• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 12.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 12,800

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Differences

Pentax K-r advantages over Panasonic GF6

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.53 vs 3.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 0.8 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    22.9 vs 20.7 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    750 vs 622 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.4 vs 10.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 470 vs 340 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.6 fps vs 4.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/6000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Panasonic GF6 advantages over Pentax K-r

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Thinner
    38 mm vs 68 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    454g vs 852g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.4 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3000

Pentax K-r
Nikon D3000
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Panasonic GF6
Nikon D3000
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Pentax K-x

Pentax K-r
Pentax K-x
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • External Mic Jack
  • $702
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
Panasonic GF6
Pentax K-x
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $702
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D3100

Pentax K-r
Nikon D3100
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Panasonic GF6
Nikon D3100
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Pentax K-r
Olympus E-PL5
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic GF6
Olympus E-PL5
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Olympus E-PL7

Pentax K-r
Olympus E-PL7
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Panasonic GF6
Olympus E-PL7
  • $500
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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