Pentax K-7 Review
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.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|File Format|| JPEG
RAW + JPEG
|JPEG Recorded Pixels|| 14M
| - 4672 x 3104 pixels
- 3936 x 2624 pixels
- 3072 x 2048 pixels
- 1728 x 1152 pixels
|ISO Auto Setting|| Low limit
|D-Range Setting|| Highlight correction
|Lens correction|| Distortion correction
|Program Line|| Auto
|Allows various image parameters to be bracketed in various steps (depending on the parameter being adjusted)|
|HDR Capture|| Off
|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
2 - 9 times
Auto EV Adjust
|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
Number of shots 2-99
|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
Movie Aperture Control
1.6M 3:2 = 1536x1024 at 30 fps
1.6M 3:2 = 1280x720 at 30 fps
1.6M 3:2 = 640x480 at 30 fps
Movie Info Overlay
|Electronic Level Disp.|| Yes/No|
|EV Compensation|| Yes/No|
|Color Space|| sRGB
|RAW File Format|| PEF
|RAW Button|| Cancel after 1 shot
|Memory|| Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Compensation
|Lets you select which settings to save when the camera is turned off.|
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
|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.|
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Slide show|| Start
|Defines the initial magnification level jumped-to when playback mode is zoomed-in and whether bright and dark areas are highlighted.|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Specifications
- 3 What's new
- 4 Body & Design
- 5 Body & Design
- 6 Body & Design
- 7 Operation & Controls
- 8 Operation & Controls
- 9 Operation (Live View)
- 10 Displays
- 11 Menus
- 12 Menus
- 13 Menus
- 14 Performance
- 15 Photographic tests (RAW)
- 16 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 17 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 18 Photographic tests (DR)
- 19 Photographic tests
- 20 In-camera effects
- 21 Movie Mode
- 22 Compared to
- 23 Compared to (JPEG)
- 24 Compared to (JPEG)
- 25 Compared to (JPEG)
- 26 Compared to (RAW)
- 27 Compared to (RAW)
- 28 Compared to (RAW)
- 29 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 30 Compared to (Resolution)
- 31 Compared to (Resolution)
- 32 Conclusion
- 33 Samples
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