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Pentax K-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the portability and viewfinder are on the whole positive. The image quality and value for money also get good opinions. There are some mixed opinions about the performance. Some have doubts about the video and focus.

usability, value for money, image quality, viewfinder, portability

screen, lens, focus, video

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Pentax K-500


The Pentax K-500 boasts top-notch image quality, and a pentaprism viewfinder, which is unheard of at its entry-level price point.

Large pentaprism viewfinder. 5fps burst shooting. Customizable controls and noise reduction. In-body shake reduction. Very good high ISO performance. AA battery power

Fixed rear LCD. No mic input. Slow to focus when recording video

The Pentax K-500 ($599.95 direct with 18-55mm lens) is the company's current entry-level D-SLR. It boasts a number of refinements that are unheard of in this class, including a solid glass pentaprism viewfinder that delivers 100-percent frame coverage...

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Pentax K-500 (with 18-55mm DAL Lens, Black)


Essentially a tweaked version of its predecessor, the K-30 , that can be two-toned to your heart's delight , the Pentax K-50 doesn't seem like much of an update apart from the colors and a nonspecific update to the autofocus system. That said, it still...

The Pentax K-50 features a weather-sealed body that's unique in its price class, an interesting set of shooting features, support for AA-size batteries, and a relatively nice viewfinder. Plus, it comes in colors, if that appeals to you. The cheaper...

Image quality and performance, while acceptable, don't match the competition's, and the cameras lack an articulated LCD. Also, both the shutter and the lens make a lot of noise.

A reasonable option for an entry-level dSLR, the Pentax K-50 should satisfy if you need the weather-sealed design. But while acceptable, it and its cheaper sibling the K-500 lag behind the competition in image quality and performance.

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Pentax K-500 DSLR Preview


Pentax just announced two new feature-laden DSLRs compatible with their K-mount lenses. The entry-level Pentax K-500 DSLR, which we are previewing here, shares most of the same features as the $100 more expensive K-50, with the exception of 120 custom...


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Hands on: Pentax K-500 review


Pentax's most affordable DSLR

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Pentax K-500 review


The more affordable entry-level Pentax K-500 DSLR misses the weather-proofed body of the simultaneously released K-50 but is it better value?

Good value for money ; Decent resolution ; Sharp colour-rich results

Not weatherproof

If you're in the market for an entry-level DSLR such as the 16.2 megapixel Pentax K-500 there's a good chance that you're not going to be yet wedded to either the Canon or Nikon brands, which means that this easy-to-use means of getting more...

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Pentax K-500 review


Lots of superb features, but not quite the stunning bargain we'd hoped for

Our inclination would be to go for options two or three. If you have the cash then you should get the excellent K-50 or a Canon EOS 700D. If those are too rich for your blood, then we recommend the Sony A58, which is currently available for around...

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Pentax K-500


It has better specs than its nearest rivals, but is it acutally better?

Good image quality ; Large and comfortable grip ; Strong features compared to rivals

Noisy AF with kit lens ; Dated interface ; No visible AF point in viewfinder

One final interesting area of the specs is the battery chamber. The K-500 is bundled with a D-LI109 Li-ion chargeable battery, but the chamber supports also 4 AA batteries through an optional D-BH109 battery holder. This is a welcome feature as it...

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Pentax K-500 review - Affordable entry-level SLR that performs very well


More affordable DSLR brother to the weather proofed K-50, retaining many pluses

Good value in terms of build quality, handling and results, crisply detailed and colour rich results straight out of the camera, easy to get to grips with for anyone trading up to a DSLR for the first time

Fixed non-articulated LCD screen, lacks the weather proofing features of the K-50 at around £150 more, no body integral Wi-Fi or on-board GPS

The K-500 disproves conventional wisdom, which states that ‘affordable’ and ‘entry-level’ is shorthand for ‘compromise’. If you’re not contemplating shooting in the wet you could also save yourself £150 over the K-50 model. So those not already allied...

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Pentax K-500


The K-500 may be the entry point into Pentax's DSLR range, but nobody could accuse the company of skimping on features. It doesn't have the weatherproofing of the more expensive models in the Pentax range, but little else is spared when it comes to...

The K-500 offers an amazing set of features for the price, but falls disappointingly short on some of the basics