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Reviews: Pentax K-r

by PhotoVideoOnline on 08/13/2011

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  • 12.4 megapixel CMOS
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Powerful auto shooting w 6 FPS framerate
  • Available in 3 Colors
    Available in stylish colors including traditional black, classy white, and PENTAX red.

Pentax K-r DSLR Review
The Pentax K-r was designed to slot into the upper entry-level region of DSLRs. It is operationally very similar to Pentax's lovely entry-level camera -- the Pentax K-x -- but has a few key differences. In this region of the market, the K-r is up against some stiff competition, though.
August, 2011
Pentax K-r Digital Camera Review
The Pentax K-r is an entry-level DSLR that is designed for those just getting into higher-end photography or those who have shot with another DSLR before. It features a stainless steel chassis beneath a mostly plastic body, a 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, and a 3-inch 921k-dot LCD display. It is designed to be simple to operate, but still perform at a level comparable to any camera at its sub-$700 price point. We found the K-r to offer enough great handling, very extensive menu options, and enough performance to make it worth a long look for anyone in the market for an entry-level DSLR. In typical Pentax fashion, the camera is available in a number of colors, including black, red, and classic white.
July 8, 2011
Full Review Pentax K-r
With a 12-megapixel sensor, a high-res 3-inch LCD, and a six frame per second burst rate, the Pentax K-r takes up the middle spot between the K-7 and the K-x. The Pentax K-r sports a number of improvements over the K-x, most notable of which is the addition of autofocus indicators in the viewfinder, something missing from both the previous K-2000 / K-m and the followup K-x.
Like the K-x, the Pentax K-r comes in three body colors in the US market: black, red, and white. Pentax says that for the K-x, the non-traditional colors have been very popular, and they're expecting the same for the K-r.

July 7, 2011
Pentax K-r
Pentax has long made very good digital SLRs that offer excellent image quality with simple, intuitive interfaces. And while their latest cameras pack a thorough selection of high-end features, they also have something that a lot of other SLR vendors don’t: style. For example, consider the Pentax K-r, a midrange 12.4-megapixel SLR priced at $850 with an 18-55mm lens, or $800 for body only. A compact, lightweight, but very sturdy camera, the K-r is available in red, white, and, of course, boring old black. We looked at the white K-r, which is very striking and a nice break from the usual black cameras. Fortunately, the camera’s also got features and good image quality to back up its pretty looks.
April 1, 2011
Pentax K-r Review
The K-r was announced in September 2010 and slots into the Pentax line-up between the entry-level K-x and the enthusiast models K-7 and K-5. Visually it is much closer to the K-x but a look under the hood reveals that the new model has been improved over the K-x in various areas. Most notably the K-r shows the active focus point in the viewfinder when the shutter button is half-pressed. The lack of this feature was one of our main points of criticism of the K-x and K-m (this is also almost certainly the reason why the K-r's prism is slightly larger than the K-x's).
March, 2011
Pentax K-r Review
Pentax has consistently produced well performing, decent value digital SLRs since the introduction of the *istD, coming up to a decade ago now. Yet it's a brand that's easy to overlook in the face of the big electronics manufacturers' (Sony, Panasonic) marketing firepower and the traditional big two of Canon and Nikon. Can the Pentax K-r convince anyone upgrading from a compact or bridge camera to put their faith and cash where it counts?
7th March 2011
Pentax K-r dSLR Review
Pentax's K-r is their latest entry to mid-level dSLR model (as of 03/2011), which boasts some impressive features, such as a stainless-steel chassis, and a variety of color choice options. The K-r records images at 12-megapixels with a fast CMOS image sensor, along with 720p HD video and burst rates up to six frames per second at full resolution. The camera comes with a 3.0-inch, 921,000 pixel LCD on the back as well as Shake Reduction & Dust Removal mechanisms. The CMOS sensor offers sensitivity settings of 100 - 25,600 as well as several in-camera processing functions for adjusting photos.
4th March 2011
This camera has been designed by photographers. At this relatively modest price every useful function is included, and the 350 page instruction manual is a clear guide to its use. One of the best things about the camera – and the Pentax range in general – is that it costs the same in Australia as in the US or Europe. One company is not treating us as idiots.
February 17, 2011
DCRP Review: Pentax K-r
The Pentax K-r is a compact, entry-level digital SLR that doesn't skimp on features. Some of the highlights include a 12.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor, sensor-shift image stabilization, a 3-inch LCD with live view, 6 fps continuous shooting, plenty of manual controls, 720p movie recording, and more.
The K-r replaces the K-x, which was introduced back in 2009.

17th February 2011
PENTAX K-r Review
The K-r falls into the PENTAX lineup as an entry-to-mid-range DSLR, most similar to last year’s K-x, with upgrades that bring it a few notches up toward the flagship K-7. The 12.4-megapixel K-r comes in red, white or black (I reviewed the red model, which attracted the attention and compliments of plenty of onlookers), and at $849.95 MSRP, the kit includes a DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.
27th January 2011
Hands-on Report: Pentax K-r DSLR Camera Review
The Pentax K-x was the most fun we had with an entry-level DSLR when we were able to spend some time with one almost a year ago. It featured a well made and comfortable build, a number of interesting in-camera creative options, and produced some frankly impressive image quality for a camera in its class. As talented as the K-r was though, it did have one major drawback, that despite having an 11 point AF system- none of the AF points were visible in the viewfinder. Our understanding at the time was that this was a design decision by Pentax to make the K-x easier to use for beginners, but to us it simply seemed a huge omission. Enter the Pentax K-r. Introduced at the Photokina photography tradeshow in September 2010, the K-r keeps the same 12.4MP sensor found in the K-x, but adds a wonderful 3 inch 921k display, bumps the frame rate to 6fps, increases the ISO range to 25,600, and offers an improved SAFOX IV 11 point AF system with yes- viewable AF points in the viewfinder. In short, the K-r is a bit more fun, faster, and all around better, making it a very compelling choice for novice DSLR photographers.
23rd January 2011
Pentax K-r Overview
In the sub-$1,000 digital camera landscape, we're ambushed by more gangs of cameras than we could ever imagine shaking a stick at. The Pentax K-r is one of the few worthy intruders, flaunting several improvements over its next in command, the Pentax K-x. We loved Pentax's new K-x because it decimated nearly all in its price range. No competing Micro Four Thirds or DSLR could touch the Pentax K-x, and now, for a few hundred Benjamins more, the company's mid-level Pentax K-r brings serious trouble to the amateur DSLR world. It's faster, more intelligent, and more capable, from the LCD screen to the extended ISO range, to the power source. The Pentax K-r is a bonefide upgrade from the K-x in our eyes, so let's find out why.
4th December 2010
Pentax K-r review
The Pentax K-r sits as a mid-level model in the range, above the entry-level K-x but below the K-7 and flagship K-5. It has a compact body, much like the K-x, and yet it offers a more advanced feature set so it stands apart. With a street price of around £510, the Pentax K-r is competing with many competitors’ entry-level offerings, and this could be its strength.
Pentax K-r First Look
Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and other interchangeable lens digital imaging devices are all the rage now. Canon and Nikon DSLRs dominate, but there is some serious (and interesting) competition from Sony and Pentax on the DSLR front and from Panasonic and Olympus in the Four Thirds format market niche. The new Pentax K-r is a bit larger than its little brother (the Pentax K-x) and it shares some components and a noticeable family resemblance with its bigger brother (and Pentax's flagship DSLR) the K-7.
24th November 2010
Pentax K-r review
We've taken some of our best shots with Pentax digital SLRs, so we have high hopes for the latest affordable addition to the family, the K-r. It sits above the well-received K-x and just below the semi-pro K-7 and newer K-5 in the current range. Our first impression of the 12.4-megapixel K-r is that Pentax has merged its mid-range and entry-level dSLRs into one snapper.
19th November 2010
Pentax K-r Review
Pentax has long been the bridesmaid of the DSLR market. As professionals almost exclusively opt for Nikon and Canon bodies to get access to top-end lenses and accessories, that apathy towards Pentax trickles down to consumers.
That hasn't stopped Pentax putting out some cracking consumer DSLRs, though. The K-x has long held a place in our hearts for its excellent image quality and top-notch kit lens, and the Pentax Kr is effectively its bigger brother.
10th November 2010
Pentax K-r Digital SLR Review
The Pentax K-r is a mid-range DSLR with a 12.4MP CMOS chip. It uses the Pentax KAF2 bayonet mount which enables full use of all Pentax bayonet lenses from the manual focus A series onwards. If the lens has an “A” on its aperture ring then in almost all cases all that lens's functions will be available. Earlier lenses than the A series can be used with restrictions.
3rd November 2010
Pentax K-r Review
The Pentax K-r is a new mid-range DSLR camera aimed at digital SLR novices and family users. The K-r combines the compact body and simplified layout of the cheaper K-x model with some of the advanced features of the prosumer K-7, most notably the auto-focus system and the LCD screen. The 12.4 megapixel Pentax Kr also has a few unique features of its own, including the fastest continuous shooting rate of any Pentax DSLR at 6fps, the widest ISO range (100-25600), infrared data transfer and support for AA and lithium-ion batteries. Other highlights of the K-r include an 11-point AF system with the active focus point shown in the viewfinder, 720p HD movies, high-resolution 3-inch LCD monitor, built-in shake reduction and anti-dust mechanism, dynamic-range expansion, in-camera High Dynamic Range, digital filters and a full range of automatic and manual shooting modes. The Pentax K-r is available in black, red or white.
1st November 2010

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