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Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body)

Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body)
Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body)

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Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body)

Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body)

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
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • 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. 23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Upgraded from a K100D and K2000 to a K-r. It’s awesome., November 25, 2010
    James Lin (Los Angeles, CA) –

    This review is from: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body) (Electronics)

    Over the past four years, I’ve owned an *ist DL, a K100D and a K2000. The new Pentax K-r feels like a huge improvement over its already excellent predecessors.

    The most obvious improvements are the great new features. The K-r now has a dedicated focus assist lamp. In short, it’s unintrusive compared to a strobing popup flash and it works great. I can’t believe it took Pentax this long to give us this feature.

    The K-r also supports both a proprietary lithium ion battery and AA batteries. You’ll have to find a special adapter to use AA batteries though. Unfortunately, Pentax didn’t bundle the adapter with the body.

    K-x users will also be familiar with the in-camera HDR feature. The K-r includes several HDR settings including auto, standard, strong 1, strong 2, and strong 3. HDR mode is easily accessed by pressing the Info button.

    Movie mode is available once again, but it’s still not particularly robust. You can shoot in 720p at 25fps, which is an odd frame rate. AF isn’t available while you’re shooting, but I’ve found that manual focusing is easy enough with the right lens. I didn’t have any problems with my FA 35mm.

    Auto white-balancing is greatly improved over the K100D and the K2000 also. You can now shoot in tungsten light without having to manually set the WB. No more horribly yellow photos indoors followed by extremely blue photos outdoors when you forget to white balance again!

    Finally, my favorite new feature is the selectable 11-point AF. When it’s enabled, you can press the OK button to bring up the point selection interface and use the arrow keys to select your focus point. When you’re done, press and hold the OK button to close the menu so you can use the arrow keys for other shortcuts again.

    With each new release, Pentax’s interface has improved and the K-r is no exception. For people coming from the older *ist DL and K100D bodies, you’ll immediately notice that the four arrow buttons now have double purposes. Instead of pressing FN + right to get to the ISO menu, you just need to press the right arrow button. Users of the K2000 will find the interface very familiar, but still improved. The Info button now brings up the grid of commonly used settings such as HDR modes, JPG/RAW, metering settings, AF mode, etc. Each setting is represented with an icon or text label and moving the cursor over the setting allows you to quickly cycle through the different modes using the dial. It’s similar to pressing the OK button the K2000, but now with more options and fewer button presses.

    When you preview your last JPG photo, you also get the option to save it as raw. This only works with the last photo taken, probably because the camera only stores the raw data for one photo at a time. This is a great feature for those who prefer to shoot in JPG and still occasionally use raw.

    The build quality of the K-r is as solid as every previous Pentax dSLR body that I’ve owned. The battery compartment latch is slightly improved over the K2000 and the K100D. It’s a little hard to describe the new latch, but it’s easy to use and much harder to accidentally open.

    I loved the low light performance of my K100D and I enjoyed the newer interface and faster AF of my K2000. The K-r again gets the best of both worlds with very clean photos at ISO 1600 and even faster and more decisive autofocus. It’s also now capable of shooting at 6fps in continuous mode.

    The Pentax K-r has really exceeded my expectations. The improved performance combined with the new features makes the K-r a joy to use. It’s an excellent entry-level dSLR that it will satisfy even more seasoned photographers who want a compact spare body.

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  2. 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Upgraded from a K-2000, the K-R Rules, December 17, 2010
    Aldo R. Perez “aldorp” (Pittsburgh) –

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    I upgraded from the Pentax K-2000 to the Pentax K-R. I have only had the camera a few days but I already have a good impression.

    First, the LCD display is good, really good. A huge upgrade from the one on the Pentax K-2000. With this screen it is easy to verify the right focus, love it.

    The camera is very fast. Fast at focusing, talking the pictures and fast going through the menus. Now, activate some of the special features like filters or lens distortion correction and things slow down. I think it is a fair exchange.

    The camera brings a new battery that last a LONG time. In theory you could use AA batteries but you need a $35.00 adapter that the camera did not bring. I’m not going to spend $35 for an adapter, I would rather pay for another battery for that money. Pentax dropped the ball on this one.

    The visible focus points make a BIG difference. I had defaulted the K-2000 to center only focusing to avoid problems. I had been doing this for so long that I didn’t realize how useful it would be to have an 11 point focus system. This is a big improvement.

    Live view is a LOT faster than the reviews give it credit for. I had NO PROBLEMS telling people to pose and using the face recognition in live view to take the picture. Once you focus it does a zoom in on the focus point for a second. I like the feature as it lets me verify focus.

    The biggest surprise was the low light capabilities of the camera. I can shoot at ISO 1600 without having to worry about noise. Even if I shoot RAW there is not much noise to talk about at ISO 1600. ISO 3200 is still very usable and with some Photoshop using Raw files they are easy to make usable for 8 X 11 pictures. The K-R is a HUGE improvement from the K-2000 in this area.

    Build and Handling: It feels just like a K-2000 and from the outside it has few differences. The biggest change was the menus as they have been GREATLY improved making finding and changing settings very easy. The camera is still noisy and in a quiet environment it will be noticed as you take the picture. Since I shoot a lot in Church environments I would have rather have a silent camera.

    Low Point: The video is not really a big feature. Mono sound, you can only record up to 20 minutes as the sensor heats up too much, 25 fps, no automatic refocus, no aperture control after the movie starts. In short, don’t buy the K-R for the movie mode, that is just a basic feature in the camera. Live view is the REAL improvement.

    So I find the K-R a very good upgrade from the K-2000. The pictures look great and the low light pictures are excellent. Only two issues are the basic video feature and the lack of the AA adapter in the package. The fast focus, fast shooting, improve LCD, visible focus points, amazing low light pictures and live view make the K-R a great upgrade for K-2000 users.

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  3. 5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Camera, mediocre focusing, May 12, 2012
    John Babits (TURNERS FALLS, MA, US) –
    This review is from: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black Body) (Electronics)

    I was in the market for my first “real” digital SLR, and after doing a lot of research settled on the Pentax K-r. The specs are amazing for a camera with this price, and the capabilities are endless. I tried it in the store and was quite impressed with the performance. If you use Live View you can make changes to the White Balance and see them right on the screen, a prerequisite for me. Rather than the Pentax “kit” 300mm lens, I opted for a Sigma 70-300mm since it appeared to be a better lens. I also had a couple of Ricoh cameras with an assortment of lenses, and they fit the Pentax mount no problem.

    Under ideal conditions, this camera takes amazing pictures. I believe the sensor is the same Sony sensor used in more expensive Nikons, so the color is very good. Image sharpness is also very good…however…

    This camera appears to have a problem with the autofocus. As I said, in ideal conditions, photos are amazing with either the stock lens, the Sigma lens or a Tamron AF lens I purchased later. If you try to push it in low-light conditions, the focus goes off a bit and results are slightly less than spectacular. While colors stay as sharp as ever, sometimes the focusing program just can’t seem to get it right. I have lost some good shots because of this, so I have learned to shoot, adjust, shoot again, adjust and shoot again. As long as the subject stays where you want, you WILL get a decent image. If it’s a once in a lifetime shot, be prepared. Also, when using older manual focus lenses, the focus assistant doesn’t seem to get it quite right all the time. The better the light, the more accurate the focus. Except for this one fault, I am well pleased with this camera. When you do get a good shot, it is magnificent, considering you’ve saved $150-250 over a Canon and $200-300 over a comparable Nikon.

    I have heard that there are split image focusing screens available for this camera, and since I have a lot of manual focus lenses I am going to try this as a solution. Replacing the focus screen is a simple three step process, and if it makes my shots clearer it is well worth it. Thankfully you won’t have to pay developing fees to see if the shot came out clearly…

    If you are an amateur and just want to take standard shots, this is a great camera. If you are a little more professional, be aware of the focusing issue and be prepared. This would be a good ‘bag camera’ for those shots you want to get off quickly and don’t want to pull out a $2500+ camera. Also, since it uses the same Pentax mount as all cameras back to the K1000, lenses are all over the place for low $$$. This fact alone makes this a good camera for an occasional photographer that wants decent shots from a mid priced camera.

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