Monday, October 25, 2010

K-r Vs K-x - What's New and What's Not?

My last post talks about new Pentax DSLR manuals are available for download. I have just downloaded the K-r manual and found something that are not so-noticeable for what K-r has but K-x lacks. Here are two summaries for all the major differences, no matter they are already well-known or not:-

Pdf Document Page* of the K-r Manual
New Feature / Improvement
18
Red AF Point Illumination Indication
18
3" VGA Resolution LCD Mon.
19
New Infrared Port
45
Using Li-ion Battery
48 / 322
Optional AA Battery Holder
51
More Battery Indication Levels (Show Battery Type and its Fullness / Emptiness)
101
Expanded ISO Range Up to 25600 (K-x can be Up to 12800)
127
New Option of "Focus Priority" Or "Release Priority" of the AF-S Mode
128
New Option of "Focus Priority" Or "FPS Priority" of the AF-C Mode used In Conjunction With Continuous Frame Advance Mode
129
New AF Assist Light with the Option of Turning Off (K-x has that function but using Flashlight but Without any External LED)
130
New AF Fine Adjustment Function (For how to do similar thing with the K-x, Read Here)
153
New Interval Shooting Function
154
New Multiple Exposure Function
315
Support the 3 FA Limited Lenses for Lens Correction Functions (Similar to the new firmware update of the K-7)

* Remarks:-

1. The document page and the user manual page of the Pentax pdf file are usually mis-aligned, e.g., the Page 101 of the pdf file is actually the Page 99 of the manual, so please take note of this;

2. To go-to a pdf page directly, press Ctrl-N or Shift-Ctrl-N (Depending on the version of the reader).

On the other hand, the following limitations are still the same for both K-r and K-x:-

Pdf Document Page*
Limitation
18
Same 12.4 MP CMOS Sensor (Low Resolution to the Competition)
19
No Cable Switch Socket
28
Mono Sound Recording for Built-in Microphone under Video Mode
170
AF is Not Possible During Video Recording
170
No Still Image Can be Taken During Video Recording (which Canon DSLRs Can)
334
Top Flash X-sync of 1/180th second (Ditto for the K-5 anyway)

Frankly, the K-r is quite feature rich and highly configurable. It should have been the perfect camera without the major discrepancies as listed in the second table. The 12MP is really on the low side for the pixel count by today's standard. And, the lack of a cable switch could be a headache to some whom like to shoot on tripod and monopod with real-time focusing/metering and exposure controls.

Last but not least, the K-r actually consumes a bit more power than the K-x. Just note about the theoretical maximum number of shots possible with the K-x is 1900 whilst for the K-r, it is only 1600, when Lithium AA batteries are used and both measured at 23 Deg. C.

Btw, I am still wondering if I should buy the K-5 or the K-r. But if I am to buy the K-r, this would be the colour I would choose (and maybe also with the DAL 35 with matching colour, too):-



Read Also:-

What Colour Scheme of the K-r Would You Choose?

How to Order a Custom Coloured K-x from Japan by Yourself?

Poll Results and Summary on the Choice of Recent Current Pentax DSLRs

Mega Poll: Current Pentax DSLR Body Selection Dilemmas!

Ten Reasons for Thinking Twice before Decided on a K-5..

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