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


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
2 months ago


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

robbo d answered
2 months ago


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
3 months ago


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

miles green answered
3 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
3 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
3 months ago


use of old pentax lenses


BANKatBULL asked
19 days ago


Yes they will. Pentax has full backward compatibility with their lenses. Screw mount lenses need an adapter to go to k mount that can be had for as little as $10. Buy the K50 as it is weathersealed when fitted with a weathersealed lens, worth the extra $. Continue Reading

ozdean answered
18 days ago

Yes, but older lenses (before the A series of lenses) require an extra step in metering. Many Pentax photographers use these older lenses, and take this extra step. But keep in mind that you will lose a wide angle perspective with your older lenses. Your 28 mm will have the field of view of a 42 mm lens. Joe Continue Reading

Joseph Tainter answered
18 days ago

smc-M / smc-K or smc-A? They both fit but they work differently. You can get excellent results with those lens. I regularly use my old lens mixed with limited primes. Eventually, you might want to add something on the wide end - maybe DA 21? And you'll have a pretty complete prime lens system! Continue Reading

miles green answered
18 days ago

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