Excerpt: The Pentax K-500 is that unusual creation that can prove to be helpful to anyone who needs a good-quality entry-level DSLR camera . Whether you are just starting to move away from point-and-shoot devices or whether your skills are nigh onto professional levels, this camera gives you plenty of tools to capture images that will make memories forever.
Pros: This entry-level DSLR camera offers 19 different scene modes.
Cons: You get only two self-timer delay intervals.
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.
Conclusion: If you keep tabs on its enigmatic autofocusing and don't mind dialling in some exposure compensation now and again, then this is a well made, well equipped and high performing DSLR for beginners and established photographers alike.
Excerpt: Whether you need a camera that you can use in the rain and the snow largely depends on how, when and where you usually take pictures or shoot full-HD video. The 16.28 effective megapixel APS-C sensor Pentax K-500 is brother to the higher-end K-50, which offers weather-resistant seals, but for that you’ll pay more, making the K-500 better value if you don’t find yourself out shooting against the elements.
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
Conclusion: The Pentax K-500 is a very well specified entry-level DSLR that delivers a solid standard of image quality, but there are a few too many rough edges to recommend it over the dominant Canon’s and Nikon’s.
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
Excerpt: This entry level DSLR uses the same 16.28MP CMOS sensor, the same SAFOX IXi+ AF system and, remarkably at this price level, even has a proper glass pentaprism finder with 100% field of view. This is indeed a high level of spec and it seems there are only a few sacrifices made, none of which compromise either construction standards or image quality.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Fast operation including upgraded AF, Glass pentaprism viewfinder, In body shake reduction, Backwards compatibility with thousands of lenses, Wide ISO range, Excellent ergonomics, Excellent build quality, AA Battery option
Cons: No weather resistance, Loud focus on DAL lens
Conclusion: Although there's an impressive feature set for the money, the lack of any focus point display in the viewfinder is a small yet very noticeable omission. That, along with the K-500's propensity to underexpose, makes it easy to lose faith in the camera's autofocus and exposure metering abilities. This is an even bigger shame given the strength of the camera's image quality, especially in low light.