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Pentax K-R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 415 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and portability. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the shutter, and the exposure and video get critical opinions.

value for money, usability, performance, portability, image quality

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K-R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Best entry DSLR

 

Great camera. Sold Nikon D3100 because it was too crippled and bought K-r. No regrets. I just love my K-r.

Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Fast shutter speed, Easy to use, Good image stabilization, Large clear LCD

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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...

The Pentax K-r certainly breaks up the long march of black-bodied entry-level DSLRs with its collection of bright bodies, innovative features, and breadth of controls. We found its image quality and performance was solid, but never really standing...

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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 competing SLRs...

Excellent image quality ; Simple interface ; Thorough feature set ; Good high ISO performance

No depth-of-field preview button ; LCD screen must be turned off and on manually

If you're looking for a small, lightweight, inexpensive starter DSLR, then the Pentax K-r is a great choice, thanks to its image quality and huge array of features.

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Pentax K-r dSLR Review

 

Pentax has created a worthy competitor in the entry to mid-level dSLR categories, with pleasing image quality, speedy shooting performance, and improved Live View performance compared to past models. This camera will appeal to a wide variety of...

Stylish and comfortable body ; Three matching body/lens color combinations; White, Black, and Red ; Robust shooting performance in normal shooting modes ; Fast and accurate 11-point AF system, even in lower lighting ; Improved performance in Live View...

OVF is a bit dim, and shows minimal info ; ISO 12,800 and 25,600 look horrible ; Lacks more robust HD video options, like a full 1080p option ; HDR mode doesn't give you the dramatic effects you see from heavily processed HDR images that are created...

Pentax has created a worthy competitor in the entry to mid-level dSLR categories, with pleasing image quality, speedy shooting performance, and improved Live View performance compared to past models. This camera will appeal to a wide variety of...

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Pentax K-r Review

 

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Pentax K-rDigital Camera Review

 

What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Pentax K-r. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at DigitalCameraInfo.com.

The Pentax K-r certainly isn’t the best video-capable DSLR that’s passed through our labs, but it isn’t the worst either. The camera is a step up over the Pentax K-x in terms of video performance, and we were consistently impressed by the K-r’s ability...

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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...

Relatively compact body with good control layout ; Very good high ISO performance ; ISOs up to 25,600 ; Much better color accuracy than the K-x at default settings ; 3-inch hi-resolution (921K dot) LCD ; Optional lens distortion and CA correction ;...

Mediocre kit lens ; Below average battery life ; Autofocus struggles in low light ; Subtle NR applied to high ISO RAW files which can't be disabled ; High ISO NR has trouble with low-contrast areas in the red channel ; Contrast setting impacts...

When I reviewed the Pentax K-x last year, I was left with rather mixed feelings. It clearly offered a lot of camera for the money, but unfortunately retained one of the biggest shortcomings of its predecessor -- the lack of any autofocus point...

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Pentax K-r

 

The entry-level Pentax K-r boasts fast continuous shooting and does a good job in low-light, but this D-SLR ships with a kit lens that is anything but sharp and lacks autofocus capability during video recording.<p

Fast continuous shooting. In-body shake reduction. High-resolution rear LCD

Small viewfinder. Poor kit lens. No autofocus during video

The entry-level Pentax K-r boasts fast continuous shooting and does a good job in low-light, but this D-SLR ships with a kit lens that is anything but sharp and lacks autofocus capability during video recording.

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Pentax K-r

 

The Pentax K-r is a true DSLR camera with a 720p HD video mode feature. The camera put on a good show in our video performance tests, but its clunky design and lack of in-depth controls in video mode left us disappointed.

The Pentax K-r certainly isn’t the best video-capable DSLR that’s passed through our labs, but it isn’t the worst either. The camera is a step up over the Pentax K-x in terms of video performance, and we were consistently impressed by the K-r’s ability...

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Review: Pentax K-r DSLR

 

If you're looking for a small, lightweight, inexpensive starter camera, then the Pentax K-r is a great choice. With its huge array of features and nice image quality, it might end up being the only SLR you never need.

Like most midrange SLRs, the K-r is very compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry for an entire day of shooting. The grip design is good, making the K-r very comfortable to hold. As with other Pentax SLRs, the K-r feels very sturdy, weighing in...

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Pentax K-r

 

The Pentax K-r succeeds the Pentax K-x (*Est. $625 with kit lens), experts' favorite budget-priced DSLR. Reviewers say the K-r improves on the K-x and still offers the best value in its class, although rivals are catching up.

Several upgrades over older Pentax K-x, lots of features for the price, very good images, even in low light, solid build, fun colors

Some exposure issues, high-definition video mode not as good as rivals', no HDMI port, fewer lens choices than Canon or Nikon

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:23.6 x 15.8 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/6000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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