Summary: 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 -- but has a few key differences. In this region of the market, the K-r is up against some stiff competition, though.
Summary: A very competent upper entry-level camera that delivers decent image quality across the ISO range, and at six frames per second, comes with one of the fastest continuous shooting rates in its class.
Pros: Good detail and color in JPEGs at base ISO, Good high ISO performance, Compact dimensions for a DSLR, ISO range up to ISO 25600, 6.0 frames per second continuous shooting is class-leading, Option to use AA batteries (with optional adapter), Decent Live View AF, Good viewfinder, LCD color fine-tun...
Cons: Outdated Motion JPEG format produces very large movie files, No direct movie button, Tendency to clip highlights in high-contrast scenes, Relatively little RAW headroom means it is difficult to pull back blown detail even when shooting RAW, Slightly unreliable auto white balance in overcast condi...
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Fast continuous shooting. In-body shake reduction. High-resolution rear LCD.
Cons: Small viewfinder. Poor kit lens. No autofocus during video.
Summary: The Pentax K-r is an excellent entry-level DSLR, effectively bridging the gap between point and shoot compact cameras and higher-end, more advanced DSLRs. It gives the user the choice of a variety of automatic modes, designed for a wide variety of shooting, in an easily understood and accessed...
Excerpt: It may not come in quite as many swanky colors as the entry-level K-x (white, black, and red for now), but Pentax is hoping their new K-r DSLR will appeal to users trying to take another step up.
Summary: Pentax's K-r is fun to use and has enough resolution for prints as large as most family shooters are likely to want. That it has one more stop of acceptable noise control than Nikon's D3100 and Canon's Rebel T2i adds to its appeal.
Summary: 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.
Summary: Released in the autumn of 2010 with a recommended retail price of £530, the K-r has not really fallen in price all that much, with current street prices from reputable photographic dealers falling between the £450-£490 mark. It’s hard not to like the K-r.
Excerpt: My original review of this camera used an older version of the 18 - 55 mm lens that was not comparable to what is included in the K-r kit. I have reshot all of the sample photos as well as the distortion test with the correct lens. I apologize for the error.