K-7 SLR

K-7 SLR

Pentax K-7 dSLR Review

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Review posted 2/1/2010
Quick Take
Pros
Durable weather, dust and cold resistant body; Speedy performance in normal shooting modes; Produced pleasing photos in a wide variety of conditions; Great ISO performance up to ISO 3200; Awesome 3.0-inch LCD; Capable movie mode with aperture control; Cool in-camera HDR mode; Excellent battery life; Competitively priced
Cons
Slow Live View performance; ISO 6400 is riddled with noise; Buffer fills quickly in burst mode
Bottom Line
Pentax has created a versatile dSLR model that is sure to please a wide range of photographers. With a durable weather, dust, and cold resistant shell, the K-7 is ready for action no matter what the environment may be. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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The K-7 is Pentax's latest K-series model, featuring all of the options and technologies we have come to enjoy from this rugged line of enthusiast to professional level dSLRs. The K-7 improves upon the foundation laid by its predecessors, the K20D and K10D. With a similar feature set, this new model boasts several improvements, like a newly designed 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, Pentax's latest PRIME II processing unit, 77-segement metering system, broadened shutter speed range, HD video recording with automatic or manual aperture control, and much more. 


PENTAX K-7 Features:

  • Redesigned 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Shake Reduction compatible with any PENTAX lens ever produced
  • 3.0-inch high resolution (920k pixel), wide-view LCD monitor
  • PRIME image processing engine
  • Custom Image modes, with six preset options
  • Enhanced Dynamic Range mode
  • In-camera HDR with two level options
  • Durable, weather, dust and cold resistant body
  • Dust Reduction and Dust Alert features
  • Advanced 77-segment metering and 11-point AF, with 9 cross sensors
  • Lens mount: PENTAX KAF2
  • Compatible with PENTAX K, KA, KAF, and KAF2 mount lenses; screw mount lenses, 645, and 67 series lenses (adapter required)
  • Imporved glass pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view
  • Up to ISO 6400 in the Expanded Sensitivity setting
  • Custom Settings to personalize camera operations
  • Auto P-TTL pop-up flash - Guide number approx. 13 at ISO 100
  • Shutter speeds from 1/8000 to 30 seconds plus Bulb
  • 10 exposure modes options, including Green mode, Programmed auto, Shutter speed priority (Tv), Aperture priority (Av) Sensitivity priority (Sv), Shutter & Aperture priority (TAv) Manual (M), Bulb (B), Flash sync speed (X), and USER
  • Record video at 1280x720, 1536x1024, and 640x416 at 30fps with sound
  • Continuous shooting at 5.2fps in Hi mode
  • Optional infrared remote control model  F 
  • Uses SDi and SDHC type flash memory cards
  • USB 2.0 hi-speed connectivity, PictBridge and Print Image Matching III compatible
  • Powered by Lithium-Ion battery pack D-LI90 (7.4 V, 1860 mAh) AC charger included


The K-7 body only kit has a MSRP of $1,299.95 US, and is available now.

In the box:

  • K-7 Body
  • Li-ion Battery D-LI90
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • AV Cable I-AVC7
  • Battery Charge Cradle D-BC90
  • AC Plug Cord
  • Strap O-ST53
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Eyecup FR
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Finder Cap for ME
  • Focusing Screen MF-60 Frame Matte
  • Bottom Cap
  • PC Socket Cap
  • Manual
  • Software CD-ROM

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