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Cons: Outdated Motion JPEG format produces very large movie files, No direct movie button, Tendency to clip highlights in high-contrast scenes, Relatively little RAW headroom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
Summary: There's really nothing new here, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Not everyone wants a camera that has loads of mostly unnecessary (and rarely/never used) capabilities - some shooters just want a dependable camera with decent optics that will do exactly what they want it to do precisely when they want it done.
Pros: Nice price, Great image quality, Solid construction, High performance
Cons: No HDMI high-definition video output, Limited lens selection when compared with Nikon or Canon DSLRs
Summary: 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. The Pentax K-r's phase-detect autofocus system features 11 AF points with nine cross-type sensors in the centre, while it also boasts a 6fps continuous shooting burst rate.
Summary: Pentax may be a notch behind Canon, Nikon and Sony in the DSLR market, but the K-r demonstrates that there’s life in the old dog yet. This new mid-range camera feels like a premium version of the K-x released early last, using the same sensor but boosting the build quality and performance.
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. For those wanting to break with convention by not only choosing Pentax over its immediate rivals but also a different body shade, white or red alternatives are offered alongside regulation-issue black.
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)
Conclusion: Pentax senaste tillskott i instegsklassen är en lättvänd och kompetent systemkamera för entusiastiska hobbyfotografer. K-r bjuder på imponerande bildkvalitet med goda ISO-egenskaper och videoinspelning i hd.
Excerpt: Pentax K-r Kit 18-55 mm + 50-200 mm ou comment débuter la photo avec un kit polyvalent pour pas (trop) cher Avec son capteur de 12MP, ce K-r peut faire figure d'un vétéran dans l'univers des reflex qui évolue vite : mais il nous rappeler que ces 12 MP suffisent pour faire des tirages 30 x 45 de qualité, voire plus ! Ce qui est largement suffisant pour la plupart des utilisateurs.
Pros: Excellent rapport qualité - prix, Plage de focale couverte