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Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 16.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • PRIME M Image Processing Engine
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System
  • Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps
  • In-Camera Shake Reduction System
  • In-Camera HDR and RAW Image Processing
  • Four AA or Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Lens
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The Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera features a 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processing engine to produce high quality imagery while delivering fast performance throughout the entire camera system. The combination of these two technologies affords a high sensitivity level of ISO 51200, full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 6 fps, and renders both still images and videos with notable image quality and clarity. Full HD 1080p video recording is supported in multiple frame rates up to 30 fps as well as HD 720p recording up to 60 fps. Video files are recorded in the high quality H.264 AVC/MPEG-4 codec and saved as .MOV files for easier sharing and editing. When recording video or making still imagery with live view, a 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor is available and provides a wide viewing angle for improved viewing in a variety of shooting positions.

Benefitting the image quality is the SAFOX IXi+ autofocus system, which works to ensure sharp, accurate focus quickly and smoothly. Additionally, when working with manual focus, focus peaking is available to provide a more objective and comparable method of acquiring critical focus. Also contributing to image sharpness is in-camera sensor shift image stabilization, which reduces the appearance of camera shake by about three shutter speed steps when working in low-light conditions or with longer focal length lenses.

For extensive control over image-making, in-camera RAW (DNG) image processing is available as well as HDR shooting capabilities. For expediting control over the most oft-used functions of the K-500, both the front and rear e-dials are customizable and can be programmed to control an array of exposure settings and camera functions. For creatively modifying imagery in-camera, a variety of filters, scene modes, and auto modes are available to enhance the look and feel of imagery prior to post-processing. In addition to the range of automatic camera settings, traditional manual shooting modes are also available, such as program, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, sensitivity-priority, and manual.

All of the K-500's technologies are housed within a polycarbonate-covered camera body that is supported by a stainless steel chassis. The design of the camera also allows the use of four AA batteries as its power source when used in conjunction with the included D-BH109 AA Battery Holder or, additionally, the optional D-LI109 lithium-ion battery pack can be used as a compact, rechargeable source of power.

Included with the K-500 camera body is the smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 27.0-82.5mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of situations. The lens construction integrates aspherical elements to help minimize chromatic aberration as well as improve image sharpness. Additionally, an SP (Super Protect) coating has been applied to elements to help repel dust, water, and grease from lens surfaces.

16.3MP APS-C Sensor and PRIME M Image Processor
The combination of the 16.3 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and PRIME M image processor is able to produce high resolution imagery with notable quality and low-light sensitivity to ISO 51200. The speed afforded by the image processor enables continuous full-resolution shooting up to 6 fps, a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000th of a second, and also supports full HD 1080p video capture.
SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus System
The SAFOX IXi+ AF system utilizes 11 focus points, including nine cross-type sensors, to quickly and accurately acquire focus using a phase-detection method. With the inclusion of an AF-assist lamp and a diffraction lens, precise focusing is possible in a wide variety of lighting conditions using single-shot or continuous focusing modes. If working in manual focus, focus peaking is also available to highlight lines of contrast within the scene to offer a more objective means for determining critical focus.
In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax' sensor-shift type shake reduction image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake when working with longer lenses in dim lighting conditions by up to the equivalent of three to four shutter speed steps. This helps to produce sharper overall imagery regardless of the lens in use. Also helping to balance imagery in-camera, a dual-axis electronic level is available to ensure consistent and straight horizons and plumb vertical lines.
Full HD 1080p Video
In addition to high quality still imagery, the K-500 also supports full HD video recording up to 1080p at 30 fps. Other frame rates available include 1080p at 24 fps; HD 720p at 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 fps; and SD 480p at 30, 25, and 24 fps. Video is recorded in the high quality H.264 AVC/MPEG-4 format and can be saved in the Internet-friendly .MOV file format. Sound can be recorded along with the video using the built-in monaural microphone.
smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Lens
The included standard zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27.0-82.5mm to suit working in a wide variety of shooting scenarios. It features an SP coating to help repel dust, water, and grease on lens elements and a lightweight design to promote greater portability and use during travel. Its construction incorporates aspherical lens elements to help minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and also contribute to producing overall sharper, clearer imagery.
Other Camera Features
  • A 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor is available for live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation.
  • The D-BH109 AA Battery Holder and four AA lithium batteries are included as this camera's power source. Additionally, the optional D-LI109 rechargeable lithium-ion battery can also be used.
  • A 77-segment exposure metering system works to produce well-exposed and consistent results even in the most challenging lighting conditions.
  • In-camera HDR shooting works to effectively expand the dynamic range of an image and achieve greater shadow and highlight detail.
  • RAW (DNG) image processing is available in camera in order to quickly and easily convert images an Internet-friendly JPEG file format.
  • Built-in pop-up flash with a guide no. of 39.4' at ISO 100 provides additional illumination for low-light settings and covers focal lengths as wide as 28mm.
  • Programmable front and rear e-dials allow you to customize the controls available to quickly access without having to navigate through the camera's menu system.
  • Enhanced creative modes, scene modes, filters, and auto picture modes allow you to easily modify and adjust the overall aesthetic appearance of imagery in-camera.
  • Pentax K lens mount enables the use of a wide variety of both past and present K-mount lenses as well as compatibility with a variety of lens mount adapters.
  • Eye-Fi memory card compatibility for wirelessly transferring imagery directly from the camera.
  • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, and Russian.
Imaging
Lens Mount Pentax K
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.5 Megapixel
Effective: 16.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4928 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.7 x 15.7 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Bit Depth 12-bit
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Focus Lock AF Area Mode
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 11
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.92x
Diopter Adjustment - 2.5 to +1.5 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (921,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-51200
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/6000 sec
Remote Control Remote Control F or O-RC1 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Bulb, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene Modes, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Shutter/Aperture Priority
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 22.0
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Cool White, Daylight, Daylight Color, Daylight White, Flash, Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten, Warm White
Flash
Flash Modes Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 39.37' (12 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed Electronic Shutter: 1 / 180 sec
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +1 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Dedicated Flash System P-TTL Remote Firing
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
1280 x 720p (HD)
640 x 480p (SD)
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
Video Clip Length 1920 x 1080
25 min.
1280 x 720
25 min.
640 x 480
25 min.
Audio Recording With Video, Mono
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 6 fps
Self Timer 12 sec, 2 sec
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity AV Output
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista, 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Power
Battery 4x AA
1x D-LI109  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 1050mAh
AC Power Adapter K-AC128 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8" / 13.0 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm
Weight 22.9 oz / 649 g With li-ion battery and memory card
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 27.0 - 82.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 38
Angle of View 76° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.34x
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 6
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front:52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.70 x 2.66" (68.5 x 67.5 mm)
Weight 8.1 oz (230 g)
Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • smc PENTAX-DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Lens
  • D-BH109 AA Battery Holder for Select Pentax Digital SLR Cameras
  • Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries (4-Pack)
  • I-USB7 USB Interface Cable
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Eyecup FR for K7 Digital SLR Camera (replacement)
  • SLR Body Mount Cover
  • Camera Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PentaxK-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (20)
    • Easy to use (17)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
    • High ISO performance (15)
    • Image stabilization (15)

    Cons

    • Noisy at high ISO (4)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (16)
    • Travel (14)
    • Landscape/scenery (13)
    • Sports/action (12)
    • Wildlife (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (24)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for beginners!

    I've always loved photography and dreamed of buying a DSLR, but just couldn't afford it. This camera is a great choice for anyone who wants to take the next step and graduate from a...Read complete review

    I've always loved photography and dreamed of buying a DSLR, but just couldn't afford it. This camera is a great choice for anyone who wants to take the next step and graduate from a point-and-shoot. It may take some reading and getting used to, but practice makes perfect! Buying a DSLR opens up lots of new photographic opportunites--astrophotography, fireworks, beautiful sunset shots, portraits, and all kinds of fun with long exposure (try drawing with sparklers at night with your friends/kids!).

    It's a solid choice for video as well (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps in competing DSLRs) if you want to take videos of your tots playing or your vacation adventures.

    One thing to note: The USA version comes with 4 AA batteries, but it's possible to use a rechargable battery pack. The batteries included lasted me about a month, and I used my DSLR quite frequently, so be sure to buy some extras and keep them in your camera bag!

    Bottom line: You just can't beat the price. This camera certainly packs the most punch for the lowest price around.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Fngerprints in viewfinder

    I had fingerprints in my viewfinder, due to a assembly error. I sent it back, and received another one, brand new, with fingerprints in the viewfinder. Poor assembly quality, the factory...Read complete review

    I had fingerprints in my viewfinder, due to a assembly error. I sent it back, and received another one, brand new, with fingerprints in the viewfinder. Poor assembly quality, the factory workers don't wear gloves.

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    5.0

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    By pop pop

    from new castle delaware

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

      i use it for land scape /pets and family
      cant find nothing bad about it

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      5.0

      Good entry to DSLR

      By P

      from Ohio

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

        This is my first foray into DSLR after originally learning on a Pentax SLR years ago. The thick manual and number of settings could seem intimidating at first but I'm glad so many options are available to try. Definitely expect a learning curve. My 12-14 year old Pentax AF lenses have worked seamlessly with this camera body as well.

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        5.0

        Pentax K300 Review

        By FS

        from Fulton, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

          Great camera! Easy to use, has what I need at a great price. Lot of Accessories available

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          5.0

          Nice!

          By Kattrinka

          from NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

              I use this to photograph my darling grandchildren.....it's a beauty!

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              2.0

              Fngerprints in viewfinder

              By Suneel

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Photography Student

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO
              • Poor In Low Light
              • Small LCD Screen

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

              I had fingerprints in my viewfinder, due to a assembly error. I sent it back, and received another one, brand new, with fingerprints in the viewfinder. Poor assembly quality, the factory workers don't wear gloves.

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              4.0

              2nd Pentax camera

              By Wally1

              from Oakland County

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

              • Heavier Than The Kx

              Best Uses

              • All Photo Needs

              Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

              This is my second Pentax camera. I bought this to upgrade from the Kx. I have only had this one for a short time. So far I really like it. Nice big screen, plenty of speed and options.

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              5.0

              Excelente cámara

              By Rodrigo

              from CABA, Argentina

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Calidad De Imágen
              • Fácil Acceso A Funciones
              • Funcionalidades Avanzadas
              • Velocidad De Disparo

              Cons

              • Algo Pesada Con Aa
              • No Posee Punto De Enfoque

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                El firmware de la cámara posee funciones avanzadas (intervalómetro para time laps, histograma y sombras en live view, ISO 51200, 6 disparos por seg, etc...) Realmente es una muy buena opción para este nivel de cámaras. Excelente resultado en imágenes. Ideal para los que nos iniciamos en la fotografía digital. Para mi ha sido la mejor opción entras sus competidoras, por funcionaledades y precio. Esta versión posee pilas AA. Recomiendo comprar recargables de alto maH (2850).

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                4.0

                Learning process

                By Mark

                from Harrisburg, PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • In Body Image Stabilizati

                Cons

                • Less Info In Viewfinder
                • Less Info In Viewfinder T

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                  The fun of the camera is to move away from the automatic functions and learn to gain control over picture taking. However, it's a stretch to say that the 300 page manual is easy to learn, especially for the first time DSLR users for whom the camera is designed.
                  I find it helpful to read articles in photo magazines/websites about how the authors handle different situations and then head back to the manual; it is amazing how much more sense the manual then makes.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent service, knowledgeable Chat

                  By hell on wheels

                  from Idaho

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Art Reference Photography
                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                    I bought this camera because it fit my old Pentax lenses. I LOVE it! It has an "auto" setting that anyone can take pictures with, and more settings for those of us who like a little more control. Even the auto setting takes excellent pictures. The young man in the Chat was very knowledgeable and pleasant. That ALONE would have me coming back to this company for more equipment. Thank you.

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                    5.0

                    Special Camera/ Diamon on the dirt

                    By liquidzell

                    from Dayton, Ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance

                    Cons

                    • Noisy At High ISO

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                    This camera takes some truly amazing picture... shame Pentax does not have the same recognition as Nikon or Canon they do a GREAT job plus buying it from here makes it the perfect experience.

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                    5.0

                    Taking photos will be fun again

                    By PawPaw

                    from Houston,TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                      I really like this camera. I have older 35mm Pentax cameras and can utilize the lenses (with a learning curve) saving money until I decide to get updated lenses for it. Has been easy to learn the functions and look forward to trying them all.

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                      5.0

                      Great for beginners!

                      By Sunshine Girl

                      from Northeast USA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • 100 Viewfinder Coverage
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Full Viewfinder Coverage
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Price

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO
                      • Noisy Shutter Click

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                      I've always loved photography and dreamed of buying a DSLR, but just couldn't afford it. This camera is a great choice for anyone who wants to take the next step and graduate from a point-and-shoot. It may take some reading and getting used to, but practice makes perfect! Buying a DSLR opens up lots of new photographic opportunites--astrophotography, fireworks, beautiful sunset shots, portraits, and all kinds of fun with long exposure (try drawing with sparklers at night with your friends/kids!).

                      It's a solid choice for video as well (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps in competing DSLRs) if you want to take videos of your tots playing or your vacation adventures.

                      One thing to note: The USA version comes with 4 AA batteries, but it's possible to use a rechargable battery pack. The batteries included lasted me about a month, and I used my DSLR quite frequently, so be sure to buy some extras and keep them in your camera bag!

                      Bottom line: You just can't beat the price. This camera certainly packs the most punch for the lowest price around.

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                      5.0

                      get out of the canon nikon mindset

                      By hammy

                      from wrexham north wales

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Huge Range Of Lenses
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Perfect Alrounder

                        Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                        forget the "ive got to be canon or nikon" mindset, cos evereyone buys them. now is your chance to think outside the box and put it against awesome value for money, here is the pentax k500. yes the other two have more af lenses, but take a step back and look at how many lenses fit your mount by your manufacturer, pentax uses the original K mount so every k mount lens ever made fits and works, thats thousands. Its got a lovely easy to use system with no gimmicks, its better, much better than the cannon and nikon but most wont buy it cos its a pentax. think outside the box and ignore the mainstream (yet, this will be mainstream) put it into vs camera sites, I did and was soo glad i bought it. Absolutely love it, been photographing for 31 years and this is great. chuck the box away and be brave to think outside it, nikon and canon should be really worrying themselves, well done pentax i was never a lover of your gear and quirks , but, youve come of age, awesome

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                        5.0

                        Novice Beware Great Camera Big Manual

                        By Ron the Retiree

                        from New Smyrna Beach, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Somewhat heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                        I decided to graduate from a point and shoot digital camera to a DSLR. It arrived very quickly and upon opening it I found a 294 page manual that explained all the various adjustments I can make when using this camera. Before ordering a DSLR I had read some books on what can be done with them but didn't fully realize the complexity involved in capturing a picture. Luckily, it does have an auto mode which I am using now and each day I pick another feature to study and test. The pictures I get are much better than my old point and shoot camera produced and I'm sure as I become more familiar with additional features this camera will be a lot more versatile and fun to use. But beware, for the novice photographer these DSLR cameras require a lot of thought and study to make the most of their capabilities.

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                        4.0

                        Solid product

                        By EdLd

                        from Coldwater, MI

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                            I was not looking for a high end, all bells and whistles camera, and this does the job. I was able to use my old K1000 lenses, even though they are not automatic, and get good quality pictures.

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                            5.0

                            Not my old K-1000

                            By Fred T

                            from New Castle, DE

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                            • Accessory Availability

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                            My last Pentax was a film K-1000 which I purchased used 30 years ago. After retirement my interest in photography has re-invented itself somewhat beyond my Kodak point & shoot camera,
                            The K-500 is priced right.
                            It has a nice feel with respect to ergonomics and the feel of the camera material and texture.
                            The instructions are easy to follow.
                            I especially like the flip light for indoor Pics.

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                            4.0

                            So far so good

                            By Biss

                            from LV, NV

                            About Me Casual Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                              Found the best price on here. The came has been good so far, will know more later on. Good colors, solid build. The battery life is good as well. Can't think of any cons.

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                              5.0

                              Great Choice

                              By Mary

                              from Santa Rosa, CA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

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                                    Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                                    Being new to the photography arena, the K-500 allows for easy auto assistance while I learn how to use all of the other features. Never miss a great shot. The manual was easy to follow for orienting me to all the features. Very satisfied with the camera, and B&H.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great camera at an even better price

                                    By Spenser

                                    from Columbus, OH

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • High ISO Performance
                                    • Large Clear LCD

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                                      I've used similar level Nikons and Canons, but this model Pentax is my favorite, and saved me over $250-$300! I especially love the higher shutter speed and the feature that tells me how many photos are left on the memory card.

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                                      5.0

                                      Performs well like all my past Pentaxs.

                                      By nc1fish

                                      from Sylva,NC

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Good Image Quality
                                      • Large Clear LCD

                                      Cons

                                      • Short Battery Life

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Wildlife photos

                                      Comments about Pentax K-500 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens:

                                      Took it to my granddaughters graduation and got good results.I used my old FA 28-200 from my 35mm at it worked fine.

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