K-7 tested by Swedish magazine

Started Aug 16, 2009 | Discussions thread
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ktwse Regular Member • Posts: 348
K-7 tested by Swedish magazine

Posted this on another forum and it was suggested I should post it here as well. Some might find it interesting... I personally find it refreshing to read a review that's not obsessed with charts and numbers but with the actual real world performance of a camera.

Swedish photography magazine FOTO, the most well respected in the country and established 70 years ago, reviews the Pentax K-7 in their latest issue.

This magazine differs from a lot of reviewers in that they don't do grades. They have only three awards and these are only given to the cameras that truly stand head and shoulders above the pack. The awards are "Top class", which is only awarded to cameras that truly live up to the highest of expectations, "Recommended", only awarded to cameras that can truly be recommended in the light of their competition, and "Very affordable", only awarded to cameras that have a very competitive price when compared to similar cameras. Furthermore, "Top class" and "Recommended" are contradictory awards, ie if a camera gets one, it can't get the other (and in the light of that, "Recommended" can be considered a slightly lesser award than "Top class").

Of previous Pentax DLSRs reviewed, the K100D and K10D both were awarded with "Very affordable" and "Recommended", the K200D with "Very affordable" and the K20D with "Recommended". That's it. No other Pentax DSLR has been given an award. Looking through their entire review database, the most notable thing is just how few cameras do receive any award at all. For example, the last four Canon APS-C cameras were not awarded at all.

This is turning into quite the background to the review, so let's move on to that. The text starts with the following passage, something I can very much relate to myself: "Every now and then, a camera shows up that even the most jaded and picky of reviewers finds fun and entertaining to use. Pentax K-7 is one of those cameras." The review then goes on to basically celebrate every feature of the camera, including AF and IQ. The only negatives mentioned are that some buttons and levers are a bit too small, that there's not a detail battery status indicator, that selected AF points are not constantly visible in the VF and that the AF could have been even faster (however, the camera does perform similarly in focus speed to the D300...).

In the end, the K-7 receives both the "Top class" and "Very affordable" awards, being one of only four APS-C cameras ever to receive a "Top class" award (the others being the Fuji S-5, the Nikon D200 and D300) and only one of five cameras ever to receive combined awards for being both outstanding in quality yet at the same time very affordable (the others being the Canon 5D mkII, the Nikon D200, D300 and D700).

While this might not sway anyone into buying a K-7, hopefully it will make it clear that Pentax is still very much a force to be reckoned with when it comes to putting out a camera that delivers not only where it counts but that also adds new features that actually help making photography even more enjoyable.

K-7 / DA 15 Ltd / DA 70 Ltd / Sea & Sea DX-2G / 2x YS-110a strobes

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