Excerpt: I've owned the k2000 and k-x and thought those 2 were good cameras. I like this Pentax as well. My favorite part is the rechargeable lithium ion batteries, as the k2000 and k-x used AA batteries that were used up quickly. Cosmetically, I like it that they left the silver decorative chrome off this model. This camera performs well with high ISO settings.
Summary: I purchased the Pentax K-R several years ago so I had time to form a better opinion. Coming from point and shoot cameras, it took me quite a while to get accustomed to this camera's deep menu of features. Now I get great pictures at a faster rate. I mostly do people photography for public viewing, websites, and publications. The RAW file capability of the K-R is a must have when submitting images to many publishers.
Excerpt: I've been using the K-r for two years. ISO 3200 RAW is surprisingly clean - check the RAW noise charts in the review. 6fps great for action shooting. Problems: If you have lens corrections on, the images take a few seconds to appear on the view screen after you take them.
Summary: I bought this camera body to replace a film Pentax. I'm using lenses I had for the other camera. All work with the Kr, although one will not focus automatically. I don't know why Pentax is no longer a popular brand; it isn't carried in most stores. Yet the camera takes good photos. It does so many things that it is difficult for me to figure out, but I suspect all digital cameras are similar.
Excerpt: Reliable, ergonomically excellent, great RAW image quality (as far as i can tell, still better than 2012 releases like the Canon 650D/Nikon D3200), 6fps, incredibly cheap, light, decent VF, easy menu layout, HDR, customizable 'green' button, fast start-up, many other features like the ability to convert most recent JPEG to raw with one button press etc.. Another massive advantage of going with the k-r (or most Pentax DSLRS) is the awesome in-camera SR (shake reduction).
Summary: My previous camera was a Panasonic Lumix with 10x zoom and excellent feature design. It was a great little camera which unfortunately I ruined when I dropped it in the surf. My decision to buy the Pentax was inspired partly by my frustration with outdoor photography without a viewfinder. I chose the Pentax based on having had one many years ago and really liking it, and from the reviews of this particular model.
Excerpt: Barry Fitzgerald's review is spot on. Currently own the K2000 and the K-r is a vast improvement. Problems: From the factory, the K-r front focusing was really bad (tested 3 lens: 18-55mm f3.5-5.6, 28-90mm f3.5-5.6, and 35mm f2.4). I had to AF Fine Adjust to -10. I then found a nifty app called PK_Tether, which allows you to put Pentax cameras (K-x, K7, K5, K-r, K20D, K10D, K200) into debug mode. That enables you to get to the Debug menu and do AF calibration.
Summary: This review was written by someone who buys a new camera every year, always seeking better photos, bigger zoom, more mega pixels. My quest for outstanding photos led me to my first SLR, a Pentax K-r with two lenses. Rejected was my first love, an Olympus Pen camera which has a lens factor of 2x meaning a 200mm lens has an equivalent of 400mm. The Pentax has a lens factor of 1.5x so my 200mm lens has an equivalent of 300mm.