Summary: The Pentax K-7 is undoubtedly the most feature-rich DSLR made to date. Its unique horizon correction, built-in level, 100% viewfinder and white-balance preview helps photographers take better pictures. Its 14.6 MP resolution, maximum ISO of 6400, 5.2 FPS continuous drive, built-in stabilization and cold-resistant weather-sealed body makes it suitable for every photographic subject as well.
Pros: Excellent retention of details at all ISO, Good focusing accuracy, Stable metering system, Fast and responsive, Effective stabilization for all lenses, Automatic horizon correction grealty helps, Large viewfinder with 100% coverage, Innovative exposure modes & program line, Digital white balance preview, Extremely flexible image parameters, Customizable auto ISO, In-camera RAW conversion, Top-of-class weather resistance, Wealth of easily accessible controls
Cons: Automatic white-balance not so reliable, Occasional overexposure, Slow continuous focus, LCD flush with left side, Slowness when applying in-camera corrections, Camera strap gets in way of mode-dial, Status screen does not turn off automatically, Battery door difficult to open due to weather-seals
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. Solid as a tank and feature packed--yet surprisingly compact--the K-7's only real weak spot is its high ISO 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-designed ergonomics, Responsive overall performance, Reliable flash performance, Good quality HD video recording (but hardly any manual control), Improved continuous shooting (...
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 and a range of other features only available in JPEG mode, Slightly fiddly SD-card slot, Contrast detect AF so slow it's useless for most types of photography (not much differe...
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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. Beyond that the K-7 offers HD video with an auxiliary mic input, it’s more compact, and faster than its predecessors. It also should prove more durable long-term with a magnesium alloy body vs.
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. The successor to the well-regarded K20D, it doesn't so much build on the previous model as add a few extensions.
Summary: The Pentax K-7 is indeed the most revolutionary camera Pentax has produced to date. The speed, features, and build quality help this camera stand above previous Pentax offerings, and if you're in the market for a Nikon D90 or can't afford a D300S then this camera might make an even better Christmas present. If you currently own a K10D and need a new camera, then the K-7 makes perfect sense.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Fastest Pentax camera to date, Terrific in-camera editing tools
Cons: In-camera editing slows down performance, Unacceptably slow live view AF, Short grip surface