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Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera

Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera - Compact, lighweight and with multi-features... the Pentax K-r.

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Category : Digital SLRs
Product : Pentax K-r
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Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera

Press Release:

Pentax Imaging Systems announces the launch of its latest digital SLR camera – the K-r. Encased in a compact, lightweight body, this new model combines simple, user-friendly functions with a wide array of advanced features, designed to enhance the fun and excitement of digital SLR photography.

Developed to be a mid-range model targeted at digital SLR novices and family users, the Pentax K-r offers an assortment of features and functions that make it easy for everyone to effortlessly capture the high-quality images people expect of a digital SLR camera.

In addition it comes equipped with a host of handy tools that help create more personalised, creative images, including:
  • High-quality image reproduction with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels.
  • HDTV-proportion movie recording.
  • High-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second.
  • Super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 25600 (via a custom function).
  • A large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch high-resolution colour LCD monitor.
The K-r boasts outstanding performance and versatility, almost the equivalent of more advanced digital SLR cameras, while allowing the photographer to easily deal with different photographic requirements. Its dual-power-source design offers a choice between the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a set of AA-size batteries.

It is also compatible with the IrSimple high-speed infrared data transmission system for wireless data transfer to IrSimple-compatible devices, and for swift image data exchange.

What are its key functions?
  1. High-quality, true-to-life image reproduction: The K-r incorporates a new-generation CMOS image sensor with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels. It also features the high-performance PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) II imaging engine to ensure accurate and high-speed data processing equal to that of upper-level models.
  2. Compact, lightweight body: Despite the incorporation of the large 23.6mm x 15.8mm image sensor, the K-r sports a compact, lightweight body, thanks to a trim, stainless-steel chassis, a downsized in-body shake reduction mechanism, and state-of-the-art, high-density packaging technologies that ensure space-efficient positioning and layout of the camera components.
  3. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second: The shooting mode records as many as 25 images (in JPEG recording format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second — the fastest of all entry-class models.
  4. High-precision AF system: The K-r’s high-precision, wide-frame SAFOX IX autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle) for pin sharp focusing. Spot beam is also available for difficult lighting situations.
  5. Bright, clear optical viewfinder: Thanks to the combination of PENTAX-original finder optics and the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen, the K-r’s viewfinder offers a bright, clear subject image at 0.85X magnification and a 96% field of view.
  6. Large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor with wide-view design and approximately 921,000 dots: High-resolution colour LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots. Its wide-view design assures a clear view of the monitor image from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically.
  7. Versatile dual-power-source design: Powered by a standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery or four AA-size batteries using optional AA Battery Holder D-BH109.
  8. Pentax-original SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images: Features the Pentax-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, producing sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions prone to camera shake; compatible with the full range of Pentax lenses.
  9. Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions: Custom image function for distinctive finishing touches/ Versatile digital filter function/ Cross process mode with three options/ Upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function.
  10. High-speed infrared data transmission system: The first Pentax digital SLR camera equipped with the IrSimple high-speed infrared data transmission system.
  11. High-quality, HDTV-proportion movie recording at 1280 x 720 pixels and at 25 frames per second: True-to-life movie clips in 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 25 frames per second.
In addition it has...
  • DR (Dust Removal) mechanism, to shake dust off the CMOS image sensor
  • User-friendly layout of essential control buttons and levers, all positioned on the camera’s grip side for quick, effortless access by the photographer
  • Auto Picture mode, for effortless, automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode, even during Live View shooting
  • Eleven scene modes, including a new Night Scene HDR mode
  • Versatile white balance control, featuring a new CTE mode designed to emphasise the dominant colour components of the captured images
  • Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA-,DFA- and FA Limited-series lenses)
  • Pentax Digital Camera Utility 4 software package, with RAW-data processing and browser applications
The Pentax K-r will be available from October 2010. The K-r with 18-55mm DAL has an RRP of £599.99 and the K-r with 18-55mm DAL & 50-200mm DAL has an RRP of £699.99. For more information please visit the Pentax UK website.

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cameracat e2
11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
9 Sep 2010 11:32AM
Just looking at the spec, Dialing in the superb results from its little brother the K-x, This is a superb mid range option....Smile

RRP is just about right too....Grin

Looks like Pentax has another winner, If I had not already bought into the Nikon system, I would be very tempted to enter the Pentax system.....!!!

Quite fancy a " Red " one.....Tongue Myself....!!!

If newcomers to DSLR photography don't put this very high on their list of options, They will be missing out big time.

Nice one Pentax.....Wink

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15 Sep 2010 4:03PM
Just looking at the spec, Dialing in the superb results from its little brother the K-x, This is a superb mid range option....

RRP is just about right too....

Looks like Pentax has another winner, If I had not already bought into the Nikon system, I would be very tempted to enter the Pentax system.....!!!

Quite fancy a " Red " one..... Myself....!!!

If newcomers to DSLR photography don't put this very high on their list of options, They will be missing out big time.

Nice one Pentax.....
15 Sep 2010 4:38PM
@ cameracat... I use quite a few brands myself... I started on Pentax K10D but sold it including lenses and accesories due to the sensor limitation. I went to Canon cause of their CMOS sensor, I do a few weekend jobs ( Weddings, Christenings, Portraits... etc) and have invested in L lenses. But still there was something about the K10D, I dont know what but I find my then Pentax K10D was more enjoyable to use. Aside from the Canons, I have an Olympus system, which I find their Zuiko lenses better than my L glass (24-105 L, 70-200mm F4 L) compared to 12-60mm zuiko and 45-150mm, plus the form factor lighter lenses and cameras is somehow more enjoyable to use - I even used my E-620 on a christening without using a flash ISO 800 and the result just blows me away.

Last month I took the plunge and bought the Pentax Kx. Used it on a Music festival, its not weather sealed but still I used it even when its raining - no flash ISO 1600--6400 the result was far far better than any camera I had used (mind you I have a 5D MK II Grin). Full frame? I've owned one and use one... unless you like printing wall sized pictures I dont really see the point.

So now I'll bid my 5D MK II, 40D. 450D and L lense and flashes goodbye and farewell Canon it was a nice relationship though shortlived. I'll just wait and see if the E5 lives up to the hype or if not Pentax K5 will be my workhorse. The Kr? hmm... sounds like a tempting upgrade to my Kx Grin. Thanks Pentax

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