Close
Share on
Pentax K-500
Pentax K-500
26 Images + 2 Videos

Loading image...

Pentax K-500 Digital Camera

£399.99
SLR 16.28MP CMOS SDXC Jan 2015
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Two industry awards
Unacceptable noise level
Autofocus poor for sports
29 Reviews + 2 Awards
onfoto.ru Silver PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
eBay £399.99 Go to Store
See All 2 Prices from 2 Stores | £399.99 | Get Price Alerts
You are subscribed to price alerts for this product
Unsubscribe

Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This Pentax camera received a PhotographyBlog.com "Highly Recommended" award and it received a "Silver" award from website Onfoto.ru.

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this camera is 76 out of 100 based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews.

Pentax Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 2,026 owner and expert reviews (including 121 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other manufacturers. 97% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Support

Good Support

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the Pentax K-500 had good technical guidance. Expert review site Pentaxforums.com said “It enables more effective use of older manual lenses than cameras by other manufactures.  While the lack of superimposed AF points in the viewfinder or” and rated this digital camera 5 stars.


Power

AA Battery Power

One owner who reviewed the product considered that it had a good battery life. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “AA battery power”.


Good Video Capture

One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was good for video recording. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “Key features include an ISO range of 100-51200, Full HD 1080p video at 30, 25” in their review of this digital camera.

Decent Resolution

Six owners who bought it concluded that it was able to produce good images.

Four people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution. T3.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Decent resolution” but in spite of that they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “5fps burst shooting”. Cnet.com wrote “An interesting set of shooting features, support for AA-size batteries” in their review of this digital camera but they gave it a rating of 1 stars.

Three customers who bought this digital camera wrote that it had a good image sensor. Expert review site Pentaxforums.com mentioned in their Pentax K-500 review “It also incorporates a tried-and-tested 16.3-megapixel sensor with exceptional high-ISO performance for its class”. Expert website Techradar.com said “In a disappointment for many Pentax rumour followers, neither has a full-frame sensor”.

Two people who purchased it agreed that it had a good ISO range. Digit.in mentioned three years ago “Wide ISO range of 10051200” but despite that they rated the product 14 out of 100. Pc Mag said “Very good high ISO performance” in their Pentax K-500 review.

Read more Less

Autofocus Poor for Sports

Four people who purchased it agreed that it did not have a good autofocus. Four years ago Pc Mag said “Slow to focus when recording video” in their review of the Pentax K-500. Pentaxforums.com said “Viewfinder autofocus speed lags behind the competition”. Pentaxforums.com also mentioned “Autofocus poor for sports” in their review.

Three people who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have a good lens. Cnet.com said on CNET.com “Also, both the shutter and the lens make a lot of noise”. What Digital Camera wrote in their review of this digital camera “Noisy AF from bundled lens”.

Read more Less

No Visible AF Point in Viewfinder

Six customers who reviewed it agreed that it did not have a good viewfinder. Trusted Reviews said “No visible AF point in viewfinder”. Three years ago Digit.in wrote “Absence of AF points in viewfinder”. What Digital Camera wrote “AF point not superimposed in viewfinder”.

Two owners who purchased it wrote that it did not have a good screen. Three years ago Digital Versus said “Swivel screen touchcontrols”.

Read more Less

Weight & Dimensions

The Pentax K 50 Features a Weather-Sealed Body That's Unique in Its Price Class

Three owners who bought it agreed that it was compact. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “If you're coming from an advanced compact or a bridge camera” and scored it 5 stars. Digitalversus.com wrote in their Pentax K-500 review on expert review site Digital Versus “Ricoh has posted a new firmware update for its GR expert compact with APS-C sensor”.

One customer who bought it concluded that it was a good body shape. Four years ago Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “The Pentax K 50 features a weather-sealed body that's unique in its price class” in their review of this digital camera.

Read more Less

Heavy

The average weight of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera is 250g. With a weight of 590 grams, the Pentax K-500 is one of the heavier medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm HS30 (£317.00) (637g and cheaper).

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax K-500 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£399.99), and the PEN E-PM2 (£392.08) both from Olympus or the Canon G1 X (£419.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

4928 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-500 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera has a 4928 x 3264 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution.

This camera's image resolution (4928 x 3264 pixels) is in fact the best image resolution amongst all similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

The worst image resolution across comparable types of camera is 4288 x 3216 pixels.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-500 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think the E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£399.99), and the PEN E-PM2 (£392.08) both from Olympus or the Canon G1 X (£419.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Design

Nice Design

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was well designed.

One person considered that it was smooth. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ wrote three years ago “The K-500's range of scene modes and effect filters should make the transition a smooth one” in their review of the Pentax K-500.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was rough. Trustedreviews.com wrote on expert review site Trusted Reviews “There are a few too many rough edges to recommend it over the dominant Canon's” in their Pentax K-500 review.

Read more Less

God Build Quality

Six customers considered that the product was well made. Digit.in mentioned “Sturdy build and design” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Itreviews.com said “It boasts a number of refinements that are unheard of in this class, including a solid glass pentaprism viewfinder that delivers 100-percent frame coverage” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who purchased it concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress. Smarthouse.com.au mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-500 “Water, resistant coati”. One person wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable.

Read more Less

Image Quality

Nine people wrote that the product was good quality. What Digital Camera wrote four years ago “Image quality” in their review of this digital camera. Pentaxforums.com mentioned also four years ago “Kit lens of good quality” . Expert review site Dpreview.com said “Several companies make excellent SLRs to help consumers get better quality pictures for under $1,000” in their Pentax K-500 review.

Dated Interface

Three customers who purchased the Pentax K-500 concluded that it did not have a good interface. Trusted Reviews said in their Pentax K-500 review four years ago “Dated interface” . What Digital Camera said “Interface looks dated”.

One owner reckoned that this digital camera was not easy to use the menus. Pentaxforums.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Drops out of live view when menu is accessed or mode is changed” . One customer wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was not easy to use. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “Generally quite noisy to use”.

Read more Less

Lens System

Very Small Maximum Aperture Number

The Pentax K-500 has one of the smallest maximum aperture numbers (38) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The average maximum aperture number of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera is 7.4.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. At only 0.34 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-500 has a very small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR (£317.00) (30x) which also has a higher rating.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera that we have assessed the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of, the Pentax K-500's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 82.5 millimeters is one of the shortest. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 18mm and the longest is 1,500mm.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 27 millimeters, the Pentax K-500 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4.5mm and 40mm.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera range from 1.7 to 22. The Pentax K-500 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers (3.5) amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-500 features noise reduction, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Features Voice Recording

The Pentax K-500 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax K-500 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a built-in microphone.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Noisy AF Motor

Six customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was noisy. Four years ago Pentaxforums.com wrote “Loud autofocus with screwdrive” in their review of this digital camera. Digit.in wrote “Noisy AF motor”. Trusted Reviews said four years ago “Noisy AF with kit lens”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

Six customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was noisy. Four years ago Pentaxforums.com wrote “Loud autofocus with screwdrive” in their review of this digital camera. Digit.in wrote “Noisy AF motor”. Trusted Reviews said four years ago “Noisy AF with kit lens”.


Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-500 has an external flash connector. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also have an external flash connector.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-500 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Camera

Fairly High Playback Zoom (max)

The average playback zoom (max) of cameras that are a comparable age to this camera is 9.1x, and the playback zoom (max) range from 1x to 16x. With a playback zoom (max) of 16 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-500 has a quite high playback zoom (max) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Supports Live View

The Pentax K-500 supports live view. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also support live view.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Features Histogram

The Pentax K-500 features histogram, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Battery

480 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Pentax K-500 is a digital camera that takes 480 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard).

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax K-500 has a battery charger included. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have a battery charger included.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax K-500 has a hand strap. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a hand strap.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax K-500 has a batteries included, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Display

Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

The Pentax K-500 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (921,000 pixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The average display resolution (numeric) of similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera is 430,000 pixels.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Average Display Diagonal

The Pentax K-500 has a pretty average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think the Fujifilm HS30 (£317.00) which is cheaper; or the Olympus PEN E-PM2 (£392.08), and the Pentax K-5 II (£690.00) which has better reviews are also worth considering.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K-500 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). This camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Pentax K-500 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

The worst video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Features

Strong Features Compared to Rivals

Ten owners concluded that it had good features. Trusted Reviews wrote “Strong features compared to rivals” in their review of the Pentax K-500. Four years ago What Digital Camera mentioned in their review of the Pentax K-500 “Excellent set of features compared to the competition”. Pentaxforums.com wrote in their review of this digital camera in the same month “Loaded with features otherwise uncommon for its class”.


Price

Competetively Priced

Eight customers considered that the product was good value for money. Pentaxforums.com mentioned four years ago “Competetively priced”. T3.com said in their review of the Pentax K-500 “Good value for money” however despite that they gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100. Macworld.co.uk said “Good value in terms of build quality, handling” but they scored it 18.8 out of 100.

Expensive

We think this camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of this age and type. The price range of digital cameras of this age and type is from £30 to £4,689.


Smart TV

Fixed Non-Articulated LCD Screen, Lacks the Weather Proofing Features of the K 50 At Around 150 More, No Body Integral Wi-Fi or On-Board GPS

One customer said in their reviews that it did not have gps. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Fixed non-articulated LCD screen, lacks the weather proofing features of the K 50 at around 150 more, no body integral Wi-Fi or on-board GPS” in their Pentax K-500 review.


Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-500 does not support Wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years do support Wi-Fi.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a Wi-Fi and we think the E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£399.99), or the OM-D E-M10 (£349.00) both from Olympus or the Fujifilm X-E2 (£479.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Pentax K-500 does not feature bluetooth. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also do not feature bluetooth.

Chart Hide Chart Edit

Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and spec which have an HDMI.

Read more Less Chart Hide Chart Edit

Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this camera was released.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax w1855mm, da18270mm
Barcodes 00027075261150, 00027075261167, 00027075261259, 00027075261266, 00270752611506, 03662362019877, 03662362019884, 03662362019891, 03662362019914, 03662362019938, 03662362019945, 03662362019952, 03662362019976, 03662362019983, 03662362019990, 03662362020002, 03662362020019, 03662362020071, 03662362020095, 03662362020422, 03662362034764, 03662362034771, 05053973051017

Other Digital Cameras to Consider

Nikon 1 J5 vs Pentax K-500

Nikon 1 J5 vs Pentax K-500
Nikon 1 J5 Pentax K-500
£ 229.97 £399.99
£170 Cheaper
2x Thinner
15.5mm Shorter Minimum Focal Length
Hugely Lighter
Seven Less Flash Guides
3x Lower Maximum ISO Speed

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 vs Pentax K-500

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 vs Pentax K-500
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Pentax K-500
£ 319.99 £399.99
£80 Cheaper
Hugely Thinner
417g Lighter
Significantly Shorter
Vastly Lower JPEG Frame Rate
Two Hundred and Sixty Less Shots Per Battery Charge

Samsung NX30 vs Pentax K-500

Samsung NX30 vs Pentax K-500
Samsung NX30 Pentax K-500
£ 419.00 £399.99
Two Hundred and Thirty-Six More Auto Focus Points
28.3mm Thinner
Three Aspheric Elements
Longer Maximum Focal Length
£19 More Expensive
16.4 Bigger Maximum Aperture
Feedback