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 format, and the ability to shoot in more manual, user-controlled style. The image quality produced by the K-r are high quality and pleasing.
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. There's some stiff competition in the upper entry-level bracket of the market but the K-r is definitely worth a look.
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-tunable, Good control over high ISO noise reduction, User-definable Auto ISO, AF fine adjustment, Distortion and chromatic aberration correction for DA and DFA lenses (also avail...
Cons: Outdated Motion JPEG format produces very large movie files, No direct movie button, Tendency to clip highlights in high-contrast scenes, Relatively little RAW headroom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 conditions and in artificial light (but very good presets and WB fine tuning), Shake-reduction not too efficient compared to other systems, No HDMI-connector
Excerpt: Quote from review: “The new Pentax K-r is a mid -range DSLR camera that fills the gap between the entry-level K-x and prosumer K-7 models. The 12 megapixel K-r combines the best of both cameras, inheriting the compact size and simple layout of the K-x and the high-resolution screen and AF system of the K-7. Is that enough to still remain competitive in 2010? Read our Pentax K-r expert review to find out...
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. At its heart is a 12.4 megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor with dust removal and Shake Reduction (image stablization). They have jacked up the maximum ISO to 25600, which is a full stop more than the K-x could manage.
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.
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: 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. Even if you’re a more serious shooter who already has an investment in Pentax lenses, the K-r’s very usable high-ISO capability, and speedy autofocus make it an ideal second body.
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: It's hard not to like the K-r. Reassuringly solid build and yet surprisingly compact, it sits nicely in the hand and is easy to operate. The menu layout actively encourages you to experiment with the built-in custom image presets and digital filters, combining one or more for fun effects, or even creating your own unique look with.