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Pentax  K-500
8.8 out of 10

Pentax K-500

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Pentax K-500

thinkdigit.com
15 October 2014
  • Excerpt: 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, this DSLR is an excellent recommendation.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-500

PC Magazine
28 November 2013
  • Conclusion: The Pentax K-500 boasts top-notch image quality, and a pentaprism viewfinder, which is unheard of at its entry-level price point.
  • Pros: Large pentaprism viewfinder. 5fps burst shooting. Customizable controls and noise reduction. In-body shake reduction. Very good high ISO performance. AA battery power.
  • Cons: Fixed rear LCD. No mic input. Slow to focus when recording video.
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Overall 8
7.8

Pentax K-500

pentaxforums.com
18 August 2013
  • Summary: The Pentax K-500 is not only the most capable, but also the most affordable entry-level Pentax DSLR produced to date.  Because it based on the K-50, Pentax have been able to include many advanced features while keeping the price of the camera very low.
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, Kit lens of good quality, In-body shake reduction and dust removal, Competetively priced, User-friendly interface, Very fast live-view autofocus, Loaded with features otherwise uncommon for its class, 100%-coverage pentaprism viewfinder, Durable construction, Handles well...
  • Cons: Viewfinder autofocus speed lags behind the competition, Autofocus poor for sports, Lacks AF point indicators in the viewfinder- a basic feature on today's DSLRs, Drops out of live view when menu is accessed or mode is changed, Loud autofocus with screwdrive lenses, Somewhat loud shutter, Live vie...
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Overall 9
8.8
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Features 9
9.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Pentax K-500 Review

What Digital Camera
31 July 2013
  • Summary: With a feature set that wouldn’t look out of place one more costly models, the K-500 is perhaps one of if not the best-specified entry-level DSLRs you’ll find thanks in part to the large pentaprism viewfinder, 6fps burst shooting, dual control dials and AF system that includes 9 cross-type sensors.
  • Pros: Excellent set of features compared to the competition; Comfy and large grip; Image quality
  • Cons: AF point not superimposed in viewfinder; Noisy AF from bundled lens; Interface looks dated
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
12 June 2013
  • Conclusion: Another nice touch is the battery compartment. This will house either the included 410-shot capacity rechargeable Lithium-ion cell, or alternatively you can slot in 4 standard AA batteries with the aid of an optional holder. It's a great feature if you're travelling without regular mains access.
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Pentax K-500 review

TechRadar UK
16 January 2014
  • Summary: Pentax's most affordable DSLR
  • Pros: The K-500 shows that an entry-level DSLR doesn't have to compromise features or control. Excellent image quality and build further enhance the camera's appeal, as does the 100%-coverage viewfinder.
  • Cons: Excluding any indication of focus points from the viewfinder makes focus-critical shots time consuming, while the regular underexposure with matrix metering can be equally irritating. Plus if you want to shoot inconspicuously, then the noisy focusing with the kit lens is likely to blow your cover.
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Overall 6
6.0

Pentax K-500 review

expertreviews.co.uk
5 November 2013
  • Excerpt: Last month we were bowled over by the Pentax K-50 . Its big optical viewfinder, 6fps continuous performance, sublime controls with dual command dials and weather-sealed body are all features we'd expect to pay a lot more than £600 for.
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Overall 7
6.7
Value for money 8
8.3
Features 5
5.0
Picture quality 8
8.3

Pentax K-500

PC Pro
4 October 2013
  • Conclusion: The K-500 offers an amazing set of features for the price, but falls disappointingly short on some of the basics
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax K-500

Trusted Reviews
14 August 2013
  • Summary: It has better specs than its nearest rivals, but is it acutally better?
  • Pros: Good image quality, Large and comfortable grip, Strong features compared to rivals
  • Cons: Noisy AF with kit lens, Dated interface, No visible AF point in viewfinder
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax K-500 review

T3
8 August 2013
  • Summary: 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?
  • Pros: Good value for money, Decent resolution, Sharp colour-rich results
  • Cons: Not weatherproof
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