Pentax’s first ‘pro-sumer’ DSLR, the K-7, is compact, weatherproof and has a host of novel features, including a self-levelling sensor. In our Pentax K-7 review we find out whether these qualities make it attractive to out-and-about enthusiasts

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Pentax K-7

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£1,199.99

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The competition

With a street price of around £1,190, the Pentax K-7 (RRP £1,199.99) is set to compete with the Canon EOS 50D (RRP £1,189.99), which has a street price of around £810, and the recently announced Nikon D300s (RRP £1,499) that replaces the D300, which can be found for about £1,130.

Its 14.6-million-effective-pixel count is closer to the 15-million-pixel count of the Canon EOS 50D than the 12-million-pixel Nikon D300s and it is clear that the K-7’s detail resolution is more than a match for the Canon camera. This, combined with the K-7’s relatively low weight and compact size, could make it the camera of choice for keen landscape, still-life and macro photographers. However, anyone with a keen interest in sports photography will be best served by the D300s because of its superior, well-proven AF system.

While the K-7 offers plenty of opportunity to experiment with different filter effects, colour treatments and even in-camera HDR photography, its menu lacks the finesse and customisation of the other two cameras. The Canon EOS 50D and Nikon D300s can be adapted to suit your personal style of photography, but the photographer must adapt to use the K-7. Pentax is to be congratulated on making it very difficult to choose between the three cameras.

Details

White Balance:Auto, 10 presets, plus custom setting, Kelvin 
 and WB fine adjustment
Dioptre Adjustment:-2.5 to +1.5 dioptre
Built-in Flash:Yes
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane
Memory Card:SD or SDHC
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
LCD:3in TFT with 920,000 dots or 307,000 pixels
Output Size:4672x3104 pixels
Field of View:Approx 100%
AF Points:11 points AF (cross type)
White Balance Bracket:Yes, over 3 images
Sensor:14.6-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
Focal Length Mag:1.5x
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec with built-in flash, High Speed sync with compatible Pentax flashguns
Power:Rechargeable Lithium-Ion D-L190 (supplied)
Weight:670g without battery or card/s, 750g with
Exposure Modes:PASM, sensitivity priority, shutter and aperture priority, bulb and movie
Shutter Speeds:30-1/8000sec in 1⁄3 or 1⁄2EV steps plus B
File Format:12-bit PEF or DNG raw, JPEG JPEG + raw simultaneously
Lens Mount:Pentax KAF2
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:Single, continuous Hi/Lo , self-timer (10/2secs selectable), mirror lock-up. Up to 5.2 fps for 17 PEF or around 30 premium JPEG or 40 Hi JPEGs
ISO:ISO 100-3200, expandable to ISO 6400 in 
 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV steps
Focusing Modes:AF.S (single), AF.C (continuous), manual
DoF Preview:Yes
Dimensions:130.5x96.5x72.5mm
Metering System:77-segment metering, centreweighted, spot
Compression:Three-stage JPEG
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1⁄3 or 1/2EV steps
Tested as:Enthusiast DSLR
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range and Gamut
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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