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. Since there is no battery or adapter, I cannot complete my review until all the stuff comes in. I just hope it works because I've been dying to use the lens from my old K1000.
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. If you use Live View you can make changes to the White Balance and see them right on the screen, a prerequisite for me.
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 out highlights. And I can tell you that this problem is way worse than competing Nikon and Canon models.
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: 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. Not only are the AF points visible in the viewfinder but you can set the AF point as well. Next, a reviewer claims the AA battery adapter is expensive.
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!!! The best pictures I've ever made, were with the 55-300mm lens with that camera. I thought that would be my camera for life, or until it stopped working. And I was right...
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.
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. My Nikon D40 can produce better and nicer color even at 6.1 meg pixel compare to Pentax 12 meg pixel. Both camera set to original kit lens 18-55. But I like the price of Pentax. Very reasonable price with extra lens package.
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.