Summary: The K-r is made from plastic, with a rubberized grip for your hand. Like most Pentax DSLRs, it feels solid in the hand, but it is still a nice lightweight camera to carry around. The AF-points now are spread more widely across the frame, and nine of the 11-points are cross-type.
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Cons: Outdated Motion JPEG format produces very large movie files, No direct movie button, Tendency to clip highlights in high-contrast scenes, Relatively little RAW headroom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...
Summary: The new Pentax K-r DSLR reminds me in some important ways of my first 35mm SLR, an old, basic Mamiya. The K-r is an interesting camera – it has a full complement of flashy features, but at heart the K-r is a fairly straightforward (and for today), fairly basic DSLR.
Pros: Nice price, Great image quality, Solid construction
Cons: No HDMI out, Comparatively smaller lens selection, Busy control layout
Excerpt: By the time you read this you will be able to buy this rather nice DSLR unit in a range of colours as well as the more normal black. To me – providing it’s not pink – I could not care what colour it is providing I get decent images.
Excerpt: The 12.4Mp CMOS sensor, derived from the K-x model, offers an impressive ISO range of 100-12,800 with an ISO ceiling of 25,600 when the sensitivity is expanded, and the 1.5x crop factor turns the 18-55mm kit lens into an 27-82.5mm in film terms.
Conclusion: Ape-ing the K-7 with a chunky body, sufficiently large handgrip and big, well-spaced controls, overall dimensions measure 125 x 97 x 68mm. The K-r weighs a sturdy yet manageable 544g without lens, battery or SD/SDHC card.
Pros: Quick and responsive, crisp results using 18-55mm standard zoom, good range of colour tones with nice deep blacks, compact and lightweight body
Cons: No HDMI output, no dedicated video record button (via shutter release only)