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Pentax K-500 DSLR Camera

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Runs on standard AA batteriesRuns on standard AA batteriesAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Digital Camera Description

The Pentax K-500 is a Advanced DSLR with an APS-C sensor and a Pentax K lens mount. Its 16 Megapixels CMOS sensor offers an ISO 100-12800 sensitivity range which is expandable to ISO 100-51200. This makes it possible to shoot hand-held in very low-light. With 16 MP of resolution, sharp prints are possible up to at 240 DPI.

A builtin 3-Axis Image Stabilization mechanism allows the Pentax K-500 to compensate for camera shake with any mounted lens.

This camera features a mechanic shutter that can expose for 1/6000 to 30s. Bulb exposures of an unspecified duration are possible with this camera. With a fastest shutter-speed of 1/6000, fast action can easily be frozen. Night photography is possible using this digital camera due to its long exposure capability. This camera model offers Full Manual Controls.

Pentax K-500

The Pentax K-500 features a 11-point Phase-Detect AF system. Autofocus can continuously adjust according to subject distance. Manual Focus is also available.

Dual controls-dials offer direct access to most exposure parameters which makes this digital camera suitable for advanced photographers. This camera does not feature any seals to protect it against adverse weather, dust and moisture. Care must be taken, just like with most electronics. Framing on the Pentax K-500 is performed via a large reflex optical viewfinder with 0.92X magnification and 100% coverage. This magnification is equivalent to 0.61X on a Full-Frame camera.

Model Specifications

BrandPentax ModelK-500
Sensor 16 Megapixels CMOS Sensor Size 24 x 16mm
Anti-Alias Filter Yes Sensor Aspect 3:2 Aspect-Ratio
Stabilization 3-Axis Dust-ReductionYes
Sensitivity ISO 100 - 12800 *Expanded range: 100-51200 Shutter-Speed 1/6000 - 30s
Lens MountPentax K KAF2 MountCrop Factor1.5X
Filter DiameterN / A Focus System 11-point Phase-Detect, Assist-lamp *SAFOX IXi+, 11-points, 9 Cross-type. Focus Peaking.
Viewfinder Type Reflex OVF Viewfinder Size 0.92X - 100% Coverage *Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte-III focus screen.
Display Attachment Fixed Display Size 920K Pixels 3" LCD 100% Coverage *Adjustable color & brightness.
Exposure ModesP, A, T, M, B, S, TA Scene Modes19Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
MeteringMulti-Segment, Center-Weighed, Spot Bracketing 3 Shots ±2 EV
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV, 1/3 or 1/2 EV Flash Compensation -2..+1 EV, 1/2 EV
White Balance Auto , Presets, Custom White Balance Tuning 2 Axis, 15 steps
Continuous Drive 6 FPS, 30 JPEG, 8 RAW Self Timer Yes *2s, 12s, 3s Remote
Command Dials 2 DOF Preview Yes
Protection Dust Reduction Yes
Digital Level 2 Axis, Automatic Leveling2 with SR off, 1 with SR on. Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Trigger Infrared Eye-Start Sensor No
HDR Yes Orientation Sensor Yes
Interval Timer Yes Multiple Exposure Yes
Image Formats JPEG DNG RAW Flash Ports Hot-Shoe
Built-In Flash Yes (GN 12) Flash Sync 1/180s
Video Capture 1920x1080 @ 30 FPS 16:9 Sound Input
Video Format H.264 WiFi No
Memory Secure Digital Extended Capacity GPS No
Battery Standard AA & Lithium-Ion Battery Life 710 *CIPA Standard, 50% flash use.
Introduced 2013-06-12, DiscontinuedYES Construction Standard
Size 130 x 97 x 71mm (W x H x D) Weight 650g

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Pentax K-500 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-51200
Pentax K Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/6000-30s
3-Axis Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
100% Coverage
Large Viewfinder
Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Auto Horizon Correction
2 Axis Digital Level
Spot-Metering
Built-in Dust ReductionHot-Shoe
6 FPS Drive, 30 ImagesStandard AA & Lithium-Ion Battery
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital Extended Capacity
3" LCD 920K Pixels
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