Pentax K-500 DSLR Camera Specifications and Video Review

K500

Bottom Line:

The Pentax K-500 is a decent basic entry level DSLR. However, if you are considering to more seriously pursue dslr photography or videography consider Nikon or Canon bodies instead for a greater variety of lenses available.

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The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 16.3 megapixels
    • Approx. 23.7 x 15.7 mm APS-C CMOS sensor 
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
    • Compatible lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 11 AF points (9 cross type focus points in the center)
    • Focus modes: AF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
  • 4. Video Features
    • Recording Size and (frame rate fps in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (30 / 25 / 24 fps)
      • 1280 x 720 (60 / 50 / 30 / 25 / 24 fps)
      • 640 x 424 (30 / 25 / 24 fps)
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: Approx 25 minutes
  • 5. Image Features
    • File Formats: JPEG, RAW
    • High Speed Continuous Shooting: Maximum 6 shots/sec.
    • Size in pixels:
      • JPEG
        16M (4928×3264)
        12M (4224×2816)
        8M (3456×2304)
        5M (2688×1792)
      • RAW
        16M (4928×3264)
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Mode selection: 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 (JPEG only), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
    • Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb
    • Custom Image modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
    • ISO AUTO/100 -51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
    • Shutter Speed: Auto, 1/6000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
    • Flash X-sync at 1/180 sec
    • White Balance Settings: Auto, Preset (Preset modes): Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual mode(s): a) 3 manual settings can be configured and saved, b) Kelvin color temperatures can be selected, c) WB settings can be copied from a captured image
  • 8. Interface
    • 3.0 inch TFT monitor
    • 921,000 dots monitor resolution
    • USB 2.0
    • AV out
    • Video out: NTSC, PAL
  • 9. Power
    • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109
    • Battery Life: 480 shots (CIPA)
    • AC power optional with AC Adapter
  • 10. Body
    • SD, SDHC, SDXC, EyeFi
    • Viewfinder coverage: 100%
    • Dimensions: 3.82 x 2.8 x 5.12 inches
    • Weight: 20.8 oz (body only)
  • 11. Price
    • MSRP: $600 (kit)

Pentax K500 Video Review:

 

Video review highlights:

  • Entry level DSLR
  • Outdated interface
  • Noisy focus motor
  • In viewfinder cant see focus points
  • Focus is sharp and accurate
  • Recommends going with canon or nikon because wider range of lenses

The Pentax K500 is packed full of features and definitely makes for a great basic DSLR. For more information, reviews,  or if you’re ready to purchase, then please support the site by clicking on the button below:

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