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Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450

Portability
64
Imaging
58
Features
70
Overall
62
Pentax K-500 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 front
Portability
65
Imaging
54
Features
52
Overall
53

Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 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
Sony A450
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 560g - 137 x 104 x 81mm
  • Revealed January 2010
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Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 Overview

The following is a complete review of the Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by manufacturers Pentax and Sony. The image resolution of the K-500 (16MP) and the A450 (14MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras boast the same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The K-500 was manufactured 3 years after the A450 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before delving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise view of how the K-500 scores against the A450 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Pentax K-500 over the Sony A450

 K-500 A450 
RevealedNovember 2013January 2010Newer by 48 months
Screen dimensions3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A450 over the Pentax K-500

 A450 K-500 

Common features in the Pentax K-500 and Sony A450

 K-500 A450 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera often, you'll have to consider its weight and size. The Pentax K-500 provides physical measurements of 130mm x 97mm x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") with a weight of 646 grams (1.42 lbs) and the Sony A450 has specifications of 137mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2") having a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you choose at that time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the K-500 and the A450.

Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the K-500 and A450 is 64 and 65 respectively.

Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 top view buttons comparison

Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very tough to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions only by going through specs. The pic here will help give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the K-500 and A450.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You can count on the Pentax K-500 to provide extra detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop pictures more aggressively. The fresher K-500 should have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 sensor size comparison

Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax K-500 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A450 as a Portrait photography camera
74
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
72
focusing manually
good resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Pentax K-500
Street photography with Sony A450
68
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
good ISO range (51,600)
fixed screen
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Pentax K-500 Sports photography details
Sony A450 Sports photography details
72
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
better than average battery life (710 CIPA)
has phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
77
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery life (1,050 shots)
has phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Pentax K-500 Travel photography factors
Sony A450 Travel photography factors
67
better than average battery life (710 per charge)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
display isn't selfie friendly
60
better than average battery life (1,050 CIPA)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax K-500 Landscape photography advice
Sony A450 Landscape photography advice
79
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF2 mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (51,600)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (710 CIPA)
66
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
better than average battery life (1,050 per charge)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax K-500 Vlogging information
Sony A450 Vlogging information
30
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing mic jack
9
lack of video recording
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Pentax K-500 vs Sony A450 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax K-500 and Sony A450
 Pentax K-500Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
General Information
Brand Pentax Sony
Model Pentax K-500 Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
Class Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2013-11-27 2010-01-05
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by PRIME M Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.7 x 15.7mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 372.1mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4928 x 3264 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 51600 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 11 9
Cross focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 151 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 921 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating TFT Clear Photo Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.61x 0.53x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 6.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 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, Fill, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, Wireless/ High Speed Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/180 seconds 1/160 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) -
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic support
Headphone support
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 pounds) 560g (1.23 pounds)
Physical dimensions 130 x 97 x 71mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 2.8") 137 x 104 x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 79 66
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 21.8
DXO Dynamic range score 13.1 11.8
DXO Low light score 1087 769
Other
Battery life 710 pictures 1050 pictures
Battery style AA Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $600 $1,241