Pentax K-r

The 12.4Mp CMOS sensor, derived from the K-x model, offers an impressive ISO range of 100-12,800 with an ISO ceiling of 25,600 when the sensitivity is expanded, and the 1.5x crop factor turns the 18-55mm kit lens into an 27-82.5mm in film terms. The Pentax K-r’s phase-detect autofocus system features 11 AF points with nine cross-type sensors in the centre, while it also boasts a 6fps continuous shooting burst rate.

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r

Features & performance

To rule out camera shake, Pentax’s Shake Reduction (SR) technology is featured and HD video is present (albeit at 1280x720@ 25fps rather than full HD) with a maximum recording time of 11mins 30secs. Below the K-r’s optical viewfinder (offering 96% frame coverage) is a clear and sharp 3in, 921k-dot screen and in the hand it feels muscular with a very well designed handgrip that adopts a solid rubberised coating from Pentax’s other enthusiast D-SLRs. The arrangement of buttons is concise with a Live View button directly below the playback button and a D-Pad controlling Self-timer, ISO, Flash and White Balance settings. The central OK button is used to reposition the AF point in the frame but we’d prefer a separate button elsewhere to prevent accidently changing White Balance or ISO. In terms of AF operation, it locked onto subjects quickly, though we noted the 18-55mm lens was quite loud with distinct whirring noises that were off-putting. The white-on-dark-grey menu interface was not as easy or as intuitive to navigate as others, yet we did like the Info button, which doubles up as a Quick menu, offering control of image quality, metering and AF modes.

Specification

  • Street Price: £175 (Secondhand price as of July 2016)
  • Resolution: 12.4Mp
  • Lens Mount: Pentax KAF-2 Mount
  • Crop Factor: 1.5x
  • Focusing: 11-point selectable
  • Viewfinder: Optical, 96% coverage
  • Burst Rate: 6fps (10 RAW & 16 JPEG)
  • ISO Range: 200-12800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Shutter range: 30secs-1/6000sec
  • Screen: 3in, 921k-dot
  • Video: 1280x720p@25fps
  • Storage: SD/SDHC
  • Weight: 544g
  • Dimensions: 125x97x68mm
  • Visit: www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk

This review was first published in the January 2012 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.