LCD and Viewfinder
Pentax K-r has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
K-r has a built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder. The viewfinder has a coverage of 96% and a magnification ratio of 0.57x. 96% coverage means that what you see in your viewfinder while shooting will slightly be different from the actual image.
Max Shutter speed
Pentax K-r can shoot continuously at max speed of 6 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/6000 sec.
K-r has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Pentax K-r features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 11 focus points and 9 of these sensors are of Cross-type. Cross-type sensors locks focus faster and more accurate compared to single type sensors.
Pentax K-r also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Pentax K-r, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 25 fps and save in and Motion JPEG formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
K-r has a built-in Mono microphone but no speaker.
Pentax K-r doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Nikon D750 or Canon EOS 6D Mark II in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Pentax K-r has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Battery Pentax K-r is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 470 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 883 shots, Pentax K-r has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend K-r owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Pentax K-r vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Pentax K-r Features Compared to Main Competitors