Pentax K-r review

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For

  • Good image quality
  • Great build quality
  • Impressive kit lens

Against

  • Pentax lens system is limited
  • Mixed video quality and features

Pentax has long been the bridesmaid of the DSLR market. As professionals almost exclusively opt for Nikon and Canon bodies to get access to top-end lenses and accessories, that apathy towards Pentax trickles down to consumers.

That hasn't stopped Pentax putting out some cracking consumer DSLRs, though. The Pentax K-x has long held a place in our hearts for its excellent image quality and top-notch kit lens, and the Pentax K-r is effectively its bigger brother.

Like the K-x, the K-r sensor is APS-C at 12.4 megapixels, and, also like the K-x, boasts a 720p Motion-JPEG video mode. It also has the same image processor as the K-x: the Pentax PRIME II.

There are improvements and changes elsewhere. The screen on the smaller, cheaper K-x has long felt a little tight at 2.7in; the Pentax K-r wisely upgrades to an industry-standard 3-inch LCD, and the resolution has increased sharply as well. The Pentax K-r also takes a unique approach to the K-x's double-edged sword of only accepting AA batteries, allowing you to fit either the included rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, or AAs depending on what you have to hand.

Pentax is playing a dangerous game, though. The K-x remains hugely desirable at just £400, while the circling sharks of Canon and Nikon's mid-range DSLRs are never far away. Can Pentax convince us it's worth the cash?

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
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