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: 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.
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
Excerpt: In a time when people are tightening their belts like Christian Bale in The Machinist and scrutinizing each purchase, Pentax introduces a pocketbook-friendly prosumer DSLR body that’s bursting with useful features, some only found on cameras costing two or more times its $1300 price tag.
Pros: Speedy 5.2 frames per second. Super sturdy construction. Lots of pro features at a prosumer price. Improved battery life and 100 percent field-of-view viewfinder. Faster, more robust processor. Live View with contrast focus and face detection. Shoots 5.2 frames-per-second with shutter speed up to...
Cons: User interface needs to be simpler and more unified.
Excerpt: When you're choosing a mid-level DSLR, should you go for the practical Canon EOS 50D or the fun Pentax K-7? With £120 price difference, is it worth the money to get all those features or is picture quality all you need?
Excerpt: Its model name may be a couple of numerals short of a Dr Who assistant, but the K-7 is certainly no pup. It delivers 14.6-megapixel images from an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, which, along with its heavyweight weather-resistant sealing, places it in semi-professional territory.
Pros: Relatively compact and lightweight; very good value for money; user friendly; weather-sealed in 77 places.
Cons: Expensive if you’re primarily buying for HD video.
Summary: There is a lot to like about the Pentax K-7. Most importantly for the majority of enthusiast photographers, it is capable of recording high-quality images and has class-leading detail resolution.