updated 01:25 am EDT, Thu September 16, 2010
New features step ahead of K-x
Pentax showed off its new K-r DSLR at a press event in New York City, where Electronista had a chance to take a few pictures with the pre-release cameras. As expected, the K-r represents a step forward from the company's K-x camera. Both DSLRs still occupy a niche somewhere between most entry-level and midrange offerings.
Burst shooting has received a noticeable speed boost, allowing 25 continuous shots at 6FPS instead of the 4.7FPS limit of the K-x. We also tried out the faster autofocus system, which now provides a focus point indicator in the viewfinder. The camera also doubles the ISO range, up to 25,600, although we were not in the correct lighting to test this new feature. Previewing shots is now a bit easier, thanks to the three-inch LCD with 921,000-pixel resolution.
Aside from the technical aspects, we liked the new battery options that allow users to insert four AA cells if the lithium-ion pack becomes exhausted and charging is impractical. Some users may also like the new filter and effects options that can be applied directly from the camera interface.
The K-r will arrive on the market in October, with the body-only option priced at $850 and a 18-55mm lens kit fetching $850.