Pentax K-r - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

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”’A more general selection of test shots to act as an evaluation of the Pentax K-r DSLR in a variety of shooting conditions with the 18-55mm zoom lens on test attached.”’


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We were lucky enough to be graced with a spring-like day during our winter test period, prompting this dazzling display of colour ably reproduced by the Pentax in this close up shot that has not been cropped or altered in any way.


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This wide and low angle shot shows what can be achieved with the compositional aid of the K-r’s Live View function. Here, in terms of colour, we had switched to the ‘Reversal Film’ option in the Pentax’s Custom Image mode, adding a bit of additional punch and vibrancy.


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We left the camera on the same setting to bring out the colour pattern of the tiles on this driveway, contrasting with the blacks and whites of the dog’s fur to really bring our subject matter to the fore. And this is basically the kind of quality achievable merely by pointing and shooting with the K-r.


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And we’re back to the default option of ‘Natural’ mode selected from the Custom Image settings by way of contrast. This feels a little washed out in comparison and could benefit from brightness and contrast levels being adjusted in Photoshop to give it a bit more visual ‘bite’. But again, not a bad result at all.


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Score in detail

  • Value 8
  • Image Quality 9

Features

Camera type Digital SLR
Optical Zoom (Times) 12 Xx, 3 Xx
Image Sensor CMOS
Image Stabilisation Optical, Sensor Shift
LCD Monitor 3 in
Flash modes Auto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Accessory Shoe, Built-in Flash
Video (max res/format) 640 x 480, 1280 x 720

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 125mm
Depth (Millimeter) 68mm
Length (Millimeter) 97mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 598kg
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