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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70

Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62
Pentax K-500 front
 
Pentax K-70 front
Portability
62
Imaging
67
Features
81
Overall
72

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 Key Specs

Pentax K-500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Released November 2013
Pentax K-70
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 688g - 126 x 93 x 74mm
  • Revealed June 2016
  • Refreshed by Pentax KF
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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 Overview

Here is a extended review of the Pentax K-500 and Pentax K-70, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras and both are sold by Pentax. There is a crucial difference among the sensor resolutions of the K-500 (16MP) and K-70 (24MP) but they come with the exact same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The K-500 was announced 3 years before the K-70 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before diving through a comprehensive comparison, below is a short overview of how the K-500 matches up against the K-70 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Pentax K-70

 K-500 K-70 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-70 over the Pentax K-500

 K-70 K-500 
RevealedJune 2016November 2013Fresher by 30 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Pentax K-500 and Pentax K-70

 K-500 K-70 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Screen resolution921k921kEqual screen resolution
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera often, you will have to think about its weight and volume. The Pentax K-500 has got exterior measurements of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") along with a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs) whilst the Pentax K-70 has sizing of 126mm x 93mm x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 688 grams (1.52 lbs).

Contrast the Pentax K-500 and Pentax K-70 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you select at that moment. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the K-500 against the K-70.

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the K-500 and K-70 is 64 and 62 respectively.

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizing only by looking through specifications. The visual below will give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the K-500 and K-70.

Plainly, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Pentax K-70 to provide you with greater detail with its extra 8MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The older K-500 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-500 Portrait photography factors
Pentax K-70 Portrait photography factors
74
you can focus manually
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW files
80
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-500 Street photography details
Pentax K-70 Street photography details
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
good high ISO (51,600)
screen is fixed
71
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
great ISO range (102,400)
more heavy than competition (688g)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-500 Sports photography factors
Pentax K-70 Sports photography factors
72
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
good battery pack (710 shots)
has phase detect AF
low fps (6.0 frames/s)
72
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
max fps low (6.0 frames/s)
low battery power (410 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax K-500
Travel photography with Pentax K-70
67
good battery pack (710 per charge)
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
screen isn't selfie friendly
64
environment proofing
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
low battery power (410 shots)
more heavy than competition (688 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-500 Landscape photography advice
Pentax K-70 Landscape photography advice
79
you can focus manually
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count decent (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
good high ISO (51,600)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (710 CIPA)
78
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no low pass filter
great ISO range (102,400)
exports RAW formats
environment proofing
low battery power (410 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax K-500
Vlogging with Pentax K-70
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic jack
71
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external microphone support
more heavy than competition (688 grams)
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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-500 and Pentax K-70
 Pentax K-500Pentax K-70
General Information
Make Pentax Pentax
Model type Pentax K-500 Pentax K-70
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2013-11-27 2016-06-08
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by PRIME M PRIME MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Full resolution 4928 x 3264 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 51600 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 11
Cross type focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Number of lenses 151 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 921 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.63x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 6.0 frames per second 6.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/180 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 646g (1.42 pounds) 688g (1.52 pounds)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") 126 x 93 x 74mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 79 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1087 not tested
Other
Battery life 710 images 410 images
Battery style AA Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 secs, continuous)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $600 $649