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.
Excerpt: Pentax has announced two new DSLRs, but in a disappointment for many Pentax rumour followers, neither has a full-frame sensor. Furthermore, the two cameras are remarkably similar and both use the same APS-C format, 16.2 million pixel CMOS sensor as the existing Pentax K-30
Summary: Until now Pentax’s DSLR range has looked rather limited, with just the Pentax K-30 and Pentax K-5 II (and Pentax K-5 IIs) being available and aimed at enthusiast photographers. Naturally Pentax is keen to expand its range and offer something a little more appealing to novice photographers.
Excerpt: The Pentax K-500 is little brother to the numerically similar Pentax K-50 digital SLR released alongside it at the start of summer 2013, making it the new entry-level model in the K range, which also includes the Pentax K-5 II and the Pentax K-30 . Offering the classic chunky DSLR design that sets it apart from that compact snapshot or smartphone, the K-500 is also £150 cheaper than the K-50 going by its manufacturer's asking price of £449.99, which includes camera body...
Pros: Good value for money, Decent resolution, Sharp colour-rich results