R-7 noise level/reduction

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R-7 noise level/reduction
Jan 10, 2010

As was found in the Review, K-7 applies only a slight NR by default, which results in considerably higher noise level compared to competition at all ISOs. At ISO 1600, e.g., it may become almost unbearable (see sample photos at http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/K7/K7A.HTM ).

Meanwhile, K-7 offers a custom function "High ISO NR level" which could help with this problem. Unfortunately, it can be engaged only from ISO 400 onwards. This is not good, since noise levels are not too low even at ISO 100 and 200. If you want less noise, the only way to shoot RAW which is another story.

Why Pentax did not put the NR level option in main shooting menu, or at least not allowed to change NR level starting from base ISO?

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