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Pentax K-500

16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor Fast Shutter speed up to 1/6000 10 Read more

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Overall 8
7.7

Pentax K-500

thinkdigit.com
15 October 2014
  • Summary: 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. For the ones who plan to extend their photography skills, you may want to stick to a Nikon or a Canon.
  • Pros: Sturdy build and design, Wide ISO range of 100-51200, 6fps drive motor
  • Cons: Noisy AF motor, Outdated interface, Absence of AF points in viewfinder
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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, AA and Li-ion battery compatibility, Class-leading ISO range, High 6FPS framerate and decent buffer size, Focus peaking in live view, Good video framerate options, .MOV H.26...
  • 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 view button oddly placed, AF temporarily blurs image in live view, Relatively-short battery life, No external microphone jack, Mono sound during video, Video AF is still unreliab...
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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
3 August 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.
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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
12 June 2013
  • 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.
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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. It doesn’t have most up-to-date features, with no autofocus while recording videos, no HDMI and a screen that doesn't rotate and isn't touch-sensitive, but it’s a superb camera for people who takes a more traditional approach to...
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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 9
9.0

Pentax K-500 DSLR Review

ePHOTOzine
25 July 2013
  • 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
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Pentax K-500

TechRadar UK
12 June 2013
  • 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.
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