• APS-C 372.1mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200
  • APS-H 476.1mm2
  • 25.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Pentax K-500 advantages over Sigma sd Quattro H

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $597 vs $1099*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sigma sd Quattro H advantages over Pentax K-500

  • Larger sensor
    APS-H vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 922k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.84x vs 0.61x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    25.6 vs 16.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Compared to Sony A57

Pentax K-500
Sony A57
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Sigma sd Quattro H
Sony A57
  • $1099
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Pentax K-500
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Sigma sd Quattro H
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $1099
  • APS-H
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $623
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Canon T5i

Pentax K-500
Canon T5i
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $547
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sigma sd Quattro H
Canon T5i
  • $1099
  • APS-H
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $547
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Pentax K-500
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
Sigma sd Quattro H
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $1099
  • APS-H
  • Larger sensor
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger RAW buffer

Compared to Fujifilm X-H1

Pentax K-500
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1599
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
Sigma sd Quattro H
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $1099
  • APS-H
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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