Pentax K-500 DSLR Camera

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Key Features

  • 16.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 11-point AF system
  • 77 segment metering system
  • ISO 100-12,800 expandable up to 51,200
  • 1080/30, 24fps HD video (H.264/MOV/MPEG-4)
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • 100% viewfinder + 4 optional focusing screens
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • Pop-up flash with hotshoe
  • Raw, JPEG, and Raw+JPEG with in-camera RAW processing
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory and Eye-Fi Compatible

Product Description

The Pentax K-500 is essentially a stripped-down version of the K-50, lacking the weather-sealed body and electronic level of that model. The K-500 also includes AA batteries instead of a lithium-ion battery, though the latter can be purchased. It can shoot continuously at up to 6 frames per second, has a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second and can capture video at 1080p30.


Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4928 x 3264
Other resolutions 4224 x 2816, 3456 x 2304, 2688 x 1792
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor PRIME M
ISO Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (3)
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Good, Better, Best
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.92×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless
Continuous drive 6.0 fps
Self-timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (optional, wired or wireless)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery AA
Battery description 4 x AA batteries (optional D-LI109 lithium ion battery) battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 710
Weight (inc. batteries) 646 g (1.42 lb / 22.79 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 2.8)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)
GPS Optional
GPS notes O-GPS1

Questions & Answers


Which cameras have Micro AF Adjust?

I used to have a K5IIs, and I know that one has it. I also figure the K3 does too, but what about cheaper models? Does the K50 or K500? What about the DC'd K30? Anybody know?

Ontario Gone asked
2 months ago


They all have it, K30, K50 and K500. Continue Reading

miles green answered
2 months ago

Hmm, this is surprising and good to hear as well. I am pretty set on getting something in the DSLR format for the times when rapid movements are the subject. But I don't want to deal with the occasional BF/FF issues that can plague the gear. Considering Pentax is the only brand that offers both AF adjust and a Prism OVF on their lowest end cameras, it's a pretty easy decision. Now to break down a K30 vs K50 vs K500.... Continue Reading

Ontario Gone answered
2 months ago

I agree, Pentax has the best quality entry-level dslrs. I think they are exactly the same inside, just different "boxes". The K30 and K50 are weather sealed. The K30 is the oldest and therefore cheapest model, but it's often kitted with a non WR lens. I think the sale prices have started now that Pentax announced the K-S1 Continue Reading

miles green answered
2 months ago


K-500 and old lens compatible

I had a K110D years ago and it worked okay with manual A, M and K type lenses. I think I had to set some custom function to allow use of the aperture ring on the lens. Does the K500 still allow this function? Does the focus peak feature work with manual lenses? I'm not sure what is happening to the K-50/500 with the K-S1 out now, but I see the K-500 is $399. Might be a good time to get back into an SLR again. BTW, I now have a Nikon J1. I like the compact size but it struggles with noise at higher ISO and to use manual functions requires a lot of menu diving.

Simon97 asked
1 month ago


Yes they still work...... :-) Continue Reading

robbo d answered
1 month ago


Is the K-S1 the first entry level Pentax DSLR without the ability to use AA batteries?

I'm just looking at the direction the features are going in. Dust Removal: SP coating and CMOS sensor operation vs Sensor movement w SP coating on low pass filter. So ultrasonic DR on a Pentax entry level DSLR. No more clunky sensor thrashing. A return of entry level DSLRs with PEF support. Only rated for use down to 32F, not the 14F of the K-500. Is this the first entry level without wireless flash support with the on-board flash or is it a return? I don't know the specs of old DS and DL bodies. GN 10 on the on board flash, is that the lowest? So does this suggest a split in the line, one side more orientated towards a more urban shooter, and the other meant for the Pentax niche of a more active user? Is this what the K01 was trying to do, capture a more urban market for Pentax? Maybe trying for an up sell market for those that bought a Q? Maybe they don't want a traditional DSLR as the only upgrade path? I've never really thought of the Q owners before as people that would be ...

2 months ago


I'm wondering about other shortcuts, as well. For instance, will this camera have the flexibility to dedicate a button for aperture stop-down? If not, I believe that will be an unfortunate first. I'm a bit surprised about the K-01 bashing. I get the sense it is coming from those that don't really know the camera well. The build is pretty high in most respects, and several performance aspects were not matched until the K-3 came out. I really don't see a viable comparison between the K-S1 and the K-01. In terms of quietness, it hasn't been matched yet (not hard to do without a mirror, of course). For that reason alone, I'll likely be using the K-01 on occasion longer than some others that came after it. Continue Reading

JNR answered
2 months ago

That's how I read it. Well, they do share the same kind of Koolaid aesthetic. I wonder if we'll ever really know how the K-01 came about. If you bought a Q as your first camera, what would you see as an upgrade? I think a large-sensor compact might be the next step. There's the GR, but what about people that want a zoom lens? Next non-DSLR product should be either that or a wide normal GR (about 42mm EFL by my choice). Continue Reading

Leandros S answered
2 months ago

There's a bit of blah over the target demographic in this video: Continue Reading

Leandros S answered
2 months ago

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