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Visually it is much closer to the K-x but a look under the hood reveals that the new model has been improved over the K-x in various areas.

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Most notably the K-r shows the active focus point in the viewfinder when the shutter button is half-pressed. The lack of this feature was one of our main points of criticism of the K-x and K-m this is also almost certainly the reason why the K-r's prism is slightly larger than the K-x's.

Intense competition between Nikon and Canon is driving the creation of the most amazingly feature-rich cameras ever built. That bloodthirsty competition has been a real boon for consumers. The Pentax K-r is based around a While the resolution and size are identical to that of the chip used in the previous K-x model, it's actually a newly designed chip. As in the K-x, the sensor assembly is mounted on a moving platter, used to provide for both in-body shake reduction and dust removal. The shake reduction system in the Pentax K-r provides the same claimed 4-stop improvement as that of the K-x, and as with that camera, doesn't include the rotational correction ability of the system used in the company's flagship K-7 and K-5 models. The sensor-shift mechanism is also used as part of Pentax's dust removal system, shaking the sensor assembly to remove dust particles from the low-pass filter that's overlaid on the CMOS sensor.

Unlike the K-7, the Pentax K-r doesn't include a piezoelectric element, which can vibrate the low-pass filter at a higher frequency than is possible with the sensor shift mechanism. Although we don't have an objective way to measure dust removal efficacy, we've subjectively found systems that rely on shaking the sensor assembly are generally somewhat less effective than those based around piezoelectric systems. The K-x was no slouch when it came to high ISO shooting, but its expanded maximum sensitivity limit of ISO 12, has been moved into the Pentax K-r's standard range, with the new body offering an extremely wide standard range of ISO to 12, equivalents.

The Pentax K-r's burst performance is even more impressive, beating not only the K-x, but also Pentax's previous flagship K-7 model in terms of outright speed. Where the K-x was capable of shooting at 4. PENTAX K-R DSLR Camera subjects where a little less speed is required, the K-r's Continuous Lo mode captures JPEG images at a sedate two frames per second for as long as there's available card space, and is rated by Pentax as capable of 36 Raw frames in a burst. Pentax has also upgraded the K-r's autofocus system to its latest SAFOX IX system, a designation which had only previously been applied to the company's medium format D model. There are a total of eleven points, of which all but two are cross-type, sensitive to both horizontal and vertical detail. The cross-type points are arranged in a three by three grid towards the center of the image frame, while on either side of this grid there's one linear sensor.

The AF module's optics also have better controlled aberration, said to further improve autofocus accuracy.


Where the flagship APS-C and medium format cameras all include a secondary light color sensor dedicated to determining the light source type, which is then taken into account when determining focus, the Pentax K-r lacks this function. Beyond the AF module itself, the Pentax K-r includes a couple of other significant features that are present in the flagship K-5 and K-7 models, but PENTAX K-R DSLR Camera in the K-x -- PENTAX K-R DSLR Camera one of these answers one of our main criticisms with its entry-level sibling. The Pentax K-r adds a dedicated autofocus assist lamp, where the K-x depended on either an external flash strobe, or rapid, low-power strobing of its internal flash to provide assist illumination.

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Perhaps more importantly, though, the Pentax K-r now includes an indication of the active autofocus point s in its optical viewfinder -- a feature that was conspicuously absent in both the K-x, and the preceding PENTAX K-R DSLR Camera aka K-m. This should not only make manual AF point selection more natural, negating the need to remove your eye from the viewfinder while making point selections, but also makes it PENTAX K-R DSLR Camera to confirm that the correct subject has been selected for focusing when using automatic point selection.

One final autofocus-related change is to be found in the Pentax K-r's Live View mode.

The contrast detection algorithms used while Live View is active have been overhauled, and in concert with the newly developed image sensor, offer significant improvements in both accuracy and speed over those of the K-x. The Pentax K-r's restyled body is just slightly taller and a touch wider than that of the previous K-x, and likely part of the reason for this is down to a change in the camera's LCD display. Where the K-x offered up a 2. It also shares the samedot resolution, which roughly corresponds to a x pixel array, with each pixel comprising separate red, green, and blue dots. Although it's not articulated like those of some competing DSLRs, the K-r's LCD has a wide degree viewing angle in both horizontal and vertical axes, which helps somewhat when shooting over a crowd, from the hip, or low to the ground, as well as when chimping your images with friends.

Note that Pentax doesn't include the necessary cable in the product bundle, so if PENTAX K-R DSLR Camera want to connect your camera to a TV, you'll need to purchase the cable yourself.

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Of course, it also includes a USB 2. The difference between the two protocols is that IrSimple is bi-directional, while IrSS is a one-way protocol which doesn't provide for the receiving camera to acknowledge data reception or PENTAX K-R DSLR Camera retransmission. Although I don't have access to any IrSimple devices for in-house testing, I understand that PENTAX K-R DSLR Camera the real world, IrSimple transfers should manage around one megabyte every two seconds -- rather too slow for transferring large quantities of data, but perfectly acceptable for sending downsampled copies of images to another K-r body, as well as compatible devices such as cell phones and printers -- and if you've the appropriate hardware in your computer and aren't in a rush, it could potentially save you connecting cables or moving flash cards to transfer a few images between camera and computer.

The K-r allows transfer of downsampled images at 0.

Pentax K-r MP Digital SLR Camera with Inch LCD and mm f/ and mm f/ Lenses (Black). In stock.


Pentax K-r mid-level DSLR announced with brief hands-on Pentax K-r MP Digital SLR Camera with Inch LCD and mm f/ and mm  Body type‎: ‎Compact SLR.

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