Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera Body with DA L 18-55 Zoom Lens, 12.4 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, 720p HD Video, Red

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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.

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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (5) , Easy to use (4) , Fast shutter speed (4) , Good image quality (4) , High ISO performance (4)
Best Uses:
Family photos (3) , Landscape/scenery (3) , Low light (3) , Wildlife (3)
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Photo enthusiast (4)

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Key Features

  • 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
  • Powerful automatic shooting modes, such as Auto Picture mode and various scene modes, take the guesswork out of taking great pictures
  • Fast 6 FPS framerate 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

Technical Specs

Resolution 12.4MP effective resolution
Sensor 23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS
Bit Depth Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
File Formats Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III Movie (compression): AVI (motion JPG)
File Size Still: 12M (4288 x 2848), 10M (3936 x 2624), 6M (3072 x 2048), 2M (1728 x 1152)
Movie (resolution/FPS): 1280 x 720p / 25 (16:9), 640 x 480p / 25 (4:3)
Creative Color Modes Color modes include gamut radar and fine adjustment for saturation, hue, key, contrast, sharpness (regular and fine adj). Monochrome mode includes adjustment for film filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), key, contrast, sharpness (regular and fine adj). Cross Processing mode available for creative random effect generation. Green simplified mode available
Movie Modes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome
Image Stabilization Sensor-shift Shake Reduction (4 stops max)
Lens DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Zoom 3x 18-55mm zoom lens
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA (K mount, 35mm screw mount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions) SDM function: Yes
Focus Type TTL phase-matching 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX IX)
Focus Range 9.84" to infinity
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount 52mm
Sensitivity Auto: 200-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps), up to 1600 in Bulb, expand to 100-25600 Manual: 200-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps), up to 1600 in Bulb, expand to 100-25600
Shutter Speeds 1/6000 to 30 sec, bulb available
Metering TTL open aperture, 16 segment metering
Exposure Modes Multi-segment, Center weighted, Spot
Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Metered Manual, Bulb (available in Metered Manual)
Exposure compensation: +/- 3 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)
Exposure lock (available via programmable AF/AE-L button)
Exposure bracketing, 3 frames, up to +/- 1.5 (1/2 steps) or +/- 1.0 (1/3 steps)
White Balance Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE Manual mode(s): Yes * WB fine adjustment available in all modes
Burst Capability 6.0 fps
Self Timer Yes--2 seconds, 12 seconds
Remote Control Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
External Flash Connection Hot shoe (P-TTL, high speed sync), wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash Synchronization speed: 1/180s
Dedicated Flash System PENTAX dedicated flash
Built-in Memory No
Memory Card Type SD, SDHC memory cards
Recording Formats AVI
Video Recording Yes
Video Resolution 1280 x 720p (16:9), 640 x 480p (4:3)
Audio Recording With video
Viewfinder Type Pentamirror Coverage (field of view): Approx 96% Magnification: Approx 0.85X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity) Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte II Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5 Depth of field preview: Optical & Digital (available via programmable Green button)
Viewfinder Coverage App 96%
Display 3.0" TFT color LCD monitor w adjustable brightness
Live View Yes
Connectivity USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out Video out: NTSC, PAL
System & Software Requirements Windows: XP/Vista/7, USB 2.0 port
Mac: MacOS-X 10.3-10.5, USB 2.0 port
Operating/Storage Temperature 32-104 deg 'F (0-40 deg C)
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109, AA Battery Holder D-BH109 (optional) for 4X AA batteries
Dimensions 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.7in / 12.4 x 9.65 x 6.85 cm
Weight 19.2 oz / 544 g
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