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Pentax K-500

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Pentax K-500

Pentax K-500
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SLR 16.28MP 4928 X 3264 Pixels CMOS Jan 2015
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Pentax K-500 Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Pentax K-500 number 301 in best selling cameras and number 901 across all digital cameras.
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17 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 72?

It has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 76%, based on 17 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2018.
This Pentax digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Higher than average megapixels
4928 x 3264 pixels image resolution
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 \
Heavier than average
Does not feature bluetooth

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
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Pentax K-500 In-Depth Analysis

Features

Higher Than Average Megapixels

The Pentax K-500's sensor megapixels of 16.3MP is higher than 66% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The lowest megapixels of cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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4928 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax K-500 has a maximum image resolution of 4928 x 3264 pixels. That's 1% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. The worst resolution of all cameras is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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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 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

The lowest maximum ISO sensitivity of cameras is 200, the highest is 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 digital 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

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

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Heavier Than Average

The average weight of all cameras is 300g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 1.5kg. The Pentax K-500's weight of 590g is in the heaviest 11% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This digital 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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480 Battery Life

Most cameras take between 4 and 4,699 battery life, including the Pentax K-500 which takes 480 battery life.

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Does Not Feature Bluetooth

Like most other digital cameras, the Pentax K-500 does not feature bluetooth. 95% of cameras 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 the most frequently supported resolution on cameras.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax K-500 features flash exposure compensation, unlike 79% of digital cameras which do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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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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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most other digital cameras, the Pentax K-500 does not support Wi-Fi. 69% of digital cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Features Noise Reduction

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

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Higher Than Average Maximum Playback Zoom

The maximum playback zoom of the Pentax K-500 of 16x is very high compared to most other digital cameras. It is higher than 97% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. The lowest maximum playback zoom of digital cameras is 1x, the highest is 39x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 10x.

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

This Pentax 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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Supports Live View

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

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Has a Carrying Case

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

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Average Display Diagonal

The Pentax K-500's display diagonal of 3" is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 85% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

Like most other digital cameras, the Pentax K-500 does not have an HDMI. 55% of cameras do not have an HDMI.

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Higher Than Average Display Resolution

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 74% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the cameras the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 620,000 pixels.

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Wide Range of Magnifications Depending On Lens Used

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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

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

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