- Resolution: 16 MP
- Sensor size: 23.7 x 15.7 mm
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Type: DSLR
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Image Stabilizer: Sensor-shift
- Battery Type: Li-ion
- LCD Info Display: TFT LCD
- Lens Kit: 18-55 mm
Pentax K-500: Photo Features found in Abundance
The entry-level customers have it easy with companies other than Nikon and Canon trying their hands at the DSLR market. One such company happens to be Pentax which recently launched the K-500, an innovative model which does puncture certain entry level myths regarding the quality and durability of the same. The specs sheet is an exhaustive price and brings forth a full gamut literally at the given price. While we did feel like taking a keener look at the device, the vibrant LCD screen did show up rather immediately followed by the sensor oriented image stabilizer which is certainly a catch at the given price.
Pros: The image quality as seen is kind of good whereas body emanates a lot of classy with the high-end design cues into the scheme of things. While the surface is extremely comfortable to hold, durability comes in as yet another exciting spec. The K-500 boasts of a lot of similar features as in the competitors but at a highly reduced price range.
Cons: The AF is kind of noisy and so is the kit lens, thus dampening the stealth mode in a larger way. The dated interface isn’t trendy whereas the AF point lacks visibility when looked across the viewfinder.
Here is a detailed review of the K-500 which is seriously a good entry level performer and will surely come out trumps if pitted against the more well-known contemporaries. The offered 18-55 lens kit is more of an average inclusion and draws out only the basic level of detailing.
LCD and Viewfinder:
To start off we would like to put the display inferences through as the 3 inch LCD monitor sits pretty at the rear. The resolution is allotted at 921K dot pixel which is quite sizeable given the price range ventured into. The rigid console may come as a disappointment to many as we went expecting a vari-angle layout. The viewfinder coverage is something which the K-500 can readily boast of as 100 percent field covering scheme is certainly a pleasant ramification. The shots be captured with relative ease whereas the sides are also included unlike many other DSLRs. One can also make use of the 0.92X zooming prowess which is also on the higher side.
The AF system:
This section is kind of comprehensive as with K-500 which sports the latest sensor module of SAFOX IXi make which readily comes up with multiple focus points and cross-type variants as well. The count goes up to 11 and 9 respectively, thus making the device a highly utilitarian entity. With multiple AF points being covered with seamless ease, one should readily expect a better performance and the K-500 doesn’t disappoint either.
Image Sensor and Resolution:
In comes the 16.28MP unit which sports the APS-C sensor module for getting the images clicked and videos recorded. This is more of a given as most of the DSLRs from this company feature the similar module which is highly impressive and effective while rendering out performances. The ISO sensitivity levels have been boosted up to a sizeable 51200 which is more than acceptable even for a high-end camera. One can directly capture JPEGs and RAWs with this gadget whereas the .PEF format is more of a surprise inclusion. The availability of the sensor shift stabilization mode is also something elusive as it looks to impart a 3-step stabilization for better and sharper images even at the most difficult of conditions. We did look at this feature as per the company claims and were quite satisfied if not blown away.
Image Perks and the Battery:
JPEGs do make a substantial section of this review and the K-500 readily captures them in the burst mode at 6fps which is relatively faster than most competitors. Sports photographic performances do get the needed boost as the gadget includes a better rate in terms of burst shooting. The battery chamber houses a Li-Ion chargeable cell but the best part has to be the inclusion of an extra chamber for including the optional AA batteries lest the user forgets to charge the original one. This way the K-500 doesn’t allow one to miss out on any moment with these affordable prosthetics.
Unconventional styling has been rendered to the predecessors whereas the K-500 sports a traditional layout. Smoother body is characterized by the 4 way control dial which allows multiple direct access methods and buttons in addition to the dual command dials. Rubberized had grip appeals more to those who are looking for the aesthetic inclusions whereas the entire chassis has been modulated and strengthened with the stainless steel layering and the polycarbonate finish.. The thumb grip however misses out and so does the weather-proof sealing, thus perfectly justifying the entry-level tag.
This section happens to be a mixed bag whereas the user wins some and loses some. JPEG and RAW captures are stupendously perfect but the interface isn’t much of an encouraging aspect. The RAW based shooting option after the JPEGs have been initiated is definitely an innovative addition in which the camera effectively extracts the RAW from the buffer system. Quite a technology! Dual command dials are included and supported besides letting the user access the host of available settings. The menu system seriously looks obsolete whereas the dated layout isn’t much of a trendy option. While the theme reeks of monotony, garish performances are exhibited when the information and menu particulars are to be accessed. Befalling the K-500 further is the noises as perpetuated by the lens arrangement. AF system is crisp and can easily handle the basic contrast levels with ease. The display for the active AF point seems to be lacking at the viewfinder but with 11 points up for grabs this hardly feels like a pertinent issue.
Image Quality and Specified Lenses:
The 77 zone metering mode is quite a consistent performer and exhibits the exposure levels quite perfectly. Shooting up to ISO 3200 is not a problem whereas for users looking to go beyond the same, softness and smudged colors are quite common. White balancing is extremely reliable whereas punchy colors are easily encountered at all the given points. In comes the 18-55mm lens kit which is loaded with better AF and VR features but the image quality offered is more of satisfactory as compared to some of pricier conunterparts.
If you are not a brand freak and looking to buy something strictly on the basis of the specs sheet then Pentax K-500 is surely the thing to invest in. Be it the usual stills or the elusive HD recording at 30fps, this gadget is your answer to the more well-known brands and their DSLRs.
Pentax K 500 Rivals:
Canon EOS 700D
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Pentax K 500 in India is Rs.26949/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.