Pentax K7 14.6 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body Only with 3.0" LCD Monitor

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About Pentax

The Pentax K-7 features a rugged, yet compact body design with a 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor rebuilt from the ground up. Packed with advanced features such as HD Movie Capture, 100% Field of View, 5.2 FPS and a 3 inch LCD Screen with Live View. The Pentax K-7 is compatible with every PENTAX lens ever made, the K-7 offers an abundance of long- anticipated new and improved features that are exclusive to the camera and combine to make it a tremendous photography tool.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Image stabilization (25),Easy to use (17),Large clear LCD (17),Good image quality (16),Fast shutter speed (14),Fast / accurate auto-focus (11),Quiet (8),High ISO performance (4),Simple controls (4),Great picture quality (3),Strong construction (3)
Cons:
Noisy at high ISO (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (19),Travel (18),Wildlife (10),Low light (9),Family photos (8),Sports/action (8),Weddings (6),Portraits (5),Art (4),Video (4),Fun (3),Sports (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (15),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Pentax Features

  • Compact, magnesium alloy body: One of the smallest DSLRs in its class, the K-7's compact, magnesium alloy body lets you travel light while still maintaining durability and build quality.
  • 14.6 megapixels: The redesigned 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor offers improved noise control, four channel output for faster image capture and movie capture capabilities. Plus the new sensor offers the ideal combination of resolution and file size, allowing for large prints and cropping flexibility.
  • 3 inch LCD: The 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dot resolution is perfect for detailed image or movie capture and review and is ideal for the Live View function.
  • Weather, dust and cold resistant: The K-7 is weather, dust and cold resistant (to 14° F or -10° C), making it ideal for use in any environment.
  • New PRIME II Image processing engine: Fast 5.2 frame-per-second shooting with the powerful new PRIME II Image processing engine, which features fast circuitry and low noise image processing. Ideal for sporting events or any fast-action situation.
  • High top shutter speed: A top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec freezes even the fastest action and gives creative control over apertures in well-lit settings.
  • New 77-segment metering system: A new 77-segment metering system quickly and accurately determines exposure, even in the most complex and dynamic lighting situations.
  • Live View mode: Live View mode, with contrast AF, Face Detection and optional histogram, grid and bright/dark area display, allows you to quickly compose your images without having to position your eye against the viewfinder.
  • 100% field-of-view viewfinder: A 100% field-of-view viewfinder (with 0.92X magnification) and bright focusing screens are ideal for accurate image composition and focus.
  • HD Movie Capture: Widescreen HD Movie Capture features adjustable quality settings and aperture control, as well as Shake Reduction and an external microphone terminal for recording stereo sound.
  • High resolution playback: HDMI port with selectable output resolution (1080i, 720p, 480p and auto) offers high resolution playback of images and video on high definition TVs.
  • Multiple exposure settings: Multiple exposure settings, including Green, Program, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, M, Bulb, X-sync, Movie and USER modes, provide extensive creative control over the exposure for photographers of all experience levels.
  • Faster, more responsive AF: The PENTAX 11-point autofocus system features improved focus algorithms over previous-generation K-series DSLR cameras, providing faster, more responsive AF. A dedicated AF-assist lamp further improves autofocus response and accuracy in low light conditions.
  • Shake Reduction system: The PENTAX-original Shake Reduction system now compensates for rotational sensor movement, improving the sharpness of your images at the moment of capture.
  • Dust-free image capture: The K-7's Dust Reduction system, improved over previous K-series cameras, features a piezo-ceramic vibration action to the sensor's low-pass filter for dust-free image capture.
  • Advanced white balance settings: Advanced white balance settings include highly customizable white balance fine tuning, color temperature adjustment and post image capture manual white balance selection for perfect pictures, even in the most difficult lighting.
  • Extended battery life: New high capacity battery offers considerably longer life. Ideal for travel photography or video work.
  • Electronic level function: Electronic level function ensures your pictures have level horizons, minimizing post-capture editing.
  • Advanced image capture settings: Advanced image capture settings, digital filters and aspect ratio provide outstanding flexibility and creativity while minimizing the need for computer image manipulation.
  • Custom Image modes: Custom Image modes with advanced parameter settings including new Key adjustment, allow you to customize your processing mode to your creative style.
  • Dynamic Range setting: A Dynamic Range function with highlight and adjustable shadow correction brings out hidden or lost details in both highlights and shadows, even in the most contrasted dynamic lighting.
  • Lens Correction function: A Lens Correction function adjusts for Distortion and Lateral Chromatic Aberrations, allowing you to maximize your image quality for every digital lens.
  • Dedicated PC socket: Dedicated PC socket for studio flash offers convenience for the studio photographer without adding hotshoe adapters.
  • Mirror Lock-up function: A dedicated Mirror Lock-up function eliminates image blur due to mirror movement during long exposures.
  • HDR image capture mode: An HDR image capture mode blends three separate image exposures to widen the exposure gamut, bringing out detail in all exposure areas of your images.

Pentax Specifications

Sensor Type
CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Sensor Size
23.4 x 15.6mm
Color depth
8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels
14.6 MP
Total pixels
15.07 MP
Recorded resolutions - Still
14M 4672x3104, 10M 3936x2624, 6M 3072x2048, 2M 1728x1152
Recorded resolutions - Movie
1280x720p30, 1536x1024p30, 640x416p30 (resolution/FPS)
Dust Removal
Supersonic vibration to low pass filter
Lens Type/construction
PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses
PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF and KA (K mount, 35mm screw mount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w/ adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function
Yes
Power zoom function
Yes
Focus Type
TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII+)
Focus modes
AF Single (w/ focus lock), AF Continuous, Manual
Focus point adjustment
AF Single (w/ focus lock), AF Continuous, Manual
AF assist
Yes, via dedicated AF assist lamp with SAFOX VIII+ system
Viewfinder Type
Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view)
100%
Magnification
0.92X (w/ 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen
Natural-Bright-Matte III
Diopter adjustment
-2.5 to 1.5
Depth of field preview
Optical (diaphragm stop down), Digital
LCD Type
3.0" TFT IPS (In Plane Switching) color LCD with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
LCD Resolution
921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable
Yes
Live View Type
TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View
100%
Display Modes
Magnification (2-6X AF, 2-10X MF), grid pattern overlay
Autofocus
Yes, contrast w/ face detection, contrast, phase difference
Built-in Flash Type
Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number
13 (100/m)
Coverage
28mm wide angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Flash modes
On, redeye, slow sync, slow sync + redeye, trailing curtain sync, wireless
Flash exposure compensation
-2 to 1 EV in 1/2 steps
External Flash
Hotshoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-sync socket
Synchronization speed
1/180 sec
Removable memory
SD, SDHC
Ports
USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone
Video out
HD (1080i30, 720p30, 480p30), NTSC, PAL
Power source
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for second D-LI90 battery or 6X AA batteries
Recordable images
Approx 980 (approx 740 w/ 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time
Approx 440 min
AC adapter available
Yes (optional)
Image Stabilization Type
Sensor-shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max)
Electronic level function
Yes, verification via viewfinder and top LCD panel
Metering System Type
TTL open-aperture 77 segment metering
Sensitivity range
EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Multi-segment
Yes, 77 segments
Center weighted
Yes
Spot
Yes
Exposure compensation
+/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock
Yes
Exposure bracketing
Yes, 3 or 5 frames, up to +/- 2 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)
ISO Sensitivity: Auto
ISO 100-3200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range available to ISO 6400, auto ISO range selectable
ISO Sensitivity: Manual
ISO 100-3200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range available to ISO 6400
White Balance: Auto preset modes
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
White Balance: Manual mode(s)
Yes, manual and 3 color temperature selections available * WB fine adjustment available in all modes
Shutter Type
Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed
1/8000 to 30 sec, bulb
Mode selection
Green, Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter and Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER, Movie
Green simplified mode available
Yes
P/A/S/M/B
P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Digital filters (capture) - A
Custom Image Function includes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant and Muted modes, each with gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, high/low key, contrast and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales).
Digital filters (capture) - B
Monochrome mode includes adjustment for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), high/low key, contrast and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Other capture filters include Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Extract Color, Soft Focus, Starburst, Fisheye, Custom Filter.
Data record
Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright
Continuous FPS
5.2 FPS (40 JPG Continuous Hi, 15 RAW PEF, 14 RAW DNG)
3.3 FPS (unlimited JPG Continuous Lo, 17 RAW PEF/DNG)
Self-timer
Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote control
Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous) and cable switch
Playback Mode selection
One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 32, 81 thumbnails), Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Magnification, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data)
Mode pallet
Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Image Comparison, Protect, DPOF
Digital filters (playback)
Toy Camera, Monochrome (filter effects, toning), Retro, Color (6), High Contrast, Soft Focus, Extract Color (6), Starburst, Water Color, Fisheye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Base Parameter Adj, Custom Filter
File Format: Still
RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (Exif 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III
File Format: Movie (compression)
AVI (Motion JPG)
Custom Functions available
37
System Requirements: Windows
Windows XP/Vista, USB 2.0 port
System Requirements: Mac
Mac OS-X 10.3-10.5, USB 2.0 port
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Construction material(s)
Magnesium alloy shell over stainless steel chassis
Operating temperature
14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Body dimensions (W x H x D)
5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9"
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 22.9 oz
Loaded and ready: 26.5 oz
Warranty
Pentax 1 year limited warranty

Reviews about this item

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4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally, a compact

I've used many cameras & this just replaced a Nikon D-200. In combination with the fast Pentax DA* lenses I purchased (including an F1.4 55mm and a 16-50mm F2.8), this camera provides a closer feel to my old compact 35 mm cameras (e.g. Nikon FE2) than any DSLR I've owned. It's very easy to shoot manually, via aperture priority, etc. -- even chasing around an 18 month old nephew on a beach playground -- where the camera weighed a fraction of what his father's Canon EOS Rebel weighs. It's great...

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I've used many cameras & this just replaced a Nikon D-200. In combination with the fast Pentax DA* lenses I purchased (including an F1.4 55mm and a 16-50mm F2.8), this camera provides a closer feel to my old compact 35 mm cameras (e.g. Nikon FE2) than any DSLR I've owned. It's very easy to shoot manually, via aperture priority, etc. -- even chasing around an 18 month old nephew on a beach playground -- where the camera weighed a fraction of what his father's Canon EOS Rebel weighs. It's great being able to truly control depth of field again the way I could on my old 35 mm and medium format analog cameras. Exposure is excellent -- even in adverse conditions where bright sun & shade could confuse the sensors (very impressive). I prefer to use manual focus, but the camera is reasonably fast with auto focus. It doesn't shine here and could be quieter with a standard Pentax lens -- but I've yet to use a camera (I've owned quite a few digital & analog auto focus cameras) that's as good as I'd like it to be. The controls allow fast "on the fly" access and shooting in RAW+ mode allows for fast, continuous shooting on an SDHC card. (An 8GB card can store over 200 RAW + [hi-res] JPEG images.) Though heavy compared with say... an Olympus 620, it's more rugged and still much lighter than the Nikon I've been using. Finally, this camera fits much more easily into my carryon luggage than its bigger bulkier prosumer DSLR brethren with equivalent specs. Concerns about theft from checked luggage prompted this most recent purchase -- which I compared extensively with several other brands.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Back up Camera

I shoot mainly youth sports photography. This K-7 is now my back up to my K-5.

Reviewed by 22 customers

 
4.0

Great Cameras!!

By

from Scotia, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very rugged construction- goes anywhere. Fast focus, lots of customization...a camera you can really grow into!

 
4.0

A Camera That Is A Joy To Use

By

from Georgia, U.S.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased this camera as a replacement for my K-10D about four years ago. It has proved to be a wonderful camera that I have enjoyed using. One big improvement I noticed right away was the accuracy of the white balance and how easy it was to make adjustments. I often had difficulty getting the white balance set with the K-10D. The only really negative aspect of this camera that I have noticed is the amount of noise in pictures taken in low light using higher ISOs. I take a lot of pictures at concerts where the use of a flash is prohibited. Despite this drawback I have been able to take some very nice photos in relatively low light conditions. I did however purchase software to help deal with the noise.

 
4.0

Great Camera

By

from Longview, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this camera almost daily and it has been very reliable. I had a problem with it last year and I sent it in for repair under warranty and Pentax repaired it for no cost and was quick about it. Adorama was helpful in that they supplied me with my invoice so I could verify the date of purchase because I was 800 miles away from home and my purchase receipt. Thanks Adorama for being there when I needed your assistance in getting the camera repaired.

 
4.0

Fabulous Camera

By

from Alabama  -  Photo Enthusiast

The only disappointment was the video features on this camera. I love it otherwise. Great photos. This is my 3rd Pentax, and certainly not my last. I would have rated it 5 stars if the video did not cut out on me.

 
5.0

THE Pentax Upgrade for Pentax Lovers

By

from Westport, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

If the K-5 is too expensive but you want the latest technology from Pentax, this is the camera for you!

 
3.0

Back up Camera

By

from Golden, Colorado  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I shoot mainly youth sports photography. This K-7 is now my back up to my K-5.

 
4.0

Loads of Features

By

from Yakima, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a good overall camera. Fun to use. I have the battery grip which is nice to hold. I use it now as a backup to my k-5.

 
5.0

Great camera, features, and great photo

By

from Stanislaus County, California  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've owned my K-7 for close to two years (prior Pentax cameras were K10D, K20D...) This camera has met all my needs as an (almost) semi-pro photographer. Images are sharp, clean, and without distortions. The movie mode 720p HD transforms taking video from the small format hand held camcorders to a higher resolution professional looking video. There are so many very good functions that it is impossible to include them all in this space. Its ease of use and versatility can not be overly praised. Good price and ruggedly built. I use mine for a varied number of formats (still, landscape, portraits, architectural, video, and the built in filters have opened others such as infrared photography.

 
5.0

Love it!

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from Birmingham, AL  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love the built-in HDR, the way you can customize the thumb controls to control what you want it to do. I love that any Pentax lens will work on this camera and you don't have to pay extra for lens stabilization because it is built in to the body.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to carry all day long!

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from Windsor Locks, CT  -  Photo Enthusiast

I needed a new camera and well Pentax makes it affordable for me. Sure, the K5 is out. But, I couldn't afford the K5, so I purchased the K7 and several Pentax lens: 17-70, 50-135 and a prime 31mm. I also, purchased the DBG4 Batt Grip. That is my only complaint... the grip's tripod mount is off centered, no big deal, as I'll take the battery grip off when doing panorama pictures. I love the K7 menu font size when changing settings. I've used the Nikon D200 & D90 cameras and I was always putting on my reading glasses to change their menu settings. The K7 is a pleasure to use and carry all day long in any weather enviroment. The Pentax K7 is an excellent camera for me. Thanks Pentax!

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