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03-12-2014, 12:51 AM   #1
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Pentax K-500 continuous shooting speed

I just bought K-500 (and waiting to it). When DPreview introduced k-500 they wrote that the continuous shooting speed is reduced from 6 fps to 5 fps when AA batteries are used.
It is really true? Does anyone have more information about this issue?

03-12-2014, 01:12 AM   #2
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I haven't seen this mentioned before (or anywhere else), so it may not be true. I didn't notice a drop in framerate when reviewing the camera. However, I no longer have access to a K-500, so I can't say for sure.

What I can say is that if you're concerned about framerate or the continuous buffer, you should probably look at a K-5 or K-3 instead of the entry-level model. A used K-5/K-5 II these days is about as cheap as the K-500.

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03-12-2014, 10:53 AM   #3
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I have heard that is true also, but I don't have a k-500 to test on. It also makes some sense as the voltage from the 4 AA pack is lower than the 3.7 v from the Lithium Ion.

Honestly, I'd just get a 2 pack of Wasabi batteries from Amazon for $30 or so. Mine work great and I've gotten 400+ frames out of one battery shooting multiple times.

I did the enelopes with my K-x. They worked fine, but I do find I like the single pack better.

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03-15-2014, 12:45 AM   #4
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Thank you for the responses.

03-15-2014, 04:57 AM   #5
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I just ordered the two lens kit on ebay for 469 and hope I am happy with it. I have the q but find that I like my pocket lumix dmc-zs19 for that size camera as it is pocketable. I did however want a larger sensor camera and saw the K-50 on costco for 700 bucks but decided to get the k-500 on ebay for 469. I still won't like carrying two lenses around and am thinking of gettting some all purpose macro zoom for it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have never owned an SLR myself but do understand the basics of photography. A lower f stop lens would be nice but I don't want to spend lots of money.
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for 469, I think my k500 will be a steal. I think i paid this for my sons canon t3 and this is superior imo.
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