Pentax K-500 Review

4.5
September 17, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Type
Camera Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Sensor
Type CMOS with primary color filter
Size 23.7 x 15.7mm
Total Pixels approx. 16.49MP
Effective Pixels approx. 16.28 MP
Still

JPEG:16M(4928x3264), 12M(4224x2816), 8M(3456x2304), 5M(2688x1792)
4 quality level of JPEG (★ good, ★★ better, ★★★ best)

RAW:16M(4928x3264)
RAW (12bit): DNG

RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant

RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable

Movie

Full HD (1920x1080, 16:9, 30fps/25fps/24fps)

HD (1280x720, 16:9, 60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps/24fps)

VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30fps/25fps/24fps)

Quality levels ★★★(Best), ★★(Better), ★(Good)

Sensitivity AUTO/100 to 51200 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV)
Shake Reduction Sensor shift Shake Reduction
Sensor Cleaning Dust Removal: SP coating and CMOS sensor operations
Lens
Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)
Usable lenses KAF3, KAF2 (power zoom not compatible), KAF, KA mount lenses
Focusing System
Type SAFOX IXi+ with TTL, phase-matching autofocus
Functions

Auto: 5 points, Auto: 11 points, Select(Expanded Area AF available), Spot

Brightness Range: EV-1 to 18 (ISO 100)

AF Mode: 

Auto AF (AF.A), Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C)
Focus priority or shutter priority mode for AF.S
Focus priority or FPS priority mode for AF.C

AF assist Dedicated LED AF assist light
Viewfinder
Type

Pentaprism Finder

Field of View

Approx. 100%

Magnification

Approx. 0.92x (50mm F1.4 at infinity)

Focusing screen

Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen

Indication

Eye-Relief Length: Approx. 21.7mm (from the view window), Approx 24.5mm (from the center of lens)

Diopter adjustment

Approx. -2.5m to + 1.5m-1

Screen
Type

3’’ (7.6cm), TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing,
With AR coating
Brightness and colors adjustable

Resolution Approx. 921k dots
Playback Single frame, Multi-image display (4/9/16/36/81 seg.), Display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling & quick magn.), histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calendar filmstrip, display, folder display, slideshow, Eye-Fi transfer
Liveview
LiveView

Type: TTL method using CMOS image sensor

Focusing Mechanism: Contrast detection + Face Detection, Tracking, Select, Spot

Display: Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 6x), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram

Shutter
Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plan shutter
Speed Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV step or 1/2EV step), Bulb.
X-Synchronization Sync Speed : 1/180 sec.
Exposure system
Metering TTL open aperture, 77 segmented metering, center-weighted and spot metering
Exposure Modes

Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb

Auto Picture mode: automatically selects from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest

Scene Mode: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum

*JPEG only

Metering Range EV0 to 22 (ISO100 at 50mm F1.4)
Auto Exposure Lock Can be assigned to the AF/AE-L button from the menu
Compensation ± 5EV (1/2EV step or 1/3EV can be selected)
Auto Bracketing 3 frames
Flash
Type

Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash

Guide Number

approx. 12 (ISO 100/m)

Modes

P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash

Angle of View Coverage

Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equ. to 28mm in 35mm format

Exposure Compensation –2.0 to +1.0 EV
Exposure Parameters
Modes

Drive Modes

Mode Selection:

Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12sec., 2sec.), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec.), Auto Bracketing (3 frames)

Continuous shooting :

Approx. 6 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Hi)
Approx. 3 fps, JPEG (JPEG, Cont. Lo)

Capture Functions

Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Noise Reduction: Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR

Dynamic Range Setting: Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction

Lens Correction: Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction

Digital Filter: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color

HDR Capture:  Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, Automatic composition correction function, Exposure Bracket Value: ±1EV, ±2EV, ±3EV

Multi-exposure: Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically

Composition Adjustment: Adjustment range of ±1mm up, down, left or right (0.5mm when rotated), Rotating range of 1 degrees

Interval Shooting: Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Number of shots: up to 999 images, Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time

White Balance

Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual, Color

Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis

Auto: Method using a combination of the CMOS image sensor and the light source detection sensor

Manual: Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved),
Color Temperature settings, Copying the white balance setting of a captured image

Digital Filter Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
Movie
Recording

Recorded pixels:
Full HD (1920x1080, 16:9, 30fps/25fps/24fps),
HD (1280x720, 16:9, 60fps/50fps/30fps/25fps/24fps),
VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30fps/25fps/24fps)

Quality levels: ★★★(Best), ★★(Better), ★(Good)

File Format: MPEG–4 AVC/H.264

Sound: Built-in monaural microphone, Recording Sound Level

Recording Time: Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high

Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Digital Filter: Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color, Color

Interval Movie: Recording interval: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr., Recording time: 4 sec. to 99 hr.,
Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time

*The File format is Motion JPEG(AVI)

Editing Divide or delete selected frames, Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
Playback
Digital Filter Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
Options

Delete: Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image

RAW Development: File Format (JPEG), Image Capture Settings(Aspect Ratio, Recorded Pixels, Quality Level, Color Space), Lens Correction(Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction

Edit: Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving the RAW file data in the buffer memory

Storage
External

Compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card (Eye-Fi card compatible)

File Format

RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant

Image sizes :

JPEG : 16M(4928x3264),12M(4224x2816),8M(3456x2304),5M

RAW :[3:2]16M(4928x3264)


Quality level RAW (12bit): DNG


JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good)


Color space : sRGB, Adobe RGB

File Name

Date (100_1018, 100_1019...)/PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX...) PENTX can be changed by user

Special Features
Features

World time : 75 cities, 28 time zones

Digital Filters :  Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment

Custom Functions : 20 items

Mode Memory : 12 items

USER Mode: Up to 2 settings can be saved

Button/Dial Customization: 

RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical preview, Digital Preview, Composition Adjustment, Select AF Point),
AF/AE-L button (Enable AF1, Enable AF2, Cancel AF, AE Lock)
Various settings for the action of the e-dials in each exposure mode can also be saved.

Text Size: Standard, Large

AF Fine Adjustment: ±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)

Copyright Information: Names of "Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file.

Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
Interface
Interface

USB2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, USB MSC/PTP, 

Video Output Format: NTSC/PAL

Power
Source

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI 109

With AA Battery Holder D-BH109 (optional), four AA batteries (Lithium, Ni-MH rechargeable, alkaline) can be used

AC Adapter Kit K-AC128 (optional)

Performance


Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109:

Number of recordable images: approx. 410 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 480 images (without flash usage)

Playback time: approx. 270 minutes

* Using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23 °C, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.

AA Lithium batteries:

Number of recordable images:approx. 710 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 1250 images (without flash usage)

Playback time: approx. 560 minutes

* Using 4x new Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries under the temperature at 23 °C, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.

Dimensions
Height 96.5mm
Width 129.0mm
Depth

70.0mm

Weight

Approx. 650 g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 590 g (body only)

Compatibility
PC

Windows XP (SP3), Vista, 7 and 8

Mac 10.8 or above
Accessories
Included Software

SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE

Kit Content

USB Cable I-USB7
Strap O-ST132
Li-ion battery D-Li109
Software (CDROM) S-SW133

Mounted on the camera:
Hot shoe cover FK
Body Mount Cover

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