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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 also get good comments. Some have doubts about the shutter and focus, while reviews are divided on the battery.

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 Reviewers are impressed by the performance and durability. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative comments about the shutter.

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

Sep, 2020

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 appreciated. Many are negative about the battery.

price, usability, image quality, portability, performance


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

Sep, 2020

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

Price comparison for Pentax K-500

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Pentax HD DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE Lens
Short minimum focusing distance of 095 meter PENTAX’s first K mount with electromagnetic diaphragm control...
$446.00 TO SHOP
Pentax HD D FA 150-450mm f4.5-5.6ED DC AW Super...
IN CAMERA SHAKE REDUCTION (SR): The PENTAX digital SLR K series cameras are equipped with the SR mechanism...
$1,996.00 TO SHOP
Pentax D FA F2.8ED SDM WR 15-30mm f/2.8 Ultra-Wide...
SDM (Supersonic Direct Drive Motor) :Shoot discreetly with in lens, auto focus motor operation for quick...
$1,296.00 TO SHOP
Pentax D-BG6 Digital Camera Battery Grips (Black)
Weather and Dust Resistant
$146.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-50 16MP Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD...
16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. A high performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor strikes the perfect...
$277.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-Mount HD DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro 35-35mm Fixed...
Macro, offering 1:1 image magnification ratio. Ultra-sharp, macro for close up photography
$499.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-S2 20MP Wi-Fi Enabled Weatherized SLR Body...
20 MP AA filter less APS-C CMOS Sensor w/ISO Speeds up to 51200
$528.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-Mount HD DA 70mm f/2.4 70-70mm Fixed Lens...
High-grade multi-layer HD (High Definition) Coating. Equivalent to 105mm in 35mm film format.
$489.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-Mount HD DA 40mm f/2.8 40-40mm Fixed Lens...
Standard, 40mm focal length (60mm in 35mm film format)
$346.00 TO SHOP
Pentax K-Mount DA 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 ED SDM...
SDM autofocus system driving by a built in supersonic motor for exceptionally smooth and quiet autofocus...
$496.00 TO SHOP

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