Summary: Pentax made a big splash at the right time with the prosumer K-7. One industry magazine even named it the best camera of 2009. Our reviewer sees if it lives up to the hype. By Joseph Ben Keough
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Conclusion: The K-7 is a definite buy for a Pentax shooter looking to replace an aging flagship. It has a huge hardware upgrade, and while IQ difference between the K-7 and K20D aren’t tremendous, it is improved in many areas including long exposure and image capture control.
Summary: The K-7 is, without a doubt, the best DSLR that Pentax has ever produced. It’ll please existing Pentax users who may be looking for faster performance, better autofocus or even a fairly solid movie mode to add to the fray.
Pros: 35 years worth of compatible Pentax lenses, 100% viewfinder, intuitive camera layout, weather-sealing, best Pentax AF system to date
Cons: Kit lens is a let down, underexposure can be an issue, AF isn’t as snappy as it should be, high ISO image noise
Summary: The Pentax K-7 is, without a doubt, the best DSLR that Pentax has ever produced. It’ll please existing Pentax users who may be looking for faster performance, better autofocus or even a fairly solid movie mode to add to the fray.
Pros: 35 years worth of compatible Pentax lenses, 100% viewfinder, intuitive camera layout, HD movie, best AF system (with AF illuminator) to grace a Pentax camera
Cons: Underexposed images, no AF in Movie mode, slow AF in live view, in-camera HDR a disappointment, tough competition to compete against - ought to be cheaper
Excerpt: Here's a ruggedly built, wellsealed DSLR that shoots HD video, processes high-dynamic range (HDR) images in the camera, and has a high-end 100- percent-accurate viewfinder. So why do we have mixed feelings about the Pentax K-7? Because this $1,260 (street, body only) camera is a bit of a mixed bag.
Summary: Semi-pro spec for mid-range money makes the K-7 an incredibly attractive option for the serious photographer wanting something a little less mainstream without compromising performance.
Pros: At base ISO detailed output that makes good use of the camera's 14.6 megapixel resolution, Good JPEG and RAW resolution, Semi-pro features and build quality in a compact body, Magnesium/steel body with environmental seals, Good selection of external controls, Comfortable grip and generally well-d...
Cons: Measurably and visibly more noise than competition at high ISOs (JPEG), More RAW noise than predecessor (but in line with competition), AF speed not quite up with the fastest in class, Less dynamic range than direct competitors, No 'interactive' status display for easy change of parameters, HDR a...
Conclusion: Pentax K7 SLR camera Pentax does not have an equally big marketing budget as that of Canon or Nikon. That is why the brand remains somewhat inconspicuous, due to all the attention that is claimed by the other brands. However, Pentax certainly is a brand that deserves attention.