Pentax K-500 Review - Is the Pentax K-500 the best entry-level DSLR out there? We find out in the What Digital Camera Pentax K-500 review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Pentax K-500

Overall score:88%
Image Quality:90%


  • Excellent set of features compared to the competition; Comfy and large grip; Image quality


  • AF point not superimposed in viewfinder; Noisy AF from bundled lens; Interface looks dated


Pentax K-500 Review


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Pentax K-500 review – Verdict

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With a feature set that wouldn’t look out of place one more costly models, the K-500 is perhaps one of if not the best-specified entry-level DSLRs you’ll find thanks in part to the large pentaprism viewfinder, 6fps burst shooting, dual control dials and AF system that includes 9 cross-type sensors.

It’s also one of the better entry-level DSLRs in the hand thanks to the large and comfy grip, while you should be more than satisfied with the image quality with results from the K-500 are more than a match for its rivals, despite loosing out in the resolution stakes.

I’d perhaps like to see a little less underexposure in some shots, but overall there’s little to not like, with a very good image noise performance, plenty of latitude in files and a decent amount of detail.

What holds the K-500 back from being our pick of the entry-level DSLRs is the camera’s AF. There are no complaints about its speed and accuracy, but doing away with the active AF point superimposed in the viewfinder is a big omission.

It may not sound like much, but it’s a real hindrance and can be quite frustrating when trying to compose and focus shots. If you can over come this and the rather dated interface, then you’ll be rewarded with a very capable and well-specified DSLR.

  1. 1. Pentax K-500 Review - Features
  2. 2. Pentax K-500 Review - Design
  3. 3. Pentax K-500 Review - Performance
  4. 4. Pentax K-500 Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Pentax K-500 review - Verdict
  6. 6. Pentax K-500 Review - Sample Image Gallery
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