A very competent upper entry-level camera that delivers decent image quality across the ISO range, and at six frames per second, comes with one of the fastest continuous shooting rates in its class. There's some stiff competition in the upper entry-level bracket of the market but the K-r is definitely worth a look.
Beginners looking for a well-specified and affordable camera, low light (high ISO) work
Movies, Auto-mode shooting
Pentax K-r review
By: Audley Jarvis, What Digital Camera (Mar 1, 2011)
It's hard not to like the K-r. Reassuringly solid build and yet surprisingly compact, it sits nicely in the hand and is easy to operate. The menu layout actively encourages you to experiment with the built-in custom image presets and digital filters, combining one or more for fun effects, or even creating your own unique look with. Purists might argue that this is something best left to...
DCRP Review: Pentax K-r
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Feb 14, 2011)
The Pentax K-r is one of the best entry-level digital SLRs on the market. No one comes close to the K-r when it comes to value. For about $650 you get a camera with very good photo quality (even at high ISOs), sensor-shift image stabilization, a beautiful 3-inch LCD, tons of manual controls (plus several auto modes if you need them), super-fast continuous shooting, 720p video recording,...