Pentax K-7

Announced May 20, 2009 •
15 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced May 20, 2009
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The K-7 is Pentax's latest enthusiast/semi-pro grade DSLR. It the first Pentax DSLR to have a magnesium-alloy body making it smaller than the K20D it replaces, while still offering reassuring build quality. The body is weather sealed (though not weather proof) and features a 920,000 dot LCD and 100% viewfinder and the ability to shoot 720p HD movies. Like the models before it, the K-7 has image stabilization built into the body, stabilizing all lenses. It offers the high level of exterior control you'd expect on a camera at this level and its operation can be customized to a high degree.

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Review, Oct 2, 2009
Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4672 x 3104
Effective pixels 15 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400 with boost)
Lens mount Pentax KAF2
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format Motion JPEG
Storage types SD/SDHC/MMC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 750 g (1.65 lb / 26.46 oz)
Dimensions 131 x 97 x 73 mm (5.16 x 3.82 x 2.87)

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Our review

Semi-pro spec for mid-range money makes the K-7 an incredibly attractive option for the serious photographer wanting something a little less mainstream without compromising performance. Solid as a tank and feature packed - yet surprisingly compact - the K-7's only real weak spot is its high ISO performance.

Good for: Anyone wanting a semi pro camera that won't make a hole in your pocket or weigh you down too much.

Not so good for: Low light work, movie makers

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Highly Recommended
74%
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