Pentax K-r Announced

The Pentax K-r is an entry-level 12.4MP DSLR with a ton of features.  In addition to a CMOS image sensor, the Pentax K-r features a 3-inch LCD 921k-dot resolution screen, a 6 fps frame rate, built-in Shake Reduction and low light sensitivity up to ISO 25600. In addition to the still image features, the K-r can capture 720p video at 25fps.  The K-r is powered by either a rechargeable lithium-ion battery or by 4 AA batteries.

The Pentax K-r should be available in October 2010 starting at an initial retail price of $799.95.  Check availability on

In addition to the K-r, Pentax also announced a new 35mm f/2.4 lens, which will be available in October 2010 at an initial retail price of $219.95.  Check availability at

More details in the press release below.

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New Pentax DSLR(s) This Week?

Pentax K-x

An interesting tidbit from RiceHigh’s Pentax Blog points to a new Pentax DSLR coming on September 9th.  His news is based on the Japanese Business Live Calendar, which apparently points to a new DSLR product from Hoya (Pentax’s parent company) on that date.

Additionally, other recent rumors suggest a new Pentax K-5 and K-r DSLR model.  The K-5 is rumored to be Pentax’s flagship model and the K-r is more of an entry-level model like the Pentax K-x (above).  Rumored specs are listed below. [Read more…]