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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
Summary: 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 environments.