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Pentax K-500
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Pentax K-500 Digital Camera

SLR 16.28MP 0.34x Jul 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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21 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Pentax cameras and also specifically for Pentax MILC cameras and found that in both cases Pentax had excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax K-500 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this age and type do not have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II[plb_2751171_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], and the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the K-500, the Pentax K-500 supports Full HD video.

Other cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at include the OM-D E-M5 Mark II[pl_2751171_price], the PEN E-PL6[pl_2168948_price], or the OM-D E-M10[pl_3280067_price] all from Olympus which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including the 1 J4[pl_2510399_price], or the 1 J5[pl_2830177_price] both from Nikon which has better reviews.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Pentax K-500 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on cameras of this spec and age. The image editing modes "Crop" and "Rotating" are also found on this camera.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras of this spec and age. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

At 51,200, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly high maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the K-500. The maximum ISO speeds of MILC cameras that are a similar age to the K-500 range from 6,400 to 410,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 43,000.

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Fairly High JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-500 the JPEG frame rates range from 24fps to 60fps. With a JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly high JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the K-500.

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Has Eleven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Pentax K-500 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than a year. This Pentax camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on MILC cameras that are a similar age to the K-500. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fine", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent L", "Manual", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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

The Pentax K-500 has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most digital cameras of this spec and age.

A ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is in fact the best light exposure correction amongst all cameras of a similar type and age to the K-500.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across similar types of camera.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

The minimum ISO speed of MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the K-500 range from 50 to 1,600. The Pentax K-500 has a fairly small minimum ISO speed (only 100) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the K-500.

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480 Shots Per Battery Charge

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

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12 Flash Guides

The Pentax K-500 has more flash guides than most of the digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the K-500. Most of the MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the K-500 only have between 5 and 11 flash guides, however this digital camera has 12 flash guides.

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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 MILC cameras that are a similar age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 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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Supports Twenty-Seven ISO Speeds

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera supports 25 and 600 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by MILC cameras that are a similar age to the K-500. The ISO speeds "100", "125", "160", "200", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000", "6400", "8000", "10000", "12800", "16000", "51200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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B Shutter Speed Setting

This camera has a B shutter speed setting, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

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TFT Display

The Pentax K-500 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

A TFT display is actually the best display amongst all MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-500.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst display is LCD.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

The flash sync-speeds of MILC cameras that were launched more than a year ago range from 0.00012s to 1s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.44s. At only 0.005 seconds, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly short flash sync-speed compared to most of the other MILC cameras that were released one year ago.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax K-500 does not support WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the OM-D E-M5 Mark II[pl_2751171_price], the PEN E-PL6[pl_2168948_price], or the OM-D E-M10[pl_3280067_price] all from Olympus is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than a year ago, the Pentax K-500 does not support video recording.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a video recording and we think the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7[plb_2775892_price], or the Nikon 1 J5[plb_2830177_price] is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the K-500, the Pentax K-500 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax K-500 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other MILC cameras that were launched more than a year ago are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II[plb_2751171_price].

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as the K-500 do not have an image stabiliser. The Pentax K-500 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the K-500, the Pentax K-500 does not have a GPS.

Alternative cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at include the Canon EOS M3[plb_2751170_price].

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of camera file systems than most MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of a similar type and age to the K-500. The camera file systems "DCF 2.0" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Only Has Two Photo Effects

The Pentax K-500 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently found photo effect is Vivid, but this photo effect is not found on this Pentax digital camera. The photo effects Muted and Neutral are also found on this camera.

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Only One Aspheric Element

The Pentax K-500 is a one aspheric element camera.

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Only ±1EV (1/2 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Pentax K-500 has a ±1EV (1/2 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than the ±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction found on most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Across all cameras that have been available for more than a year the flash exposure correction ranges from ±3EV (1/3 EV step) (worst) to ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) (best).

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Only 11 Auto Focus Points

The Pentax K-500 is an 11 auto focus point camera. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year have between 11 and 799 auto focus points.

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Heavy

The lightest MILC digital camera that has been on the market for around the same time as the K-500 is 180g , the heaviest is 680g, and the average weight is 370g. With a weight of 590 grams, the Pentax K-500 is one of the heavier cameras of a similar type and age to the K-500 amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

The average total megapixel count of MILC cameras that are a similar age to the K-500 is 20MP, and the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 31MP. The Pentax K-500 has one of the less total megapixel counts (only 16.49 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.

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Thick

The average depth of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than a year ago is 47mm. The Pentax K-500 is one of the thicker MILC cameras that were released one year ago (70 millimeters) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Very Tall

With a height of 96.5 millimeters, the Pentax K-500 is one of the taller MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the K-500 amongst MILC cameras of this age. The shortest digital camera that came out around the same time as the K-500 is 58mm tall, the tallest is 110mm, and the average height is 76mm.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

At 0.35 meters, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other MILC cameras that came out more than a year ago. The average closest focusing distance of cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the K-500 is 0.28m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.2m to 0.5m.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Pentax K-500

Released Over a Year Ago

This MILC digital camera has been on the market for over a year.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Pentax K-500 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus PEN E-PL6[plb_2168948_price], or the Nikon 1 J4[plb_2510399_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Pentax digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the PEN E-PL6[pl_2168948_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the OM-D E-M5 Mark II[pl_2751171_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Olympus which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Pentax K-500 has a relatively standard megapixel count (16.28 megapixels) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that are a similar age to the K-500.

If this camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might also want to consider the 1 J4[pl_2510399_price] (18.4MP and higher rated), or the 1 J5[pl_2830177_price] (20.8MP and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Setting
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Diopter Adjustment
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Other Features

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

+- Manufacturer's Description

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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Five Aspheric Elements
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Lower Maximum ISO Speed
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