As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-r is also often compared to pro DSLRs, mirrorless and super zooms. The Pentax K-r's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K-x and the K-7) and Canon (such as the EOS 70D and the EOS 30D)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Pentax K-x

Pentax K-x
1 year older
$1,495 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-x (vs the K-r)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-x (vs the K-r)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-x and K-r

  • None found

Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7
1 year older
$656 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-7 (vs the K-r)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-7 (vs the K-r)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-7 and K-r

  • None found

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
similar age
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the K-r)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the K-r)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 and K-r

  • None found

Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D
4 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 30D (vs the K-r)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 30D (vs the K-r)

  • None found

common strengths of the 30D and K-r

  • None found

Pentax K-m

Pentax K-m
1 year older

Significant advantages of the K-m (vs the K-r)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-m (vs the K-r)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-m and K-r

  • None found

Pentax K-30

Pentax K-30
1 year newer
$391 (body only)
$548 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-30 (vs the K-r)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-30 (vs the K-r)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-30 and K-r

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
2 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the K-r)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the K-r)

  • None found

common strengths of the 70D and K-r

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the K-r)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the K-r)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and K-r

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-r compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), slightly larger viewfinder (0.56x vs 0.24x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and significantly more lenses available (113 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 25fps vs 4K @ 24fps), takes slightly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 28 MP), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Samsung NX500

Samsung NX500
4 years newer
$1,399 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX500 (vs the K-r)

  • Higher resolution movies: 4K @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the NX500 (vs the K-r)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 113 lenses

common strengths of the NX500 and K-r

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-5N
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the 5N (vs the K-r)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5N (vs the K-r)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 5N and K-r

  • None found

Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10
8 months older
$262 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NX10 (vs the K-r)

  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD
  • Smaller: Mid size (123×87×40 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.6" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the NX10 (vs the K-r)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 614k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the NX10 and K-r

  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the K-r)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the K-r)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the E-M10 II and K-r

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1
1 year newer
$1,030 (body only)
$848 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-E1 (vs the K-r)

  • Supports 24p
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 96%
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the X-E1 (vs the K-r)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the X-E1 and K-r

  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
4 months older
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the K-r)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 287 g vs 598 g

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the K-r)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the NEX-5 and K-r

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-r compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs large (131×91×126 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a slightly longer battery life (470 shots vs 410 shots).

However, on average it has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (6 fps vs 12 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out, lacks and external mic jack and is older (september 2010 vs august 2011).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the K-r)

  • Has an external mic jack
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ150 (vs the K-r)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DMC-FZ150 and K-r

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (124×82×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 410 shots vs 470 shots
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 2.7"

Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Fujifilm FinePix HS10
7 months older
$900

Significant advantages of the HS10 (vs the K-r)

  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the HS10 (vs the K-r)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the HS10 and K-r

  • Light weight: 666 g vs 598 g
  • Each supports an external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/6000 of a second