PENTAX K-500 digital SLR camera, with its solid basic specifications along with a seriously attractive value for price, is designed to enhance the real joy of high-quality digital SLR photography to everyone. This cost-efficient model inherits many remarkable features such 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.
The K-500 is provided with 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 combined with PRIME M, the same high-performance imaging engine incorporated in upper-class models. This enables 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 very efficiently.
The K-500 imparts a high-speed continuous shooting function that enables you to capture active and even the fast-moving subjects such as athletes, stage performers and wildlife. It does so efficiently by capturing a series of images, at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second (in the JPEG recording format). You can grab the best moment without any worries.
PENTAX developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism that effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake. This mechanism facilitates delivering of sharp, blur-free images, even under shake-prone conditions such as when shooting in the dark without flash illumination, using a telephoto lens 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). But some functions may not be available with certain lenses.
Although the K-50 has a compact body common to all entry-class prism, it 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-50 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. With the amazing features, you will definitely start loving your photography no matter you are a professional or a beginner!
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 of 30, 25 or 24 frames per second. Not only this, 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 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 spotbeam 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 neighboring 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.
K-500 allows everyone to enjoy effortless and user friendly photography. 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 such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness, the photographer can concentrate on image composition and the shutter chance. The K-500 also offers 19 Scene modes, including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette, to simplify the photographing of subjects and scenes too complicated or too demanding for entry digital SLR photographers.
In addition to the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of capturing approximately 480 images with a single recharge, the K-500 can also be powered by four AA-size batteries with the use of the optional D-BH109 AA Battery Holder. Since AA-size batteries can be easily obtained almost anywhere around the world, there’s no worry about battery shortages, even when on the road.
With a choice of 11 custom images, the K-500’s custom image function allows the user to easily and quickly select the desired finishing touch for a particular image. The K-500 also provides 19 distinctive digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to the captured images and produce creative, artistic images without the need for a computer.
The Pentax K-500 is an entry level DSLR which is available at $ 599.95 or £ 449.99 for the Kit lens variant with 18-55mm kit lens