PENTAX K-500 - Overview
Easy to use and high-quality performance
- Stabilized 16 MP CMOS sensor
- ISO up to 51 200
- Continuous Shooting 6fps
- 100% Pentaprism viewfinder
- Full HD Video
Easy-to-use and high-quality performance
This cost-efficient model inherits such remarkable features as a compact, lightweight, easy-to-hold body; high-resolution image reproduction with approximately 16.2 effective megapixels; super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200; and high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second, making it an ideal imaging tool for all casual digital photographers.
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High-resolution, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200
The K-500 features the state-of-the-art CMOS image sensor with a large image-capturing area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm, to assure high-speed image data readout. This image sensor is coupled with PRIME M — the same high-performance imaging engine incorporated in upper-class models — to deliver super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels. The K-500 also offers super-high-sensitivity shooting at a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, allowing the photographer to handhold the camera for beautiful nighttime snapshots.
Innovative SR mechanism
The PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake to deliver sharp, blur-free images, even under shake-prone conditions such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or taking landscapes in twilight. This innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those developed for film-format cameras.* It is also the key to some special functions, including the ASTRO TRACER mode that simplifies astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.
* Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K, KA, KAF, KAF2 and KAF3mount lenses; screw-mount lenses (with an adapter); and 645 and 67system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.
High-speed continuous shooting, at approximately 6 fps
The K-500’s high-speed continuous shooting function captures active, fast-moving subjects — such as athletes, stage performers and wildlife — in a series of images, at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second (in the JPEG recording format).
High-quality movie recording
The K-500 records high-resolution, full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) in the H.264 recording format, with a choice of frame rate (30, 25 or 24 frames per second). It even offers creative image-processing tools** like Custom Images, and useful movie-recording features such as an interval movie recording function, for the production of more personalized movies.
** The frame rate may vary when nonstandard image processing is required.
Specifications read more
|Type - Camera Type||TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash|
|Lens - Mount||PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)|
|Sensor - Type||CMOS with primary color filter|
|Sensor - Effective Pixels||approx. 16.28 MP|
|Body - Height||96.5mm|
|Body - Width||129.0mm|
|Body - Depth||
|Body - Weight||
Approx. 650 g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 590 g (body only)