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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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.

  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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