Pentax K-500

Last Updated (14 June’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ TechRadar

Pentax K-500 is a Digital SLR Camera with 16.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and PRIME M Image Processing Engine. It features 3.0-inch 921k-Dot LCD Monitor, Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps, SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System, Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps, In-Camera Shake Reduction System, In-Camera HDR and RAW Image Processing, Four AA or Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery, and DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens. The camera measures (W x H x D) 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8″ / 13.0 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm and weight 22.9 oz / 649 g With li-ion battery and memory card.

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Pentax K-500 Reviews

Techradar reviews the Pentax K-500 and writes;
“Although we have only seen a pre-production sample of the Pentax K-500, we have seen its sensor in the Pentax K-30 before and we know that it performs well. However, we need to bear in mind that there is a tweaked version of the processing engine, and this may produce slightly different results.”
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Pentax K-500 Features

Pentax K-500 combines a 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processing engine that enable to produce high quality imagery while delivering fast performance throughout the entire camera system. This combination provides a high sensitivity level of ISO 51200, full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, and renders both still images and videos with notable image quality and clarity. Not only does it, the camera uses SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System which offers 11 focus points, including nine cross-type sensors, to quickly and accurately acquire focus.

This camera also support you to record Full HD 1080p video in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps as well as HD 720p recording up to 60 fps. The video recorded can be saved in the high quality H.264 AVC/MPEG-4 codec and saved as .MOV files for easier sharing and editing. There is a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with 921k-dot resolution that provides a wide viewing angle for improved viewing in a variety of shooting positions.

Moreover, Pentax K-500 utilizes in-camera sensor shift image stabilization, which reduces the appearance of camera shake by about three shutter speed steps when working in low-light conditions. The camera also features in-camera RAW (DNG) image processing, HDR shooting capabilities, a variety of filters, scene modes, and auto modes. Traditional manual shooting modes are also available, such as program, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, sensitivity-priority, and manual.

More Features:

+ The D-BH109 AA Battery Holder and four AA lithium batteries

+ A 77-segment exposure metering system

+ Built-in pop-up flash

+ Programmable front and rear e-dials

+ Pentax K lens mount

+ Eye-Fi memory card compatibility


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