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Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-7 lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera. Despite ...

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Review of "Pentax K-7"

published 24/10/2011 | Davidisbest
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Pro Great auto white balance, Perfect autofocus, ease of use,
Cons no way to shut off noise reduction for night shooting,
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"Pentax K-7 A GREAT CAMERA!"

First off, I think its a great upgrade, and I'm very glad I did. The details: The biggest improvement - AWB!!! The auto white balance has got to the be the best of any Pentax DSLR to date.

Auto focus - Spot on, and faster than previously. Dynamic range - Improved, and will always be a sore spot with any digital. The HDR function may please some who take issue with this. Low light / High ISO - Well, to quite honest, I shoot RAW, but have heard that JPG can be an issue. Easy fix, go into menu and set noise reduction to high. You'll only have to do it once, then leave it alone and go enjoy your camera. All the other stuff is as you would expect in any Am/Pro level camera.

Menu's are a little different than previous Pentax, but not so much as to be totally foreign. Just new stuff and slightly new layout to accommodate all the new features. Like I said at the start, if you are looking for a new Pentax, this is the one to get!

I bought the K-7 to shoot pics for a golf course website (yes, they were desperate and I was very cheap.) I wanted to take continuous shots of my golfer model during a golf swing. I was able to capture 3 different club positions of his swing! I am very impressed with the speed.

The camera is well-built and I appreciate the water and dust resistance. It feels good in my hand, solid.

The best part about this camera is its ease of use! Within 3 minutes or less, a former point-n-shoot enthusiast could very well be snapping good pics with this camera.

There was only downside, and this would apply only to an advanced user, but there is no way to shut off the NR function. This can affect your ability to capture perfect long exposure shots at night!

Overall, a GREAT camera and one I highly recommend to all!

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Product Information : Pentax K-7

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Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-7 lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera. Despite its compact, lightweight body, this model brings together a wide array of advanced functions and user-friendly features with outstanding reliability and operability. This makes it possible to enjoy high-quality digital SLR photography with great ease. The K-7 has been developed as a high-end model of the Pentax K digital SLR camera series. True to its series concept, it was designed not only to assure outstanding image quality, but also to provide exceptional ease and comfort of operation and the utmost satisfaction to photo enthusiasts of all levels, including advanced amateurs. After making a thorough review of all essential digital SLR camera components and functions, Pentax has revised and upgraded many of them, including viewfinder, shutter unit, continuous-shooting capacity, and exposure and autofocus systems. Protected by a durable, high-quality metallic body, but the K-7 is designed to be extremely compact and functional just like all other K-series models for enhanced portability and maneuverability. In addition, it has added several user-friendly features, including video recording, high dynamic range (HDR), and automatic horizon correction. All of these make the K-7 a tremendous photographic tool, perfect for all discerning digital SLR photographers.

Product Details

Long Name: K-7

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 14.6

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Mamory Card

LCD Display Size: 3

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Manufacturer: Pentax

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Dimensions (WxDxH): 13.1 cm x 7.2 cm x 9.7 cm

Sensor Resolution: 14.6 Megapixel

Image Processor: PRIME II

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Viewfinder: Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism

Lens System: 3.1 x zoom lens - 16 - 50 mm - f/2.8 DA* ED/AL (IF) SDM Pentax KAF, 3.1 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DA AL WR Pentax KAF, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DA AL WR Pentax KAF

Display: LCD display - 3"

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Lens Included: DA* 16-50mm ED/AL lens, Body only, DA 18-55mm WR lens, DA 18-55mm WR and 50-200mm WR lenses

Product Description: Pentax K-7 - digital camera DA* 16-50mm ED/AL lens, Pentax K-7 - digital camera - body only, Pentax K-7 - digital camera DA 18-55mm WR lens, Pentax K-7 - digital camera DA 18-55mm WR and 50-200mm WR lenses

Weight: 0.67 kg

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm, 25 cm

Colour: Black

Lens System (2nd): 4 x telephoto zoom lens - 50 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 DA ED WR Pentax KAF

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Range: EV 0-22 ( ISO 100 )

X-sync Speed: 1/180 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV range

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec

White Balance Presets: Cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, shade, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Soft, Slim, Pastel, monochrome, Water Colour, miniature, Retro, Colour Extract, Toy camera, starburst, High contrast

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, ISO priority

Exposure Metering Zones: 77

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO 6400, ISO auto, ISO 100-3200

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 0.67 kg

Height: 9.7 cm

Depth: 7.2 cm

Width: 13.1 cm

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Pentax D-Li90

Miscellaneous

Protection: Weatherproof, freezeproof, dust resistant

Included Accessories: Carrying strap, lens hood, battery charger, dust cap, body cap, lens cap, USB cable, shoe cap

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Body Material: Stainless steel, magnesium-steel alloy

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities

Connections

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x DC power input

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Display

Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 921,000 pixels

Type: 3" LCD display

Viewfinder

Dioptric Correction Range: -2.5 to +1.5

Magnification: 0.92x

Field Coverage: 100%

Viewfinder Type: Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism

Additional Features

Additional Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, DPOF support, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, AE lock, AF lock, cropping an image, resizing an image, LCD live view mode, mirror lock, Dynamic Range Enlargement (DRE)

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe, Hot shoe, PC terminal

Self Timer Delay: 2sec, 12sec

Continuous Shooting Speed: 3.3 frames per second, 5.2 frames per second

Lens System

Features: Internal focusing system, ED glass, aspherical lens

Lens System Mounting: Pentax KAF2

Filter Size: 77 mm, 52 mm

Lens Construction: 12 groups / 15 elements, 8 groups / 11 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Max View Angle: 83 degree(s), 76 degree(s)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 24.5 - 76.5mm, 27 - 82.5mm

Type: 3.1 x zoom lens - 16 - 50 mm - f/2.8 DA* ED/AL (IF) SDM Pentax KAF, 3.1 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DA AL WR Pentax KAF, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 DA AL WR Pentax KAF

Min Focus Distance: 30 cm, 25 cm

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Video Capture: AVI - 1536 x 1024 ¦ AVI - 1280 x 720 ¦ AVI - 640 x 480

Image Storage: RAW 4672 x 3104 ¦ JPEG 4672 x 3104 ¦ JPEG 3936 x 2624 ¦ JPEG 3072 x 2048 ¦ JPEG 1728 x 1152

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: -10 °C

Camera Flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 13

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

General

Image Processor: PRIME II

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

MPN: 1753103, 17811, 1753100, 1753101, 17531

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Sensor Features: Dust Reduction (image sensor vibration)

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Optical Sensor Size: 15.6 x 23.4mm

Effective Sensor Resolution: 14,600,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 15,070,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Sensor Resolution: 14.6 Megapixel

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Lens Included: DA* 16-50mm ED/AL lens, Body only, DA 18-55mm WR lens, DA 18-55mm WR and 50-200mm WR lenses

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 11

Auto Focus: TTL contrast and phase detection

Optical Zoom: 3.1 x, 3 x

Enclosure Colour: Black

Lens System (2nd)

Features: ED glass, weatherproof

Filter Size: 49 nm

Lens Construction: 10 groups / 11 elements

Type: 4 x telephoto zoom lens - 50 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 DA ED WR Pentax KAF

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 75 - 300mm

Min Focus Distance: 1.1 m

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