Summary: I like this camera so far. It is big improvement over the k10''s I have been using for a long time. Buttons are easy to access and use and I feel like I can adjust the settings faster. I have small hands and it fits my hands well and is easy to hold. I use a battery grip and it is well balanced. I am happy with it for the price.
Excerpt: I was glad on one hand that I'd passed on the K-20D for the K-7, but on the other hand hugely disappointed when the K-5 rolled out 5 months after I got my K-7. Most impressive about the K-7 and the K-5 as well, is the very nice & compact magnesium body, that Pentax put forth a very good design in its feel and ergonomics. The camera has an incredible feel in your hands.
Summary: I struggled for a long time before getting this camera over the Nikon D90. The primary reason is that this camera for me is "free" - from awards points. But when I received the camera in mail, I was complete surprised by how well this camera was constructed. Compare with Nikon D90, this fells SOLID! As for the weather resistance feature, I was very surprised as well. That, also, was so thoughtful and well constructed.
Excerpt: The only bad things I can say about the k-7 are the standards; lack of high ISO performance and weak dynamic range, the latter being the most frustrating at times. I shoot mostly back country wilderness-scapes here in Wyoming and have found that my more complex images have a crammed look to them. Most pictures turn out great but things like canyons that have tons of competing details tend to get flattened.
Summary: I have been using Pentax products since the late 70's and have owned the k10d k20d and K2000. All very good but lacked the speed I needed once I started purchasing Canon and Nikon DSLR's. I have since decided to add Pentax back to my stable after selling most of my equipment. I am very pleased that this camera has made the grade. Better buffer and 1/8000 second top shutter speed keep me in the game. In addition the body design and shutter noise are greatly improved.
Summary: The K-7 is a great camera at a great price. I have worked as a journalistic photographer for about a decade. During that time, I have mainly used Nikon equipment (N90, F4s, D70, D90). I didn't expect to buy a Pentax when I started looking for a personal camera system. Several factors won me over: 1. The K-7 is small, tough and weather-sealed.
Much improved from the K10d (and I love the K10d).....
Marcus Panek "Photographer", Amazon
28 September 2010
Summary: The image quality is definitely noticeably improved from the k10d. I typically only use ISO 100, but I still notice a big difference in the noise, much less on the k7. I can only compare this camera to the k10d as that is what I own. Some of the pro features I mention below may be in the k20d, but for that, I cannot say. Big pros compared to the K10d: The live view: This is a huge help if you are using manual focus lenses like the M's and A's.
Excerpt: The A700 Sony refused to make! Compact, full-featured, weather resistant, long-life shutter, exposure versatility and more custom options than I can keep up with! Some day I will try live view and video, but they are not what I'm about. I've seen some hi-iso issues online but don't shoot past iso1250 often so I'm not concerned. Problems: Wish the menu selections showed more than numbers as settings - but at least the numerous options are there to select!