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.
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-500made for families and casual photographers looking for more than just the basics. Everyday photography is made easy with the K-500s 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 memoriescapture 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-500whether 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.
CMOS w primary color filter, integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C)
8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels (total pixels)
16.3 MP (16.5 MP) (approx.)
Sensor movement w SP coating on low pass filter
PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions)
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
EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)
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
Yes via dedicated LED AF assist lamp
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)
-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
Wide angle viewable
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
12m (ISO 100), Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
Angle of View/Coverage
Wide Angle (Equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format)
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
SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Card (Eye-Fi card compatible)
USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, Cable Switch
Video output format
NTSC, PAL, USB Connection: MSC/PTP
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109 (optional, sold separately), AA battery holder D-BH109 for 4* AA batteries included
Li-Ion approx 480 (410 w 50% flash, CIPA), AA lithium approx 1250 (710 w 50% flash, CIPA)
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)
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
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
EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Metering patterns (multi, center, spot)
Multi 77, Center, Spot
+/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
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,
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
(Auto/Manual) 1/6000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Auto Picture mode: automatically selects from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
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)
Digital filters (capture)
Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic range adjustment
Folder name (standard, date), create new folder, embed copyright
Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames)
- 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)
Yes (sold separately)
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
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
16M (4928x3264), 12M (4224x2816), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792)
RAW 16M (4928x3264)
Quality levels (JPEG): ??? (Best), ?? (Better), ? (Good)
RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), RAW +,DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
(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