The Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens 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. 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.
Reviewed by 4 customers
I bought this camera as a replacement for a K100D, and have been mostly pleased with it. 6fps is great when trying to capture moving subjects, and the autofocus speed is much improved over the K100D. The AF accuracy is another issue, and the reason for the lower rating. I find that if I want focus to be accurate, and to my standards, manual focusing is the way.
Great camera for the money, easy to use.
we needed to upgrade our digital camera for quality and functions.Also for our trip to Poland & Rome.It performed better than expected. Awesome camera
Got this camera as a first jump from point and shoot. I find the controls easy to learn and love the smaller body size. I bought the package with the kit lens, I would recommend buying the body and a better quality lens. Otherwise very happy with it.