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

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Seven is a very important number for the Pentax K-7 – its body has 77 water resistant seals and its new metering system has 77 segments. The latter appears to contribute towards making the K-7 produce more acceptable exposures in a 
wider range of situations than the K20D, which is quite heavily skewed towards underexposure.

I found that the K-7 is less prone to underexposure than the K20D, and in several instances it correctly exposed the foreground and allowed quite large, bright areas to burn out. Some may argue that it is better to underexpose a scene to preserve the highlights and then brighten the image on the computer, but many photographers prefer to produce images with their main subject correctly exposed in-camera.

That said, part of this test was conducted in overcast conditions and it was no surprise that the K-7 produced underexposed shots when set to its multi-segment metering mode. These conditions are a challenge to most metering systems.

While the K-7 metering system is an improvement on that of the K20D, it doesn’t throw up any major surprises and it is helpful to have an understanding of how a camera’s meter traditionally responds.

  1. 1. Pentax K-7 at a glance:
  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
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, live view and video
  10. 10. The competition
  11. 11. Our verdict
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  • Roberta

    Well Carl,There are many readers inlducing myself that look forward to what you write ..Your right on with the DP1, the more I use it, the more I love it and depend on it. Pushing to 1600-3200 is easy and still provides great images .Waiting on your next project .take care Don

  • Emrullah

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