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PentaxK-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 37 reviews)

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    (24)

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    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

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    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (32)
  • Large clear LCD (30)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Image stabilization (24)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (22)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • Noisy at high ISO (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (26)
  • Travel (21)
  • Family photos (18)
  • Sports/action (16)
  • Low light (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Casual photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb mid-range dSLR

This camera package is fantastic. You get an ~28-450mm field of view across 2 optically superb lenses.

The camera body does not dissapoint. Clean images through ISO 1600,...Read complete review

This camera package is fantastic. You get an ~28-450mm field of view across 2 optically superb lenses.

The camera body does not dissapoint. Clean images through ISO 1600, 3200-6400 clean up effortlessly in post, and even the pushed High ISO settings are workable for web, and printing 4x6.

I have never had a camera that nails white balance, and exposure as well as this one. Set Auto ISO 200-6400, matrix metering, and 'P' setting, and just shoot.

The processing in camera is not something I thought I would appreciate, but it is useful to get a desired look without messing with the picture too much in post processing.

Super fast autofocus, and impressive (particularly for this price point) 6fps shooting. Ability to shoot Adobe standard (uncompresed) .DNG files for future compatibility. This camera ticks all the boxes and then some.

Pros
- 6fps
- bracketing
- Clean high ISO
- accurate metering
- High quality 920k dot lcd
- solid build quality
- easy to navigate menus
- High MP sensor for liberal cropping

Negatives (none of which I expect in a camera priced at this level):
- Not weather sealed like lots of Pentax other bodies
- No top LCD, or second e-dial

Bottom Line:
You get more features, more solid build, better quality kit lenses, and superior out of camera jpgs rather than choosing Canikon... don't think, just buy 9/10!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice camera but awful AF problems

Lots to like on this model but sadly it simply can't AF in tungsten light.
Evidently Pentax are aware of this but are happy to sell it to unsuspecting buyers like myself.Read complete review

Lots to like on this model but sadly it simply can't AF in tungsten light.
Evidently Pentax are aware of this but are happy to sell it to unsuspecting buyers like myself.

My first and last Pentax

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5.0

Know why dealers are out-of-stock on K-r

By Moatsville

from Canton, OH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

    Had to look all over to find this camera without resorting to online auctions! Very solid build, smooth operation, good first-time results for a novice DSLR (experienced SLR) user. Extraordinary crispness on floral close-up with kit lens (which has had mixed reviews). Glad to see it was manufactured in Taiwan/Philippines rather than the usual China. Looking forward to spending time learning more about 'fine-tuning' its settings for even better results!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    Good as it gets.

    By roguemama

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Art and fine art

      Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

      A little older than the latest and greatest, but it's totally pro.

      My friend who is an artist and high-school art teacher uses this camera. He let us play around with it and we were immediately hooked. Lots of options. Serious users only!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Giving up film update.

      By JR

      from Kentucky

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

        After many monts of use I find this camera very good. Everything works fine and the images are something to behold. 12 megapixels is enough for anyone. I'm going for the AA battery holder next. As per the manual, it will give me twice the exposures with flash. JR Well, I was going to add some sample images but that doesn't work well. One made it.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        its more than what you expect

        By Shivakumar

        from Mt laurel NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Poor Image Stabilization

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

        I am photo enthusiast interested in wildlife. Pentax kr is good in low light conditions, high shutter speed and fps make it easy to catch moving animals. Has multiple built in camera effects so avoiding the need for a computer. The only cons is the shake reduction at times that too when shot in low light. Apart from that, its bang for the bucks.

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        5.0

        Easily beats famous manufacturers

        By Davi Ozolin

        from São Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Poor movie mode

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

        This is my first DSLR, and so I did a lot of research before buying it. As I don't give that much for hype and status for wearing a Nikon or Canon, I didn't wipe out of my search any manufacturer. Then I found this little treasure. I've read lots of reviews from its previous model K-x, and all of them were positive. The K-r is an improvement. Its pictures are very sharp and the colors distinguish very well from each other. ISO noise is very low up to 800 and even in 1600+ it's pretty acceptable. Awesome anatomic fitting, not so heavy, and the battery lasts a lot. If you don't feel comfortable using only the battery, you can get an AA batteries adapter to use them in emergency cases. The LCD is large and clear, and the live view also works pretty well. The only down sides are the video mode which isn't that great. Only supports 720p, doesn't have continuous autofocus and the videos end up being pretty large, as the compression method is Motion JPEG. But that isn't that important, as I got this camera to photograph. The other thing is the shutter and autofocus are a bit loud. It doesn't bother me (in a matter of fact, I think it's pretty cool that "click" sound being loud), but for some it might be annoying.
        The lenses and the camera body are very well built and I feel safe using them. The rubber parts make the camera very comfortable to grasp.
        It has so many functions and shoot modes that you can customize every single aspect of the shot. And yet, it has an full automatic mode for your parents to use, that still delivers awesome pictures.
        In the overall, this is a great camera. Get it while you can! I'm pretty sure I'll stick with PENTAX from now on.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        A really good purchase

        By Genevieve

        from Quebec, QC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

          I bought this camera after my old point-and-shoot died, and so far I'm really pleased with it. It's easy to use, but it also has many options to please photo enthusiasts. I'd definitely recommend this product to friends and family members.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          good buy

          By birder

          from PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality

          Cons

          • A bit loud in focusing

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

            Will be used as a back-up camera... in particular when my other camera is set-up for long distance and I need to quickly take a close-up shot

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            1.0

            Nice camera but awful AF problems

            By John Boy

            from NJ

            About Me Photography Student

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • AF problems

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

            Lots to like on this model but sadly it simply can't AF in tungsten light.
            Evidently Pentax are aware of this but are happy to sell it to unsuspecting buyers like myself.

            My first and last Pentax

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Excellent Kit

            By Rich

            from Toronto, ON

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                The k-r is a fast, easy to use camera. The on-board software is intuitive and easy to navigate. The coolest part of the camera is being able to use my old K-mount lenses. Although being manual lenses, the camera still picks up the autofocus points and tells you when you're in focus, which helps in low light situations. The picture quality is outstanding.

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                • No

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                5.0

                love it!

                By ted the shutter bug

                from happy valley goose bay, nfld, canada

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                  I am new to photography, this camera is easy to use while still taking quality pictures, makes me feel like a professional.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  What a wonderful birthday present to me!

                  By SilvFox

                  from Southfield, MI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great upgrade
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet
                  • Well built
                  • What I was looking for

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Everything
                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Only one needed
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                  Saturday was spent at the zoo with camera and lens. The pictures were wonderful and the camera was easy to use. I purchase the camera for myself to make sure I got what I wanted for my birthday and I am happy.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9

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                  4.0

                  " "I would buy this product again and ag

                  By Daniel

                  from SSM

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Small LCD Screen

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                  nice camera

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 6
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  very happy with the camera

                  By Glenn

                  from Washington, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                  I did extensive research before my purchase and I was not disappointed. The K-r is a super value for the money and has the capability to do everything from point & shoot to any custom combination you wish. This is a camera with which you can grow.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9

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                  5.0

                  Awesome camera!

                  By Photosbydeniece

                  from Elizabeth, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                    I sell photos online and this camera is a tremendous asset in getting great photos! Easy to use, goes from frame to frame quickly without losing the shot. I photograph a lot of wildlife and sometimes that fraction of a second can matter. Using extended lens does make camera heavier, highly suggest using tripod for extended time for photographing. Photos are crisp and clear. I have only had camera a week, but have taken over 700 photos and have not had issue of losing battery life quickly.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    2.0

                    Agree with "Much ado about nothing."

                    By blb

                    from GR, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                          I'll just keep it short and ditto everything "Much ado about Nothing" said. The only difference for me is that I'm still not happy with the t2i. The images are great - it's just a dorky camera that begs for sansabelt slacks and tuna casseroles. It's soulless, and doesn't beg to be used, but it I have to admit that it feels like a million bucks compared to the kr.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          so far it has been great

                          By jennyryno

                          from louisville, ky

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Macro
                          • Poor In Low Light
                          • Short Battery Life

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                          has only had limited use so far but will be using on vacation in september. one thing that the zoom lens did not do that disappointed me was it had no macro capability.

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 8
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          First DSLR- Couldn't give up on film.

                          By JR

                          from Kentucky

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                            I use the camera mainly for landscape photos and family photos. After reseaching the DSLR market for 5 years I decided on Pentax. I have been a photographer for most of my 68 years. This is all the camera I need. Great looking JPEGs and they make real nice 8x10s. Judging by the crispness of the enlargements I know I can go larger. My first SLR was a Pentax Spotmatic by the way. I have gone thru Pentax, Nikon, Mamiya, Olympus and even a 4x5. I love photography and hope this one will last a while. I purchased the two year extended warrantee so no worries.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            An awesome camera, an awesome price!

                            By Smythehawk

                            from West Glacier, MT

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                            I purchased this camera about a month ago and so far it has performed flawlessly. It was the only camera in the 750 price range that came with a telephoto lens.

                            Simply put, this camera takes amazing pictures and covers a huge range of ISO and zoom with its 55mm and 300mm lenses.

                            The fish eye digital feature is a unique setting that will allo you to distort a photo without actually having a fisheye lens.

                            The shutter speed is super fast for action photos in "TV setting," (shutter priortiy mode) I've been able to take clear photos of a hummingbird in flight!

                            I love being able to take HD videos with the same camera as well.

                            Overall I'm very pleased with my K-R. Its simply the most versitile camera I've found in this price range and makes a great starter into DSLR photography

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            First dslr

                            By Saber

                            from Mombasa, Kenya

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                              My first Dslr and so far its been easy to use. I use it mostly for wildlife and car rallies. What sold me mostly was the price compared to the canikons. I havent had any problems so far! I am getting superb shots with its fast shutter speed that I was missing with my P&S.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 10
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great camera-Love it!!

                              By Laci72

                              from Birmingham, Al

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Large Clear LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black):

                                Purchased this camera about 2 weeks ago so I am still trying it out but I am very pleased so far! Very easy to use and it takes awesome pictures.

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                                • Yes

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