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

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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:
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)
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) , Pro photographer (2) , Casual photographer (1)

Key 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.

Technical Specs

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
Mode selection Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), Mirror Lockup (standard, remote), HDR Capture, Multi-Exposure, Interval
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
Magnification Up to 32X, scrollable
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
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