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.
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
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
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