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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2

Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62
Pentax K-500 front
 
Pentax K-S2 front
Portability
64
Imaging
64
Features
82
Overall
71

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 Key Specs

Pentax K-500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Revealed November 2013
Pentax K-S2
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 678g - 123 x 91 x 73mm
  • Announced February 2015
  • Previous Model is Pentax K-S1
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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 Overview

The following is a in-depth comparison of the Pentax K-500 versus Pentax K-S2, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and they are both produced by Pentax. The image resolution of the K-500 (16MP) and the K-S2 (20MP) is very similar and they enjoy the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The K-500 was revealed 14 months before the K-S2 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before going through a detailed comparison, below is a brief summation of how the K-500 matches up vs the K-S2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Pentax K-S2

 K-500 K-S2 

Reasons to pick Pentax K-S2 over the Pentax K-500

 K-S2 K-500 
AnnouncedFebruary 2015November 2013Newer by 14 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Pentax K-500 and Pentax K-S2

 K-500 K-S2 
Manual focus Very precise focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display measurements
Display resolution921k921kIdentical display resolution
Touch display Neither contains Touch display

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and size. The Pentax K-500 has got external dimensions 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-S2 has specifications of 123mm x 91mm x 73mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.9") accompanied by a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the K-500 versus the K-S2.

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the K-500 and K-S2 is 64 and 64 respectively.

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's difficult to visualise the gap between sensor dimensions purely by reviewing specifications. The picture below should provide you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the K-500 and K-S2.

Plainly, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Pentax K-S2 to offer more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop photos a little more aggressively. The more aged K-500 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-500 Portrait photography factors
Pentax K-S2 Portrait photography factors
74
has manual focus
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
saves RAW formats
78
manual focus
megapixel count good (20MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax K-500
Street photography with Pentax K-S2
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
good ISO range (51,600)
screen does not articulate
72
screen articulates fully
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
very good ISO range (51,200)
heavier than competitors in class (678 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-500 Sports photography factors
Pentax K-S2 Sports photography factors
72
great max shutter speed (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
good battery (710 per charge)
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
70
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.4 frames/s)
bad battery life (410 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-500 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K-S2 as a Travel photography camera
67
good battery (710 shots)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is not selfie friendly
65
weather sealing
megapixel count good (20MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
bad battery life (410 per charge)
heavier than competitors in class (678 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax K-500
Landscape photography with Pentax K-S2
79
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good ISO range (51,600)
saves RAW formats
good battery (710 per charge)
77
manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
very good ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
weather sealing
bad battery life (410 CIPA)
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-500 Vlogging information
Pentax K-S2 Vlogging information
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external mic jack
71
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has mic port
heavier than competitors in class (678 grams)
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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K-S2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-500 and Pentax K-S2
 Pentax K-500Pentax K-S2
General Information
Company Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax K-500 Pentax K-S2
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2013-11-27 2015-02-10
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip PRIME M PRIME MII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Max resolution 4928 x 3264 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 51600 51200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Total lenses 151 151
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 921 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.64x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/6000s 1/6000s
Continuous shutter speed 6.0fps 5.4fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, flash on, flash on + redeye reduction, slow sync, trailing curtain sync, manual flash
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180s -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
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 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 646g (1.42 lbs) 678g (1.49 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") 123 x 91 x 73mm (4.8" x 3.6" x 2.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 79 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 1087 not tested
Other
Battery life 710 pictures 410 pictures
Battery form AA Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA D-LI109
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Retail price $600 $581