Pentax K-r review

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Pentax k r

The Pentax K-r, like the K-x before it, is a superb camera for keen photographers who either don't want, or can't stretch to the likes of the Nikon D300 or the Canon 550D. Certainly you lose nothing in terms of image quality – we were delighted with the high ISO performance of the K-r, and the kit lens is pretty impressive.

Video quality is more mixed – for our money those looking for a low-end DSLR that shoots decent video files will do better with the Nikon D3100, which feels a little cheaper in the hand but shoots 1080p, H.264 video rather than 720p Motion-JPEG.

Although the K-r is a good choice, the current Pentax system simply can't contend with the breadth and quality of lenses, flashes and accessories supplied by Canon and Nikon – a point well worth considering. It's worth bearing in mind that there a many compatible second-hand optics available though.

Pentax k r

With current systems in mind, you should consider the excellent Nikon D5000 before spending money on the Pentax K-r. Nikon's camera currently costs around £100 less, has the same resolution sensor, and has an almost identical video mode to the K-r.

You also get a Vari-angle monitor and, as mentioned, compatibility with Nikon's vast range of DSLR accessories. The Pentax K-r is a great little camera that's easy to fall in love with, but the Nikon D5000 should be higher on your list.

Pentax K-r Ratings

Features: 4

Build quality: 5

Image quality: 4

Value: 3

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Optical Zoom3.1x, 3.1x (Lens 1) - 4x (Lens 2)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesAperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe, Manual White Balance
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)544 g
Image Sensor Size23.60 mm x 15.80 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 2428
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height97 mm
Width125 mm
Depth68 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1) - 50 mm to 200 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelK-r
Product NameK-r Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter-Priority (Tv)
  • Aperture-Priority (Av)
  • Manual (M)
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number14649
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Incorporating a high sensitivity CMOS sensor with 12.4 megapixels combined with the high-performance PRIME II (Pentax Real Image Engine) imaging engine, Pentax K-r produces high-quality images with fine details, rich gradation and superb rendition, while suppressing digital noise to a minimum. The K-r indeed offers an impressive noise management.

Package Contents
  • K-r Digital SLR Camera
  • smc DA 18-55mm II f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • smc DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year