Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White)

Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White)

Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White)

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Product Highlights

  • 12.4 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
  • 3" 921,000 Dot LCD with Live View
  • 720p HD Video
  • 11 Point SAFOX IX Autofocus System
  • 6 FPS Frame Rate
  • 100 to 25,600 ISO Range
  • In-Camera HDR Image Capture
  • IrSimple Infrared Data Transfer
  • SDXC Compatible
  • 18-55mm Zoom Lens Included
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Pentax K-r overview

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The Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White) 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).
In the Box
Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White)
  • Li-Ion Battery D-LI109
  • Battery Charge Cradle K-BC109
  • AC Plug Cord
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Strap O-ST53
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Eyecup FQ
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW110
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Pentax K-r specs

    Lens Mount Pentax K
    Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.6 x 15.8 mm
    File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVI
    Bit Depth 8-Bit
    Memory Card Type SD
    Focus Control
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Autofocus Points 11
    Viewfinder Type Pentamirror
    Viewfinder Coverage 96%
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen LCD (930,000)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100 to 25600
    Shutter 30 to 1/8000  
    Metering Method Multi-Zone Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Shutter Priority
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten
    Flash Modes Flash On
    External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Audio Recording With Video
    Self Timer 2 Seconds
    Connectivity AV Output
    USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Capable Yes
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP, Vista, 7 
    Battery 1 x D-LI109 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.7" / 12.4 x 9.7 x 6.9 cm
    Weight 19.2 oz / 544.3 g
    Kit Lens
    Focal Length 18 to 55mm
    Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 to 82.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 to 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 to 22
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 24.99 cm
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 52 mm

    Pentax K-r reviews

    K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (White) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old and New came together Bought this camera in september. It is my first ever digital camera. With the kit lens taking photo's is a snap. And just like a little kid every picture I take I must look at. Which brings me to the only thing I don't like..... Battery life. Use all the new features, auto-focus, built in flash, anti shake, etc. and you will be recharging the battery frequently. As for the old..... older lenses, with limitations, work well with this camera. Just as the description stated. I use the camera to shoot macro and floral mostly. Haven't tried the video as yet. Read the instruction manual before you jump in, it will definitely save you from a headache.
    Date published: 2011-10-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased I upgraded from the Pentax KX because I wanted the visible focus points and the upgraded resolution on the LCD screen. So far it has met my expectations and the autofocus is at least as - if not more - fast as it was with the KX.
    Date published: 2010-11-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent dSLR - Bang for Your Buck Great buy. Compared to other entry-level dSLRs the Pentax K-r is a steal for the quality of product you're buying. Shooting was intuitive out of the box. Controls are well laid out. I don't even have to look away from the viewfinder to change settings. Menu is probably the best I've ever seen on a dSLR. Simple navigation and clear titles make the menu very easy to use. On a more aesthetic note, the Pentax K-r is one of the only dSLRs to have colors options, which is great if you want to stand out a bit (this also makes thieves think twice about taking a camera so identifiable.) Weight it good, feels solid in the hands.
    Date published: 2011-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This will go well with your Ferrari! I chose this one because I can interchange lenses and use my grandfathers old Pentax lenses easily with it... I get excited handling any SLR and most are pretty similar in their user interface. Some little features that I do like are: An adjustable viewfinder to correct the focus if you aren't wearing your glasses. Fun digital filters, ranging from typical color changes to retro photo looks. A decent High Speed Continuous photo feature An interval feature which allows you to take up to 999 photos spaced evenly apart... Awesome HDR feature for deeper color in pictures. It's RED!!!
    Date published: 2011-11-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera at a great price! This is the first dSLR I have owned. I wouldn't consider myself a photo enthusiast, I just like having sweet pics of friends/family that actually look good. This camera is great for that! It is simple to use and understand if you actually sit down and look through the manual a bit. I take this camera everywhere, and so far, i haven't come across a situation that this camera can't handle! there seems to be a setting for every situation. Really quick and easy to upload to my computer. I also got the adaptor so we can use AA batteries in an emergency... haven't used it yet, but i'm sure i will someday.
    Date published: 2011-09-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent value The Pentax K-r certainly breaks up the long march of black-bodied entry-level DSLRs with its collection of bright bodies, innovative features, and breadth of controls. We found its image quality and performance was solid, but never really standing above its peers that we compared it to. Those looking for a steady performer with good handling and in-depth controls will enjoy the K-r, as it offers great value for its price point.For our full in-depth review, please visit @
    Date published: 2011-07-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Basic DSLR Definitely not a super high-end camera, but it is still well made and has excellent image quality. The only major issue I had is that it DOES NOT HAVE WIRED SHUTTER REMOTE CAPABILITY. It is compatible with a wireless IR remote aimed toward the front of the camera, but does not have RF remote capability or a jack for a wired remote. There is an optional 2s delay on the shutter release to elimintate vibration with long exposures if the exact timing isn't important. The autofocus seems to be fast and accurate under most conditions (with the included DAL 18-55mm AF lens). The viewfinder (penta-mirror, not penta-prizm) is ok for general use, but could be a little brighter for easy use if manually focusing in extremely low-light conditions. Also, under some brighter lighting conditions, the viewfinder seems to show a slightly grainy texture, although it does not interfere with determining whether the subject is in focus. The exposure information display in the viewfinder is a little too dim to be easily read under extremely bright lighting. I have not used the Liveview enough to rate its performance. Image noise starts to appear over ISO 1600, (somewhere between 800 and 1600 if you look closely), but it doesn't seem any worse than similar-range cameras I've seen. The built-in flash seems to work well, even in extremely dark conditions but I haven't used it enough to compare the accuracy of the exposure compensation. It will not allow shutter speeds over 1/180s when using the built-in flash. The navigational buttons are a small and although ok for menu navigation, are occasionally inconvenient for second functions, such as sensitivity value and drive mode. Camera-specific accessories, such as the 4 AA battery adaptor, seem to be relatively expensive. Works well with older A-type lenses. All exposure modes work as long the aperature ring is set to A (if you are manually setting the aperature value, it can be set through the camera). Also works with manual-aperature lenses in Manual and Aperature-Priority modes, although the optical (or possibly digital) preview function is needed to show the exposure metering in Manual mode. I haven't noticed any problems or had any errors using Aperature Priority mode with manual lenses. The in-camera shake-reduction seems to work ok, even with manual lenses (when using an older lens, a prompt comes up to enter the approximate focal length every time the camera is turned on when shake-reduction is enabled). So far,I've had the camera approximately 2 months without any problems, with the only major issue being that it does not have a jack for a wired shutter remote.
    Date published: 2011-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little wonder Bought it for my daughter as her first DSLR, stepping up from a point-and-shoot. I own a Pentax K-10D and I was surprised by this one performs. Great JPGs right out of the camera, small, light and simple to operate.
    Date published: 2011-03-30
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