Pentax K-500 Review

Overall 49
Imaging 25
Features 44
Size 73
Price 100

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 6.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 130 x 97 x 71 mm
  • Weight: 646 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Pentax K-500 Summary

This review is devoted to K-500 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Nov 27, 2013. This model is a Entry-Level DSLR camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Entry-Level DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #25 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 49/100 and it takes a rank of #108 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax K-500 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax K-500 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 100
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/6000
  • Continuous Shooting: 6.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 13.1
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 9
  • Battery Life: 710 shots
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 1087
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Pentax K-500 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax K-500. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax K-500

Pentax K-500 has the following external dimensions 130 x 130 x 71 mm (51.18 x 38.19 x 27.95″) with the weight of 646 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level DSLR type cameras is 539g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Pentax K-500, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax K-500 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 71mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax K-500 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax K-500 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax K-500 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Pentax K-500 — 710 shots
Min: 230 shots
Average: 588 shots
Max: 1900 shots

Thickness

Pentax K-500 — 71 mm
Min: 53 mm
Average: 73 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Pentax K-500 — 646 g
Min: 365 g
Average: 539 g
Max: 690 g

Unfortunately, Pentax K-500 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax K-500 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax K-500 Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax K-500 comes with PRIME M processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Pentax K-500 has the following ISO range 100 - 51600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Pentax K-500 features a 16.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Pentax K-500, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 79 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Pentax K-500’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Pentax K-500 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Pentax K-500 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax K-500

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax K-500 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in K-500 has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.61x and it also provides a coverage of 100%.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax K-500 are its 6.0 fps max speed and 1/6000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

K-500 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Pentax K-500 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 11 points.

In addition, K-500 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax K-500, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax K-500 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Pentax K-500 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Pentax K-500 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect K-500 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax K-500 provides a shooting life of 710, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 588 shots.

Compared to all models in the Entry-Level DSLR category, Pentax K-500 offers the highest battery life that reaches 710 shots.

How Good is Pentax K-500 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax K-500’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax K-500’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the K-500 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax K-500 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-500 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

No Significant Disadvantages


Pentax K-500 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-500 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 84. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-500 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization
  • Large APS-C(23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (130 x 97 x 71 mm)
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Pentax K-500 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-500 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 71. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-500 can be called a 71 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Nice Max Native ISO (51600)
  • Big size (130 x 97 x 71 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (6.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/6000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1087)
  • Small battery life (710 shots)

Pentax K-500 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-500 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-500 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (646 g)
  • Big size (130 x 97 x 71 mm)

Pentax K-500 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax K-500 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax K-500 can be called a 93 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.1)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Max Native ISO (51600)

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (1087)

Pentax K-500 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model K-500
Announced Nov 27, 2013
Body Type Compact SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Pentax KAF2
Number of Lenses 144
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.61
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/6000 s
Continuous Shooting 6.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 12
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 79
DxO Color Depth 23.7
DxO Dynamic Range 13.1
DxO Low Light ISO 1087
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.7 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 372.09 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4928 x 3264
Max Native ISO 51,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points 9
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 646 g
Physical Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71 mm
Battery Life 710 shots
Battery Type 710 shots
Battery Model 4 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Optional
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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