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Camera ThumbnailPentax K-S1Pentax K-500
Camera NamePentax K-S1Pentax K-500
Year Introduced20142013
AvailabilityDiscontinued (2016)Discontinued (2014)
Current Price$504

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Sensor
Sensor FormatAPS-CAPS-C
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Megapixels20.1216.28
Resolution3648 x 5472 pixels3264 x 4928 pixels
AA FilterNo (AA filter simulator)Yes
Super ResolutionNoNo
Bit Depth1212
Minimum ISO100100
Maximum ISO5120051200
ISO Range100 - 51,200100 - 51,200
Imaging
ProcessorPRIME M IIPRIME M
Exposure ModesAuto Picture, Scene, EFFECT, P, Sv, Av, Tv, TAv, M, BAuto (green), Scene, HyP, Sv, Av, Tv, TAv, M, B
Program ModesNormalNormal
Scene Modes20: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG only), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum19: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPG only), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
RestrictionsExposure modes with M and K lenses are restricted to Av (with aperture always wide open) and M (with stop-down metering)Exposure modes with M and K lenses are restricted to Av (with aperture always wide open) and M (with stop-down metering)
Shutter Speeds (Auto)30s - 1/6000s (stepless)30s - 1/6000s (stepless)
Shutter Speeds (Manual)B, 30s - 1/6000s, Up to 300s in Astrotracer modeB, 30s - 1/6000s. Up to 300s in Astrotracer mode
High ISO NROff, Auto, Low/Medium/High, Custom by ISOOff, Auto, Low/Medium/High, Custom by ISO
Slow Shutter NROff, Auto, OnOff, Auto, On
Shutter LifeNot SpecifiedNot Specified
Maximum FPS5.46
Continuous ShootingHi: 5.4 fps up to 20 frames (JPG), 5 frames (RAW) Lo: 3 fps up to 100 frames (JPG), 8 frames (RAW)Hi: 6 fps up to 30 frames (JPG), 8 frames (RAW) Lo: 3 fps until card is full (JPG), 10 frames (RAW)
Exposure Compensation+/-5 EV+/-5 EV (+/-2 EV in movie mode)
Auto Bracketing3 frames, one-push bracketing3 frames, one-push bracketing
Expanded Dynamic RangeHighlight (auto, on, off),
Shadow (auto, high, medium, low, off)
Highlight (auto, on, off),
Shadow (auto, high, medium, low, off)
Metering Sensor77-Segment77-Segment
Meter Range0 to 22 EV0 to 22 EV
Meter PatternMulti-Segment,Center Weighted,SpotMulti-Segment,Center Weighted,Spot
Exposure LockYesYes
Self Timer2 s with mirror lock-up, 12 s2 s with mirror lock-up, 12 s
Interval ShootingNoUp to 999 frames, up to 24 hours between frames
Mirror Lock-upYesYes
HDR ModeYesYes
Multiple ExposuresNoYes, average and additive, 2 to 9 shots
Pixel MappingYesYes
Optics/Mount
MountKAF2 (no aperture coupler)KAF2 (no aperture coupler)
Composition AdjustmentNoNo
Supported LensesAll Pentax K-mount lenses. Support for lenses with the KAF4 mount variant requires a firmware update. Manual focus only with K-, M-, and A-series lenses. Stop down metering only with K- and M-series lenses. M42, Pentax 645 and Pentax 6x7 lenses with the appropriate adapters (stop down metering and manual focus only).All Pentax K-mount lenses except for lenses with the KAF4 mount variant. Manual focus only with K-, M-, and A-series lenses. Stop down metering only with K- and M-series lenses. M42, Pentax 645 and Pentax 6x7 lenses with the appropriate adapters (stop down metering and manual focus only).
StabilizationYes (sensor-shift SR)Yes (sensor-shift SR)
Autofocus (viewfinder)Yes (SAFOX IXi+, 11 focus points (9 cross type))Yes (SAFOX IXi+, 11 focus points (9 cross type), diffraction lens, wavelength sensor)
AF Points1111
Autofocus Sensitivity-1 to 18 EV-1 to 18 EV
Autofocus With SDMYesYes
Autofocus AssistDedicated LEDDedicated LED
Autofocus ModesViewfinder: AF.S, AF.C, AF.A.
Live view: Face detection, Tracking, Multiple AF points, Select, Spot
AF.A (auto) AF.S (single, w focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable) AF.C (continuous, w focus/FPS priority selectable) Manual
Front/Back Focus CorrYes (adjustments for up to 20 lenses)Yes (adjustments for up to 20 lenses)
Power ZoomNot supportedNot supported
Lens CorrectionDistortion,Lateral Chromatic Aberration,Vignetting,DiffractionDistortion,Lateral Chromatic Aberration
Video
Video/Movie Mode1920x1080 (16:9 Full HD) at 30p, 25p, 24p
1280x720 (16:9) at 60p, 50p
MPEG4 AVC/H.264
1920x1080 (16:9 Full HD) at 30, 25, and 24 fps,
1280x720 (16:9) at 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 fps,
640x480 (4:3) at 30, 25, and 24 fps,
MPEG4 AVC/H.264,
Interval movie
Video StabilizationElectronicElectronic
Exposure ModesP, Av and MP, Av and M exposure control
Movie Mode RestrictionsIn Av and M mode: Aperture must be set prior to shooting (unless using a lens with manual aperture setting)In Av and M mode: Aperture must be set prior to shooting (unless using a lens with manual aperture setting)
AF During RecordingNoNo
Sound In Movie ModeStereoMono Adjustable sound level
Flash
Built-in FlashYes, GN 10 (ISO 100/m)Yes, GN 12 (ISO 100/m)
Sync Speed1/180s1/180s
P-TTL FlashYesYes
TTL FlashNoNo
Flash Exposure Comp-2 to 1 EV-2 to 1 EV
Flash FunctionsAuto discharge, On (leading curtain sync), Redeye reduction, Slow-speed sync, Trailing curtain sync, High-speed sync*, Manual, Wireless*, Contrast control* * Available when combined with external flashAuto discharge, On (leading curtain sync), Redeye reduction, Slow-speed sync, Trailing curtain sync, High-speed sync*, Manual*, Wireless*, Contrast control* * Available when combined with external flash
Viewfinder/LCD
Viewfinder0.95x, 100%0.92x, 100%
Viewfinder TypePentaprismPentaprism
Diopter Adjustment-2.5 to +1.5-2.5 to +1.5
AF Points In ViewfinderYesNo
Exchangeable ScreenYesYes
Depth Of Field PreviewYesYes
Digital PreviewYes (with image magnificaion)Yes (with image magnificaion)
Live ViewYesYes
Focus PeakingYesYes
Back LCD3 in. 921,000 dots, 3:23 in. 921,000 pix
Top LCDNoNo
Body
Weather ResistantNoNo
GPSVia AccessoryVia Accessory
Control Wheels12
Camera Controls1 control wheel. Most functions accessed through control panel or menus2 control wheels Several dedicated buttons Control panel Two user mode settings
Dust RemovalYes, Sensor Shake DRYes, Sensor Shake DR
Dust AlertNoNo
File FormatPEF (RAW),DNG (RAW),JPG,MOVDNG (RAW),JPG,MOV
Card Slots11
Memory Card TypeSD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-1 compliant), Eye-Fi, FLU cardSD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi
TetheringVia O-FC1 FLUcardNone
Battery

D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable

D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable or 4 x AA batteries with battery holder D-BH109

Battery Grip

No

No

Battery Life480 images with Li-Ion battery (no flash use) 410 images with Li-Ion battery (50% flash use)480 images with Li-Ion battery (no flash use), 1250 images with AA lithium (no flash use)
Size (W X H X D)120 x 92.5 x 69.5 mm 4.72 x 3.65 x 2.75 in.129 x 96.5 x 70 mm (5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8 in.)
Weight558 g (19.7 oz) with battery650 g (23 oz)
ConnectivityUSB 2.0, HDMI outUSB 2.0, AV out, cable release
Latest Firmware

Link to Download Page

Link to Download Page

NotesAstrotracer compatible,
Embed copyright information in EXIF,
High ISO NR can be customized for each major ISO value,
In-camera RAW development,
Image plane indicator
In USA sold with battery holder for 4 x AA batteries.
In Europe sold with Li-ion rechargeable battery and charger.
Astrotracer compatible,
Embed copyright information in EXIF,
High ISO NR can be customized for each major ISO value,
In-camera RAW development,
Image plane indicator,
Multilayer digital filters,
Save last JPG as RAW,
The RAW button is customizable and can perform a variety of functions, hereunder exposure bracketing




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