Features & Controls (cont.)
Here you can see the data LCD panel. This small screen shows you relevant information for the current exposure settings, like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, flash mode, drive mode, image quality settings, battery level, etc.
The Mode dial is used to select the desired exposure program/mode. It has positions for: Green (Auto), P (Hyper-Program),
Sv (Sensitivity priority), Tv (Shutter priority), Av (Aperture priority), TAv (Shutter & Aperture priority), M (Hyper-Manual, B (Bulb), X (Flash X-sync Speed), USER (create your own custom mode), and Movie.
Underneath the Mode Dial is the Metering Selector switch with positions for
Spot, Center-weighted and Multi-segment options.
You can also see the Play and Delete buttons.
Here you can see the main group of controls on the back of the K-7. At the top you can see the main control dial, which serves many purposes depending on the exposure mode being used. In playback, it controls the Index and magnify functions. To the right of that we have the AE-L (Auto Exposure-Lock) button. Next is the Green button, which switches the camera to Automatic Exposure. Below that we have the AF point switch mounted around the AF button. The LV (Live View) button enables the LV function. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. Press "Up" to change the Drive mode, "Right" toggles the Custom Image settings, "Down" modifies the Flash mode, and "Left" accesses the White Balance settings. In the center is the OK button, which accepts menu selections and changes the AF point when using the SEL (Select) AF point function.
On the front next to the lens is the RAW button that lets you quickly change from JPEG to
RAW image capture mode. Below is the Focus Mode selector switch. You can also see the X-sync port.
Images are stored on any size SD or SDHC flash memory cards. The K-7 is shown here with a Lexar Professional 8GB (133x) SDHC memory card.
Just below the memory card door is the Cable Release port for using the optional Cable Switch CS-205 (this port door is partially blocked by the memory card in the photo above).
Approximate storage capacities
Here are the I/O ports located on the left hand side of the K-7. At the top you can see the MIC input jack, which allows you to enhance audio during video with an external microphone.
Next we have the HDMI port for connecting your camera to a HDTV.
In the middle we can see a combination connector for USB 2.0 (high-speed) or A/V Out (selectable NTSC or PAL format), both cables are supplied with the camera.
On the bottom is the DC IN port (8.3V) for using an optional AC Adapter Kit K-AC50, a complete AC adapter kit that includes both AC adapter
and AC plug cord to connect the adapter to an electrical outlet.
The K-7 is powered by a high-capacity D-LI90 7.2v 1860mAh Lithium-ion
battery pack, which is charged with the included D-BC90 AC rapid charger. Pentax claims that you can capture up to 980 still images without flash, or up to 740 shots using the flash 50% of the time.
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