Pentax K-500 Review

 
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Model Name: Pentax K-500 
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General
Model Number: K-500 
Camera Format: SLR 
Currently Manufactured: Yes 
Retail Price: $599.95
Street Price: $399.00
Date Available: 2013-07-15
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Weight: 30.1 oz (852 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Weight Includes Kit Lens? Yes
Size: 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8 in.
(130 x 97 x 71 mm)
Waterproof: No
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS 
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony 
Total Megapixels: 16.5
Effective Megapixels: 16.3 
Sensor Format: APS-C 
Sensor Size (dia.): 1.12"
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5
Color Filter Type: RGBG 
Self-Cleaning: Yes 
Sensor-shift Stabilized: Yes 
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4928 x 3264 (16.1 MP, Other),
4224 x 2816 (11.9 MP, 3:2),
3456 x 2304 (8.0 MP, 3:2),
2688 x 1792 (4.8 MP, 3:2)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), 12-bit RAW (.DNG), RAW+JPEG 
Video Capture
Movie Mode: Yes 
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480
Movie Frame Rate: 30p/25p/24p, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p, 30p/25p/24p
Movie Audio: Yes 
Movie File Format: MOV MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with monaural audio 
Optics
Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF2 (KAF3/2, KAF, KA) 
Kit Lens: smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL; 11 elements in 8 groups, 6 bladed diaphragm
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27 - 83 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.06x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 - f/22 (wide) / f/5.6 - f/38 (tele) 
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity
9.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Optical Image Stablization: No
Digital Zoom: No 
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Filter Thread: 52mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: Phase Detect:: SAFOX IXi+, 11 point (9 cross type focus point in the center), with light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens; Live View: Contrast detection AF (face detection, tracking, select, spot) 
Face Detection: Yes 
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes 
Manual Focus: Yes 
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical 
Viewfinder Type: SLR type; eye-level pentaprism, 100% coverage, 0.92x mag., -2.5 to +1.5 diopter, 21.7mm eyepoint (from view window), Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen (interchangeable) 
Display
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD Size (inches): 3.0
LCD Resolution: 921,600 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: No 
Articulating LCD: No 
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
Exposure
ISO Settings: Auto, 100-51200 (1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, 3 Manual and 3 Kelvin temperature presets 
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/6000
Bulb Mode: Yes 
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: TTL open-aperture: 77-segment, Center-weighted, Spot 
Program AE: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Creative Exposure Modes: Sensitivity Priority, Shutter and Aperture Priority, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum, *JPEG only); Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color; Dynamic range adjustment (Highlight, Shadow); HDR: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3 
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse: Yes 
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes 
Flash Modes: P-TTL: On, Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync 
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 12.0 m / 39.4 ft.
Flash Range Description: Depends on lens 
Max Flash Sync: 1/180 
Flash Exp Compensation: -2 to +1 EV in 0.5EV steps
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC 
Memory Included (MB):  
File System:  
DCF Compliant: Yes 
Connectivity
Composite Video Out: Yes 
NTSC/PAL Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No 
HD Video Out: No 
HD Video Connection:  
Built-In Wi-fi: No 
Computer/Printer: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No 
DPOF Compliant: Yes 
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: Optional Wired or IR 
Other Connection: Wired remote port 
Power
Battery Form Factor: 4 x AA or proprietary D--LI109 Lithion-ion 
Usable Battery Types: AA (Alkaline, NiMH, Lithium) or optional D-LI109 Lithium-ion rechargeable 
Batteries Included: 4 x AA Lithium disposables
Battery Charger Included: No 
CIPA Rating: 710
Software
Included Software: Software CDROM (SILKYPIX Developer Studio for PENTAX included) 
OS Compatibility:  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Entry-level model: Similar to K-50 in IQ and performance, but not weather sealed, comes with 4 Energizer lithium AAs, and only available in black. 

 


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