The Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera Body is that lightweight, mid-range 12.4MP digital SLR camera that also shoots dazzling 720p HD video that you've been looking for. It's got a few other things going for it, too-like a high resolution 3" LCD display with 930,000 dots, up to 6 frames per second shooting speed, super-accurate 11-point autofocus system, sensitivity up to 25,600 ISO so you never miss a photo due to low light, shutter speeds up to 1/6000 second to freeze the action and dual power options, either rechargeable Li-ion or easy-to-find AA batteries
The Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera Body is that lightweight, mid-range 12.4MP digital SLR camera that also shoots dazzling 720p HD video that you've been looking for. It's got a few other things going for it, too-like a high resolution 3" LCD display with 930,000 dots, up to 6 frames per second shooting speed, super-accurate 11-point autofocus system, sensitivity up to 25,600 ISO so you never miss a photo due to low light, shutter speeds up to 1/6000 second to freeze the action and dual power options, either rechargeable Li-ion or easy-to-find AA batteries.
That's not all: the K-r has an efficient dust removal mechanism that automatically shakes dust off the CMOS sensor, a custom image function for applying one of nine creative modes (such as Bleach Bypass, a dramatic effect used in movies) to any particular image you wish, a digital filter function with a choice of 18 filters to process images without a computer (including Starburst, Sketch, High Contrast, Fisheye, Toy Camera, Posterization, Retro, etc.), an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function to create a superb image in difficult lighting situations (by combining 3 different exposures of the same scene) even without using a tripod and 3 different cross processing options to create dramatically different colors. It even has a high-speed infrared data transmission system-the first in a Pentax camera.
| ||High quality 12.4 megapixel CMOS sensor captures detailed images with high color accuracy and low noise|
| ||Large 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution for responsive Live View and detailed image/video review|
| ||Compact and lightweight body is exceptionally comfortable to use and highly portable|
| ||Powerful automatic shooting modes, such as Auto Picture mode and various scene modes, take the guesswork out of taking great pictures|
| ||Fast 6 FPS frame rate captures quick action in dynamic environments|
| ||Highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX autofocus system includes a dedicated AF assist lamp|
| ||High sensitivity 100-25600 ISO range features improved noise performance for high quality image capture even in extremely challenging lighting|
| ||Li-Ion battery compatibility can also be adapted to use AA batteries providing the ultimate flexibility for both field use and travel|
| ||Capture widescreen HD video with sound at 720p and 25 FPS, using any PENTAX lens|
| ||A maximum 1/6000 second shutter speed freezes fast action without subject movement blur|
| ||A viewfinder focus point indicator confirms the area of focus in an image|
| ||Improved in-camera HDR image capture features a Night Scene HDR mode, more blending options and better pixel registration for easier operation without a tripod|
| ||A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters encourages the photographer's artistic expression|
| ||Infrared data transfer (IrSimple) includes file transfer and a unique camera-to-camera image comparison mode|
| ||SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update)|
|Resolution ||12.4MP effective resolution |
|Sensor ||23.6 x 15.8mm CMOS |
|Bit Depth ||Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW |
|File Formats ||Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III Movie (compression): AVI (motion JPG) |
|File Size ||Still: 12M (4288 x 2848), 10M (3936 x 2624), 6M (3072 x 2048), 2M (1728 x 1152) |
Movie (resolution/FPS): 1280 x 720p / 25 (16:9), 640 x 480p / 25 (4:3)
|Creative Color Modes ||Color modes include gamut radar and fine adjustment for saturation, hue, key, contrast, sharpness (regular and fine adj). Monochrome mode includes adjustment for film filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), key, contrast, sharpness (regular and fine adj). Cross Processing mode available for creative random effect generation. Green simplified mode available |
|Movie Modes ||Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome |
|Image Stabilization ||Sensor-shift Shake Reduction (4 stops max) |
|Lens Mount ||PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA (K mount, 35mm screw mount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w adapter and/or restrictions) SDM function: Yes |
|Focus Type ||TTL phase-matching 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX IX) |
|Sensitivity ||Auto: 200-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps), up to 1600 in Bulb, expand to 100-25600 Manual: 200-12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps), up to 1600 in Bulb, expand to 100-25600 |
|Shutter Speeds ||1/6000 to 30 sec, bulb available |
|Metering ||TTL open aperture, 16 segment metering |
|Exposure Modes ||Multi-segment, Center weighted, Spot |
Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Metered Manual, Bulb (available in Metered Manual)
Exposure compensation: +/- 3 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)
Exposure lock (available via programmable AF/AE-L button)
Exposure bracketing, 3 frames, up to +/- 1.5 (1/2 steps) or +/- 1.0 (1/3 steps)
|White Balance ||Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE Manual mode(s): Yes * WB fine adjustment available in all modes |
|Burst Capability ||6.0 fps |
|Self Timer ||Yes-2 seconds, 12 seconds |
|Remote Control ||Yes |
|Built-in Flash ||Yes |
|External Flash Connection ||Hot shoe (P-TTL, high speed sync), wireless w PENTAX dedicated flash Synchronization speed: 1/180s |
|Dedicated Flash System ||PENTAX dedicated flash |
|Built-in Memory ||No |
|Memory Card Type ||SD, SDHC memory cards |
|Recording Formats ||AVI |
|Video Recording ||Yes |
|Video Resolution ||1280 x 720p (16:9), 640 x 480p (4:3) |
|Audio Recording ||With video |
|Viewfinder Type ||Pentamirror Coverage (field of view): Approx 96% Magnification: Approx 0.85X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity) Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte II Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5 Depth of field preview: Optical & Digital (available via programmable Green button) |
|Viewfinder Coverage ||App 96% |
|Display ||3.0" TFT color LCD monitor w adjustable brightness |
|Live View ||Yes |
|Connectivity ||USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out Video out: NTSC, PAL |
|System & Software Requirements ||Windows: XP/Vista/7, USB 2.0 port |
Mac: MacOS-X 10.3-10.5, USB 2.0 port
|Operating/Storage Temperature ||32-104 deg 'F (0-40 deg C) |
|Battery Type ||Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI109, AA Battery Holder D-BH109 (optional) for 4X AA batteries |
|Dimensions ||4.9 x 3.8 x 2.7in / 12.4 x 9.65 x 6.85 cm |
|Weight ||19.2 oz / 544 g |
When purchasing a digital camera, you must decide on the type of camera that is suitable for how you are using it, the life of the battery, how much memory is required, which type of lenses are needed, and etc. This guide will assist you in buying a digital camera and the necessary accessories.
Types of Cameras:
There are many different types of cameras. Depending on how often and for what purpose you are using the camera, there is a camera out there for all users.
For users who are looking to start digital photography, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is the type of camera for you. A decent point-and-shoot camera should be suitable for 4”x6” photo prints.
For users that are knowledgeable about digital photography or want a high-quality camera to learn with, this category is best for you. These cameras offer ease of use with very high specification features, but not a large range of controls that you can get from professional cameras. Typically, you can make up to 11”x17” photo prints with these cameras.
These cameras are intended for professionals to use. The lower-end professional cameras have a similar resolution to some high-end amateur cameras. The main difference is that, they have more elaborate setting control, better lenses, and better flash options. Most of the time, you can use lenses from your older SLR (Single Lens Reflex) film cameras. The resolution on these cameras could exceed 21 megapixels (21 million pixels). This type of camera is intended to produce very high quality prints for newspapers, magazines, and books, or for users who like to have control over how their pictures will look.
Power Conservation Tips:
Turn off the LCD:
When you are not using it, turn the LCD off. If you are low on power and want to make some more pictures, turn the LCD off and use the viewfinder instead. Doing so will increase the battery life of the camera, as LCD screens will eat up a lot of power.
Stop the Zoom:
Some cameras automatically release the lens when you turn the camera on. Unfortunately, it drains power significantly. To prevent this from happening you can change the settings to the sleep mode.
Turn off the Flash:
If you think the lighting is adequate for pictures, turn off the flash. Flashes will consume a large amount of energy, which is wasted if not in use.
Plug it in:
Some cameras have power adapter which allows you to plug in your camera to a wall socket. This will allow you to save your battery power when you are using the camera near a power socket.
Accessories to boost your Digital Experience:
Batteries are an important resource to digital cameras because if there is no power left, you can miss a special moment. If your camera uses disposable alkaline batteries, you should get a set of rechargeable batteries, thus saving you a lot of money in the long run, compared to purchasing new disposable batteries each time. For cameras that use Lithium Ion, it is suggested to purchase a backup battery for instances when you will be away from home for a period longer than 2 hours.
Memory card are equivalent to film in digital cameras. Each type of camera will use a different type of card, so make sure to check which card is compatible with your camera. Secure Digital (SD) is currently the most popular because it has become relatively cheap. Capacities of up to 16GB are currently available. Remember, you can never have too much memory, so invest in a larger capacity memory card when you purchase your digital camera. Here is a chart to help you make a decision on the memory card size right for yourself.
If you have problems taking sharp, clear images, it could be because your hands were shaking. In order to solve the problem, you can get a tripod or monopod. It is important to keep the cameras steady if you want perfect pictures. A tripod is also important when you want to tweak the settings and take long exposure shots.
Card readers are essential for any serious digital photographer. Instead of transferring photos directly from the camera, you can use a card reader to transfer them from your memory card straight to your computer. Doing so will conserve the camera’s batteries when transferring pictures.
Cases and Bags:
While digital cameras may be pricey, they can still break if dropped, so be sure to you protect your investment with either a case or bag. Cases make it safer and easier to carry. Cases can also protect your camera from sand, dust, dirt, and water. They are available in all types of sizes and styles. You can even purchase an Underwater Housing Case, allowing you to use your digital camera in water. These cases are more expensive and are only designed for some models. The cases usually come with cameras straps to put the camera around your neck or wrist. This provides an extra layer of protection for your camera, by preventing it from falling to the ground.
Lenses and Flash:
The quality of your photos depends on the quality of your lens. Flashes can help improve the brightness of your pictures. On most cameras, the lenses are built onto the camera, so you don’t have any upgradeability of the lens. But, if you own an SLR camera, you can replace the lens with a higher quality one, with better zoom or a different focal length. Flashes assist you when you are taking photos in low light settings. Most digital cameras have an internal flash that works fine for normal use, but you might want more light for the best possible results.
Important Camera Features:
A photograph is measured in the number of pixels in the picture. A pixel is a tiny dot of color. In digital photography, quality of the photo is megapixels. One-megapixel is the same as one million pixels. Nowadays, most cameras have more than 6 Megapixels, which is more than sufficient for a beginner’s camera.
Zoom is an important factor because it helps you get closer to the subject. There are two types of zoom available in digital cameras, digital and optical zoom. Digital zoom is a way of magnifying the picture by processing techniques. Unfortunately, digital zoom lowers the quality of the image a little. Optical zoom is where the magnification is done by using the camera’s lens. It would be ideal to use the Optical zoom over digital zoom because of the quality difference.