Summary: I have owned this camera since Feburary of 2011. The features have been written about extensively so I will write about how it is to use it. I have pounded this camera in the dirt, dust, wind, rain, and snow. I have had it photographing offroad races, wilderness in all seasons. It has just never failed. The dust and water sealing works impeccably on the body and lenses. I have shot down to zero degrees without an issue.
Summary: In the short time that i have had it ,its been a great upgrade from the FS-1 that i had , also all my lenses fit. The learning curve is a bit steep if you want to understand all the capabilities of this fine camera.
Pros: Fast focus, photos as good or better than 35mm. Trouble free after almost 2 years and thousands of photos. I can still use my old screwmount and kmount lenses from the 1960s and 1970s to get excellent results.
Cons: Wish it had a higher ISO speed but film never went this high, so I guess I shouldn't complain. I shoot in RAW so image degradation is not a problem, I've heard it is in JPG mode but as noted I don't shoot JPEGS.
Summary: I've been using the K-7 for 9 months now. Over and over again, I think, wow, this is a camera that was designed for photographers by photographers--button placement, menus, custom functions---everything is thoughtfully put together, unlike some other cameras you feel are just cranked out. The K-7 is a hidden gem.
Summary: Sold my Pentax K10D and bought the K7. I do a lot of hiking and cycling in the Hudson Valley so had to have a rugged camera. It gets down to -10 up here with blowing snow in winter and can rain often. I looked at other DSLRs and the new smaller interchangeable lens cameras like the Sony Nex5 and the Olympus Pen 2 but they all felt too fragile for my needs.
Pros: Build Quality, Dust removal, Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Quiet, Size and weight
Cons: LCD Screen Doesn't Swivel, No AF in Movie Mode
Summary: I am finally getting the saturation of colors that I missed when transitioning from film to digital. I have been printing poster size images and am amazed at the lack of noise. The focus sharpness is amazing.
Pros: Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD
Summary: The build quality is superior to canon and nikon competition. I am still learning about the features and possibilities. The automatic settings are very effective. The program mode is also well thought out. I don't like the photo editing software. Not very intuitive and cumbersome. I downloaded picasa and have been very happy with this camera.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization
Summary: First, some background: Several years ago, after doing extensive homework, I decided to build my system with the Pentax dslr. I started with the K10d. When I started earning money with my photo work, I justified having a 2nd body and purchased the K20d from Amazon.com. I never paid much attention to the K7 when it came on the market.
weather sealing works great and the shutter is very unobtrusive
vagrant10 "mh", Amazon
3 October 2010
Summary: This weekend I volunteered to shoot an outdoor wedding and unfortunately it rained through the whole event. But I knew this was likely from the weather reports and I packed my lenses accordingly. I brought the kit lens 18-55 wr and the DA* 50-135 with me and shot in the rain for 3 hours with no issues. But I've had similar experiences with my k10d in bad weather also, so I know Pentax seals their cameras well.