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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D

Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62
Pentax K-500 front
 
Pentax K10D front
Portability
59
Imaging
49
Features
43
Overall
46

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D Key Specs

Pentax K-500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 646g - 130 x 97 x 71mm
  • Revealed November 2013
Pentax K10D
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Pentax KAF2 Mount
  • 793g - 142 x 101 x 70mm
  • Released December 2006
  • Later Model is Pentax K20D
Photography Glossary

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D Overview

Below is a in-depth overview of the Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D, one being a Entry-Level DSLR and the latter is a Advanced DSLR and both of them are offered by Pentax. There exists a significant gap between the sensor resolutions of the K-500 (16MP) and K10D (10MP) but they come with the same exact sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The K-500 was brought out 7 years later than the K10D and that is quite a sizable gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Pentax K-500 being a Compact SLR camera and the Pentax K10D being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving through a complete comparison, below is a short highlight of how the K-500 scores against the K10D in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Pentax K10D

 K-500 K10D 
ReleasedNovember 2013December 2006More recent by 85 months
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution921k210kClearer screen (+711k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax K10D over the Pentax K-500

 K10D K-500 

Common features in the Pentax K-500 and Pentax K10D

 K-500 K10D 
Manual focus More exact focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera, you will need to factor in its weight and size. The Pentax K-500 offers outside 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) while the Pentax K10D has specifications of 142mm x 101mm x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8") and a weight of 793 grams (1.75 lbs).

Look at the Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have chosen at that time. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the K-500 against the K10D.

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the K-500 and K10D is 64 and 59 respectively.

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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be hard to envision the contrast between sensor measurements only by reading specs. The graphic here will help offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the K-500 and K10D.

All in all, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Pentax K-500 to offer greater detail having its extra 6MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The fresher K-500 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D sensor size comparison

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax K-500
Portrait photography with Pentax K10D
74
has manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
53
has manual focus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview feature
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Pentax K-500 Street photography factors
Pentax K10D Street photography factors
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
great ISO range (51,600)
screen is fixed
64
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment proof
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax K-500
Sports photography with Pentax K10D
72
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
better than average battery (710 shots)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
max frames per second low (6.0 frames/s)
53
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
environment proof
supports phase detect AF
no liveview feature
low frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-500 as a Travel photography camera
Pentax K10D as a Travel photography camera
67
better than average battery (710 shots)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
screen is not selfie friendly
49
environment proof
built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
low resolution sensor (10MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-500 Landscape photography features
Pentax K10D Landscape photography features
79
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
great ISO range (51,600)
saves RAW formats
better than average battery (710 per charge)
55
has manual focus
change lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
environment proof
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
no liveview feature
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-500 Vlogging highlights
Pentax K10D Vlogging highlights
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
includes face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of microphone support
9
no video shooting
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Pentax K-500 vs Pentax K10D Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-500 and Pentax K10D
 Pentax K-500Pentax K10D
General Information
Company Pentax Pentax
Model Pentax K-500 Pentax K10D
Class Entry-Level DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2013-11-27 2006-12-15
Physical type Compact SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip PRIME M -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Maximum resolution 4928 x 3264 3872 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 51600 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 11
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Pentax KAF2
Total lenses 151 151
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 921 thousand dots 210 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.64x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 6.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 12.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Auto Red Eye
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/180 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
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) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 646g (1.42 lbs) 793g (1.75 lbs)
Dimensions 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") 142 x 101 x 70mm (5.6" x 4.0" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 79 66
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 22.7
DXO Dynamic range score 13.1 11.6
DXO Low light score 1087 522
Other
Battery life 710 pictures -
Form of battery AA -
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/MMC/SDHC card
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $600 $700