Pentax K-r

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Pentax K-r

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Pentax K-x

64

Pentax K-x

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Reasons to buy the Pentax K-r

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
6 fps
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-x

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
97 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 123x92x68 mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Pentax K-r

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 4.7 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The K-r's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-r's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$399.00 vs $695.14
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The best price we've seen is $296 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
470 shots vs 420 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Pentax K-x

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
811 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The K-x has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size
Smaller
123x92x68 mm vs 125x97x68 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
97 ms vs 105 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Slightly lighter
580 g vs 598 g
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Shutter lag Incredible shutter lag Help
              K-r:105 ms
              K-x:97 ms
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              Size Fairly small Help
              K-r:125x97x68 mm
              K-x:123x92x68 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              2.7"
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/6000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              K-r:720p @ 25fps
              K-x:720p @ 24fps
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              96%
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              109 lenses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              K-r:470 shots
              K-x:420 shots
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.56x
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              K-r:755 ISO
              K-x:811 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $367 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 body only

              $525 - $560 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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 K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $442 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $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-7

              Pentax K-7

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $883 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Pentax K-r Competitors

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

              Pentax K-x Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Pentax K200D

              Pentax K200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Live view No live view

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              Showing 11 comments

              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:31 AM, March 07, 2012)
              Fixed, thanks!
               
              Gellp (11:23 AM, March 03, 2012)
              This is crazy. The only reason the K-R wins is because it gets 0 for "shutter lag" because it's "UNKNOWN"!!! (Specs tab at top of page)
               
              Avatar for Henrique Henrique (4:43 AM, June 07, 2011)
              The K-x supports SDXC cards with the latest firmware, change specs to reflect that.
               
              Smiling Rachel (10:07 AM, March 27, 2011)
              I don't know which I should buy?
              k-x?k-r?
               
              David(austria) (11:01 PM, March 21, 2011)
              i love my PENTAX K-x!!!
               
              lovejoy (11:42 PM, March 03, 2011)
              what are you saying, the K-r has video too!! it record 720p videos.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:42 PM, March 03, 2011)
              Hi Lovejoy, someone responded to your comment above!

              "lovejoy the information is put out as simple as it can get... you have to figure out what you need for the kind of shooting you do more. For example, the k-x has video and the k-r doesn't. stuff like that"
               
              Wiggitywiggity (6:08 AM, March 03, 2011)
              lovejoy the information is put out as simple as it can get... you have to figure out what you need for the kind of shooting you do more. For example, the k-x has video and the k-r doesn't. stuff like that
               
              lovejoy (10:35 PM, February 26, 2011)
              Hi, I am confused as to which one I should go for ? Pentax K-x or K-r ? help me out plz :)
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:38 AM, January 25, 2011)
              Wow, thanks for pointing that out, we've had the wrong resolution on the K-x for quite a while then :) Snapsort shows actual pixels, so they're both 12.2MP as far as I can tell (4288x2848). We'll fix up the K-x, thanks.
               
              Crazysaint222 (10:58 PM, January 24, 2011)
              you got the resolution wrong, both have 12.4 mp sensors