K-500: Cheaper and unprotected

The main differences between the K-50 and the K-500 are the lack of weather sealing and the basic black coloring of the latter.
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K-500 top controls

Like most Pentax dSLRs, the K-500 includes Pentax's TAv mode, which changes ISO sensitivity to adjust exposure.
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K-500 back controls

Here they are. On the back.
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K-50 back controls

They do stand out a lot more in color, I'll say that.
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K-50 top controls

Can I beg people not to choose this color?
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K-50, ISO 100 JPEG

This looks pretty typical for ISO 100.

(Note: this was shot with preproduction firmware.)
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K-50, ISO 400 JPEG

The camera fares well at ISO 400, as I'd expect from a dSLR in its class.

(Note: this was shot with preproduction firmware.)
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K-50, ISO 3200 JPEG

I probably wouldn't shoot ISO 3200 with this camera.

(Note: this was shot with preproduction firmware.)
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K-50, ISO 400 JPEG

This is a scaled-down ISO 400 shot, included just because I liked it.

(Note: this was shot with preproduction firmware.)
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K-500, ISO 200

I didn't realize at the time that I was shooting only raw with this camera -- Pentax uses DNG for raw so it was supported by software even though the camera hasn't shipped yet -- and this looks pretty good.

(Note: this was shot with preproduction firmware.)
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