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Pentax K-500 DSLR Camera with DAL 18-55mm Lens Kit - Black (16MP, CMOS APS-C Sensor) 3 inch LCD

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  • 16 MP CMOS APS-C for fully detailed images
  • Continuous shooting 6 frames/sec. for catching action shots.
  • Shutter Speed up to 1/6000 sec to freeze movement in an image.
  • 3’’ 920 000 pts LCD screen with 170° extra-wide viewing.
  • Dual power Lithium-ion or AA battery.

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  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.7 x 7 cm ; 5 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 15506
  • ASIN: B00DC4BROO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Jun 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,744 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The PENTAX K-500 boasts outstanding basic specifications that rival many models, including high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second and super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 51200.


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 night-time 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.

High-speed continuous shooting, at approximately six images per second

When shooting sports, stage performances or wildlife, the K-500’s high-speed continuous shooting function comes in handy. It allows the photographer to record active, fast-moving subjects in a series of images, at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second (in the JPEG recording format).

Optical finder with approximately 100% field of view

Despite a compact body common to all entry-class models, the K-500 features a glass prism finder with nearly 100% field of view and approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. Since it delivers a clear view of the subject even in bright sunshine and eliminates parallax and time lag in the viewfinder image, the K-500 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical. The in focus point is indicated as a red point in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.

High-quality movie recording

The K-500 captures 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 comes with creative image-processing tools like Custom Images and useful movie-recording features like an interval movie recording function, for the production of more personalised movies.

Effortless, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

The PENTAX-original Auto Picture mode automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode for a given subject or scene from Portrait, Landscape, Macro and other distinctive shooting modes. Since the K-500 sets all vital camera settings including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness the photographer can concentrate on image composition and shutter opportunity. The K-500 also offers 19 Scene modes, including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette, to simplify the photographing of subjects and scenes that could be too complicated or demanding for entry digital SLR photographers, by optimising all camera settings with a simple choice of the corresponding icon on the camera’s LCD monitor.

High-precision autofocus

The K-500 features the state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation with 11 sensors (including nine cross-type sensors in the middle). It also features a spot beam projector to assist AF operation in poorly lit locations. Its select-area expansion function keeps the sensor module tracking a moving subject, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighbouring focus sensors. As the result, not only the accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus operation, but also the auto-tracking performance of moving subjects when using a telephoto lens, have been greatly improved.

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A selection of image-processing tools for creative, personalised expression

The K-500’s custom image function allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image, with a choice of 11 custom images. These include Bleach Bypass to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures, and Cross Process to produce fanciful, eye-catching images with dramatic colours. The K-500 also provides 19 digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to captured images and produce creative, artistic images without the need for a computer. The user can even explore new creative possibilities by applying multiple filters to a single image.

Box Contains

Battery lithium-Ion D-LI109
Battery charger K-BC109
Cable USB I-USB7
Strap O-ST132
Software CD-ROM S-SW138
Viewfinder cover
Hot-shoe cover
Body mount cover
Pentax K-500 DSLR

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. Randle on 12 Oct 2013
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I've always used Pentax SLR/DSLRs and have been using recently the K10D and the Samsung (Pentax based) GX20. It's fair to say that those 2 are very good top-of-the-range models of their era, but starting to look and feel a bit dated. I was simply browsing on Amazon at the current models when I found this up-to-date, but clearly entry-level K-500. But what hit me between the eyes was the amazingly low-price. As the K-500 seemed to be based on the K-50, with a couple of things missing, such as weather proofing, it seemed too good to miss out on - so it was ordered at the last-minute on the Express service.

Today, this came well before the 1pm deadline with helpful updates on both email and text from DPD as to my package's progress.

So far, I've configured the camera with some of my settings and shot a few basic tests. Although the K-500 has some control and menu differences from the older cameras I own, it was relatively easy to find out the features and settings that are the most important to me - even though on a couple of occasions I did resort to the manual (shocker!!!) The manual is nice and clear and it was very easy to find what I was looking for and so far haven't had any problems tuning the camera.

My initial tests are very encouraging and the camera is a lovely little gem of design and very positive to use. At this stage I wouldn't class any of the differences as downsides, more like progress that makes the camera neater and more compact. It would be interesting if any photographers with large chunky hands could pass on their own feedback.

I'll update this review once I have more meaningful shots to talk about, but so far, this entry-level camera is a total steal at £343 including the standard zoom - 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 27 May 2014
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Finally I upgraded my old Pentax DSLR to something more up-to-date.

At first I had a lot of trouble getting it to work in 'AUTO' mode - it just didn't seem to work properly. But then I found a firmware update on the Pentax/Ricoh site, and now it's working fine.

Results so far have been impressive and I get positive feedback on my pictures. I know the camera is part of that success.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tadas on 11 Jun 2014
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It's a well made camera, has all of the modern features. I've noticed it does sometimes think quite a lot before taking a photo, but nothing too extreme.

I would rate it 4.8/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dunning on 26 Jun 2014
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I got this to replace a previous Pentax so I had lenses. Everything is better including the speed of turning on which is practically instantaneous. I also like the option of using AA lithium batteries although you do have to spen £12 on a bit of plastic adaptor!
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After recently losing my previous compact Camera on holiday in USA I decided to go up a step to SLR and after some research chose the Pentax K500 DSLR. I am not an expert and use the camera for family, holiday and mostly 'water' shots from our sailing cruiser - so far I have not been disappointed. The handbook is excellent - one thing I cannot abide is voluminous instructions on a CD - and this compact book with everything cross referenced cannot be faulted. Due to the time of year full usage on the water will have to wait until next year when I anticipate good results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. I. Manwaribg on 17 Nov 2014
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Bought this as a gift for my husband. He loves it, also he can use his other lenses from previous camera.
Excellent results and easy to use. Good value for money.
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