|Developed to be an entry model targeted at digital SLR novices and family users, the PENTAX K-r not only offers an assortment of features and functions that make it easy for everyone to effortlessly capture high-quality images people expect of a digital SLR camera, but it also comes equipped with a host of handy tools that help user in creating more personalized, creative images. They range from high-quality image reproduction with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels and HDTV-proportion movie recording, to high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 25600 (via a custom function) and a large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch high-resolution color LCD monitor. Its dual-power-source design offers a choice between the standard rechargeable Lithium-ion battery and a set of AA-size batteries. It also offers a greater selection of digital filters for effortless production of original, creative artwork. All combined, the K-r boosts outstanding performance and versatility, almost the equivalent of upper-class digital SLR cameras, while allowing the photographer to easily deal with different photographic requirements and to accommodate individual shooting styles. It is also compatible with the IrSimple high-speed infrared data transmission system for wireless data transfer to IrSimple-compatible devices, and for swift image data exchange and match-game playing between two PENTAX K-rs.|
|Camera Type||Digital SLR|
|Sensor Resolution||12.4 MP|
|Sensor Size||15.8 x 23.6mm|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lens For SD||AL 18-55mm|
|Focal Length Range||18mm - 55mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||52 mm|
|Lens System Features||Aspherical Lens|
|Auto Focus type||TTL contrast and phase detection|
|Lens Construction||8 group(s) / 11 element(s)|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||27 - 82.5mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/6000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±3 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure Range||EV 1-21.5 ( ISO 200 )|
|Exposure Metering||Center-Weighted, Multi-Segment, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Bulb, ISO-Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100-25600, ISO auto (200-12800)|
|Light Sensitivity Max||25600|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Red Eye Reduction||Yes|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation, Wireless Off-Camera Control|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, P-TTL, Slow Synchro|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Optical Viewfinder Type||Eye-level mirror pentaprism|
|Viewfinder - Field Coverage||96%|
|Dioptric Correction Range||-2.5 to +1.5|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Connector Types||1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Digital Video Format||AVI, MJPEG|
|Still Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||720p HD Movie Recording, AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto HDR Mode, Brightness Control, Contrast Control, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Digital Image Rotation, Digital Noise Reduction, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Interval Shooting Mode, IrDA Compatibility, PRINT Image Matching, RGB Primary Color Filter, Resizing an Image, Saturation Control, Shadow Point Display, Sharpness Control, USB 2.0 Compatibility|
|Shooting Programs||Action, Candle, Food, Kids, Landscape, Macro, Museum, Night scene, Night scene HDR, Night scene with portrait, Night snapshot, Pet, Portrait mode, Stage, Sunset, Surf & snow|
|Special Effects||Black & White, Bleach Bypass, Bright, Color Extract, Custom Effect, Fisheye, High contrast, Landscape, Monochrome, Muted, Natural, Portrait, Positive Film, Retro, Soft, Starburst, Toy camera, Vibrant|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2 frames per second, 6 frames per second|
|Wireless Image Transferring Protocols||IrDA (IrSimple protocol)|
Average review score based on 43 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This camera is simply amazing!
·IS/OS/VR/SR in body
·1.5x/1.6x crop sensor class leading high ISO low light imaging
·Great dynamic range
·Excellent array of programmable features
·Excellent in camera tools
·Excellent details and colors
·Quick and responsive
·Excellent 11 point AF system
·Up to 12,800 ISO range, usable at max ISO too!
·Great battery life with NiMh and simply amazing on Lithiums!
·LCD color calibration ability for accuracy
·As with all Pentax dSLRs, this body is no different with its very in depth white balance controls
·Distortion and CA correction built in for Pentax DA and DFA lenses
·RAW conversion in camera
·In camera HDR ability up to 3 images
·Very fast shooting with a 4.7fps capability
·Lack of HDMI connector
·Lack of visible AF points in VF
·Can clip highlights in certain scenarios
·Auto white balance under certain artificial light sources is unreliable
This body is about the best bang for the buck dSLR currently on the market. Placed in the total entry level for price point but offering most features of the middle line like the Canon 50/60D and Nikon D90 bodies, but build is not quite as good as those. You really can not go wrong with this camera, especially if you shoot a lot of low light and higher ISO shots and action shots.
First some comments on other reviews. One reviewer claims there is a lack of visible AF points. That is simply wrong. Not only are the AF points visible in the viewfinder but you can set the AF point as well. Next, a reviewer claims the AA battery adaptor is expensive. That may be true as the ability to use Lithium or AA (a great plus)is relative but you can buy a cheap one here on EBay for less than $10. This reviewer also claims that the exposure bracketing is limited to 1/3 stops. Not correct. You can set the feature for up to a 3 stop range! Finally a reviewer states that the high end cameras use a CCD sensor rather than a CMOS sensor. I just checked the Nikon $7,000 job and it uses CMOS (albeit full frame size)and their mid-level camera does too but their low end job uses CCD.
You should also know that this camera is just a bit of a power hog. It will get the shots claimed but with all the electronica on the camera your experience may vary. I would suggest a back up battery. They can be had cheap for less than $10.
Now my experience for the last month. This is my first DSLR. I have been happily using Pentax cameras since the early seventies. This summer I went to Europe and I shot over 20 rolls of film with my beloved and unbreakable SF1. After spending hundreds of dollars on processing it was obvious a change to digital was necessary. After months of research I decided on the K-R. You just trust this company. Also, and this is what snagged me, ALL of the old lenses work with this camera and the shake reduction is in-body rather than in the lens. My glass on my SF is superb and I wanted to use these lenses. The K-R "reads" these lenses almost like the new lenses. I think the only thing the DA lenses bring to the table is automatic aberration correction. You can correct the older lenses manually however if you can even notice any aberration
This is a really terrific digital camera, although I still think I like film better (Luddite!). Fit and finish are superb. The burst exposure mode rate is as advertised. I just bought a 32 gig class 10 card (over 3000 shots in full rez!) and was able to blow off over 30+ shots at full rez before it slowed down at all. My photos so far are pretty darn good.
My gripe with this camera though is it is too darn flexible (read complicated). You can reset almost everything and the defaults are not necessarily the most desirable. While the menus are pretty easy to navigate, it has taken a while to finally have all the menus and options where I want. There are so many options that it is imposable to remember where to access them or that they even exist. Constant reference to the user manual is a necessity. I tried to buy a second one from Pentax to use in the field but they tell you to download the PDF version. Of course you can just set the camera to auto picture mode right out of the box and fire away but then why buy a camera that can do so much? On the other hand this is a camera that you can grow with and not worry that next year's model will be significantly better.
My final gripe is that the "Live View" on the LCD screen has a bit of a lag when moving the camera around. I rarely use anything but the viewfinder though.
If you take your photography at least semi-seriously, want great lenses that are backwards compatible (front compatible too as my SF uses the new DA lens with no problem) and want a camera that is really a mid-user DSLR camera at an entry level user price, this is for you.
Excellent camera for any Beginner/Consumer use, Compact design and faster FPS helps to get brilliant photos. In camera edit features are great, HDR is a plus.
If you have some old film era SLR Pentax K Bayonet prime lenses this will be a great way to save lots of money on buying new prime lenses (m42 users are not left behind too there is a adapter for that and if you get the correct adapter you are good!). I think it is the only Camera that supports backward compatibility without a problem. if you have lenses with A setting camera will give you amazing opportunity to get amazing pictures. IQ is way better than some entry level Canon cameras.
my only concern is wished it had more accessories like wireless flash triggers (with AAA batteries not CR2) more auto focus prime lenses that can afford (limited series are expensive) also video recording could have been better, wish it had a HDMI output
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