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Pentax K-7 Review Summary

15 Megapixels15 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Automatic Level: Corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.Continuous DriveContinuous Drive720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.720p HD Video: 1280 x 720 resolution or more but less than 1920 x 1080.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringDepth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Depth-Of-Field Preview: Improve perception of DOF before shooting.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Pentax K-7 Assessment

The Pentax K-7 is undoubtedly the most feature-rich DSLR made to date. Its unique horizon correction, built-in level, 100% viewfinder and white-balance preview helps photographers take better pictures. Its 14.6 MP resolution, maximum ISO of 6400, 5.2 FPS continuous drive, built-in stabilization and cold-resistant weather-sealed body makes it suitable for every photographic subject as well. Add to that one of the most sophisticated movie-modes among DSLRs and we got here the most verstatile DSLR there is.

Compared to its predecessor, the K-7 improves or stays the same on every aspect other than ergonomics. While the K-7 does very well for its size, the larger K20D does better in terms of hold and control access. At about half the price, it is worth considering the K20D as a great value against the K-7, although photographically the K-7 is the better camera.

It's hard to consider other cameras as competitors since the K-7 has a unique feature-set and form-factor. As far as getting something better than the K-7, there are some models like the Canon EOS 50D and Nikon D300 which can shoot faster and track focus continuously better than this Pentax. These are naturally more suitable for action photography. Low-light performance is topped by more expensive and larger full-frame models like the Nikon D3 and D700. Finally, fans of live-view will have to stick with Canon 50D or Rebel XSi which give a WYSIWYG preview compared to the K-7's implementation.

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PROS CONS
Excellent retention of details at all ISO Automatic white-balance not so reliable
Good focusing accuracy Occasional overexposure
Stable metering system Slow continuous focus
Fast and responsive LCD flush with left side
Effective stabilization for all lenses Slowness when applying in-camera corrections
Automatic horizon correction grealty helps Camera strap gets in way of mode-dial
Large viewfinder with 100% coverage Status screen does not turn off automatically
Innovative exposure modes & program line Battery door difficult to open due to weather-seals
Digital white balance preview
Extremely flexible image parameters
Customizable auto ISO
In-camera RAW conversion
Top-of-class weather resistance
Wealth of easily accessible controls
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Pentax K20D
Pentax K20D
- Unlimited 3 FPS drive, 2.7" LCD 230K Pixels, 95% coverage viewfinder, No digital level and automatic horizon correction, No movie mode, larger more ergonomic body
Pentax K-7
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By on 2009/07/27
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Pentax K-7 Facts

SLR digital camera
15 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-6400
Pentax K Mount
1.5X FLM

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/8000-30s
3-Axis Built-in Stabilization, 4-Stop ImprovementFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
100% Coverage
Large Viewfinder
Custom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
Auto Horizon Correction
1 Axis Digital Level
Spot-Metering
Weatherproof down to -10CHot-Shoe & Sync-Port
Built-in Dust ReductionStereo audio input
5.2 FPS Drive, 40 ImagesLithium-Ion Battery
1536x1024 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingSecure Digital High Capacity
3" LCD 920K Pixels
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