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Pentax K-r

alaTest has collected and analyzed 448 reviews of Pentax K-r. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the portability and price are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the sensor. The exposure and shutter get less positive views.

performance, usability, image quality, price, portability

video, shutter, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax K-r is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax K-r

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Pentax K-r from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the durability and usability. The price and performance are also appreciated. There are some less positive opinions about the exposure and flash, while opinions are divided on the focus.

portability, performance, price, usability, durability

flash, exposure

98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax K-r DSLR and DAL 18-55mm Lens Kit - BlackPentax K-r DSLR and DAL 18-55mm Lens Kit - Black

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax K-r

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Pentax K-r from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the focus. The flash is also appreciated. There are some negative opinions about the price, while comments are divided on the image quality.

usability, flash, focus

price

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

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.

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

Small viewfinder. Poor kit lens. No autofocus during video.

Pentax has built a nice menu system into the camera for those times when you need to adjust a shooting setting that doesn't have a physical control. Hitting the Info button scrolls through various rear displays, one of which is a laundry list of common...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

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.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by (dpreview.com)

Pentax K-r Review

 

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Mar, 2011

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

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...

The Pentax K-r adds a few new features, most notably the 6fps burst shooting mode and expanded ISO range, to the proven user interface of the cheaper K-x and the high-resolution screen and illuminated AF system of the more expensive K-7, to create a...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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...

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (techreviewsource.com)

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.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (reviewed.com)

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...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Long (macworld.com)

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...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by (consumersearch.com)

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

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):470 / 560
Battery life (max):10.3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:D-LI109 / D-LI109, AA
Power source type:AC, Battery / USB

Camera

Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.2
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show / Movie, Single image, Slide show, Thumbnails / Single image, Slide show
Contrast adjustment: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing, Rotating / Crop, Rotating, Trimming
Image quality adjustment:Brightness, Contrast
Languages support:CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HUN, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR, VIE
Live view: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:15.7 x 6.89 x 5.12 / Auto, Auto 45-70 ºC, Silent / CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HUN, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR, VIE / CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, SWE, TUR
Photo effects:Muted, Pastel, Sepia
Saturation adjustment: Yes
Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Cuisine, Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Cuisine, Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sunset, Twilight / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Cuisine, Landscape, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sunset, Twilight / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Museum, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Children, Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sunset / Beach, Candlelight, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Sunset
Self-timer:2,10 / 2,12
Self-timer delay:2,10 / 2,12
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Manual, Movie, Scene, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Brown / Pink / Purple / Red / White / Yellow
Material:Plastic, Stainless steel

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):921000
Field of view:100 / 96
Vari-angle LCD display: Yes

Flash

Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash guide number:629.9
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Manual, Pre-flash / Auto, Flash off, Manual, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Second curtain synchro, Slow synchronization / auto, manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (wide):0.28

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:centre weighted auto focus, continuous auto focus, multi point auto focus, selective auto focus, single auto focus / Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Selective Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Filter size:2.05 / 2.44
Focal length range (f-f):0.709 - 2.17 / 0.709 - 5.31 / 1.97 - 7.87
Lens structure:11/10 / 11/8 / 13/11
Lens structure (elements/groups):11/10 / 11/8 / 13/11
Lens Type:Standard / Wide-angle
Number of diaphragm blades:6 / 7
Optical Zoom:7.5

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto / 100, 200, 1600, 12800, Auto / 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2250, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto / 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 1EV (1/3EV step) / ± 2EV (1/3EV step) / ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Memory slots:1

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.08 - 3.31 / 1.08 - 8.15
Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 5.6 / 4 - 5.6
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/6000 - 30
Color Depth:12 / 36
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7\nMacOS X 10.3.9+ / Windows XP SP2/Vista/7\nMacOS X 10.3.9+ / Windows XP\nWindows Vista\nWindows 7\nMac OS X v10.3 - 10.5
Digital SLR: Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.08 - 3.31 / 1.08 - 8.15
Frame: Yes
Interface:AV
Minimum system requirements:USB 2.0
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV
Weight:1.22

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:0.0434 / PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4

Picture Quality

Camera Type:SLR Camera Body / SLR Camera Kit
Image formats supported:JPG
Image sensor size:1/2.3
Image sensor size (W x H):0.929 x 0.622
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4288 x 2848
Megapixel:12.4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):1728 x 1152,3072 x 2048,3936 x 2624 / 1728 x 1152,3072 x 2048,3936 x 2624,4288 x 2416
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:12.9

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge:No / Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:25 / 30
Resolution at capture speed:640x480@30fps
Video compression format:AVI
Video formats supported:AVI
Video Frame Rate:25 / 30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480 / 640 x 480,1280 x 720

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electrical / Optical
Magnification:0.85 / 2
Viewfinder type:Electrical / Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.68 / 2.7
Dimensions (W x D x H):4.9 x 2.7 x 3.8
Dimensions (W x D x H) (imperial):4.9 x 2.7 x 3.8
Height:3.8 / 3.82
Weight:19.2
Weight (including battery):21 / 21.1
Width:4.88 / 4.92