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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pentax K-r

A new entry-level DSLR that doesn’t sacrifice performance

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Pentax’s top-of-the-line K-5 has been getting most of the publicity, but its lower-cost sibling, the compact K-r, also offers the outdoor photographer a lot—including a first-rate live-view LCD monitor, quick autofocusing and advance, high image quality and HD video. The camera comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery or can run on four AA batteries via an optional AA battery holder.

Built-In Shake Reduction
The K-r’s sensor-shift Shake Reduction works with almost all lenses, providing steadier handheld shooting when you can’t use a tripod.

In-Camera HDR
The K-r does in-camera HDRs, automatically combining the best of three bracketed images into one image with more detail from highlights through shadows. You can adjust the effect through Auto, Standard, Strong 1, Strong 2 and Strong 3 settings.

The SAFOX IX AF system employs 11 sensors, 9 of them cross-types. You can activate all 11 points, choose any of them, or use 5-point to suit your subject(s). For live-view shooting, you can use this quick phase-detection system (with brief disruption of the live image during focusing) or contrast-based (with continuous live view).
6 fps Shooting
Surprisingly fast for a lower-priced DSLR, the K-r can shoot up to 12 RAW or 25 JPEG images at 6 fps or up to 36 RAW or unlimited JPEGs (up to memory-card capacity) at 2 fps.
Lens Correction
The K-r automatically corrects distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (purple fringing) when using DA, DFA and FA Limited series lenses.
12.4-Megapixel CMOS Sensor
A 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor strikes a balance between resolution, high-ISO performance and reasonable file size. The sensor and PRIME II processing engine provide a normal ISO range of 200-12,800, expandable to 100-25,600.


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