- 12MP - APS-C Sensor
- 3" Fixed Display
- ISO 200 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
- Sensor based Image Stabilization
- 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
- 1280 x 720 video
- Pentax KAF2 Mount
- 598g - 125 x 97 x 68mm
- Released March 2011
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- Size Comparison
Pentax K-r overview
Pentax K-r is Pentax's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially revealed on March of 2011. The camera includes a 12MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4288 x 2848.
The K-r is scored #48 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all round #388 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. You can look at our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your personalized requirements.
Below is a chart of various criteria used in the scoring system.
Pentax K-r family
The Pentax K-r is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full list below.
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Pentax K-r Gallery
You can look at the K-r from different angles in the gallery here.
Pentax K-r Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Pentax K-r based on aspects that are normally seen as necessary in a camera.
Pentax K-r Sensor features
The Pentax K-r is powered by the Prime II processor chip. The sensor spec on the Pentax K-r is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4288 x 2848 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 200 to 12800. The ISO can be expanded digitally to 100 to 25600. RAW photos are supported so the user has more margin for error.
The graphic below shows the K-r's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The K-r sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is outlined in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Pentax K-r dimensions
Pentax K-r weighs around 1.32 lb (598 gr / 21.09 oz) & the physical size of the camera is 125mm x 97mm x 68mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.7"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540 gr and the Pentax K-r is weightier as compared with various rivals.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
Below is a pic of the Pentax K-r alongside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its size.
The top view here will show you the button design on the K-r.
Pentax K-r Lens features
The K-r works with the Pentax KAF2 mount and has 17 lenses on the market today. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the K-r.
Pentax K-r Connectivity
The K-r has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to copy pictures and at times change settings without connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.
Pentax K-r Video features
The highest video quality on the Pentax K-r is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible for today's requirements. You should go for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't include a microphone and headphone socket so you have got absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to shop for an alternative camera in case you require good sound for your video clips.
Pentax K-r Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing for the Pentax K-r so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Pentax K-r Display and Viewfinder
The Pentax K-r includes a 3 inch fixed display having a resolution of 921 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The ViewFinder specifications for Pentax K-r are below:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- ViewFinder Coverage 96%
- ViewFinder Magnification 0.57x
Viewfinders are very handy during bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Pentax K-r Shutter features
Pentax K-r continuous shooting speed is 6.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/6000 sec.
Pentax K-r Flash and Hot shoe features
Pentax K-r has both integrated flash along with external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.
Pentax K-r Autofocusing features
Pentax K-r has both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & accurate as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is valuable for portrait photography.
The AF system includes 11 focus points to choose from. Pentax K-r has manual focusing when required during low light occasions or you need to have more precise focusing control.
Pentax K-r Battery life
The battery power (D-LI109,4 x AA) for the Pentax K-r is made to last for 470 clicks as per the CIPA requirements making it lower when compared with it's competitors. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x offers the highest (1900) battery life within this category of cameras.
Below is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:
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Pentax K-r for various forms of photography
The following graph shows a overview of the Pentax K-r for various forms of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Pentax K-r Portrait photography information
The Pentax K-r has a score of 64 which is above average, meaning that it is a good choice for portraits. Shooting portraits favors heavily to sensor specs, RAW support & flexibility to use external flash.
Pentax K-r Street photography information
With a above average rating of 67, the Pentax K-r is a good pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera provides a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Pentax K-r as a Sports photography camera
A reasonable sports photography score of 55 means the Pentax K-r is reasonably suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Pentax K-r Travel photography highlights
Portability is very crucial when selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Pentax K-r gets a decent 47 as a travel camera which is fairly acceptable to purchase for your vacations.
Pentax K-r as a Landscape photography camera
For anyone planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Pentax K-r at it's nice rating of 65 as a landscape camera is a fine choice within the current marketplace.
Pentax K-r as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything in to account, the Pentax K-r is just not good for vlogging as it delivers a lousy rating of 26.
Pentax K-r Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the K-r, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Entry-Level DSLR.
The graph down below offers you a bird's eye view of the K-r versus it's top ranking competitors suggested earlier.
Following are additional cameras you might have a look at as alternate options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.