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a total megapixels of 43.6MP, however the Pentax K-500 is only a 16.49MP digital camera (27.11MP less).
Three hundred and eighty-eight more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Sony Alpha A7R II is 399.00, but the Pentax K-500 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
51,200 higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II is a 102,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-500 is only a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (51,200 lower).
Vastly smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 50, however the Pentax K-500 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (50 bigger).
Vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a vari-angle LCD display, but the Pentax K-500 does not.
307,800 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has a display resolution (numeric) of 1,228,800 pixels, however the Pentax K-500 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (307,800 pixels lower).
HDMI Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II has an HDMI, however the Pentax K-500 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.

2% lighter Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II is a 582g digital camera. That's 8g lighter than the Pentax K-500 (582g). 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 Sony Alpha A7R II supports wi-Fi, whereas the Pentax K-500 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 Sony Alpha A7R II supports near Field Communication (NFC), whereas the Pentax K-500 does not support near Field Communication (NFC).
Available from 19 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

13 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 16.28MP digital camera. That's 26.12MP lower than the Sony Alpha A7R II (42.4MP). 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.

2x less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 16.49MP digital camera. That's 27.11MP less than the Sony Alpha A7R II (43.6MP).
Only 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Pentax K-500 has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Sony Alpha A7R II only has 399.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Pentax K-500 is only 51,200 maximum ISO speed. That's 51,200 lower than the Sony Alpha A7R II (102,400).
50% bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 50 bigger than the Sony Alpha A7R II (50).
Does not have a vari-angle LCD display Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have a vari-angle LCD display, but the Sony Alpha A7R II has a vari-angle LCD display.
34% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 307,800 pixels lower than the Sony Alpha A7R II (1,228,800 pixels).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI, however the Sony Alpha A7R II 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 bit heavier Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a weight of 590g, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II is a 582g digital camera (8g 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-500 does not support wi-Fi, whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II 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-500 does not support near Field Communication (NFC), whereas the Sony Alpha A7R II does.
Not as many stockists
The Pentax K-500 is only stocked by 1 store, however the Sony Alpha A7R II is stocked by 20 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by seven months
The Pentax K-500 is seven months older than the Sony Alpha A7R II.
3 Reasons Against
99% longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Pentax K-500 (1s).
0.14x lower magnification Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II is a 0.78x lens magnification ratio digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-500 is a 0.92x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.14x higher). 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.

One hundred and fourty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony Alpha A7R II takes 340.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Pentax K-500 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.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel
16.28MP 42.4MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3984 x 2656
 3984 x 2240
 2592 x 1728
 2592 x 1456
 3984 x 2656
 3984 x 2240
 2592 x 1728
 2592 x 1456
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 7952 x 5304
 7952 x 5304
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.7 x 15.7 35.9 x 24
Total Megapixels
16.49MP 43.6MP
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
 3:2
 16:9
 3:2
BEST

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
0.34x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
2.8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
75mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 200 Unknown - Click to provide data
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
15/13 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Sony E
 Pentax K
 Pentax KA
 Pentax KAF
 Pentax KAF2
 Sony E
Number of Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
62mm Unknown - Click to provide data
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) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.35m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
11 399
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
 100
 200
 51200
 Auto
 50
 64
 400
 640
 6400
 25600
 25
 102400
 100
 200
 51200
 Auto
 50
 64
 400
 640
 6400
 25600
 25
 102400
ISO Sensitivity (max)
51,200 102,400
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 50
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
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
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
 Hi-speed sync
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash on
 Red-eye reduction
 Second curtain synchro
 Hi-speed sync
Flash Guide Number
12m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
0.01s
BEST
1s
External Flash Connector
 External flash connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Flash Exposure Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Flash exposure lock
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash
Shoe Mounting Point
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shoe mounting point

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 3840 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 3840 x 2160
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 MP4
 AC3
 LC-AAC
 MP4
 AC3
 LC-AAC
BEST
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
BEST
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 1,228,800 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.92x
BEST
0.78x
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Headphone outputs
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Incandescent
 Underwater
 Auto
 Manual
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Shade
 Flash
 Custom modes
 Fine
 Fluorescent L
 Incandescent
 Underwater
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Program
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Sepia
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Dioptre Correction
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Dioptre correction
Anti-Dust Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Anti-dust function
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Crop
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 MPF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 MPF
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Multi Burst Mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Multi burst mode
Camera Playback
 Single image
 Slide show
 Single image
 Slide show
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-2.5 - 1.5 -4 - 3
Eye Relief
Unknown - Click to provide data 23mm
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Twilight
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Twilight
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)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
590g 582g
BEST
Height
96.5mm 95.7mm
Depth
70mm 60.3mm
Width
129mm 126.9mm
Weight (including Battery)
650g 625g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
D-LI109 NP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
480 shots
BEST
340 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
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

Technical Details

Built-In Speaker(s)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in speaker(s)
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
Headphone Connectivity
 3.5 mm
 3.5 mm
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