Pentax K-r Review

4.5
November 1, 2010 | Mark Goldstein |

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Pentax K-r.

Canon EOS 550D

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The Canon EOS 550D (called the Canon EOS Rebel T2i in North America) is a new DSLR camera that boasts a class-leading 18-megapixel and the ability to shoot 1080p high-definition videos. Other key features of the 550D / T2i include continuous shooting at 3.7fps, a 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution, ISO range of 100-12,800, 14-bit image processing and Canon's Digic 4 processor. Is the Canon EOS 550D / T2i the best mid-range digital SLR camera on the market? Read our expert review to find out...

Nikon D5000

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The Nikon D5000 is the latest digital SLR camera to incorporate a video recording mode, capable of producing 720p, 1280x720 pixel movies at 30fps complete with sound. The 12.3 megapixel D5000 also features a vari-angle LCD screen, making unusual picture compostions easier than with a fixed screen. More traditional SLR features include an ISO range of 100-6400, 4fps continuous shooting, and 11-point autofocus system. Retailing for £719.99 / €878.00 / $729.95 body only, or £799.99 / €972.00 / $849.95 with the 18-55mm VR kit lens, we find out if the Nikon D5000 can successfuly combine video and still images in our latest expert review.

Olympus E-620

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The Olympus E-620 is an affordable mid-range digital SLR camera that offers a lot of bang for your buck. The 12 megapixel E620 features built-in image stabilisation, a free-angle LCD screen, compact dimensions and light weight, 7-point autofocus system and 6 Art filters. Is the E-620 the best Olympus DSLR yet? Read our expert review to find out.

Olympus E-PL1

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Small cameras with big sensors are set to be the future of photography - at least, that's what Olympus think as they introduce the E-PL1, their brand new PEN camera for the mass-market. Cheaper, smaller, lighter and easier to use than most rival models, the Olympus E-PL1 is firmly aimed at frustrated compact camera owners who crave more control and better results, but who are put off by bulky and complicated DSLRs. The full-featured E-PL1 should also appeal to experienced prosumers looking for a cheaper way into Micro Four Thirds. Read the World's first online Olympus E-PL1 review to find out if it strikes the right balance between affordability and functionality.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10

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There's no doubt that Micro Four Thirds has proved a big hit for Panasonic and the photography industry in general, so the brand new G10 camera comes as no surprise. One of two new G system models for 2010, the DMC-G10 attempts to bring all the benefits of the Micro Four Thirds system - smaller size and weight with comparable features and image quality to a fully-fledged DSLR - to a wider audience, with an aggressive price tag of £499 / $599 with the new 14-42mm kit lens. Mark Goldstein finds out if it succeeds in our Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 review.

Samsung NX10

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The catchily named "mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras" are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, a fact that Samsung have recognised with the launch of their own rival system to the Micro Four Thirds standard. The Samsung NX10 is the first model in the new series, featuring a DSLR-like design, large 3 inch AMOLED screen, electronic viewfinder, 720p video and a large APS-C CMOS sensor with 14.6 megapixels. With 30mm pancake, 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses and a smattering of accessories available from day one and five more lenses to follow this year, Samsung are certainly making a sizeable investment in their compact/DSLR hybrid system. Read our Samsung NX10 review, complete with 50 JPEG samples and 12 RAW, to find out if it can out-perform its Olympus and Panasonic rivals.

Sony A390

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The Sony A390 is a new 14 megapixel DSLR that fixes one of the major gripes about its predecessor, the A380, namely its incredibly difficult to hold handgrip. The Sony A390 otherwise retains all the key features of its predecessor, including a 2.7 inch tilting LCD screen, Live View, anti-dust system, ISO range of 100-3200, body anti-shake system, eye-start auto-focus system and Dynamic Range Optimiser. Find out if the new hand-grip makes all the difference by reading our in-depth Sony A390 DSLR review.

Sony A550

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On the eve of Photokina and the usual avalanche of new photography products, we take an in-depth look at the Sony A550, currently the company's flagship mid-range digital SLR camera. Offering 14 megapixels. a high-resolution screen, 7fps burst shooting and one of the best Live View modes around, is the year-old Sony A550 already getting too long in the tooth? Read our expert Sony A550 review to find out.

Sony NEX-5

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Sony have joined the likes of Panasonic, Olympus and Samsung in the mirrorless system camera market with the release of the NEX-5 and NEX-3. With a 14 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, full 1080i HD movies, high-res 3 inch tilting screen, optional external flash and two available lenses on launch, the NEX-5 certainly seems well-equipped to take on the already established competition. Find out if it has what it takes in our in-depth Sony NEX-5 review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files, movies and even 3D panoramas.

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