Pentax K-500 – New Entry level DSLR from Pentax

Pentax K-500 DSLR (Black)

Pentax K-500

Announced on June 12, 2013

Pentax Announced the new entry level Pentax K-500 Digial SLR Camera with Pentax DA L 18-55mm WR Lens, Black, 16MP APS-C CMOS, Full 1080p h.264 HD Movie, K-Mount Lens Compatible, In-Body Shake Reduction, Eye-Fi Compatible

Key Features

  • 16.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME M Image Processing Engine
  • 3.0″ 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
  • In-Camera HDR and RAW Processing
  • Four AA or Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery

The Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera inherits most of the specs of Pentax K-50, but the Weather sealing. It features a 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processing engine to deliver quality imagery & fast performance. A high sensitivity level of ISO 51200, full-res continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, and rendering both stills and videos achieved with the help of these two technologies. Full HD 1080p video recording is supported up to 30 fps as well as HD 720p recording up to 60 fps. Video files are recorded in H.264 AVC/MPEG-4 codec and saved as .MOV files for easy sharing and editing.

The SAFOX IXi+ autofocus system, ensures sharp, accurate focus quickly and smoothly. Additionally, in-camera sensor shift image stabilization, which reduces the camera shake by about three stops to ease working in low-light conditions or with longer focal length lenses.

Pentax K-500  is housed within a polycarbonate-covered camera body that is supported by a stainless steel chassis. It is powered by four AA batteries as its power source when used in conjunction with the included D-BH109 AA Battery Holder .The optional D-LI109 lithium-ion battery pack can be used as a compact & rechargeable power source.

Pricing & Avaiability

The K-500 DSLR will be available at retail outlets nationwide and online in July 2013 with a suggested retail price of $599.95 for the kit including the DA-L 18-55mm lens and $699.95 for the dual lens kit including the DA-L 18-55mm and DA-L 50-200mm lenses.

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Pentax K-500 Specifications

Sensor TypeCMOS with primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Sensor Size23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C)
Sensor Color Depth8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective Pixels16.3 MP
Total Pixels16.5 MP
Dust RemovalSensor movement with SP coating on low pass filter
Pixel MappingYes
Image Stabilization (Shake Reduction)Sensor-shift SR with rotational compensation (3 stops avg CIPA, 4 stops max)
Lens MountPENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable LensesPENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screw-mount, 645/67 med format lenses useable with adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM FunctionYes
Power Zoom Functionn/a
Focus TypeSAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system with light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens
Sensitivity RangeEV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)
Focus ModesAF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual
Focus Point AdjustmentAuto 11 pt., Auto 5 pt., User-Selectable (with Expanded Area AF), Center
AF AssistYes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
Focus PeakingYes (n/a during active video recording)
Metering SystemType: 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
ShutterType: Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV steps or 1/2EV steps), Bulb
ViewfinderType: 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
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital
LCD MonitorType: 3.0″ TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment
Resolution: 921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes
Live ViewType: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View: 100%
Display Modes: Magnification (2-6X), Grid Overlay (4×4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram
Built-In FlashType: Retractable P-TTL pop-up 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 FlashType: Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Storage MediaInternal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, (Eye-Fi Card compatible)
InterfacesPorts: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, Cable Switch
Video output format: NTSC, PAL, USB Connection: MSC/PTP
Microphone: Built-in monaural
Image FileRecorded resolutions: 16M (4928×3264), 12M (4224×2816), 8M (3456×2304), 5M (2688×1792) RAW (4928×3264)
Quality levels: Best, Better, Good
File formats: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Color space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
ISO SensitivityAuto: 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), auto range selectable
Manual: 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
White BalanceType: Image sensor detection with light wavelength sensor detection
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, (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
Program Mode SelectionSensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb
Auto Picture ModesStandard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene ModesPortrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest,Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Custom Image ModesBright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Green Simplified Mode Availablen/a
Face Detection AvailableYes
PASMBP, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Date Stampn/a
Digital Filters CaptureExtract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic Range AdjustmentHighlight, shadow
File/Folder CustomizationFolder name (standard, date), create new folder, embed copyright
Drive Modes Mode SelectionSingle, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames)
Drive Modes Continuous FPSContinuous Hi: approx. 6.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
Continuous Lo: approx. 3.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)
Other ModesMulti-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, pixel alignment, exposure bracket +/- 1-3 EV (1/1 steps)
Cable switch: Yes CS-205 (sold separately)
Playback Mode SelectionSingle frame, Multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segmentation), Display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calendar filmstrip, display, folder display, slideshow, Eye-Fi transfer
Playback Mode PalletImage Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Index Print, Protect, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, Save Cross Processing, RAW Development, Movie Edit, DPOF
Playback Digital FiltersMonochrome, 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
Video Capture Image File InformationRecorded resolutions/FPS: 1920x1080p30/25/24, 1280x720p60/50/30/25/24, 640x480p30/25/24
Quality levels: Best, Better, Good
File formats (compression): MOV MPEG-4 AVC (h.264)
Sound: Audio gain adj
Video Capture ModesCustom Image modes: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass,Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross ProcessingDigital filters (capture): Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Video Capture Modes cont.Interval movie: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr.
Recording time: 4 sec. to 99 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time, Motion JPEG(AVI)
Movie editing functions: Movie Divide, Delete Selected Frames
File Storage (Based on 4GB Memory)Still 16MP (3:2) RAW: 150 images
Still 16MP (3:2) Best Image Quality: 421
Video 1080p30 Best Image Quality: 0:16:21
Video 1080p24 Best Image Quality: 0:20:21
Video 720p60 Best Image Quality: 0:16:21
Video 720p30 Best Image Quality: 0:28:18
Customazation(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)
Language SupportEnglish, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian
System RequirementsWindows: Windows XP(SP3 or later 32-bit Home/Pro), Vista (32-bit,64-bit), Win 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) Win 8, (can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit edition of Windows). Mac: MacOS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
Primary Construction MaterialsReinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Operating Temperature14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Ruggedized FeaturesFully weather sealed throughout body, coldproof
BatteryRechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (included), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4 AA batteries (sold separately)
Battery Time StillsLi-Ion approx. 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA), AA lithium approx. 1250 (710 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Battery Time Movie PlaybackLi-Ion approx. 270 min, AA lithium approx. 560 min
Battery Time Movie Recording25 min max time per clip
AC Adapter AvailableYes. K-AC128 (sold separately)
Body Dimensions (WxHxD)5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8″
Body Weight20.8 oz (589.67g) without battery or removable memory
22.9 oz (649.20g) loaded and ready

 

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