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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 – Sample Image Gallery

These are just a few sample images taken with the Pentax K-500. For a full selection, along with the full range of ISO shots, head on over to the Pentax K-500 review sample image gallery.


Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi compatible
Built-in Flash:GN 12m at ISO 100
Lens Mount:Pentax KAF2
White Balance:Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (4 types), Tungsten, Flash, Custom, Manual, Colour
Exposure Comp:+/-5EV (adjustable in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Cable Release:Optional
Compression:Good, Better, Best
PC Socket:No
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
Output Size:4928 x 3264
LCD:3in, 921k dots LCD
White Balance Bracket:Yes
AF Points:11 points (9 cross-type)
Colour Temp Control:Yes; 2500 to 10,000K
Field of View:Approx. 100%
Sensor:16.28MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes; sensor based
Metering System:77-segment TTL system
Movie Mode:1920 x 1080 (30/25/24fps), 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/24fps)
Exposure Modes:P, A, S, M, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Auto Picture Mode, Scene Mode
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:USB 2.0, mini HDMI
Weight:650g (including card and battery)
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion battery
File Format:Raw (DNG/PEF), JPEG
Dimensions:96.5 x 129 x 70 mm
Shutter Speeds:1/6000 - 30 sec, bulb
Focusing Modes:Auto, Single, Continuous, Manual
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous (3 or 6fps), Self-timer, Remote Control, Auto Bracketing
Colour Space:sRGB, AdobeRGB
  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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