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


Pentax K-50 with 18-55 WR or Pentax K-500 with 18-55 & 50-200?

They are the same price and the lenses are kit lenses. Thanks.

bertwert asked
4 months ago


Actually the Pentax K-50 with 18-55 WR is 560 CAD and the Pentax K-500 with 18-55 & 50-200 is 500 CAD. Which is better? Is the lack of visible focus points in the finder important? Is the lack of electronic level important? Would the Pentax K-50 with 18-55 WR be better if I was shooting skiers? I would also appreciate if anyone finds a cheaper price for the Pentax K-50 with 18-55 WR. THANKS Continue Reading

bertwert answered
4 months ago

I have neither both, but a K-r and a K-5II Iqual IQ both, K-50 seems to last more as it is weather sealed(ruged) If you focuse subjet on center of the frame and recompose, not important. I have it, but never need it Only if you plan to shoot under wet conditions Continue Reading

waxwaine answered
4 months ago

K50 Continue Reading

ozdean answered
4 months 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 ...

12 hours 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
9 hours ago

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

Leandros S answered
9 hours ago

the video shows a good, close image of the mode dial. it is knurled and has a guard around the upper and left sides a complaint in the hands on article was difficulty to push any of the 4-way controller buttons.  i wonder if there isn't some simple knack or technique that solves this problem. in the video, it is easy to see that each 4-way button is not recessed but stands a bit proud of the mode ring surrounding them.  unless they require a lot of travel (deep press), seems they shouldn't be too hard to press...  have to see what others think. does seem the 4-way buttons could be larger because the center button is big!  but they may work fine anyway... Continue Reading

Tan68 answered
8 hours 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

The Pentax K-50 makes for an amazing value, and I tend to strongly recommend it for anyone who's looking for a mid-range DSLR. But is a DSLR really what you want, or need? If you don't plan on shooting in low-light (be it indoors or just very early or very late in the day), there's almost no advantage to an interchangeable-lens camera whatsoever. Just get a high-end compact camera, like the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, or its improved and more expensive version, the RX100 II. If you do, but won't shoot sports, a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (from now on - MILC) may suit you better than a DSLR. They are smaller and lighter, and so are the lenses available for them, though the selection is not as broad as the availability of lenses for Nikon and Canon (though the mirrorless systems, especially the Micro Four Thirds mount and Fujifilm's X-mount, are catching up, and are pretty much on par with Pentax - while MFT may have already surpassed it). Some of the newer ones are ... Continue Reading

Ido S answered
4 months ago

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