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.
Pentax K-500 DSLR Camera
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- 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
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3)|
|JPEG quality levels||Good, Better, Best|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||11|
|Lens mount||Pentax KAF2 mount|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/6000 sec|
|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 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (optional, wired or wireless)|
|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″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)|
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hello bros, iam new in this site =) so iam beginner in photography, i didn't even use a dslr, so iam planning to get one, i think iam gonna buy pentax k500 but i saw nikon d3200 so my question is which is better (my buget is 440 CHF, about 500 USD, and i mainly want it for portraits) thnx for ur help bros =)
The trouble with your question is that the Nikon owners will say the Nikon is best, and the Pentax owners will say the Pentax is best. And then the Sony owners will jump in to say that Sony cameras are best. Almost all current cameras are good or excellent. Buy the one that feels best in your hands, learn to use it, and then you will know what you are looking for in your next camera (in 3 or 4 years time). Continue Reading
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Just now I read two articles on here about a Pentax K-500 and the Canon 100D. After that I read that the Pentax' AF is less than Canon/Nikon's. So and then I found some articles about the D(3100/)3200/3300 and the D5100. I have no clue how to differentiate them. At the moment I use a Canon S100 and I want better image quality. Overall and in low-light scenes. The ability to use a lens for objects further away is nice as well since the S100 has only 5x zoom. I had a Alpha 100 in the past. I wasn't that impressed with the image quality and I thought it was a bit heavy to carry everywhere. (Especially with two lenses) But if a Nikon is much better then weight is less important. I really would like better pictures of horse riding inside for example. With the S100 these pictures don't look very nice and the 5x zoom is a pity as well in such situations. At those times I miss my Alpha 100 quite a bit. Still I'm a bit of a beginner. I also used a very cheap Canon compact after the Alpha 100 ...
I can't say it is the absolute best way to spend your money, but you can't go wrong with a Pentax K50 body only, Sigma or a Tamron 17-50mm, f2.8 plus a Pentax 55-300mm for reach, but not if movement or very low light is involved in the reach. If movement or low light the a Tamron 90mm, f2.8 will give you some reach, and that is about the most reach you can afford for low light and movement. So pick one from the 17-50mm and one from the 55-300mm or 90mm and you will be happy, well you will never be completely happy with any gear. I know because I have the K30 and the S100, the Tamron 17-50mm and Pentax 55-300mm. if you can live with 90mm the Tamron isabsolutely amazing and a fast, low light lens to boot. the dal version of the 55-300mm is an exceptional value. If you want to take full advantage of the weather resistant sealing of the K50 then get the WR kit lens also, the 18-135mm version over the 18-55mm if you can afford it. BTW what you heard about the AF on the K500 is a bunch of ... Continue Reading
This is of no consequence, IMO. Normal noise levels will probably wipe out any practical use that the addition of more bits would give. I'd be surprised if it makes a discernible difference even with the best full frame sensors. Continue Reading
K50 with legacy lenses
I know that all of Pentax's DSLRs from the 1stD to today's K50 & K500 will take Pentax M & A series "legacy" lenses and will even, with an adaptor, accept Takumar screw-mount lenses. Has anyone used some of these lenses on the newer Pentax DSLR bodies (especially those with a focus-peaking function). If so a couple of questions: (1) We hear that older glass is not "tuned", "adapted" to/for digital photography, yet I've used several Pentax legacy lenses on my micro four-thirds Panasonic G1 body, with an adaptor with reasonable results. I would presume that the K-Mount legacy lenses would perform pretty well on the newer Pentax DSLR bodies ? (1) How ...
Dave newer DA series lenses have a special coating that prevents reflections of bright light reflecting off the sensor and then reflecting back off the rear elements of the lens onto the sensor again ie sensor flare. it rarely happens but it can. I use focus screen, beep & indicators when using manual lenses not peaking so can't comment. Continue Reading
I can't comment on focus peaking but can confirm I use the following lenses on my K-5iiS and am very happy with the results: 20/4M 28/3.5M 50/1.4A (currently my most-used lens) 35-105/3.5A 135/3.5M I have a 35/2M which I'm about to try (my Xmas gift from me!) and a 200/4M which is good but not used often. The main legacy lens where I've experienced problems on digital is the Tamron Adaptall 90/2.5 macro lens. The rear element is very flat and as you stop down, light bounces around causing reflections and a hotspot in the middle of the sensor; not desirable in a macro lens so regardless of how good this lens is, I think there are better options for digital. Cheers, Jon Continue Reading
I use Pentax M 100mm f.4.0 macro lens for more than 90% of my work. Works quite well with K-01 . Focus peaking - no problem . Regarding the internal reflections , it will be a problem if the rear element has a flat surface ( towards the sensor ) . If the rear element is convex , concave or aspherical almost any such lens can be used on DSLRS. I have not faced problems so far. Please see my PPG page for verification. Regards , mrp. PPG link: http://pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/padmarajumysoreranganath Continue Reading
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