Photokina 2010 Pentax K-r
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Pentax has unveiled the new Pentax K-r digital SLR, a powerful mid-level model aimed at users looking for plenty of manual control over their shots.
The new Pentax K-r features a 12.4Mp resolution, helping the camera to take detailed photos that will lend themselves well to getting enlargements printed.
The K-r is fast in operation, according to Pentax, with a maximum photo speed of six shots per second.
The camera has a firm grip and a solid, heavy feel, in contrast to the lighter entry-level DSLRs aimed at first-time users.
A real benefit with the Pentax K-r is its built-in image stabilisation. The camera has an image stabiliser built around the image sensor, so you don't need to buy separate lenses with built-in stabilisers.
Watch our First Look video on the Pentax K-r:
One great feature on the K-r is its flexible power options. The camera comes with a custom sized rechargeable Lithium ion battery.
However, if you're out and about and run out of power, you can also use four standard AA batteries to power the K-r. The camera comes with an AA battery-holder to fit the batteries into.
HD video mode on the Pentax K-r
As well as being able to take high resolution photos, the K-r can take 720p HD videos. This isn't quite as high a resolution as the full-HD 1080p video modes that we've seen on a lot of DSLRs at Photokina 2010, however.
The K-r benefits from an input for an external microphone, letting you boost your sound recording quality while taking videos.
We'll have a full review of the Pentax K-r as soon as it's available to test. The camera is due to launch in October 2010, priced around £700 together with an 18-55mm kit lens. It will be available in black, white, or red.
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