Pentax K-r

  • Pentax K-r
83
Based on 35 scores, 47 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    14
  • Good:
    17
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Fast continuous shooting, In-body shake reduction, High-resolution rear LCD.
  • Relatively compact body with good control layout, Very good high ISO performance, ISOs up to 25,600, Much better color accuracy than the K-x at default settings, 3-inch hi-resolution (921K dot) LCD, Optional lens distortion and CA correction, Excellent...
  • Excellent image quality, Simple interface, Thorough feature set, Good high ISO performance.

Cons:

  • Small viewfinder, Poor kit lens, No autofocus during video.
  • Mediocre kit lens, Below average battery life, Autofocus struggles in low light, Subtle NR applied to high ISO RAW files which can't be disabled, High ISO NR has trouble with low-contrast areas in the red channel, Contrast setting impacts saturation.

Expert reviews and ratings

By PC Mag on 60

The entry-level Pentax K-r boasts fast continuous shooting and does a good job in low-light, but this D-SLR ships with a kit lens that is anything but sharp and lacks autofocus capability during video recording....

By Photo Answers on 80

On paper, the Pentax K-r features an attractive specification and a number of appealing features for an entry-level D-SLR....

By PC Pro on 100

The price has come down considerably since its original launch, and at £400 this impressive all-rounder is now an unbeatable bargain...

By GadgetSpeak on 76

By the time you read this you will be able to buy this rather nice DSLR unit in a range of colours as well as the more normal black. To me – providing it’s not pink – I could not care what colour it is providing I get decent...

By The Imaging Resource on -

When I reviewed the Pentax K-x last year, I was left with rather mixed feelings. It clearly offered a lot of camera for the money, but unfortunately retained one of the biggest shortcomings of its predecessor -- the lack of any autofocus point...

By Digital Camera Buyer on 80

A ‘something for everyone’ DSLR, the K-r is an unthreatening step-up camera with bountiful creative options, plenty of features and great image qualityOverall Our provides the latest photography news, reviews, previews, features and...

By PCWorld on 70

If you're looking for a small, lightweight, inexpensive starter DSLR, then the Pentax K-r is a great choice, thanks to its image quality and huge array of features....

By 5FWD on 100

The Pentax K-r is a great entry-level camera, and fully capable of matching models from Canon and Nikon. If you don't mind the lack of Full HD video, and want a model purely for still photography, then the Pentax K-r should sit right at the top of...

By Trusted Reviews on 80

Pentax has consistently produced well performing, decent value digital SLRs since the introduction of the *istD, coming up to a decade ago now. Yet it's a brand that's easy to overlook in the face of the big electronics manufacturers' (Sony,...

By Steves Digicams on -

The latest "entry to mid-level" K-series dSLR from Pentax, the K-r is a 12-megapixel camera that is nested tightly between the K-x and K-5 models. While somewhat compact like the K-x, the K-r offers a few upgrades that have been borrowed from the more...

By What Digital Camera on 87

It's hard not to like the K-r. Reassuringly solid build and yet surprisingly compact, it sits nicely in the hand and is easy to operate. The menu layout actively encourages you to experiment with the built-in custom image presets and digital...

By DPexpert on -

This camera has been designed by photographers. At this relatively modest price every useful function is included, and the 350 page instruction manual is a clear guide to its use. One of the best things about the camera – and the Pentax range in...

By The Digital Camera Resource Page on -

The Pentax K-r is one of the best entry-level digital SLRs on the market. No other camera in this class comes close to the K-r when it comes to value. For about $650 you get a camera with very good photo quality (even at high ISOs), sensor-shift...

By IT Reviews on -

Whether or not this is your first introduction to DSLR photography, the Pentax K-r is an outstanding creation that combines practical design with a host of creative and picture-enhancing features that result in fast performance and stunning picture...

By Macworld UK on 80

If you’re looking for good-value, then Pentax provides a viable alternative to the big two of Canon and Nikon. The 12.4-megapixel K-r follows on from the entry-level K-x and sits just below the K-5 and K-7 enthusiast models in Pentax’s...

By Camera Gear Guide on 80

If you’re a still photographer, on a budget, who likes to get creative with your captures, we honestly can’t think of a DSLR camera better than the K-r to fit those needs. As an entry-level offering, the K-r provides class leading...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The K-r is a good update of Pentax's entry-level SLR. It smooths out most of its predecessor's flaws, offers excellent picture quality and is very responsive. A few design and handling features could still be improved—as could the video...

By DigitalCameraReview on 80

The Pentax K-r follows the K-x with solid performance and image quality, adding a few more premium features. First-time DSLR buyers would be smart to consider this or its K-x...

By Pocket-lint on 80

Lacks HDMI output but there’s otherwise not much wrong with this entry level DSLR contender that delivers near professional image results from a feature set that feels carefully pared down from the more grown up K-7...

By infoSync World on 88

If you take a Pentax K-x, improve the image sensor by a hair, add a hybrid lithium/AA battery source, make it faster with a 1/6000-second shutter and 6fps burst mode, extend the ISO to 25,600, boost the LCD screen resolution to 921,000 pixels, add a...