The Pentax K-r is a DSLR which follows a Pentax trend – offered in different colours. It has a compact, lightweight body and offers simple, user-friendly operation with a wide array of advanced features.
The K-r has a 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, offers HDTV video recording, delivers high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second, can hit ISO 25600 via a custom function, and has a 3-inch LCD monitor. Its dual-power-source design offers a choice between the included rechargeable D-LI109 lithium-ion battery and a set of AA-size batteries. It also offers a greater selection of digital filters for effortless production of original, creative images.
The K-r is also compatible with the IrSimple high-speed infrared data transmission system for wireless data transfer to IrSimple-compatible devices, and for swift image data exchange and match-game playing between two Pentax K-r cameras.
The Pentax K-r will be available in Canada in October.
The camera features the high-performance PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) II imaging engine to ensure accurate and high-speed data processing equal to that of upper-level models. As the result, the K-r produces high-quality images with fine detail, rich gradation and superb rendition, says the company, while suppressing digital noise to a minimum. The K-r also offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 200 and ISO 12800, wih the ability to expand the range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 via a custom function.
The K-r’s high-precision, wide-frame SAFOX IX autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle) to assure pinpoint focus on the subject. The K-r also has a spotbeam projector to assist the AF system in poorly lit locations. The accuracy and speed of contrast AF operation during Live View shooting has also been enhanced by the incorporation of a new-generation image sensor and drastic upgrading of AF algorithms. Autofocus fine adjustment is available as a custom function.
The K-r features the Pentax-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake by up to approximately four shutter speeds. This innovative mechanism extends its benefits to almost all Pentax interchangeable lenses – even those designed for film-format cameras.
The camera features the custom image function, which allows the user to easily select a desired finishing touch for a particular image to more faithfully express his/her creative intention. The K-r offers a choice of nine custom image modes including Bleach Bypass, which is designed to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures.
The K-r’s digital filter function allows the user to process recorded images in a variety of creative ways and produce highly creative visual expressions without the need of a computer. The user not only has a choice of 18 different filters, including the newly added Starburst, Sketch and Posterization, but can also apply different filters one after another to a single image to create more inventive visual effects.
With the unique cross process mode, the camera automatically shifts photographic parameters for each exposure to create eye-catching images with unique, dramatic colours, just like pictures treated with the cross process in film photography. In addition to “Random,” where the results are unpredictable until the image has been processed, the user also has two other options: “Preset,” with three different sets of preset parameters and “Favourite,” with user-input parameters.
The HDR (high dynamic range) function creates a composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from three images with different exposures, without the need of a computer application. The K-r offers a choice of auto, standard and expanded (at three levels) modes to accommodate different creative intentions. Thanks to the introduction of Auto Align function, the user can now take advantage of this creative tool even with handheld shooting.
The K-r’s movie-recording function captures movie clips in 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 25 frames per second. The K-r also assures a greater possibility of visual presentation in movies, either through the application of digital filters, such as Toy Camera and Retro, to add specific visual effects during shooting, or through the use of various movie-editing functions after shooting. You can even extract still images from your movies at their native resolution in the camera.
Pentax has also announced the smc Pentax-DA 35 mm f/2.4 AL interchangeable prime standard lens, designed exclusively for use with Pentax DSLRs. This lens offers an angle of view equivalent to a 53.5 mm lens in the 35mm format. Incorporating a hybrid aspherical optical element in its optics, this new lens delivers high-quality images with enhanced sharpness and contrast, from minimum focusing distance to infinity, and assures exceptional image-resolving power with outstanding brightness levels, even at the edges and at an open aperture, while effectively compensating various aberrations to a minimum. It is treated with the Pentax-original Ghostless Coating to minimize the adverse effects of flare and ghost images, assuring true-to-life images even under demanding conditions such as harsh backlighting.