Pentax K-500 Real-world Samples Gallery

The Pentax K-500 is a stripped-down version of the K-50, lacking the weather-sealed body and electronic level of that model, but offering the same 16MP sensor and basic ergonomics. It’s an attractive entry-level option, and as soon as a production-quality sample arrived in our office we started shooting with it. Click the links below to view our gallery of real-world samples taken in a range of different environments. 

Pentax K-500 Real-world Samples Gallery

Pentax K-500 Real-World Samples – Published August 27th 2013

There are 44 images in our samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don’t abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution.

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Just one more thing: the lenses are probably wrong in the description (there are shots made at f1,9 and the lens is allegedly 18-55/3,5-5,6, which is impossible).


Three shots in a bar were made with the FA 43mm F1:1.9


Yes, 43mm and f1,9 means it must have been this lens (no other Pentax lens gives this combination).

Andy Crowe

He’s right you know, the lens is being wrongly listed as “Lens:
Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL” in the metadata.


The information on the K50 and K500 has been timely. May not matter to many people, but keeps the Pentax kind happy. Thanks.


Great pictures, ISO3200 is perfectly usable, I also appreciate variable environments (indoor, outdoor, portraits, landscape…).
Btw. is there any DSLR taking better picture than K-500 in entry-level segment or for this price? I doubt it.


And with a true pentaprism viewfinder instead of pentamirror.


And dual command wheels and in-body image stabilization?

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