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Pentax K-7 DSLR


Pentax K-7
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Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Pentax K-7 features 14.6MP resolution (on a 23.4 x 15.6mm CMOS image sensor), Shake Reduction sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction technology, and a 3.0-in. LCD (920K dots) in a compact and lightweight body constructed with a magnesium alloy shell over stainless steel chassis.

Since it is sensor-based, image stabilization is compatible with any PENTAX lens ever produced, including new SDM lenses. The Shake Reduction system offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage.

A new extra large 3.0-in. LCD monitor features a high 920,000 pixels resolution. A 170° horizontal/vertical wide angle viewing provide easy viewing from any angle. It also features a glass pentaprism viewfinder that offers a 100% percent field of view and a 0.92X magnification -- with a large, bright and clear view.

Live View uses Contrast AF mode, Face Recognition AF mode, and can also be used in the continuous shooting mode with the mirror at lock-up position.

New is the HD Movie function: movie clips can recorded at different sizes — 640 x 416 pixels, 1536 x 1024 pixels, or 1280 x 720 pixels (16:9 high-definition TV proportions) — at a frame rate of 30 fps. The K-7 is also equipped with an HVMI terminal and an external microphone input terminal.

Other features include:

  • HDR (high dynamic range) function that creates one composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from three images with different exposures.
  • Dynamic-range expansion function compensates for both white-washed (overexposed) and blacked-out (underexposed) areas.
  • Digital level function for easy checking of the image’s levels.
  • Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA- and DFA-series lenses).
  • Multi-exposure function, with a superimposition of already-recorded images on the LCD monitor for at-a-glance comparison.
  • Attachment of copyright credits on recorded images.
  • RAW button for single-action switching of image file format.
  • 16 digital filters to add a range of visual effects; a new function to record an overwritten history also available.

The PENTAX K-7's weather and dust resistant body features 77 special seals applied to different areas of the camera body to allow shooting in harsh conditions (to 14° F or -10° C). To prevent dust from collecting on the image sensor, a new Dust Removal II mechanism features prevention, removal and alerting devices. For those times when manual sensor cleaning is required, the dust alert system displays on the LCD the location of dust on the sensor to allow precise removal.

Continuous shooting is at 5.2fps (40 JPG Continuous Hi, 15 RAW PEF, 14 RAW DNG).

The Pentax K-7 has a great feature set and demanding photo enthusiasts will find lots to like for nature/landscape and studio photography. The weather sealing also makes this a great camera for travel photography.


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Pentax K-7
QuickFact™ Sheet
Pentax K-7 US | CAN | UK
Type Digital Single Lens Reflex camera with video mode
Image Sensor

Type - CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system; Size - 23.4 x 15.6mm;
Color depth - 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW);
Effective pixels - 14.6 MP;
Total pixels: 15.07 MP;

Recorded resolutions - Still: 14M 4672x3104, 10M 3936x2624, 6M 3072x2048, 2M 1728x1152;
Movie (resolution/FPS): 1280x720p30, 1536x1024p30, 640x416p30;

Quality levels: **** Premium, *** Best, ** Better, * Good;

Dust Removal - Supersonic vibration to low pass filter
Dust Alert: available

Image Stabilization

Type - Sensor-shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max);
Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and top LCD panel

Lens Mount

Type/construction - PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount;

Usable lenses - PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w/ adapter and/or restrictions);

SDM function - Yes;
Power zoom function: Yes

Focus System

Type - TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII+);
Focus modes - AF Single (w/ focus lock), AF Continuous, Manual;
Focus point adjustment - Auto, user-selectable, center;
AF assist - Yes, via dedicated AF assist lamp with SAFOX VIII+ system


Type - Pentaprism;
Coverage (field of view): 100%;
Magnification - 0.92X (w/ 50mm F1.4 at infinity); Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III; Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5;
Depth of field preview - Optical (diaphragm stop down), Digital


Type - 3.0” TFT IPS (In Plane Switching) color LCD with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating; Resolution - 921,000 dots;
Wide angle viewable - Yes

Live View

Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View: 100%
Display Modes: Magnification (2-6X AF, 2-10X MF), grid pattern overlay
Autofocus: Contrast detection + Face detection / Contrast detection /  Phase difference detection

Light Metering

Type-TTL open-aperture 77 segment metering; Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4); Multi-segment, Center weighted, Spot

Exposure Compensation

±5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)

Auto Exposure Bracketing

3 or 5 frames, up to ± 2 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)

ISO Sensitivity

Auto: ISO 100-3200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), expanded range available to ISO 6400, auto ISO range selectable
* Bulb mode up to ISO 1600

Manual: ISO 100-3200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range available to ISO 6400

White Balance

Auto preset modes - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE; Manual mode(s) - Yes, manual and 3 color temperature selections available;
* WB fine adjustment available in all modes


Type: Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec, bulb

Capture Modes

Mode selection: Green, Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter and Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER, Movie;
Green simplified mode available: Yes;
/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv);
Date stamp: n/a;
Digital filters (capture): Custom Image Function includes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, and Muted modes, each with gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Monochrome mode includes adjustment for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Other capture filters include Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Extract Color, Soft Focus, Starburst, Fisheye, Custom Filter;
Data record: Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright

Custom Functions

37 custom-programmable functions available

Drive Modes

Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), Mirror Lockup (standard, remote), HDR Capture, Multi-Exposure, Interval;

Continuous FPS:
- 5.2 FPS (40 JPG Continuous Hi, 15 RAW PEF, 14 RAW DNG);
- 3.3 FPS (unlimited JPG Continuous Lo, 17 RAW PEF/DNG);

Self-timer: Yes (12s, 2s);
Remote control: Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous) and cable switch

Playback Modes

Mode selection: One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 32, 81 thumbnails), Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Magnification, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data);
Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Image Comparison, Protect, DPOF;
Magnification: Up to 32X, scrollable;
Digital filters (rec): Toy camera, High contrast, Soft, Starburst, Retro, Extract colour, Fish-eye, Custom;
Digital filters (playback): Toy Camera, Monochrome (filter effects, toning), Retro, Color (6), High Contrast, Soft Focus, Extract Color (6), Starburst, Water Color, Fisheye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Base Parameter Adj, Custom Filter

Built-in Flash

Type - Retractable P-TTL popup flash;
Guide number: 13 (100/m);
Coverage - 28mm wide angle (equivalent to 35mm);
Flash modes - On, redeye, slow sync, slow sync + redeye, trailing curtain sync, wireless
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV in 1/2 steps

External Flash

Type - Hotshoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-sync socket;
Synchronization speed - 1/180 sec

File Formats

Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (Exif 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III;
Movie (compression): AVI (Motion JPG)

Storage Media

Internal memory: n/a;
Removable memory: SD, SDHC memory card

Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese

Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone;
Video out: HD (1080i30, 720p30, 480p30), NTSC, PAL;
Printer interfaces: n/a

Operating Temperatures 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Computer System Requirements

*For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary. Windows: Windows XP/Vista, USB 2.0 port; Mac: MacOS-X 10.3-10.5, USB 2.0 port

Power Supply

Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for second D-LI90 battery or 6X AA batteries; Recordable images: Approx 980 (approx 740 w/ 50% flash, CIPA);
Playback time: Approx 440 min;
AC adapter available: Yes (optional)

What's in The Box

K-7 Body
USB Cable I-USB7, AV Cable I-AVC7
Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-LI90
Battery Charge Cradle D-BC90
AC Plug Cord D-CO68U
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
Software (CD-Rom) S-SW90

Optional Accessories

AC Adapter Kit D-AC50, Battery Charger Kit K-BC50, Battery Grip BG2, Cap D-BG2 (for battery grip), Focusing Screen LL-80 AF Divided Matte, Focusing Screen LI-80 AF Scale Matte, Remote Control F, Cable Switch CS-205, Magnifying Eyepiece O-ME53, DSLR Gadget Bag, DSLR Sling Bag

Dimensions (W x H x D) 130.5 x 96.5 x 72.5 mm /
5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9
Construction material(s): Magnesium alloy shell over stainless steel chassis

670g / 22.9 oz (without battery or removable memory)
750g / 26.5 oz (loaded and ready)


Body only: US $1299.95 / £1199.99
With 18-55mm kit lens: £1229.99
With 18-55mm + 50-200mm double kit lens: £1329.99

18-55mm kit lens:$199.95
50-200mm kit lens: $249.95

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