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.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

K-500 top controls

Like most Pentax dSLRs, the K-500 includes Pentax's TAv mode, which changes ISO sensitivity to adjust exposure.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

K-500 back controls

Here they are. On the back.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

K-50 back controls

They do stand out a lot more in color, I'll say that.
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

K-50 top controls

Can I beg people not to choose this color?
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

K-50, ISO 100 JPEG

This looks pretty typical for ISO 100.

(Note: this was shot with preproduction firmware.)
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

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.)
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

K-50, ISO 3200 JPEG

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

(Note: this was shot with preproduction firmware.)
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

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.)
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:

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.)
Updated:
Photo by: Lori Grunin/CNET / Caption by:
Hot Galleries

Tech explained

Do you know what an OLED TV is?

CNET explains how OLED technology differs from regular TVs, and what you need to know to make the right shopping decision.

Hot Products