September 9, 2010
HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Products is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-r lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera. Encased in a compact, lightweight body, this new model combines simple, user-friendly operation with a wide array of advanced features designed to enhance the fun and excitement of digital SLR photography.
Developed to be an entry model targeted at digital SLR novices and family users, the PENTAX K-r not only offers an assortment of features and functions that make it easy for everyone to effortlessly capture high-quality images people expect of a digital SLR camera, but it also comes equipped with a host of handy tools that help user in creating more personalized, creative images. They range from high-quality image reproduction with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels and HDTV-proportion movie recording, to high-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per second, super-high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 25600 (via a custom function) and a large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch high-resolution color LCD monitor. Its dual-power-source design offers a choice between the standard rechargeable 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 artwork. All combined, the K-r boosts outstanding performance and versatility, almost the equivalent of upper-class digital SLR cameras, while allowing the photographer to easily deal with different photographic requirements and to accommodate individual shooting styles. It 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’s. Totally new capabilities in a digital SLR camera, these features make the K-r a unique, new-generation communications tool.
* Requires the optional AA Battery Holder D-BH109 to hold four AA-size batteries.
High-quality, true-to-life image reproductionThe K-r incorporates a new-generation CMOS image sensor with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels to assure high-speed image data readout. It also 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, while suppressing annoying digital noise to a minimum. The K-r also offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 200 and ISO 12800; this range can be expanded from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 via a custom function.
Compact, lightweight bodyDespite the incorporation of the large 23.6mm x 15.8mm image sensor, the K-r sports a compact, lightweight body, thanks to a trim, lightweight stainless-steel chassis, a downsized in-body shake reduction mechanism, and state-of-the-art, high-density packaging technologies that assure space-efficient positioning and layout of the camera components.
High-speed continuous shooting at approximately six images per secondThe K-r’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 25 images (in JPEG recording format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of approximately six images per second — the fastest of all entry-class models — allowing the photographer to preserve sharp, crisp images of fast-moving subjects with great ease.
High-precision AF systemThe 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 is also equipped with 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.
Bright, clear optical viewfinderThanks to the combination of PENTAX-original finder optics and the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen, the K-r’s viewfinder offers a bright, clear subject image at 0.85X magnification and with a 96% field of view. Since it assures excellent visibility even in bright outdoor locations and provides delay-free, real-time display of the subject’s image, it is especially helpful in shooting where the timing of shutter release is critical, such as sports photography. The in-focus point is indicated as a red point in the viewfinder for at-a-glance confirmation.
Large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor with wide-view design and approximately 921,000 dotsThe K-r features a large, high-resolution color LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots. Its wide-view design assures a clear view of the monitor image from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low- and high-angle applications during Live View shooting.
Versatile dual-power-source designIn addition to the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which allows the photographer to capture approximately 560 images with a single recharge,** the K-r can also be powered by four AA-size batteries using optional AA Battery Holder D-BH109. Since these world-standard batteries are available almost anywhere, it removes worries about unexpected battery shortage, especially on the road.
** Based on the PENTAX in-house testing conditions conforming to the CIPA standards, using a rechargeable D-LI109 Lithium-Ion Battery.
PENTAX-original SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free imagesThe 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 steps. This innovative mechanism extends its benefits to almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those designed for film-format cameras.*** Thanks to this user-friendly mechanism, the K-r produces sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, and taking pictures of sunset scenes.
*** Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mounted lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.
Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions
**** A film development technique that uses unconventional film development to create a distinctive finish with dramatic, stylized colors.
High-speed infrared data transmission systemThe K-r is the first PENTAX digital SLR camera equipped with the IrSimple™ high-speed infrared data transmission system. Since this system allows the user to transfer image data to IrSimple-compatible digital devices with great ease, users can effortlessly post images taken with the K-r on their own blogs via a cellular phone. This system also makes the K-r a brand-new photo communication tool, as it also allows users to exchange their image data using a pair of K-r, and even let them engage in a simple match game using Exif data attached to the images such as aperture or shutter-speed values.
High-quality, HDTV-proportion movie recording at 1280 x 720 pixels and at 25 frames per secondThe K-r provides a movie-recording function,***** which captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels) at a frame rate of 25 frames per second. This extends many benefits of high-quality SLR photography to the world of movie shooting: For instance, reduce the depth of field to make a subject stand out, or use different interchangeable lenses to create distinctive visual effects. 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.
***** When the PENTAX K-r’s AV output terminal is used, movie clips are output at normal resolution. The data must be transferred to a PC for the playback of movie clips at high-definition TV proportions (1280 x 720 pixels).
|Model Description||Type||TTL autofocus, auto-exposure SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL flash|
|Lens Mount||PENTAX KAF2 bayonet mount (AF coupler, lens information contacts, K-mount with power contacts)|
|Compatible Lens||KAF3-, KAF2- (power zoom not compatible), KAF-, KA- mount lens|
|Image Capture Unit||Image Sensor||Primary color filter, CMOS, Size: 23.6 x 15.8 (mm)|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 12.4 megapixels|
|Total Pixels||Approx. 12.9 megapixels|
|Dust Removal||SP coating and CMOS sensor operations with the Dust Alert function.|
|AUTO/200 to 12800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV), expandable from ISO 100 to ISO 25600. Up to ISO 1600 in Bulb mode.|
|Image Stabilizer||Type / Construction||CMOS image sensor shift|
|Up to 4EV (depending on the used lens type and shooting conditions)|
|File Formats||File format||RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.21), DCF2.0 compliant|
|Recorded Pixel||JPEG: 12M (4288x2848 pixels), 10M (3936x2624 pixels), 6M (3072x2048 pixels), 2M (1728x1152 pixels)
RAW: 12M (4288x2848 pixels)
|Quality Level||RAW (12bit): PEF, DNG JPEG: (Best), (Better), (Good), RAW+JPEG simultaneous capturing compatible.|
|Color Space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Storage Medium||SD/SDHC Memory Card|
|Storage Folder||Date (100_1018, 100_1019···) / PENTX(100PENTX, 101PENTX ···)|
|View finder||Type||Penta-mirror viewfinder|
|Coverage (FOV)||Approx. 96%|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.85x (50mm F1.4 at ∞)|
|Eye-Relief Length||Approx. 19.1mm (from the view window), Approx. 21.6mm (from the center of lens)|
|Diopter Adjustment||Approx. -2.5m to +1.5m-1|
|Focusing Screen||Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen|
|Live View||Type||TTL method using CMOS image sensor|
|Focusing Mechanism||Contrast detection + Face detection / Contrast detection / Phase matching|
|Display||Field of View approx. 100%, Magnified view (AF mode: 2x, 4x, 6x / MF mode:2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x ), Grid display (16 segmentation, Golden Section, Scale display), bright/dark area warning, histogram|
|LCD Monitor||Type||Wide viewing angle TFT color LCD|
|Dots||Approx. 921,000 dots|
|Adjustment||Brightness and colors adjustable|
|Preview||Type||Optical preview and digital preview (Can be assigned to green button from the menu)|
|White Balance||Auto||TTL method using CMOS image sensor|
|Preset||Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual|
|Manual||Configuration using the display screen|
|Fine Adjustment||Adjustable ±7steps on A-B axis or G-M axis|
|Autofocus System||Type||TTL: phase-matching autofocus|
|Focus Sensor||SAFOX IX, 11 point (9 cross type focus point in the center)|
|Brightness Range||EV-1 to 18 (ISO 100)|
|AF mode||Auto AF (AF.A), Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C).
Focus priority or shutter priority mode for AF.S.
Focus priority or FPS priority mode for AF.C.
|AF Point Selection||5 point auto, 11 point auto, Select, Center|
|AF Assist||Dedicated LED AF assist lamp|
|Metering||Type||TTL open aperture, 16 segmented metering, center-weighted and spot metering available|
|Exposure Compensation||EV1 to 21.5 (ISO200 at 50mmF1.4)|
|Exposure Mode||Auto Picture Mode, Picture mode (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Flash Off) Scene Mode (Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Food, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum, Stage Lighting, Night Snap, Night Scene HDR)
* In Stage Lighting, Night Snap, and Night Scene HDR, the file format is fixed to JPEG. Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb
|EV Compensation||±3EV (1/2EV step or 1/3EV can be selected)|
|AE Lock||Can be assigned to AF/AE-L button from the menu
(Timer method: two times the meter operating time set in the custom function setting), Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway.
|Shutter||Type||Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter|
|Shutter Speed||Auto: 1/6000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3EV step or 1/2EV step), Bulb|
|Drive modes||Mode Selection||Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (immediately, 3 sec.), Bracketing (3 frames)|
|Continuous Shooting||Approx. 6 fps, JPEG (12M: at Continuous Hi): up to 25 frames, RAW: up to 12 frames Approx. 2 fps, JPEG (12M: at Continuous Lo): until SD Memory Card is full, RAW: up to 36 frames|
|Built-in Flash||Type||Built-in P-TTL flash with serial control,
GN: approx. 16 (ISO200/m), approx. 12 (ISO100/m)
Angle of view: equivalent to angle of view of 28mm lens (35mm format equivalent)
|Flash Mode||P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync High-Speed Sync and Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash.|
|Sync Speed Range||1/180 sec.|
|-2.0EV to +1.0EV|
|Capture Functions||Custom Image||Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome, Reversal Film, Bleach Bypass|
|Noise Reduction||Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR|
|Dynamic Range Setting||Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction|
|Lens Correction||Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction|
|Cross Processing||Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.|
|Digital Filter||Toy Camera, Retro, High-Contrast, Extract Color, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Custom|
|HDR Capture||Auto, Standard, Strong1, Strong2, Strong3, Automatic composition correction function|
|Multi-Exposure||Select the number of shots between 2 and 9. Auto EV adjustment available.|
|Interval Shooting||Capture Interval setting (1 sec. to 24 hours), Start Interval setting (Immediate, Designated time), Captures up to 999 images|
|Movie||File Format||Motion JPEG (AVI)|
|Recorded Pixel||HD (1280x720, 16:9, 25fps), VGA (640x480, 4:3, 25fps)|
|Quality Level||(Best), (Better), (Good)|
|Sound||Built-in monaural microphone|
|Recording Time||Up to 25 minutes. Automatically stops recording when internal temperature rises more than designated|
|Custom Images||Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Monochrome, Reversal Film, Bleach Bypass|
|Cross Processing||Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.|
|Digital Filter||Toy Camera, Retro, High-Contrast, Extract Color, Color|
|Playback||Playback view||Single frame, Image comparison, Multi-image display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segmentation), Display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, calendar display, folder display, slideshow, histogram, bright/dark area warning, resize, cropping, copyright display, detailed exif information display.|
|Delete||Delete single image, delete all, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image|
|Digital Filter||Toy Camera, Monochrome, Retro, Color, High Contrast, Soft, Extract Color, Starburst, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Fish-eye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Posterization, Base Parameter Adjustment, Custom Filter|
|RAW Development||File Format (JPEG), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Color Space|
|Edit||Resize, Cropping (Aspect ratio and Slant adjustment available), Index, Movie Edit (Divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie|
|Customization||Custom Functions||22 items|
|Mode Memory||13 items|
|Custom Button||Green button (Green button, Custom Image, Optical preview, Digital preview, Digital Filter, Cross Processing, One Push File Format) AF/AE-L button (AF, AE-L)|
|Test Size||Standard, Large|
|World Time||World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)|
|Language||English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese|
|AF Fine Adjustment||±10 steps, Uniform Adjustment|
|Copyright Information||Names of “Photographer" and "Copyright Holder" are embedded to the image file. Revision history can be checked using the provided software.|
|Power Supply||Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109 With AA Battery Holder D-BH109 (optional), four AA batteries (Lithium, Ni-MH rechargeable, alkaline) can be used.|
|AC Adapter||AC Adapter Kit K-AC109 (optional)|
|Battery Life||<With D-LI109>
Number of recordable images:
approx. 470 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 560 images (without flash usage)
approx. 300 minutes
<With AA lithium batteries>
Number of recordable images:
approx. 1000 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 1600 images (without flash usage)
approx. 620 minutes
* Tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/circumstances.
|Interfaces||Connection Port||USB2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal|
|USB Connection||MSC / PTP|
|Video Output Format||NTSC / PAL|
|Infrared Connection||Infrared Connection in/out (IrSimple)|
|Dimensions||Approx. 125mm(w) x 97mm(H) x 68mm(L) (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 544g (body only), Approx. 598g (including dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), Approx. 625g (including AA Battery Holder, four AA lithium batteries, SD Memory Card)|
|Accessories||Package Contents||USB Cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST53, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI109, Battery Charger D-BC109, Software (CD-ROM) S-SW110,
<Mounted on the camera> Eyecup FQ, Hot shoe cover FK, Body mount cover
|Software||PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4|
[ Storage capacity ]
|Recorded Pixels||Quality Level||32GB||16GB||12GB||8GB||6GB||4GB||2GB||1GB||512MB||256MB||128MB|
The maximum file size is 4GB for movie.
The maximum length is 25 minutes for movie.