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?

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Pentax K-r

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Pentax K-r review


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The Competition

The K-r might not be Pentax’s cheapest offering in the DSLR range, but it still performs well against the latest entry-level offerings from other manufacturers.

Nikon’s D3100 is its main rival, coming in at a very similar street price.

The D3100 is simpler in design and offers both a higher resolution sensor and more AF points, but in other areas the two are quite evenly matched.


The other major competition comes from Canon’s EOS 500D and Sony’s Alpha 550, which offer comparable features.

Where the K-r consistently lacks against this competition is in the sensor resolution, but it does offer far superior sensitivity in its ISO range and burst mode for continuous shooting.








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
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
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Dual Battery choice
  4. 4. Build and Handling
  5. 5. White balance and Colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  9. 9. Dynamic range
  10. 10. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  11. 11. Our Verdict
  12. 12. The Competition
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