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Pentax K-500

£399.99
onfoto.ru Silver PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended
A multi award winning SLR camera, perfect for wildlife photography
SLR 16.28MP 0.34x CMOS Jan 2015
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Pentax K-500 Review

With very good reviews but average features, we have ranked the Pentax K-500 number 312 across all digital cameras.
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17 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Average Features
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2 Years Old
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Average

Why Has it Scored 53?

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. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Pentax digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report superior technical features.
The K-500 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Heavy
Wide range of closest focusing distances depending on lens used

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 221 in wildlife photography cameras. It is also excellent for sports photography, ranking number 209 in sports photography cameras, but mediocre for portrait photography, ranking number 255 in portrait photography cameras.
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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

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites both liked this camera. The expert at review website PhotographyBlog.com gave this Pentax digital camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and the expert at review site Onfoto.ru concluded that it was great and gave it a "Silver" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

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

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Pentax Has Excellent Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 2,542 expert and user reviews (including 474 verified purchases) for Pentax cameras and found that on average Pentax has excellent reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Pentax has excellent reviews specifically within its digital cameras range. 98% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Technical Features

Two owners wrote in their reviews that it had good features.


Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews but average features and is over 6 months old, and at £399.99 it is more expensive than 59% of cameras.

Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Pentax K-500 and the United Kingdom price of £399.99 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $656.18 (£854.22).

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Features

Average Megapixels

The Pentax K-500's sensor megapixels of 16.3MP is pretty average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 1% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This 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 camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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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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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max) of the Pentax K-500 of 51,200 is very high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 3% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of all digital cameras is 14,000, with the lowest being 200 and the highest being 820,000.

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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

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The Pentax K-500 has a built-in flash. 66% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Heavy

The weight of the Pentax K-500 of 590g is quite heavy compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the heaviest 11% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the weights range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

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

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Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax K-500 features noise reduction. 92% of digital cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI, although it is worth keeping in mind that 55% of digital cameras also do not have an HDMI.

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

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

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

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

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras is 0.5", the largest is 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The display diagonal of the Pentax K-500 of 3" is quite large compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 15% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Pentax K-500 has an external flash connector, which is unusual. 87% of digital cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The Pentax K-500's display resolution of 921,000 pixels is in the highest 25% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The lowest display resolution of cameras is 3 pixels, the highest is 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 590,000 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is the most frequently supported resolution on digital cameras. 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.

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Has a Carrying Case

The Pentax K-500 has a carrying case, unlike 89% of cameras which do not have a carrying case.

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Quite High Playback Zoom (max)

The Pentax K-500's playback zoom (max) of 16x is in the highest 4% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The playback zoom (max) of digital cameras range from 1x to 30x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 10x.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax K-500 supports live view, which is unusual. 84% of digital cameras do not support live view.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Pentax K-500 does not feature bluetooth. 96% of cameras also do not feature bluetooth.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most other digital cameras, the Pentax K-500 does not support Wi-Fi. 72% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-500 features flash exposure compensation. 80% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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480 Battery Life

The Pentax K-500 is a digital camera that takes 480 shots battery life.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera was released in January 2015.


Product Identifiers

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