Summary: I didn't know what I was getting into. Had to buy a lens, strap, battery adapter, lithium battery pack, battery charger, USB cable, and case. Also had to download the user manual online. Almost worth paying extra to get the entire kit at WalMart for $599, if it wasn't for the tax.
Summary: I was in the market for my first "real" digital SLR, and after doing a lot of research settled on the Pentax K-r. The specs are amazing for a camera with this price, and the capabilities are endless. I tried it in the store and was quite impressed with the performance.
Summary: I'll cut right to the chase on this one. There are several issues that this camera has which make it an iffy choice for the newbie just getting their first DSLR. First off, the camera significantly overexposes high contrast scenes which plays a role in the second major issue which is clipped/burned...
Summary: what can you say...it has basic features of an entry D-SLR. Can't complain for the price. Most of the cost is of course the lenses included in the kit. Plus advantage is CMOS...pictures are crisper and vibrant.
Summary: I got the camera about a month ago. As I was used to the pentax cameras (owned a K-x before that) it was really easy for me to use it. The build quality is great, the auto focus is the fastest I've ever seen, picture quality is great. And the pics with the other lens? Amazing!!!
Summary: This camera is good, full of great features, fast, great auto-focus, great remote control. However, there are two main items that makes me give a three-star: (1) the colors of the photos lack brilliancy and (b) the lens availability is limited.
Excerpt: - The E-Dial and the control buttons often have problems. I just shipped mine for repairs. This same problem has also been reported by *several* other people. I feel like this puts the overall quality of construction in question.
Pros: Value for money, Compatible with old lenses, HDR
Cons: Poor quality construction, too many hot pixels.
Summary: Pentax Kr is not great as I thought. I own Nikon D40 for years and wanted to move up in DSLR. Kind of disappointed at the product. I had taken picture side by side with my old Nikon D40, set everything to auto and in same condition.
Summary: Please see update at end. My initial enthusiasm has been replaced with frustration. First some comments on other reviews on some other sites. One reviewer claims there is a lack of visible AF points. That is simply wrong.