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This new mid-level DSLR offers a highly competitive feature list that will please current Pentax owners and new users alike, but does it have enough clout to ruffle the competition?

Our Verdict

Using the Pentax K-r is a pleasurable experience and the resulting images are just as enjoyable. The camera is clearly aimed at a younger, more techno-savvy audience than many DSLRs, with a strong leaning towards editing and adjusting your images in-camera.

However, traditionalists can still take pleasure from the camera’s natural colours and image definition. For those new to DSLRs, the controls are not as obvious as they might be and working with more manual options such as AF points can be tricky.

There is not the combination of manual and auto methods to encourage users to learn more photographic techniques. Instead, there are handy short cuts to avoid them. The camera has an impressive feature list and, because of its price, it should fare well against its competition.

The K-r has quality where it counts, which is in the results, and the clever modes and functions merely offer something more to play with. It might not be the obvious choice, but for traditionalists and techno fans alike, the Pentax K-r offers a great proposition.

Pentax K-r: Focal points

The optical viewfinder offers a 96% field of view and dioptre adjustment of -2.5 to +1.5

LCD screen
The 3in LCD screen features a high 921,000-dot resolution for accurate image reviewing

Live View
This direct button allows quick selection of the Live View display, making it easy to swap between viewfinder and screen composition

Four-way function buttons
The collection of buttons act as directional controls for menu use and AF selection. They also double as quick function buttons

Video mode
Video is recorded in 720p HD (1280×720 pixels) using motion JPEG format at 25 frames per second. There is a built-in mono microphone for sound but no input socket

Sensor-shift stabilisation
The 12.4MP sensor is mounted on a moveable plate, allowing it to adjust and counteract a certain degree of camera shake that is equivalent to around 4 stops

Digital filters
The K-r includes a wide range of effects that can be added after the picture is taken and some in advance, so the effect is added when the shot is taken

Live View focusing
The latest addition to the Live View focusing is the ability to automatically zoom in to the focus area when the shutter is half pressed, to check sharpness

  • External mic: No
  • Video: 720p HD, 25fps, AVI
  • White Balance: Auto, 10 presets with fine-tuning, manual
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 12 @ ISO 100)
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -2.5 to +1.5 dioptre
  • Shutter Type: Vertical-run focal-plane shutter
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism finder
  • Output Size: 4288x2428 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot LCD
  • AF Points: 11-point system (all cross-type and fully biaxial)
  • Field of View: 96%
  • White Balance Bracket: N/A
  • Sensor: 12.4-million-effective pixel CMOS
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/180sec
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.5x
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture (Av), shutter (Tv) and sensitivity (Sv) priority, manual, scene modes, auto
  • Weight: 544g (body only)
  • Power: Rechargeable D-LI109 Li-Ion, 4 AA-type batteries (with adapter), AC power
  • File Format: JPEG, PEF or DNG (raw)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/6000sec plus bulb
  • Drive Mode: 6fps
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Lens Mount: KAF2 mount
  • ISO: 200-12,800 (100-25,600 expanded)
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, auto, manual
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Dimensions: 97x125x68mm
  • Metering System: 16-segment open aperture TTL
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0, AV out, IR remote
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • RRP: £599 with 18-55mm lens

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