Pentax K-r Digital Camera with 18-55mm and 55-300mm lenses


What does the 25% ReviewGist Score mean?

Pentax K-r is a not recommended buy as per the ReviewGist score of 25%. This is because even though the Pentax K-r has garnered excellent reviews from most reviewers, it might not come with the latest specifications as it is a relatively very old model.

  • Excellent ratings from over 43 review sources with an average rating of 4.0 stars. Top review sources include, stars), stars) and stars).
  • Released 4 years 4 months ago (Sep 2010) which makes it one of the very old digital cameras in the market.


Key Features
Camera Type SLR/Professional
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Optical Zoom 3.0 x
Resolution 12.9 Megapixel
LCD Screen Size 3.0 in.
HD Recording Format 720p (HDTV)
Focal Length 18 - 55 mm
Focus Type Autofocus, Manual Focus, Continuous AF
Interchangeable Lens Interchangeable Lens
Image Quality
Camera Resolution 12.9 Megapixel
Image Resolutions 3072 x 2048, 1728 x 1152, 4288 x 2848, 3936 x 2624
Image Sensor Size 28.2 mm
Max Movie Length Without Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
Video Format AVI, Motion JPEG, HD (High Definition)
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (VGA), HD (1280 x 720)
Video Speed 25.0 fps
Exposure Control
Frames Per Second 6.0 Frames
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/6000 sec
White Balance Auto, Manual, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Cloudy (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Tungsten (Preset), Shade (Preset), Flash (Preset)
Min. ISO Speed 200.0
Max. ISO Speed 12800.0
Compression Modes Fine
Compression Type Raw Image, DPOF, EXIF 2.21, DCF 2.0
Memory Type SD Card, SDHC Card
Flash Functions Auto Flash
Flash Type External
ISO Speeds Auto, 100, 200, 1600, 12800
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Viewfinder / Display
LCD Panel LCD Panel
LCD Panel Size 3.0 in.
LCD Protected Position Not LCD Protected Position
LCD Screen Resolution 921000.0 pixels
Viewfinder Optical (Through-the-lens)
Interface Type USB 2.0
Video Interface Video Out
Power Supply
Battery Life 1600.0 Images
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Included Features
Self Timer 2 Sec, 12 Sec
Depth 2.7 in.
Height 3.8 in.
Weight 1.2 lb.
Width 4.9 in.
Exterior Color Black
Family Line Pentax K
Included Accessories Software, USB Cable, Battery Charger, AC Power Adapter, Strap, Li-Ion Rechargable Battery
MPN 14664
Product ID 105850073
UPC 27075175709
System Requirements
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10, Microsoft Windows 7
ReviewGist ID 62756,105850073

Manufacturer Description

12.9 Megapixel, SLR Camera, 3 in. LCD Screen, With High Definition Video, Weight: 1.2 lb.
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ReviewGist Report for Pentax K-r


The Pentax K-r is the follow up to the entry level DSLR Pentax K-x from Pentax, released in September 2010. In this report we take a deeper look at the features that Pentax has launched with the K-r. We further analyze 22 expert reviews from sites like CNet, PC World and Imaging Resource and take a look at their findings as they put the K-r to the test. At the end of the review we will present you some buying advice on the Pentax K-r.

What the Manufacturer Says

The Pentax K-r brandishes the new generation 12 megapixel CMOS image sensor from Pentax. The sensor is coupled with the high-performance PRIME II imaging engine for high quality images and optics rivalling those of the high-level DSLR's from Pentax.

The Pentax K-r also supports the SMC PENTAX DA 35mm F2.4 AL, a versatile lens able to produce high resolution images and comes with a large 3 inch LCD, improved image capture with a Night Scene HDR mode and a faster frame rate that can capture 25 images in a sequence.

Noteworthy also is the K-r's compact and lightweight body which comes in a stainless-steel chassis with what Pentax claims, an in-body shake reduction mechanism for blur-free images.

Other important features include:
1. Highly responsive auto-focus system
2. Dust Removal Mechanism - which shakes dust off the CMOS image sensor
3. Bright, Clear Optical Viewfinder - with a 0.85X image magnification with a 96% field of view.
4. Dual Power-Source Design - In addition to the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the K-r can also use a 4-AA batteries through an optional battery holder.

What the Reviews Say

According to experts like PCWorld, MacWorld and eCameraTalk, the Pentax K-r's image quality is excellent and impressive. The camera's stabiliser works well, making small jitters unnoticeable. High ISO performance seems to be good, too and data processing is fast and accurate.

Review experts seem to be satisfied with the quality of the videos produced by the Pentax K-r. HD video shot with this camera was rated as good by the experts like PCWorld and MacWorld.

The K-r produces those high-quality images thanks to the incorporated CMOS image sensor and the high-performance PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) II imaging engine. The camera's auto-focus receives mostly positive comments as being responsive, from such reviewers as Engadget. DemystifyingDigital and eCameraTalk. To help the camera focus in poorly lit locations, it is equipped with an AF assist beam, a feature commended by Other reviewers note that the shutter is fast, and that the optical viewfinder is clear and bright. However PC World not only reports a slight rolling shutter problem, but terms the AF as somewhat slow.

Reviewers found the camera to be well-designed, compact and lightweight, having a good grip that allows very comfortable hold. The interface is simple and menus are fast and easy to operate. The LCD screen is nice and large featuring high resolution. The only complaint reviewers had about the LCD was that it has to be turned of and on manually.

With the K-r, Pentax brings something new to the table. Besides AA batteries, the box includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can capture about 560 images on one charge. But in case you run out of power and cannot recharge the battery, you can simply buy a pair of AA's, and the camera is good to go.

The 'ReviewGist'

As Pentax claims the camera indeed takes beautiful, high resolution images according to experts. The shake reduction mechanism works well and the auto-focus is responsive.

All in all, the Pentax K-r is an easy to use compact and lightweight DSLR that combines excellent image quality, good HD video performance, user friendly interface and fast menus, with the option to use either AA batteries or a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Buying Advice

If what you're looking for is a relatively inexpensive, lightweight and small but somewhat high-end camera as your first DSLR, the Pentax K-r is a smart choice.

At the moment competition in the entry level DSLR category comes from the Nikon D3100 and the Canon EOS 550D, so you might want to check out both these models. Also check out the mirror-less, live-view only cousins the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 and the Samsung NX10.