Pentax K-500 vs Sony Alpha A5100

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Pentax K-500
Sony Alpha A5100

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Pentax K-500 has an image stabilizer, whereas the Sony Alpha A5100 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

50% higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 25,600 higher than the Sony Alpha A5100 (25,600).
99x shorter flash sync-speed Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a flash sync-speed of 0.01s, however the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera (0.99s longer).
50% higher motion JPEG frame rate Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a motion JPEG frame rate of 60fps. That's 30fps higher than the Sony Alpha A5100 (30fps).
480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Pentax K-500 takes 480.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Sony Alpha A5100 only takes 400.00 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.

10 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a megapixel of 24.3MP, whereas the Pentax K-500 is only a 16.28MP digital camera (8.02MP 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.

A lot more total megapixels Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a total megapixels of 24.7MP, but the Pentax K-500 is only a 16.49MP digital camera (8.21MP less).
One hundred and sixty-eight more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 179.00 auto Focus (AF) points digital camera, whereas the Pentax K-500 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Touchscreen Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has a touchscreen, however the Pentax K-500 does not have a touchscreen.
A little higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Sony Alpha A5100 is 921,600 pixels display resolution, but the Pentax K-500 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels lower).
HDMI Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has an HDMI, but the Pentax K-500 does not. 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.

366g lighter Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 224g digital camera. That's 366g lighter than the Pentax K-500 (224g). 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 A5100 supports wi-Fi, however the Pentax K-500 does not support 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.

Near Field Communication (NFC) Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 supports near Field Communication (NFC), however the Pentax K-500 does not.
Available from 3 shops
A greater number of stores increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product.

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
50% lower megapixel Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 16.28MP digital camera. That's 8.02MP lower than the Sony Alpha A5100 (24.3MP). 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.

50% less total megapixels Edit
The Pentax K-500 is a 16.49MP digital camera. That's 8.21MP less than the Sony Alpha A5100 (24.7MP).
Only 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The number of auto Focus (AF) pointss on the Pentax K-500 is 11.00, but the Sony Alpha A5100 only has 179.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Does not have a touchscreen Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have a touchscreen, however the Sony Alpha A5100 has a touchscreen.
1% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels. That's 600 pixels lower than the Sony Alpha A5100 (921,600 pixels).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI, but the Sony Alpha A5100 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.

Vastly heavier Edit
The Pentax K-500 has a weight of 590g, however the Sony Alpha A5100 is a 224g digital camera (366g 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, however the Sony Alpha A5100 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), however the Sony Alpha A5100 does.
Fewer sellers
The Pentax K-500 is only stocked by 1 shop, but the Sony Alpha A5100 is stocked by 4 stores. Read more
The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
6 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 does not have an image stabilizer, but the Pentax K-500 does. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Vastly lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 25,600, however the Pentax K-500 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (25,600 higher).
Longer flash sync-speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A5100 is a 1s flash sync-speed digital camera. That's 0.99s longer than the Pentax K-500 (1s).
Lower motion JPEG frame rate Edit
Sony Alpha A5100 is only 30fps JPEG frame rate, but the Pentax K-500 is a 60fps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps higher).
Eighty less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Sony Alpha A5100 is 400.00, but 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.

Four months older
The Sony Alpha A5100 is older than the Pentax K-500 by four months.

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel
16.28MP 24.3MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
 6000 x 4000
 12416 x 1856
 6000 x 3376
 8192 x 1856
 4240 x 2832
 5536 x 2160
 4240 x 2400
 3872 x 2160
 3008 x 2000
 3008 x 1688
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 6000 x 4000
 6000 x 4000
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.7 x 15.7 23.5 x 15.6
Total Megapixels
16.49MP 24.7MP
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 8x
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
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
BEST
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.35m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Points
11 179
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Smile Detection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Smile detection
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
 64
 80
 160
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 100
 200
 51200
 64
 80
 160
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
ISO Sensitivity (max)
51,200
BEST
25,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
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 (1/3EV 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
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
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 Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
60fps
BEST
30fps
Video Formats Supported
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MP4
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
 Voice recording
Audio System
 Stereo
 Stereo
Noise Reduction
 Noise reduction
 Noise reduction

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 Eye-Fi
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
BEST
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.92x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder Type
 Optical
 Optical

Ports & Interfaces

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

Camera

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
 Vivid
 Muted
 Neutral
 Black&White
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,12 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
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
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 MPF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF
 Exif
 MPF
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Movie
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data BIONZ X
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
-2.5 - 1.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Self-portrait
 Backlight
 Snow
 Candlelight
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Museum
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Surf
 Pet
 Self-portrait
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 224g
BEST
Height
96.5mm 62.8mm
Depth
70mm 35.7mm
Width
129mm 109.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
650g 283g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 USB
 Battery
 USB
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
D-LI109 NP-FW50
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,080mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
480 shots
BEST
400 shots
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.4V

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
 USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
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
 Built-in flash
Aspect Ratio
 3:2
 3:2

Technical Details

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