Pentax K-r

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Pentax K-r

69

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Pentax K-7

61

Pentax K-7

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-7

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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Weather sealed
Weather sealed
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
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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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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 5.2 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.9 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Size
Smaller
125x97x68 mm vs 131x97x73 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$399.00 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight
Significantly lighter
598 g vs 750 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
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
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              K-7:93 ms
              K-r:105 ms
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              K-7:1/8000s
              K-r:1/6000s
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              K-7:536 ISO
              K-r:755 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 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 much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Pentax K-x

              Pentax K-x

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,999 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 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-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $427 - $429 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 K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $442 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $729 - $1,046 body only

              $947 - $1,358 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 much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

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

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

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