The Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black) is that lightweight, mid-range 12.4MP digital SLR camera with a 3x zoom lens that also shoots dazzling 720p HD video that you've been looking for.
It's got a few other things going for it, too--like a high resolution 3" LCD display with 930,000 dots, up to 6 frames per second shooting speed, super-accurate 11-point autofocus system, sensitivity up to 25,600 ISO so you never miss a photo due to low light, shutter speeds up to 1/6000 second to freeze the action, and dual power options, either rechargeable Li-ion or easy-to-find AA batteries. The 18-55mm lens provides very wide-angle to normal views that will cover a surprisingly wide range of photo opportunities.
Wait! That's not all: the K-r has an efficient dust removal mechanism that automatically shakes dust off the CMOS sensor, a custom image function for applying one of nine creative modes (such as Bleach Bypass, a dramatic effect used in movies) to any particular image you wish, a digital filter function with a choice of 18 filters to process images without a computer (including Starburst, Sketch, High Contrast, Fisheye, Toy Camera, Posterization, Retro, etc.), an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function to create a superb image in difficult lighting situations (by combining 3 different exposures of the same scene) even when not using a tripod, and 3 different cross processing options to create dramatically different colors. It even has a high-speed infrared data transmission system--the first in a Pentax camera.
- High quality 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor captures detailed images with high color accuracy and low noise.
- Large 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution for responsive Live View and detailed image/video review.
- Compact and lightweight body is exceptionally comfortable to use, and highly portable.
- Powerful automatic shooting modes, such as Auto Picture mode and various scene modes, take the guesswork out of taking great pictures.
- Fast 6 FPS frame rate captures quick action in dynamic environments.
- Highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX autofocus system includes a dedicated AF assist lamp.
- High sensitivity 100-25600 ISO range features improved noise performance for high quality image capture even in extremely challenging lighting.
- Li-Ion battery compatibility can also be adapted to use AA batteries providing the ultimate flexibility for both field use and travel.
- Capture widescreen HD video with sound at 720p and 25 FPS, using any PENTAX lens.
- A maximum 1/6000 second shutter speed freezes fast action without subject movement blur.
- A viewfinder focus point indicator confirms the area of focus in an image.
- Improved in-camera HDR image capture features a Night Scene HDR mode, more blending options, and better pixel registration for easier operation without a tripod.
- A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters encourages the photographer's artistic expression.
- Infrared data transfer (IrSimple) includes file transfer and a unique camera-to-camera image comparison mode.
- SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update).