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Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black)

Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black)
Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black)


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Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black)


Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black)

Brains, meet beauty. The Pentax K-r has it all. On the brain side, it’s a powerful DSLR with advanced features like 12.4 Megapixels, HD video, a 2.7-inch LCD display and custom modes and functions.  On the beauty side, taking photos has never looked this good. There’s basic black of course. But the K-r also comes in classy white and PENTAX red, with even more body colors to come.  The PENTAX K-r competes with higher-end DSLRs and looks great doing it. Now, that’s brilliantly colorful.

  • 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor; compact, lightweight body
  • Kit includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 lenses
  • Widescreen 720p HD video at 25fps; powerful automatic shooting modes including Pentax Auto Picture
  • 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution; wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters
  • Capture images and video to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included)

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  1. 45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Rugged DSLR kit with nice lenses, December 30, 2010
    By 
    J. Kelly “Consumerama” (Massachusetts) –
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    This review is from: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black) (Electronics)

    Here’s my story…

    I purchased my first DSLR, an Olympus E-420, in May this year, and really caught the photography bug. The great thing about the Olympus, especially with the 25mm pancake lens, is that it is as easy to carry as a point and shoot, but takes GREAT pictures, **as long as there is plenty of natural light**.

    When I read the introductory preview of the Pentax K-R on dpreview.com, it got my attention because it was noted for great performance in low light / high iso conditions, such as shooting indoors without a flash, or shooting your daughter/son playing basketball in a gymnasium, where built-in flashes do not have the range. This, plus in-camera image stabilization and very usable 18-55 and 55-300 kit lenses, sounded worth trying. So I found a great deal through Amazon, and bought the Pentax K-R right around Thanksgiving.

    The first thing I noticed about the Pentax when I unpacked it was that it felt much more robust than the Nikon D5000 or Canon Rebel that I had checked out at Costco; but it also sounded like it was broken. There was something flopping around inside when I tipped the camera back and forth. This was disconcerting next to my rock solid Olympus. The second thing I noticed was that after I charged the battery and powered up for the first time, the display glitched. I fooled around and took a few shots, and they came out really great, but I was still concerned, so the next day I called Pentax. Pentax tech support was very helpful, and explained that the part moving inside is the sensor, which floats on a magnetic field so that it can compensate for camera movement when taking pictures. The glitch on startup, however, was not normal, and they suggested I return the camera for a replacement.

    So I contacted Amazon, and there was only one problem setting up the return/replacement: They were out of stock. So I waited, and kept reading the K-R booklet and reviews online… I wondered if I should wait for the replacement, or just return it and get something else.

    Then, earlier today I received an email from Costco that the new Rebel x2ti was available at a substantial discount with an 18-55 and a 55-250 kit. I picked one up on the way home, and when I walked in the door my wife was ready to kill me. The replacement K-R had come from Amazon, so I now had two Pentaxes, the Canon, and the original Olympus…

    Long story short, comparing the Pentax and the Canon side by side, the Pentax was the hands down, no contest winner. It is a much more substantial feeling camera, with better buttons, and a much more professional “feel.” The lenses seem more solid, and the front element does NOT turn the way that it does on the Canon when focusing, which is important if you use a polarizing filter. It’s also nice to have the flexibility of 18-55 and 55-300mm lenses with the Pentax kit versus 18-55 and 55-250mm with Canon. And the Pentax SR image stabilization system works great. I’m taking pictures indoors with the 18-55 f3.5 lens without any flash, and getting perfect exposures without blur. Much better results than I can get with the 25mm f2.8 Zuiko on the Olympus with the same light. I’m sure that once I can afford a higher speed prime lens from Pentax, I will be even happier.

    In summary, if you value excellent build quality, lens design, and low light / high iso performance, you will be very happy with the Pentax K-R.

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  2. 39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    two steps forward, one backwards, December 19, 2010
    By 
    Joydeep Sen Sarma (Sunnyvale, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black) (Electronics)

    Updated (09/2011): This camera has been a disaster. Aside from the front focusing issues – the ring at the back stopped working properly after 4-5 months. I sent it for repair and after a week – the ring again stopped working. I have gone through 1SLR, 2DSLR (including a Pentax K200d) and prosumer and many other digital cameras. This is by far the most defective hardware i have ever received. I wish i could just get rid of my entire Pentax gear at this point.

    Amazon was selling the K-r kit with 18-55 and 55-300 lenses for a really good price around Thanksgiving 2010. I had been wanting to upgrade from my k200d for sometime and jumped at the opportunity. 3 weeks with the camera have given me a good perspective on the pros/cons of this upgrade.

    My primary motivation for upgrading was the rave reviews about low-light/high-iso performance of the K-r (and K-x). I chose the K-r over the K-x because the high fps and focus point in viewfinder features were well worth the minor difference in price. Here are the pros (+) and cons (-):

    + high ISO performance is excellent. I am shooting ISO1600 indoors all the time. Processed images have no noise at this setting. The performance is comparable (or better) than the k200d at ISO400
    + auto-focus is really fast as promised
    + burst shooting is really fast.
    + camera button controls are much better than k200d (direct iso/flash etc. buttons)
    + it’s a much lighter camera (but that’s a negative as well)
    + automatic white balance without flash is way better than the k200d (the latter had very warm overtones in tungsten for example – the K-r produces perfectly natural white balance for common indoor and outdoor lighting situations)
    + the supplied 55-300 kit lens is excellent. compared to my current 70-300 Tamron lens – it’s much sharper on the long end.
    + live view is cool and allows shooting holding the camera at all sorts of angles. the screen is bright enough to be visible from just about any angle.

    - focusing is fast but not as accurate. in particular my camera was front focusing and i found this to be a commonly reported problem on the web. i almost considered returning my camera before reading about the focus fine adjustment option. setting the camera for the maximum front-focus adjustment got rid of the problem for the most part (although it still doesn’t seem perfect). not all lenses suffer equally badly – unfortunately my favorite lens (Tamron 28-75 f2.8) does.
    - auto white balance with flash feels weird (it seems that it over-compensates for flash)
    (updated: i found that (for my home shots) changing the white balance to ‘warm white flourescent’ in the raw editor (silkypix) largely fixed the issue).
    - the supplied software is absolutely terrible. i process RAW images on the PC and the old software was simple but usable. The new one is a labyrinth of features – except the ones u really need (like not resetting the adjustment settings on every new image). Morever it crashes (i cannot even start it on one of my pcs)
    - the new 18-55 lens feels cheap to the one that was supplied with previous models (plastic mount and no hood). i am planning to dispose off the new one and hang on to the old one.
    - no weather sealing and body doesn’t feel as substantial. the k200d used to sell at the same price point but had a magnesium alloy body and was weather sealed. the K-r is neither. The body is not as substantial to hold – in particular the battery compartment is smaller and the hand grip around the compartment doesn’t feel as secure as before.
    - doesn’t take AA batteries by default. this is really lame – i will have to spend extra money to buy a special adapter. rechargable AA batteries are much better than proprietary ones.
    - movie mode is pretty much useless because of lack of auto-focus. almost all DSLRs are like this – so it’s not a ding against K-r – just dont buy it for taking videos. (Updated: i have found the video to be very jittery even slow moving everyday scenes. it’s not clear why that is the case since 24fps is supposedly good enough)
    - (Updated) one additional annoyance is that choosing the fully automatic ‘A’ mode does not reset all the customized settings – specifically the focus point and AF mode. This means i can’t simply set the camera to ‘A’ mode and hand it off to a P&S photographer (since i always leave the camera at center point focus). That’s really painful.

    there are a lot of new image processing features in the K-r (HDR, shadow lighting, filters etc.) – but these can all be done in software and are not so valuable for me (may be for other users).

    if i was shooting daylight/outdoors in good light – the K-r is actually a downgrade from the k200d. however – the gain in low light conditions are exemplary and outweigh the negatives (of which there are many). So it’s a keeper for me. Considering that i would…

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  3. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent beginners / intermediate DSLR camera, December 31, 2010
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    MJ (NJ) –
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    This review is from: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black) (Electronics)

    I bought my Pentax K-r online. Out of the box, Pentax does not provide that warm and fuzzy feeling that it is not a refurbished camera. Everything is wrapped in a non-sealed plastic or a bubble wrap, and there are no thin disposable protective film covers over the lens and lcd or that plastic tab over the battery compartment. I confirmed with Pentax that this is how their packaging is done even with a brand new item to ease my thoughts.

    On to the camera itself, the shutter release action on the Pentax K-r is quite loud. You can hear the gears turning within. I’ve tested the Pentax K-r vs the Canon T2i side by side using the automatic mode and feel that the Canon is able to focus faster when quickly trying to capture an event that you have no time to fuss around with. The Pentax even on automatic mode still requires little adjustments and you may sometimes have to ask your subjects to pose a little longer for the camera to snap the shot while you hear the gears adjusting.

    The pop-up flash on the Pentax is a little on the flimsy side while the Canon T2i feels more durable. For the price you pay, Pentax should have really put in a little more effort on this piece as it feels very plasticky. The entire body otherwise feels sturdy.

    The option for a proprietary battery or the use of AA batteries is nice on the Pentax. I also like the quality of the movie that it takes although you are limited to about 11 mins and 30 secs of capture time. I have never exceeded this time, but it would be an extra bonus to have it be unlimited depending on your SD card capacity.

    Pentax claims a battery-life of around 1,000 shots using high-powered NiMh AA batteries and 470 shots with the lithium-ion however I was only able to get about 400 shots (with turning on and off and viewing/deleting pictures along the way) using the proprietary battery that it shipped with.

    Overall, the camera is nice with many customizations possible. It does what you expect of a SLR and the quality of the photos are great. If you are a new recreational SLR user, I would lean slightly more towards the Canon T2i which is more user friendly with less adjustments needed right out of the box. Otherwise, if you like tinkering and don’t mind the little things mentioned here, the Pentax K-r is a good solid SLR.

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