Excerpt: The Pentax K-500 boasts top-notch image quality, and a pentaprism viewfinder, which is unheard of at its entry-level price point. (4 out of 5) 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
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
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
Pentax K-500 review - Affordable entry-level SLR that performs very well
26 August 2013
Excerpt: More affordable DSLR brother to the weather proofed K-50, retaining many pluses 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...
Pros: 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
Cons: 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