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General Description

The K-500 ist identical to the K-50 except for two omissions: The K50's dust and weatherproof seals are absent in the K-500; and the K-500 is available in black, only, wheres as the K-50 can be ordered in 120 colour combinations.

Like the K-50 the K-500 inherited almost all its technical features from the K-30, whose AF system, light metering etc. had proven to be reliable and convincing. Only the maximum available ISO was increased from ISO-25600 to ISO-51200.

Like the K-30 and the K-50, the K-500 incorporates many "higher-class" features like a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage. Front AND thumb dials allow for swift setting of speed AND aperture, respectively. The CMOS image sensor with 16.3 effective megapixels is of high renown and well known from the K-5, K-5 II(s), and K-30. The reliable SAFOX IXi+ AF module with refraction lens and light source sensor was inherited from the K-30, too.

Product Information
Exact NameK-500
Years of Production2013 ~ still in production
Catalog Number15506
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount"crippled" KAF2
Mount Limitationsdigital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity)SAFOX IXi+, 11 sensors, 9 cross-sensors (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lensesyes
Power-Zoom Features
Self-Timer12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable ReleaseCS-205
Infra-Red Releaseremote control F
Custom Functions23
Additional Featuresweather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth129 x 95.5 x 70 mm
Weight590 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count16.9 megapixel
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size15.7 x 23.7 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage FormatsRAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage MediaSecure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reductionyes
Dust Removalyes
Live Viewyes
Orientation Sensoryes
Exposure System
Exposure ModesPgreen, Video, (Hy)P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, (Hy)M, U1-2, SCN
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter MaterialSPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-5 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range0 ~ 22 EV
ISO Range100 ~ 51200 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds30 ~ 1/6000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.92x [100%]
Aperture IndicationLED
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screensyes
Power Source
Batteries1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable
ExternalBattery Holder D-BH109 for 4 AA-sized batteries
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting6 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
FeaturesHS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s)1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN)12
Coverage (35mm equivalent)28
Auto Pop-Up
Red-Eye Reductionyes
AF Assist
Fitting Case(s)soft case: O-CC84