LCD and Viewfinder
Pentax K-500 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
K-500 has a built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. The viewfinder has a coverage of 100% and a magnification ratio of 0.61x. 100% coverage ensures that what you see in the viewfinder while shooting matches exactly what you will get later in your image, helping accurate framing your shots and minimizes the need for cropping images later.
Max Shutter speed
Pentax K-500 can shoot continuously at max speed of 6 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/6000 sec.
K-500 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Pentax K-500 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 11 focus points and 9 of these sensors are of Cross-type. Cross-type sensors locks focus faster and more accurate compared to single type sensors.
Pentax K-500 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Pentax K-500, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30,25,24 fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Pentax K-500 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
K-500 has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Pentax K-500 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Pentax K-3 or Pentax K-S2 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Pentax K-500 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Battery Pentax K-500 is powered by 4 x AA battery which provides a shooting life of 710 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 884 shots, Pentax K-500 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend K-500 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Pentax K-500 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Pentax K-500 is $599.95