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Pentax K-500 Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DA L AL Lens


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Manufacturer # 15507

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  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 11-point AF system with 9 cross-type focusing points
  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% Field of View
  • 3” LCD viewfinder with a resolution of 921,000 dots
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DA L AL is the light plastic mount version of the standard 18-55mm lens, available as kit only
  • 6 diaphragm blades
  • 11 elements arranged in 8 groups

Price: $596.90

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K-500 Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DA L AL lens is built around a 16.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, capable of producing full HD videos, ISO sensitivity of 100-51200 and a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% frame coverage. The rugged construction includes a reinforced polycarbonate body over stainless steel chassis ensuring weather sealing. The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DA L AL lens has a 35mm format equivalent focal length of 27-82.5mm and an aperture diaphragm consisting of 6 blades.

Beyond Basics

Jump right into digital photography with a comfortable, approachable DSLR, paired with high quality specifications that go above and beyond entry level with the PENTAX K-500—made for families and casual photographers looking for more than just the basics. Everyday photography is made easy with the K-500’s wide selection of simple user-modes and creative tools for limitless personalized expressions, taking your images to a whole new level of stunning. The value adds up with a 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, fast continuous shooting at six frames per second, high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 51200, 100% field of view, innovative in-body shake reduction, and an advanced auto focus module. Make the most out of your memories—capture them with the PENTAX K-500.

16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor

A high performance 16 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor strikes the perfect balance between resolution and image quality.

PRIME M Image Processing Engine

PRIME M image processing engine is optimized for HD video capture, smooth live view, low chromatic noise, and low energy consumption.

High Precision SAFOX IXi+ Auto Focusing

Advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine, with AF assist lamp and light source detection sensor, features improved optical components, including a diffraction lens, for responsive autofocus in any lighting.

Pentaprism Viewfinder for 100% Field of View & 4 optional Focusing Screens

What you see is what you get with the low profile glass pentaprism viewfinder, with four interchangeable focusing screens, achieves a 100% optical field of view for framing accuracy in a highly compact form factor.

Innovative In-body Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism

The PENTAX in-body, sensor-shift Shake and Dust Reduction technology ensures sharp, image stabilized, auto-leveled, and dust-free imaging with any mounted lens.

K-Mount Compatible with 25 Million PENTAX lenses

The PENTAX K-mount is compatible with every single K-mount lens ever made. Choose from over 25 million PENTAX lenses to use with your K-500—whether you're a novice or an expert, there's a PENTAX lens that lets you capture your interesting view of the world.

Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA-size batteries included,  with option to use a rechargeable standard lithium battery.

Compatible with both rechargeable  Lithium and AA batteries for plentiful power at home or while travelling. Standard rechargeable Lithium batter available for purchase.

6 frames per second continuous shooting

A fast 6 FPS frame rate captures fast action shots in dynamic shooting situations, if used with optional, rechargeable, standard-lithium ion battery.

ISO Speeds up to 51200

High sensitivity shooting up to 51200 ISO range improves noise performance throughout, even in low lighting.

Full 1080p h.264 HD video recording

Full 1080p HD video capture at 30 frames per second (60 FPS for 720p) features efficient h.264 compression, flexible exposure control, and HDR finishing options for stunning video quality.

Programmable front & rear e-dials

Programmable front and rear e-dials enable PENTAX renowned Hyper Program and Manual modes, as well as other rapid no-look setting changes.

Large High Resolution 3 inch LCD

Large 3 inch LCD with brightness and color adjustments is wide angle viewable, and features 921,000 dots of resolution.

Traditional, Auto Picture and Scene modes

Traditional shooting modes feature PENTAX Sensitivity Priority (Sv) and Shutter and Aperture Priority (TAv) for outstanding flexibility, while powerful automatic modes like Auto Picture and Scene modes take the guesswork out of great photography.

Fast Shutter speed up to 1/6000

A maximum 1/6000 second shutter speed freezes sports and fast action without subject movement blur.

Eye-Fi Card Compatibility

With Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards, the user can automatically transmit recorded images to a smartphone. New built-in menus allow the user to easily enable automatic transmission of images and video to a smartphone for rapid sharing.  Users can even select favorite images and resize them before transmission.

In-body raw development and HDR shooting

Enjoy in-body raw development and in-camera HDR shooting mode, featuring multiple blending options to bring out the detail in wide gamut still imaging.

Enhanced Creative Modes, multilayer filtering opportunities

Choose from 11 types of custom image modes and 19 digital filters, all with multi layering capabilities, for more creative expression than you ever dreamt of. The K-500 lets you show off your unique visions with real, high-resolution images.

77 segment metering system

Highly accurate 77 segment metering system produces beautifully exposed images and video, even in complex lighting situations.

This lens blends versatility with affordability, giving the casual photographer a broader canvas without having to carry a multitude of lenses. Great wide-angle capability with a standard 3X zoom range.

The smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II features the ideal standard zoom focal range for a wide range of shooting applications.

The PENTAX-original SP (Super Protect) coating repels dust, water and grease to keep your lens clean and your image quality at its peak.

The focal length is equivalent to 27mm - 82.5mm in the 35mm format.

Improved resolution takes full advantage of the high-resolution sensors in modern PENTAX digital SLR cameras.

Aspherical elements help to compensate for spherical aberration.

Developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLR cameras.


Digital SLR



CMOS w primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system


23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C)

Color depth

8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW

Effective pixels (total pixels)

16.3 MP (16.5 MP) (approx.)

Dust Removal

Sensor movement w SP coating on low pass filter

Pixel mapping




PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount

Usable lenses

PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)

SDM function


Power zoom function




SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross type focus points in the center) w light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens

Sensitivity range

EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)

Focus modes

AF.A (auto), AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual

Focus point selection

Auto 11 pt, Auto 5 pt, User-Selectable (w Expanded Area AF), Center

AF assist

Yes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp

Focus peaking

Yes (n/a during active video recording)

Autofocus Fine Adjustment

±10 step, Uniform adjustment, Individual adjustment (up to 20 can be saved)



Pentaprism, Coverage (field of view): 100%


0.92X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)

Standard focusing screen

Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)

Diopter adjustment

-2.5m to 1.5m, Eye Relief: Approx. 21.7mm (from the view window)

Depth of field preview

Optical (diaphragm stop-down), digital



3.0” TFT color LCD w brightness/color adjustment


921,000 dots,

Wide angle viewable


Live View:Type

TTL by CMOS image sensor


Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 6x), Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram


Contrast detection + Face Detection, Tracking, Select, Spot



Retractable P-TTL popup 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)



Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash

Synchronization speed:

1/180 sec


Removable memory

SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card (Eye-Fi card compatible)

External Memory




USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, Cable Switch

Video output format

NTSC, PAL, USB Connection: MSC/PTP


Built-in monaural


Power source

Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (optional, sold separately), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4* AA batteries included

Recordable images

Li-Ion approx 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA), AA lithium approx 1250 (710 w 50% flash, CIPA)

Playback time

Li-Ion approx 270 min, AA lithium approx 560 min

Movie recording time

25 min max time per clip

AC adapter available

Yes (sold separately)


Body dimensions (W x H x D)

5.1” x 3.8” x 2.8” (excluding operating parts and protrusions)

Body weight

Without battery or removable memory card: 20.8 oz
With 4 AA Lithium batteries and memory card: 22.8 oz.
With D-Li109 battery and memory card 22.9 oz

Primary construction material(s)

Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis

Operating temperature

14-104°F (-10 to 40°C), Ruggedized features: n/a





Sensor-shift SR (3 stops depending on lens and shooting conditions)



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


Exposure bracketing

3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps


Auto/100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), auto range selectable



Image sensor detection w light wavelength sensor detection

Auto, Preset (Preset modes)

Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (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



Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter

Shutter speed

(Auto/Manual) 1/6000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb


Mode selection

Auto Picture mode: automatically selects from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest

Scene Mode

Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum, *JPEG only
Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb

Custom Image modes

Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Green simplified mode available


Face detection available



P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)

Date stamp


Digital filters (capture)

Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color

Dynamic range adjustment

Highlight, shadow

Electronic level


Horizon correction


File/Folder customization

Folder name (standard, date), create new folder, embed copyright


Mode selection

Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames)

Continuous FPS

- Continuous Hi: Approx 6.0 FPS (30 JPG, 8 RAW)
- Continuous Lo: Approx 3.0 FPS (unlimited JPG, 10 RAW)


2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment


999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay


Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, Auto composition correction function, exposure bracket +/- 1 to 3 EV (1 EV steps)

Cable switch

Yes (sold separately)


Playback View

Single image, Multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segments), display mag. (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnify available), histogram, bright/dark area warning, copyright display, calendar filmstrip, display, folder display, slideshow, Eye-Fi transfer


Single image, all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image

RAW Development

File Format (JPEG), Image Capture Settings(Aspect Ratio, Recorded Pixels, Quality Level, Color Space), Lens Correction(Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction


Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Capture a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving the RAW file data in the buffer memory

Digital filters (playback)

Monochrome, 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


Recorded pixels

16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792)
RAW 16M (4928x3264)
Quality levels (JPEG): ??? (Best), ?? (Better), ? (Good)

File formats

RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), RAW +,DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III

Color space

sRGB, AdobeRGB


(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)

  • PENTAX AA Battery Holder D-BH109
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Lithium Battery (ENERGIZER)
  • PENTAX Strap O-ST132
  • Eyecup FR
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW139
  • smc PENTAX DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL II Lens