K-500

  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Fast Shutter speed up to 1/6000
  • 100% Field of View & 4 optional Focusing Screens
  • Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording

Beyond Basics

Jump right into digital photography with a comfortable, approachable DSLR, paired with high quality specifications that go above and beyond entry level with the PENTAX K-500—made for families and casual photographers looking for more than just the basics. Everyday photography is made easy with the K-500’s wide selection of simple user-modes and creative tools for limitless personalized expressions, taking your images to a whole new level of stunning. The value adds up with a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, fast continuous shooting at six frames per second, high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 51200, 100% field of view, innovative in-body shake reduction, and an advanced auto focus module. Make the most out of your memories—capture them with the PENTAX K-500.

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  • 6 frames per second continuous shooting

    A fast 6 FPS frame rate captures fast action shots in dynamic shooting situations, if used with optional, rechargeable, standard-lithium ion battery.

  • ISO Speeds up to 51200

    High sensitivity shooting up to 51200 ISO range improves noise performance throughout, even in low lighting.

  • Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording

    Full 1080p HD video capture at 30 frames per second (60 FPS for 720p) features efficient h.264 compression, flexible exposure control, and HDR finishing options for stunning video quality.

  • Programmable front & rear e-dials

    Programmable front and rear e-dials enable PENTAX renowned Hyper Program and Manual modes, as well as other rapid no-look setting changes.

  • Large High Resolution 3 inch LCD

    Large 3 inch LCD with brightness and color adjustments is wide angle viewable, and features 921,000 dots of resolution.

  • Traditional, Auto Picture and Scene modes

    Traditional shooting modes feature PENTAX Sensitivity Priority (Sv) and Shutter and Aperture Priority (TAv) for outstanding flexibility, while powerful automatic modes like Auto Picture and Scene modes take the guesswork out of great photography.

  • Fast Shutter speed up to 1/6000

    A maximum 1/6000 second shutter speed freezes sports and fast action without subject movement blur.

  • Eye-Fi Card Compatibility

    With Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards, the user can automatically transmit recorded images to a smartphone. New built-in menus allow the user to easily enable automatic transmission of images and video to a smartphone for rapid sharing.?Ǭ Users can even select favorite images and resize them before transmission.

  • In-body raw development and HDR shooting

    Enjoy in-body raw development and in-camera HDR shooting mode, featuring multiple blending options to bring out the detail in wide gamut still imaging.

  • Enhanced Creative Modes, multilayer filtering opportunities

    Choose from 11 types of custom image modes and 19 digital filters, all with multi layering capabilities, for more creative expression than you ever dreamt of. The K-500 lets you show off your unique visions with real, high-resolution images.

  • 77 segment metering system

    Highly accurate 77 segment metering system produces beautifully exposed images and video, even in complex lighting situations.

Type

Digital SLR

Sensor

Type: CMOS w primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C)
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels (total pixels): 16.3 MP (16.5 MP) (approx.)
Dust Removal: Sensor movement w SP coating on low pass filter
Pixel mapping: Yes

Lens

Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes, Power zoom function: n/a

Focus System

Type: SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross type focus points in the center) w light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens
Sensitivity range: EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)
Focus modes: AF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus point selection: Auto 11 pt, Auto 5 pt, User-Selectable (w Expanded Area AF), Center
AF assist: Yes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
Focus peaking: Yes (n/a during active video recording)
Autofocus Fine Adjustment: ?Ǭ10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)

Viewfinder

Type: Pentaprism, Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.92X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m to 1.5m, Eye Relief: Approx. 21.7mm (from the view window)
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital

LCD Monitor

Type: 3.0?Ǩ TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment
Resolution: 921,000 dots, Wide angle viewable: Yes

Live View:Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Display: Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 6x), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram
Autofocus: Contrast detection + Face Detection, Tracking, Select, Spot

Flash

Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number: 12m (ISO 100), Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Angle of View/Coverage: Wide Angle (Equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format)
Flash modes: P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
High-Speed and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to +1 EV (1/3 steps)

External Flash

Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec

Storage Media

Removable memory: SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card (Eye-Fi card compatible)
External Memory: n/a

Interfaces

Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, Cable Switch
Video output format: NTSC, PAL, USB Connection: MSC/PTP
Microphone: Built-in monaural

Power Supply

Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (optional, sold separately), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4* AA batteries included
Recordable images: Li-Ion approx 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA), AA lithium approx 1250 (710 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Li-Ion approx 270 min, AA lithium approx 560 min
Movie recording time: 25 min max time per clip
AC adapter available: Yes (sold separately)

Physical Specs

Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1?Ǩ x 3.8?Ǩ x 2.8?Ǩ (excluding operating parts and protrusions)
Body weight: Without battery or removable memory card: 20.8 oz
With 4 AA Lithium batteries and memory card: 22.8 oz.
With D-Li109 battery and memory card 22.9 oz
Primary construction material(s): Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Operating temperature: 14-104?Ǭ?F (-10 to 40?Ǭ?C), Ruggedized features: n/a

Language Support

English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian,Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish,Greek, Russian

Image Stabilization

Type: Sensor-shift SR (3 stops depending on lens and shooting conditions)

Metering System

Type: TTL open aperture 77 segment metering
Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Metering patterns (multi, center, spot): Multi 77, Center, Spot
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes
Exposure bracketing: 3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps

ISO Sensitivity

Auto/100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), auto range selectable

White Balance

Type: Image sensor detection w light wavelength sensor detection
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
WB fine adjustment: +/- 7 steps A-B axis or G-M axis

Shutter

Type: Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: (Auto/Manual) 1/6000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb

Capture Modes

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*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum, *JPEG only
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
Green simplified mode available: n/a
Face detection available: Yes
PASMB: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv) Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic range adjustment: Highlight, shadow
Electronic level: n/a Horizon correction: n/a
File/Folder customization: Folder name (standard, date), create new folder, embed copyright

Drive Modes

Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames)
Continuous FPS
- Continuous Hi: Approx 6.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
- Continuous Lo: Approx 3.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)
Multi-exposure: 2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment
Interval: 999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay
HDR: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, Auto composition correction function, exposure bracket +/- 1 to 3 EV (1 EV steps)
Cable switch: Yes (sold separately)

Playback Modes

Playback View: Single image, Multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segments), display mag. (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnify available), histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calendar filmstrip, display, folder display, slideshow, Eye-Fi transfer
Delete: Single image, 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, Capture a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving the RAW file data in the buffer memory
Digital filters (playback): 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

File Formats

Recorded pixels: 16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792)
RAW 16M (4928x3264)
Quality levels (JPEG): ?Ķ?Ķ?Ķ (Best), ?Ķ?Ķ (Better), ?Ķ (Good)
File formats: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), RAW +,DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Color space: sRGB, AdobeRGB

Custom Functions

(20 Custom Functions available)
RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical preview, Digital Preview, Composition Adjustment, Select AF Point), USER Mode (up to 2 settings can be saved)

  • PENTAX AA Battery Holder D-BH109
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Lithium Battery (ENERGIZER)
  • PENTAX Strap O-ST132
  • Eyecup FR
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW139

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