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Menus

For the K-7 Pentax has refreshed and tweaked the menu system from the K20D. There are still 4 tabs: Record, Playback, Set-up, Custom Setting, but instead of each tab scrolling vertically, each tab (when selected) is further separated into numbered sub-tabs. The front control wheel allows you to navigate through major tabs, while the rear control wheel rotates through numbered tabs. For selections within each tab you still use the rear multi controller.

The menus make it apparent just how feature-packed and customizable the K-7 is. The six pages of custom functions could, perhaps, have been placed in a sub-menu to make the menus appear less initially overwhelming, but that could have risked the nightmare of multi-tiered menus that some cameras fall victim to.

The camera's menus are split into four sections; Record, Playback, Setup and Custom Functions. Each of which is has its own a 'tab' at the top of the page.

Like the K2000/K-m, the K-7's menu is now separated into multiple numbered pages within each tab, rather than having multiple pages scroll vertically down. We found this made it easier to remember where we were and where options lived.

Record Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
File Format  • JPEG
 • RAW
 • RAW + JPEG
 
JPEG Recorded Pixels  • 14M
 • 10M
 • 6M
 • 2M
 - 4672 x 3104 pixels
 - 3936 x 2624 pixels
 - 3072 x 2048 pixels
 - 1728 x 1152 pixels
JPEG Quality  •
 •
 •
 •
 
ISO Auto Setting  • Low limit
 • Upper limit
 
D-Range Setting  • Highlight correction
Off
On

 • Shadow correction
Low/Med/High
 
Lens correction  • Distortion correction
Off
On

 • Lat-Chromatic-Ad Adj
Off
On
 
Program Line  • Auto
 • Normal
 • Action
 • Maximize Depth-of-Field
 • Minimize Depth-of-Field
 • MTF
 
Instant Review

 • Type
Off
White Balance
Saturation
Hue
High/Low Key Adj.
Contrast
Sharpness
 • Steps

Allows various image parameters to be bracketed in various steps (depending on the parameter being adjusted)
HDR Capture  • Off
 • Standard
 • Strong
Allows a three-frame High-Dynamic-Range image to be captures and combined. This function is only available when the camera is set to JPEG shooting.
Digital Filter  • Digital Filter menu Applies a series of image processing steps
Multi-exposure  • Start Multi-exposure
 • Number of shots
Off
2 - 9 times
 • Auto EV Adjust
Off
On
Combines up to 9 separate exposures to create a single image. Auto EV adjust corrects the exposure back to the brightness of a single exposure.
Interval shooting  • Off/On 
 • Interval hh/mm/ss
 • Number of shots 2-99
 • Start trigger
Now
Set Time
hh/mm
Allows up to 99 shots to be fired at pre-chosen intervals starting either when you press the shutter button or at a pre-determined time.
Composition Adjustment Start adjustment Use four-way controller to adjust the composition
Movie  • Recorded Pixels
1.6M 3:2
0.9M 16:9
0.3M 3:2
 • Quality level



 • Sound
Yes/No
 • Movie Aperture Control
Allowed/Banned
 • Shake Reduction
Yes/No

1.6M 3:2 = 1536x1024 at 30 fps

1.6M 3:2 = 1280x720 at 30 fps

1.6M 3:2 = 640x480 at 30 fps

Live View

 • Movie Info Overlay
Yes/No

 • Show Grid
Yes/No
 • Histogram
Yes/No

 • Bright/Dark Area
Yes/No

 • Autofocus Mode
Phase Detect
Contrast Detect
Contrast + Face Detect

 
Status Screen

 • Status Screen
Yes/No

 • Display Color
1 (Gray)
2 (Black)
3 (Blue)
4 (Red)

 
Digital Preview

 • Digital Preview
Off (Optical preview)
On

 • Histogram
Yes/No

 • Bright/Dark Area
Yes/No

 
Instant Review

Display Time
1 sec
3 sec
5 sec
Off

 • Histogram
Yes/No

 • Bright/Dark Area
Yes/No

 
Electronic Level Disp. • Yes/No  
EV Compensation • Yes/No  
Color Space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB


RAW File Format  • PEF
 • DNG
 
RAW Button  • Cancel after 1 shot
Yes/No
 • JPEG >
JPEG
RAW
RAW+
 • RAW >
JPEG
RAW
RAW+
 • RAW+ >
JPEG
RAW
RAW+
 
Memory  • Flash Mode
 • Drive Mode
 • White Balance
 • Sensitivity
 • EV compensation
 • Flash Exposure Compensation
 • Extended Bracketing
 • HDR Capture
 • Digital Filter
 • Playback Display
 • File No.
Lets you select which settings to save when the camera is turned off.
USER  • Save
 • Check Saved USER settings
 • Reset USER settings

Saves current camera settings for instant recall via the USER position on the mode dial.

Shake reduction  • On
 • Off
 
Input Focal Length Choose a focal length between 8 and 800mm. Default setting is 35mm. If you use an old lens that that does not report its focal lens to the camera you can set it here. This information is used to optimize the performance of the Shake Reduction.

Playback Menu

Option Values / Actions Notes
Slide show  • Start
 • Interval
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
30 sec
 • Interval
Fade
Wipe
Zoom
Off
 • Repeat Playback
Off
On
 
Playback display

 • Bright/Dark area
Off
On
 • Quick zoom
Off
2x
4x
8x
16x
32x

Defines the initial magnification level jumped-to when playback mode is zoomed-in and whether bright and dark areas are highlighted.
Delete All

 • Delete All
 • Cancel

 
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