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General Description

The K-r was introduced at the same time as the K-5 in 2010. The K-r offers almost as fast continuous shooting (6 fps) as the K-5 (7 fps) The K-r was the first Pentax DSLR that lets the user choose between the standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a set of AA-sized batteries that can be put into the camera using the D-BH109 AA-battery holder.

The K-r was available in a variety of colours, however not every colouring was available in every market. In the US, the pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, navy, metallic brown, gold, silver, black, and white versions were available, whereas in Germany the black, white, red, yellow, blue, metallic brown, pink, and purple version were sold. Sets of the black, white, red, or pink camera including the smc PENTAX-DA 1:3.5-5.6 18-55mm AL zoom lens of identical color were also offered.

In Japan it was possible to custom-order a multitude of colour combinations:
12 Body colours (black, white, pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, red, navy, metallic brown, gold, silver)
could be combined with 10 grip colours (black, white, pink, aqua, pale orange, yellow, green, blue, red, brown).
Optionally, the smc PENTAX-DA 1:2.4 35mm lens could also be ordered in any of the 12 colours that were available for the camera body

Of the limited multi-color Kurojenai Robo edition K-r only 100 pieces were sold in Japan, only. It came equipped with an appropriate multi-color version of the smc PENTAX-DA 1:2.4 35mm AL lens

In 2011 came the Bonnie Pink edition K-r. It has the Bonnie Pink logo on the LCD when the camera is turned on. This 100 pieces, Japan-only edition was equipped with the smc PENTAX-DA L18-mm 55 F3.5-5.6 AL zoom lens.

Another 2011 Japan-only multi-colour edition is the Tower Records Rainbow Edition K-r, which came equipped with a DA35/2.4 lens.

Also in 2011, Pentax offered 5 special camouflage editions of the K-r. Black/white, black-olive/khaki, red/white, blue/white, and neon green/white. The colour of the packaged lens corresponds to the colouring of the camera.

Product Variations
Exact NameK-rK-rK-rK-rK-rK-rK-r
Colorblack12 different colourscustommulti-colormulti-colorcamouflagerainbow
Years of Production2010 ~ 20122010 ~ 20122010 ~ 20122010 ~ 20112011 ~ 20112011 ~ 20112011 ~ 2011
Availabilityabout once a week, usedabout once a week, usedabout once a week, usedonce in a lifetime, usedonce in a lifetime, usedonce in a lifetime, usedonce in a lifetime, used
Description&8212;black, white, yellow, red, purple, blue, pink, metallic brown, green, navy, gold, silvermade upon custom-order: 12 body colors combined with 10 grip colorsLimited "Kurojenai Robo" editionBonnie Pink edition5 special camouflage editionsTower Records Rainbow Edition
Catalog Number14621unknownunknownunknownunknownunknownunknown
Sold with Case

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount"crippled" KAF2
Mount Limitationsdigital A aperture or metered manual only
AF System (sensitivity)SAFOX IX, 11 sensors, 9 cross-sensors (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lensesyes
Power-Zoom Features
Self-Timer12 / 2 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable ReleaseCS-205
Infra-Red Releaseremote control F
Custom Functions22
Additional FeaturesDOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depth125 x 97 x 68 mm
Weight544 g
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count12.9 megapixel
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size15.8 x 23.6 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor1.53 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage FormatsRAW (DNG, PEF), RAW + JPG, JPG
Storage MediaSecure Digital (SD and SDHC)
Digital Features
Shake Reductionyes
Dust Removalyes
Live Viewyes
Orientation Sensoryes
Exposure System
Exposure ModesAv, HyM, HyP, P, Pgreen, Sv, TAv, Tv
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses77-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter MaterialSPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-3 (1/2 or 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range1 ~ 21.5 EV
ISO Range100 ~ 25600 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds30 ~ 1/6000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.85x [96%]
Aperture IndicationLED
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screens
Power Source
Batteries1 x Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable
ExternalBattery Holder D-BH109 for 4 AA-sized batteries
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting6 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)
FeaturesHS, P-TTL
Synchronization Speed(s)1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN)12
Coverage (35mm equivalent)28
Auto Pop-Upyes
Red-Eye Reductionyes
AF Assistyes
Fitting Case(s)unknown