General Description

The K-500 ist identical to the K-50 except for three omissions: The K50’s dust and weatherproof seals are absent in the K-500; the K-500 is available in black, only, wheres as the K-50 can be ordered in 120 colour combinations; and there are no focus field information in the OVF.

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 Name K-500
Color black
Year of Introduction 2013
Catalog Number 15506
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount “crippled” KAF2
Mount Limitations digital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity) SAFOX IXi+, 11 sensors, 9 cross-sensors (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses yes
Power-Zoom Features
Self-Timer 12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable Release CS-205
Infra-Red Release remote control F
Custom Functions 23
Additional Features weather sealed, DOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth 129 x 95.5 x 70 mm
Weight 590 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count 16.9 megapixel
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 15.7 x 23.7 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor 1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage Formats RAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage Media Secure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reduction yes
Dust Removal yes
Live View yes
Orientation Sensor yes
Exposure System
Exposure Modes Pgreen, Video, (Hy)P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, (Hy)M, U1-2, SCN
Metering Modes with K and M Lenses center-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses 77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter Material SPD
Exposure Compensation (Step) +/-5 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lock yes
Meter Range 0 ~ 22 EV
ISO Range 100 ~ 51200 ASA
Construction electronic (vertical)
Material metal
Shutter Speeds 30 ~ 1/6000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage] 0.92x [100%]
Aperture Indication LED
Shutter-Speed Indication LED
Interchangeable Screens yes
Power Source
Batteries 1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable
External Battery Holder D-BH109 for 4 AA-sized batteries
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting 6 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
Features HS, 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 Reduction yes
AF Assist
Fitting Case(s) soft case: O-CC84