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Pentax K-500

£399.99
Pentax K-500
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An award winning and fully featured SLR digital camera, with an affordable price and a wide selection of available lenses
SLR 16.28MP 4928 X 3264 Pixels CMOS Jan 2015
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Pentax K-500 Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Pentax K-500 number 104 across all digital cameras and number 223 in best selling cameras.
87
Reviews
17 Reviews + 2 Awards
82
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Age
3 Years Old
82
Overall Score
Excellent

Why Has it Scored 82?

It has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 76%, based on 17 reviews. This digital camera has received two awards including a "Highly Recommended" from PhotographyBlog.com and a "Silver" from Onfoto.ru. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Pentax digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2018.
Customers report technical features.
The K-500 has some great features:
Higher than average megapixels
4928 x 3264 pixels image resolution
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses
Easy-to-use and high-quality performance \
\\This cost-efficient model inherits such remarkable features as a compact, lightweight, easy-to-hold body; high-resolution image reproduction with approximately 16.2 effective megapixels; super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200; and high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second, making it an ideal imaging tool for all casual digital photographers.\<br>\<br> high-resolution, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200 \
\\The k-500 features the state-of-the-art CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm, to assure high-speed image data readout. this image sensor is coupled with PRIME M the same high-performance imaging engine incorporated in upper-class models to deliver super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels. the k-500 also offers super-high-sensitivity shooting at a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, allowing the photographer to handhold the camera for beautiful nighttime snapshots.\<br>\<br> innovative SR mechanism \
\\The pentax-developed SR (shake reduction) mechanism effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake to deliver sharp, blur-free images, even under shake-prone conditions such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or taking landscapes in twilight. this innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses even those developed for film-format cameras.* it is also the key to some special functions, including the ASTRO TRACER mode that simplifies astronomical photography in combination with the optional o-gps1 GPS unit.\<br>\<br>* lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K, KA, KAF, kaf2 and kaf3mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645 and 67system lenses (with an adapter). some functions may not be available with certain lenses.\<br>\<br> high-speed continuous shooting, at approximately 6 fps \
\\The k-500\'s high-speed continuous shooting function captures active, fast-moving subjects such as athletes, stage performers and wildlife in a series of images, at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second (in the JPEG recording format).\<br>\<br> high-quality movie recording \
\\The k-500 records high-resolution, full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the h.264 recording format, with a choice of frame rate (30, 25 or 24 frames per second). it even offers creative image-processing tools like custom images, and useful movie-recording features such as an interval movie recording function, for the production of more personalized movies.\<br>\<br>the frame rate may vary when nonstandard image processing is required.\<br>\<br> optical finder with approximately 100% field of view \
\\Despite a compact body common to all entry-class models, the k-50 features a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of view and approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm f1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. since it delivers a clear view of the subject even in bright sunshine and eliminates parallax and time lag in the viewfinder image, the k-50 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical.\<br>\<br> effortless, user-friendly auto picture and scene modes \
\\The pentax-original auto picture mode automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene from portrait, landscape, macro and other distinctive shooting modes. since the k-500 sets all vital camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness the photographer can concentrate on image composition and the shutter chance. the k-500 also offers 19 scene modes, including night scene portrait, pet and backlight silhouette, to simplify the photographing of subjects and scenes too complicated or too demanding for entry digital SLR photographers.\<br>\<br> high-precision autofocus \
\\The k-500 features the state-of-the-art SAFOX ixi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation with 11 sensors (including nine cross-type sensors in the middle). it also features a spotbeam projector to assist AF operation in poorly lit locations. its select-area expansion function keeps the sensor module tracking a moving subject, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. as the result, not only the accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus operation, but also the auto-tracking performance of moving subjects when using a telephoto lens, have been greatly improved.\<br>\<br> A selection of tools for creative, personalized expression \
\\The k-500\'s custom image function allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image, with a choice of 11 custom images. the k-500 also provides 19 distinctive digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to captured images and produce creative, artistic images without the need for a computer.\<br>\<br> choice of two power sources \
\\In addition to the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of capturing approximately 480 images with a single recharge, * the k-500 can also be powered by four aa-size batteries with the use of the optional d-bh109 AA battery holder. since aa-size batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there\'s no worry about battery shortages, even when on the road.\<br>\<br>* under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, using the d-li109 rechargeable lithium-ion battery with no flash discharges.\<br>\<br> other features \

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is very good for everyday photography, ranking number 184 in everyday photography cameras. It is also very good for landscape photography, ranking number 193 in landscape photography cameras as well being very good for wildlife photography, ranking number 185 in wildlife photography cameras.
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Portrait Photography
Very Good
78
Landscape Photography
Very Good
78
Everyday Photography
Very Good
75
Sports Photography
Very Good
76
Wildlife Photography
Very Good

Pentax K-500 Video Reviews

How Big is the Pentax K-500?

The Pentax K-500 is 129mm wide and 96.5mm tall. It is 70mm deep and weighs 590g.

Pentax K-500 front dimensions
Pentax K-500 size in context

Pentax K-500 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Two Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites both thought that this Pentax camera was very good. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review website PhotographyBlog.com and the author at review site Onfoto.ru gave it a "Silver" award and concluded it was very good.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 76 out of 100 based on 17 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews.

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Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 2,566 expert and user reviews (including 483 verified purchases) for Pentax digital cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews compared to other brands. 98% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Great Technical Features

Three owners who bought the Pentax K-500 reckoned that it had good features.

Value For Money

Good Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and very good features but is over 6 months old. However at £399.99 it is in the cheapest 49% of cameras.

Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera was released in January 2015.

Features

Higher Than Average Megapixels

Across all the cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The Pentax K-500's sensor megapixels of 16.3MP is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 66% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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4928 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Pentax K-500 is 4928 x 3264 pixels. That's 1% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all cameras the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This Pentax digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

Cameras have ISO sensitivities (max) of between 200 and 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000. The Pentax K-500's maximum ISO sensitivity of 51,200 is very high compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 96% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Pentax K-500 has a built-in flash, as do 68% of cameras.

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Heavier Than Average

The Pentax K-500's weight of 590g is in the heaviest 12% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The lightest digital camera is 50g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI, although keep in mind that 55% of cameras also do not have an HDMI.

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480 Battery Life

The Pentax K-500 is a camera that takes 480 shots battery life. Most of the other digital cameras take between 4 and 4,699 battery life.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-500 features noise reduction. 91% of cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Pentax K-500's display diagonal of 3" is pretty typical compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 15% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Carrying Case

The Pentax K-500 has a carrying case, which is unusual. 88% of digital cameras do not have a carrying case.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax K-500 supports live view, which is unusual. 83% of cameras do not support live view.

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Wide Range of Minimum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Higher Than Average Maximum Playback Zoom

Cameras have playback zoom (max) of between 1x and 39x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 10x. The Pentax K-500's maximum playback zoom of 16x is in the highest 2% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Pentax K-500 does not support Wi-Fi, although keep in mind that 69% of cameras also do not support Wi-Fi.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-500 has an external flash connector, unlike 86% of cameras which do not have an external flash connector.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-500 features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 78% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Higher Than Average Display Resolution

The lowest display resolution of cameras is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 620,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Pentax K-500 of 921,000 pixels is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is higher than 71% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Pentax K-500 does not feature bluetooth. 95% of cameras also do not feature bluetooth.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many cameras.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

da18270mm

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