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Pentax K-500
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Pentax K-500 Digital Camera

SLR 16.28MP 0.34x Dec 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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... More
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21 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

On average Pentax SLR digital cameras have excellent ratings compared to other brands as do all digital cameras manufactured by Pentax.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-500 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-500 also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the EOS 1000D[pl_1649933_price], or the EOS 650D - Rebel T4i[pl_1514554_price] both from Canon or the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price].

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on digital cameras of this spec and age.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], and the Nikon D5000[plb_1640596_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the K-500. The image formats supported "RAW" is also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Cameras of a similar age and type to the K-500 have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 1,600 and 210,000. At 51,200, the Pentax K-500 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-500.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Very High Playback Zoom (max)

At 16 times zoom factor, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly high playback zoom (max) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the K-500. The playback zoom (max)s of SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1x to 16x.

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Fairly High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

With a motion JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Pentax K-500 has one of the higher motion JPEG frame rates amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the K-500 is 3fps, the highest is 60fps, and the average motion JPEG frame rate is 36fps.

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

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

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Has Three Image Editings

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Pentax K-500 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras that came out around the same time as the K-500. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Pentax camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Across similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 640 x 424 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of this spec and age. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on SLR digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Pentax K-500 is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Pentax camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the K-500. The ISO sensitivity "51200" is also supported by this camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports a H.264|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Features Six Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

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

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the K-500. The camera file systems "Exif 2.3" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of SLR digital cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 24mm to 75mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 30mm. The Pentax K-500 has one of the shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 24 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Pentax K-500 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-500.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

The average flash sync-speed of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the K-500 is 0.62s, and the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0031s to 3s. With a flash sync-speed of only 0.005 seconds, the Pentax K-500 has one of the shorter flash sync-speeds amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Pentax K-500 does not support video capability, unlike most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago which support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video capability to this camera and we think the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the K-500, the Pentax K-500 does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[plb_964_price], the Canon EOS 650D - Rebel T4i[plb_1514554_price], or the Nikon D7100[plb_2082345_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the K-500 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Pentax K-500 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the Sony SLT-A65Y[plb_1620656_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Pentax K-500 is not 3D, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the K-500 are also not 3D.

If you are looking for a camera that is 3D then you might also want to consider the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[pl_964_price], or the SLT-A65Y[pl_1620656_price] both from Sony which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

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

It is worth considering other cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Panasonic DMC-GH3 + 12-35mm[plb_1815297_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Pentax K-500 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most digital cameras of this spec and age do not have an image stabilizer. The Pentax K-500 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-500 range from 75mm to 320mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 110mm. The Pentax K-500 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 75 millimeters) amongst cameras of this age.

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Only Has Seven Shooting Modess

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of shooting modes than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Pentax camera has a Manual shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on digital cameras of this type and age. The shooting modess "Aperture priority", "Auto", "Movie", "Program", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-500

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 3" screen cameras currently available including the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[pl_964_price], or the Alpha SLT-A77[pl_1512851_price] both from Sony which has better reviews.

If you want a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the D600[pl_2079663_price] (3.2"), or the D7100[pl_2082345_price] (3.2") both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many SLR 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 also be worth considering include the SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm[pl_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Alpha A3000[pl_2681017_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) both from Sony or the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 590 grams, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Pentax K-30 + DAL 18-55WR[plb_1717026_price] (590g).

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.28 megapixels, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly standard megapixel compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the K-500.

Cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the D7100[pl_2082345_price] (24.1MP), or the D3300[pl_2113658_price] (24.2MP) both from Nikon or the Sony Alpha A3000[plb_2681017_price] (20.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Sensor Format
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Lens Mount Interface
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Mounting Type
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus (AF) Points
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Settings
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Guide Number
Flash Sync-Speed
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Camera Playback
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Scene Modes
Languages Support
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Carrying Case
Networking
Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
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

Manufacturer Part Numbers da18270, da18270m, da18270mm
Barcodes 00027075261150, 00027075261259, 00270752611506, 03662362019877, 03662362019884, 03662362019891, 03662362019914, 03662362019938, 03662362019945, 03662362019952, 03662362019976, 03662362019983, 03662362019990, 03662362020002, 03662362020019, 03662362020071, 03662362020095, 03662362020422, 03662362034764, 03662362034771, 05053973051017

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