Pentax K-500

Released July, 2013
  • 16.1 MP
  • APS-C 23.7 x 15.7 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
On the other hand, the interface for the Custom Image setting is really nice - it shows you exactly how the presets and changes affect the color gamut.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K-500

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Pentax K-r
Focus lag and continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Reviews from and


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews


Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K-500

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

1,087 ISO
EOS 450D
692 ISO
Pentax K-r
755 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

162 ms
Lumix DMC-GH1
336 ms
276 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

6 fps
EOS 1100D
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

710 photos
Lumix DMC-GH1
320 photos
Pentax K-50
410 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

23.7 bits
Lumix DMC-GH1
21.6 bits
EOS 1100D
21.9 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

13.1 ev
EOS 450D
10.8 ev
EOS 1100D
11.0 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K-500

Video also ranks as subpar, with lots of moire and aliasing, as well as severe rolling shutter.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It takes about 1.2 seconds to power on, focus, and shoot.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)
In practice, the single-shot autofocus feels relatively fast, though the continuous autofocus frequently doesn't lock on the correct subject and there's no way to track it in the optical viewfinder.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)
It may lack real-time filter effects, but it offers useful features like TAv mode, which allows you to set shutter speed and aperture while the camera automatically selects an ISO sensitivity to match; sensitivity-priority mode, which lets you select the ISO sensitivity and it selects shutter speed and aperture; focus peaking, which appears in autofocus mode as well as with manual focus; and a raw override button.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)


It also looks like the camera adds some sharpening at ISO 400, as there's a noticeable jump in sharpness at that point.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)
For JPEGs I wouldn't recommend going higher than ISO 800.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)
It can burst for eight raw shots at 6.4fps, but then drops significantly.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)

Image quality

If you're not worried about color accuracy, the occasionally surreal colors might appeal.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)
But it just can't keep up on photo quality, and I really suggest you pass it up if you'll be shooting video.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)
Despite the lack of weather sealing, the K-500 also looks a little better than its frills-free competitors, but once again, compromises on photo quality.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)


The 18-55mm kit lens is also pretty noisy.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)
It's additionally inconvenient that if you change shutter or aperture settings while in movie mode it changes them for the relevant priority modes as well; in other words, if you like to shoot movies at 1/30 second and stills at 1/100 second, you'll have to reset them every time you jump back and forth.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)


Exposures look correct, with no metering surprises, even in this sunny, high-contrast July.
by c|net (Jul, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 16.1 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.7 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 23.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 51,600 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.61x


Max continuous shooting 6 fps
Battery life 710 photos
Continuous shooting
  1. 6 fps, JPEG
  2. 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 162 ms


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (AVCHD, MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video None


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Min 30 s
Max 1/6000 s

form factor

Size 130 x 97 x 71 mm
Thickness 71 mm
Weight 646 g
Is weather sealed No


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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