Pentax K-7 Review

June 24, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

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The Pentax K-7 is the new jewel in the company’s crown, with specs far beyond any Pentax DSLR to date. Existing Pentax users will be pleased to see a much-wanted upgrade, whereas new users can now consider the K7 as a true contender in the field. Pitting itself against the already well-established Nikon D300 and Canon 50D mid-level prosumer cameras it’s no doubt that the Pentax K-7 has more than one hard act to follow. But with the Pentax name synonymous with the photography of old, and with excellent – if underappreciated – performers such as the K20D already under the belt, is now the time for Pentax to go for gold and achieve the kudos that has been otherwise lacking in its digital age?
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The flagship of the Pentax DLSR series, the K-7 is an unusually rugged semi-professional 14.5 MP camera that’s built like a tank: with a splash-proof magnesium alloy body over a stainless steel chassis. While the 14.5 megapixel K20D is less pricey, the K-7 is even more desirable. This newer model retains all of the K20D’s best features but provides significant benefits: faster (5.2 fps) drive speed, larger 3? LCD with 920,000 dot resolution, a viewfinder with 100% coverage, plus upgrades for the sensor, processor, autofocus system, built-in image stabilizer and evaluative metering (now with 77 zones). More importantly, the K-7 offers some entirely new functions, including HD Movie mode.
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