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 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


Differences between K-50 and K-500

My daughter is looking for her first DSLR and has a eye on the K-500. I looked up the differences to the K-50 on the german Pentax homepage and found: lack of weather sealing no electronic horizon no DOF preview When comparing the different homepages of Pentax / Ricoh, the german page says it has a focus confirmation in the viewfinder, the UK and US page has no information about this. The german homepage leaves out the DOF preview, the US page says it has. I would appreciate, if someone can help me. THX Albert

fotobert asked
17 days ago


The K50 has focus confirmation in the viewfinder.   The K500 does not.   If I remember correctly the dpreview article pointed this out along with the comment that lack of focus confirmation is a terrible handicap.    I agree with that. I have the K30, almost identical to the K50.   Very nice camera.   My K5ii is a bit better, but some days I just don't feel like carrying all that weight.  The K30 is nice for that. Continue Reading

OpticsEngineer answered
17 days ago

One thing it (K500) doesn't do is illuminate the AF points in the viewfinder.  That is a reason enough to go for the K50 for me.  WR ain't so bad to have either. Cheers. Continue Reading

Petroglyph answered
17 days ago

+1 Continue Reading

DAVID MANZE answered
17 days ago


K50 and K500 metering sensor

Hi, according to the specs the K50 and K500 have a 77 point metering sensor. Is it still that faulty unit, that make Pttl so amusing or did they replace it? THX for your replies Albert

fotobert asked
4 days ago


It' the same 77 segment one as used in the K-30.  P-TTL works OK (Sigma 610) and consistently but bounce flash definitely needs -1.5EV EC to match direct flash. Continue Reading

Brad99 answered
4 days ago

Hi Brad, THX for your reply. As you might guess, I am not really happy with Pttl. I often use my flash(es) bounced or wireless with or without umbrella / softbox. In these configurations it is often trial an error to get a precise exposure. Tuning up / down the flash exposure sometimes has no effect, changing the aperture has (!), mostly f/5.6 or f/8 work, f/2.8 or f/4 often causes overexposure. I working more and ore with full manual control instead. Other users have found the new 86k metering module to be more consitent (Andrew, where are you?). I was hoping, that an improved77-segment-module is used in the new cameras. Have a nice day Albert Continue Reading

fotobert answered
4 days ago

K3 metering is reported to be very accurate. Continue Reading

ozdean answered
4 days ago


help in choosing a camera

I have been looking up cameras to choose from.  This will be my first dslr. I want to try and get the best value.  Out of these few which one would be the best if I could get them around a similar price. pentax k5 pentax k50 pentax k500 nikon d5200 nikon d3200

koalathunder asked
21 hours ago


We do get a lot of questions like this and it is not always easy to answer. It is my opinion that before buying any of them, you have to handle the cameras. Often the best specified camera does not feel right in your hands. Try them out, which will narrow your choices further. I will then say, "Buy the one that feels best to you". Continue Reading

Footski answered
19 hours ago

The problem with answering you is that they are all good cameras. The only one I personally don't like is the D3200 because it lacks features which are standard on all other manufacturer's entry level DSLRs. Some of the Pentax models have weather sealing ( which is not an OK to rush out in a dust storm or high gale - it just means they're more resistant to normal rain levels than a non-sealed DSLR ). I would not put too much emphasis on this - in my experience most people simply do not photograph much in poor weather. However it's a factor for some people. Some Pentax models have a pentaprism viewfinder ( as opposed to the cheaper penta-mirror used on other entry level DSLRs ). These tend to be brighter. I've used both and while there is a difference, I would again not call it a major deciding factor. Pentax equipment can be harder to find, so keep that in mind. The biggest factor apart from those points would be that the handling and feel of each is different. This is important as ... Continue Reading

darklamp answered
18 hours ago

I'd also vote against the D3200. Nikon and Canon cripple low-end dSLRs so they won't compete with their higher-end. Pentax competes mostly with Canon and Nikon -- not their own models -- so they don't do this. I've never found the very entry level models from Canon/Nikon particularly usable. All the others are fine choices. In general, Nikon will have a nicer selection of lenses and accessories. They're a much bigger company. That's the major upside. Pentax will have in-camera image stabilization. If you ever upgrade to a fast prime (a lens which lets in a lot more light, and so does better in low-light), Pentax will let you use that stabilized. Very good low-light. I also wouldn't underestimate the benefits of weathersealed. When I do have a sealed camera, I have it with me more often, and it's just one less thing I have to worry about. Continue Reading

Alphoid answered
16 hours ago

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