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Pentax K-500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of Pentax K-500. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the image quality and performance. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the battery, while there are some negative opinions about the shutter and focus.

price, usability, screen, performance, image quality

focus, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Pentax K-500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Pentax K-500 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviews about the performance and durability are generally positive. The price and portability also get good opinions, but there are some less positive opinions about the shutter.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax K-500 DSLR Camera with DAL 18-55mm Lens Kit - Black (16MP, CMOS APS-C Sensor) 3 inch LCDPentax K-500 DSLR Camera with DAL 18-55mm Lens Kit - Black (16MP, CMOS APS-C Sensor) 3 inch LCD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Pentax K-500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Pentax K-500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People really like the performance and portability. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical opinions about the battery.

price, usability, image quality, portability, performance


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax K-500 16MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm Lenses (Black)Pentax K-500 16MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm Lenses (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (

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.

Unlike most D-SLRs, the K-500 ships in a configuration that supports AA battery power. It uses four cells, and you can actually get more life out of a set as compared to rechargeable Li-Ion battery. The camera is rated to capture 1,250 shots with a set...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Michael Palmer (

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...

Jun, 2013

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

Pentax K-500 Review


The Pentax K-500 is a new entry-level DSLR camera. Key features include an ISO range of 100-51200, Full HD 1080p video at 30, 25 and 24fps, 6fps continuous shooting, 11-point SAFOX IX+ AF system, High Dynamic Range mode, and a range of in-built digital...

The Pentax K-500 is identical to the K-50 that we reviewed yesterday, just without that camera's (and kit lens') weather-proofing, which actually makes the K-500 a bit of a bargain if you never intend to shoot regularly in the rain or more extreme...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

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

Aug, 2013

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Pentax K-500 review


The Pentax K-500 is a new affordable entry-level digital SLR

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

Not weatherproof

Expert review by : Ben Andrews (

Pentax K-500 review


Pentax's most affordable DSLR

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Ben Pitt (

Pentax K-500 review


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

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Digit Digital Cameras Kunal Khullar (

Pentax K-500 Review


The Pentax K-500 is an impressive DSLR that offers a great set of features and image quality. But when you think practically, buying a DSLR that doesn't offer a wide range of accessories and lenses is definitey not a good investment. For beginners,...

Sturdy build and design ; Wide ISO range of 100-51200 ; 6fps drive motor

Noisy AF motor ; Outdated interface ; Absence of AF points in viewfinder

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Digit Digital Cameras (

Pentax K-500

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

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...

Nov, 2013

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery life (CIPA standard):480
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:D-LI109
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery


Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, RAW
Camera playback:Single image, Slide show
Diopter adjustment (D-D):-2.5 - 1.5
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing, Rotating
Languages support:Auto, Auto 45-70 ºC, Silent / CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HUN, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR, VIE
Live view: Yes
Photo effects:Muted, Neutral
Playback zoom:16
Playback zoom (max):16
Scene modes:2048 x 1536,3264 x 2448,4608 x 3456 / Backlight, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Pet, Portrait, Snow, Sunset, Surf
Self-timer delay:2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fine, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent L, Manual, Shade, Tungsten


Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N
Product color:Black


Display:LCD / TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921000
Field of view:100
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: No
Vari-angle LCD display: No


External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:-2EV - +1EV (1/2 EV step)
Flash guide number:472.4
Flash modes:Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Slow synchronization
Flash sync-speed:0.005


Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points:11
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto, Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Selective Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:11.4 / 13.8 / 15.7 / 19.3 / 8.66
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Filter size:2.05 / 2.44 / 2.64 / 2.83 / 3.03
Focal length range (f-f):0.63 - 1.97 / 0.669 - 1.97 / 0.669 - 2.76 / 0.709 - 10.6 / 0.709 - 2.17 / 0.709 - 5.31 / 0.709 - 7.87 / 0.709 - 9.84
Lens mount interface:Pentax KAF2
Lens structure:11/8 / 12/9 / 13/11 / 15/12 / 15/13 / 16/13 / 16/14 / 17/12 / 19/14
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/8 / 12/9 / 13/11 / 15/12 / 15/13 / 16/13 / 16/14 / 17/12 / 19/14
Lens Type:Standard
Maximum aperture number:22 / 32 / 38 / 45
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):16.3 / 2.95 / 3.25 / 3.27 / 4.13 / 8.15
Minimum aperture number:2.8 / 3.5 / 4
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945 / 1 / 1.06 / 1.08
Mounting type:Bayonet
Number of aspheric elements:1
Number of diaphragm blades:6 / 7
Optical Zoom:0.24 / 0.26 / 0.31 / 0.34

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250 / 100, 51200 / Koninklijke Van Gorcum
ISO sensitivity (max):51200
ISO sensitivity (min):100
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot


Compatible memory cards:Eye-Fi, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1


Bluetooth: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: No

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 LE
Cables included:USB
Carrying case: Yes
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC / MILC Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG, RAW
Image sensor size (W x H):0.933 x 0.618
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image stabilizer location:Body
Maximum image resolution:4928 x 3264
Sensor format:Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):4928 × 3264, 4224 × 2816, 3456 × 2304, 2688×1792 / 4928 × 3264\n4224 × 2816\n3456 × 2304\n2688 × 1792 / JPEG:\n16M(4928×3264)\n12M(4224×2816)\n8M(3456×2304)\n5M(2688×1792)\n\nRAW:\n16M(4928×3264)
Total megapixels:16.49

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: No
USB version:2.0


Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/6000
Shutter speed settings:B
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:LEAP, WPA, 802.1x, EAP-TLS, EAP-FAST, PEAP, CKIP, TKIP, 128-bit/64-bit WEP, AES / Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:60
Video compression format:H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.264,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:60
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Lens diameter:2.68
Lens length:2.66
Lens weight:7.94
Weight (including battery):22.9