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
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.
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 ...
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
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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: 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...
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: When Pentax announced the K10D back in 2006, it was a revolutionary camera for serious amateurs and professionals on a budget. The K10D was more rugged and feature-packed than any Pentax digital SLR before it.
Pros: Great image quality, Fastest Pentax yet, In-camera editing tools
Cons: Slow Live View AF, Short grip surface, In-camera editing slow
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.