Pentax’s first ‘pro-sumer’ DSLR, the K-7, is compact, weatherproof and has a host of novel features, including a self-levelling sensor. Find out in the Pentax K-7 review whether these qualities make it attractive to out-and-about enthusiasts
White balance and colour
During the course of this test I encountered the full gamut of British summer weather and the K-7’s automatic white balance system coped with it all very well. Most of my images look good straight from the camera, but a few taken in very overcast conditions look a little magenta, which is easily corrected.
I found that the daylight setting, marked with a sun icon, produces good results in both bright and gloomy conditions. This is likely to have been helped by the fact that I used the option (in the second screen of the custom menu) to set the camera to automatically adjust the white balance within a range when specific settings are selected.
Although the default Image Finishing Tone setting is Bright, I prefer to use the Natural setting as this applies slightly less sharpening and produces more muted images with lower contrast. However, those who want more punchy images direct from the camera may prefer the Bright setting and wish to boost the saturation and contrast levels.