Pentax K-r

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Pentax K-r

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Pentax K-7

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Pentax K-7

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-7

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 740 shots vs 470 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.60x vs 0.56x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Movie format Higher frame rate movies 720p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Both shoot HD (720p) video, but K-7 does so at a higher frame rate
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.5 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 93 ms vs 105 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/6000s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Pentax K-r

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 10.6 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 72.0 vs 61.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 755 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The K-r has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-r's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-r's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Size Significantly smaller 125x97x68 mm vs 131x97x73 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 22.9 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Much cheaper $669.00 vs $1,288.45
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The best price we've seen is $619 cheaper (around 50% less)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5.2 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Weight Significantly lighter 598 g vs 750 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.7" vs 2.9"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              K-7:93 ms
              K-r:105 ms
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Thickness Thin Help
              K-7:2.9"
              K-r:2.7"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-7:1/8000s
              K-r:1/6000s
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              K-7:720p @ 30fps
              K-r:720p @ 25fps
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              K-7:14.5 MP
              K-r:12.2 MP
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              K-7:536 ISO
              K-r:755 ISO

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              competitors

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              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,199 body only

              $1,349 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $735 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $447 - $476 body only

              $520 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $929 body only

              $831 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Pentax K10D

              Pentax K10D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-7 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-7.

              Pentax K-r Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Pentax K-r.

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