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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera, 8 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Pentax K-r DSLR and DAL 18-55mm Lens Kit - Black (Electronics)
I sold my pentax k20D in order to buy this, and have been very pleased with the change. In fact, I'd probably even recommend this over the pentax K-7 (though of course this depends on how important the weather sealing is for you).

Some people say they wouldn't give up the dual dials and the dedicated buttons, but the info button is so well-designed (in addition to the excellent menu) that I honestly don't miss any of the dedicated buttons of the K20D. In fact, in some ways, I prefer the design of the k-r in that sense. To be honest, I think a part of this is just snobbery: the K20D and K-7 LOOK more professional, while the K-r looks like (and is) an entry level camera. But in terms of what is IN the camera, this may actually be better even than the K-7. If the K-7 and the K-r were the same price, I still would have chosen the K-r.

The main improvements, however, are fast auto focus and much better high ISO performance. (And these are the reasons why I'd even recommend it over the K-7, depending on whether you need the weather sealing. Of course, if you can afford the K-5...)

If you are torn between the K-r and the K-x, these are the main differences, as far as I can tell.

K-r has faster auto focus (but not sure how different it is. K-x was already better than the K20D.)
K-r apparently has better high ISO performance, but k-x already had a good reputation for this. (Not sure how big the difference is)
K-r has a focus assist lamp, which is quite a nice addition.
K-r allows interval shooting.
The K-r has the focus points appear in the view finder. (Quite a few people complained about the k-x lacking this.)
The k-x takes AA batteries, and the K-r has a lithium battery (but can take AAs, with an adapter).

Otherwise the K-x is a great camera too (won the prestigious TIPA awards - best entry level dslr 2010). K-r is very similar, so depends how much you care about the differences above.

Regarding Pentax v Canon or Nikon, it was relatively easy choice for me because I have pentax lenses already. But if you don't, one thing in Pentax's favour (apart from the fact that the k-x won the TIPA award) is the in body image stabilisation. Also, Pentax didn't change their lens mount when they moved from film to digital, so you can get old film lenses (including autofocus ones), and use then on the digital camera, with image stabilisation. (If you want autofocus, look out for F and FA lenses.)

Google pentax lens database for more details about individual lenses.

Edit: One other area (in addition to the weather proofing) where the K7 has an advantage over the K-r is quietness. The K-r is a fairly loud camera, with the sound of the mirror going up and down. The K7 is much quieter, as is the K5. Depending on how you use the camera, this might be a significant consideration. (DSLRs generally are quite loud, but I've heard a few people say the K7 and K5 are among the quietest.)
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2011 19:17:09 BDT
K-r also has a far superior 3 inch 920k dot screen compared with a 2.7 inch 230k on the K-x. also the K-r will shoot at 6fps vs 4.7 on the K-x. For the £50 extra the k-r is the better buy esp now the K-x is Discontinued.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2011 19:44:52 BDT
Thatch says:
This is a very honest, fair and a full appraisal of the Pentax DSLR K-r. I purchased this camera three weeks ago and I'm delighted with it. As the reviewer states one can use their old lenses from the Pentax film cameras, mine cost a great deal of money and to be able to bring them back into service is just great.

Posted on 5 Jul 2011 11:45:42 BDT
Well the k-r is a successor to k-x so it's logical that it's superior in every aspect.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 10:35:41 BDT
Big Simon says:
That is a bit of a daft assumption if you don't mind me saying so. Newer doesn't always mean better, in fact quite often the reverse. Check out the Panasonic GF2 upgrade to the GF1 - not very good and now being massively discounted to get rid of an overstock.
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