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Pentax  K-500
7.6 out of 10

Pentax K-500

16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor Fast Shutter speed up to 1/6000 * Read more

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Digital SLR
Type: CMOS w primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system Size: 23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C) Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW Effective pixels (total pixels): 16.3 MP (16.5 MP) (approx.) Dust Removal: Sensor movement w SP coating on low pass filter Pixel mapping: Yes
Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions) SDM function: Yes, Power zoom function: n/a
Focus System
Type: SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross type focus points in the center) w light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens Sensitivity range: EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100) Focus modes: AF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual Focus point selection: Auto 11 pt, Auto 5 pt, User-Selectable (w Expanded Area AF), Center AF assist: Yes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp Focus peaking: Yes (n/a during active video recording) Autofocus Fine Adjustment: ±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)
Type: Pentaprism, Coverage (field of view): 100% Magnification: 0.92X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity) Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable) Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m, Eye Relief: Approx. 21.7mm (from the view window) Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital
LCD Monitor
Type: 3.0” TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment Resolution: 921,000 dots, Wide angle viewable: Yes Live View:Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor Display: Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 6x), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram Autofocus: Contrast detection + Face Detection, Tracking, Select, Spot
Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash Guide number: 12m (ISO 100), Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec Angle of View/Coverage: Wide Angle (Equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format) Flash modes: P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync High-Speed and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash. Flash exposure compensation: -2 to +1 EV (1/3 steps)
External Flash
Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Storage Media
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card (Eye-Fi card compatible) External Memory: n/a
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, Cable Switch Video output format: NTSC, PAL, USB Connection: MSC/PTP Microphone: Built-in monaural
Power Supply
Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (optional, sold separately), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4* AA batteries included Recordable images: Li-Ion approx 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA), AA lithium approx 1250 (710 w 50% flash, CIPA) Playback time: Li-Ion approx 270 min, AA lithium approx 560 min Movie recording time: 25 min max time per clip AC adapter available: Yes (sold separately)
Physical Specs
Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1” x 3.8” x 2.8” (excluding operating parts and protrusions) Body weight: Without battery or removable memory card: 20.8 oz With 4 AA Lithium batteries and memory card: 22.8 oz. With D-Li109 battery and memory card 22.9 oz Primary construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis Operating temperature: 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C), Ruggedized features: n/a
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian,Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish,Greek, Russian
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor-shift SR (3 stops depending on lens and shooting conditions)
Metering System
Type: TTL open aperture 77 segment metering Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4) Metering patterns (multi, center, spot): Multi 77, Center, Spot Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps) Exposure lock: Yes Exposure bracketing: 3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
ISO Sensitivity
Auto/100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), auto range selectable
White Balance
Type: Image sensor detection w light wavelength sensor detection Auto, Preset (Preset modes): Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual mode(s): a) 3 manual settings can be configured and saved, b) Kelvin color temperatures can be selected, c) WB settings can be copied from a captured image WB fine adjustment: +/- 7 steps A-B axis or G-M axis
Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter Shutter speed: (Auto/Manual) 1/6000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Capture Modes
Mode selection: Auto Picture mode: automatically selects from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest Scene Mode: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum, *JPEG only Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb Custom Image modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing Green simplified mode available: n/a Face detection available: Yes PASMB: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv) Date stamp: n/a Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color Dynamic range adjustment: Highlight, shadow Electronic level: n/a Horizon correction: n/a File/Folder customization: Folder name (standard, date), create new folder, embed copyright
Drive Modes
Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames) Continuous FPS - Continuous Hi: Approx 6.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW) - Continuous Lo: Approx 3.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW) Multi-exposure: 2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment Interval: 999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay HDR: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, Auto composition correction function, exposure bracket +/- 1 to 3 EV (1 EV steps) Cable switch: Yes (sold separately)
Playback Modes
Playback View: Single image, Multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segments), display mag. (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnify available), histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calendar filmstrip, display, folder display, slideshow, Eye-Fi transfer Delete: Single image, all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image RAW Development: File Format (JPEG), Image Capture Settings(Aspect Ratio, Recorded Pixels, Quality Level, Color Space), Lens Correction(Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction Edit: Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Capture a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving the RAW file data in the buffer memory Digital filters (playback): Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
File Formats
Recorded pixels: 16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792) RAW 16M (4928x3264) Quality levels (JPEG): ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good) File formats: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), RAW +,DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III Color space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
Custom Functions
(20 Custom Functions available) RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical preview, Digital Preview, Composition Adjustment, Select AF Point), USER Mode (up to 2 settings can be saved)
Release Date
First seen
15 February 2009