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|
|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||6.0 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)|
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.
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?
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
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
use of old pentax lenses
I NEED TO BUY A NEW DSLR CAMERA. POSSIBLY THE PENTAX K-500. WOULD ANYONE BE KIND ENOUGH TO CONFIRM TO ME IF THE LENSES FROM MY OLD PENTAX ME SUPER FIT? THESE ARE THE SMC 28 mm /50 mm / 80-200 mm LENSES. THANK-YOU FOR SHARING & YOUR TIME SPARED. RGDS VICTOR-MALTA e.ADDRESS...email@example.com
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
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
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
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