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Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7
alaScore 93

402 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 402 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the usability and build quality are on the whole positive. The image quality and screen also get good feedback. Reviews about the manual image adjustments and glare are mixed.

performance, screen, image quality, build quality, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax K-7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Pentax K-7


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep the new14.6MP Pentax K-7 down--tight weather seals and low noise at high ISOsensure that if you have the chops, this camera will deliver no matterwhat the conditions. The K-7 retains much of...

Compact. Excellent grip. Great button-location ergonomics. Huge LCD monitor. Low noise at high ISOs. HD-video capabilities and HDMI output for viewing on a TV or monitor

Mode changes can be slowed by lock button on dial. HD movie mode could use more manual controls. Doesn't shoot 1080p video

The K-7 is a great DSLR. Its video mode would benefit from better controls and 1080p resolution, but for still photography, it offers plenty to get excited about.

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Pentax K-7 dSLR Review


Pentax has created a versatile dSLR model that is sure to please a widerange of photographers. With a durable weather, dust, and coldresistant shell, the K-7 is ready for action no matter what theenvironment may be. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Durable weather, dust and cold resistant body; Speedy performance in normal shooting modes; Produced pleasing photos in a wide variety of conditions; Great ISO performance up to ISO 3200; Awesome 3.0-inch LCD; Capable movie mode with aperture control;...

Slow Live View performance; ISO 6400 is riddled with noise; Buffer fills quickly in burst mode ; Bottom Line ; Pentax has created a versatile dSLR model that is sure to please a widerange of photographers. With a durable weather, dust, and...

Pentax has created a versatile dSLR model that is sure to please a widerange of photographers. With a durable weather, dust, and coldresistant shell, the K-7 is ready for action no matter what theenvironment may be. Read more in our

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Super Svelte Shooter Pushes Prosumer Performance


In a time when people are tightening their belts like Christian Bale in The Machinist and scrutinizing each purchase, Pentax introduces a pocketbook-friendly

Speedy 5.2 frames per second. Super sturdy construction. Lots of pro features at a prosumer price. Improved battery life and 100 percent field-of-view viewfinder. Faster, more robust processor. Live View with contrast focus and face detection. Shoots...

User interface needs to be simpler and more unified


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Pentax K-7


It's not often we give 5 stars in every category, but the K-7 deserves them. This camera brings pro quality and performance within reach of the rest of us. You can easily spend this much on a mid-range camera from the competition, and still not have...

14.6MP sensorMagnesium alloy body3 inch 921,000 dot LCDLive View with face detect autofocusCamera-based shake reduction system

Pentax has released their new top-of-the-line digital SLR, the Pentax...

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Pentax K7 Review


I decided to go ahead and publish the Pentax K7 review in the same style format as the K-x review which is a sort of review diary format in which it will be updated frequently to add new sections. I have a lot written on the K7 but not all of it has...

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Pentax K7 vs. Sony A700 Comparison


Why did I chose the A700 to pit against the Pentax K7 for comparison/review? Currently, A700 body only prices are as close as possible to what you can get a new K7 body only for, and for?a dollar/features competition?this is the closet camera that Sony...

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($1299), at least in my opinion

Very good photo quality (though see issues below) ; Compact, very well built, weather-sealed body ; Great value for the money ; Sensor-shift image stabilization, even works for rotational motion ; Dust reduction system ; Super high resolution 3-inch...

Camera tends to underexpose; images are soft straight out of the camera ; Slow contrast detect AF in live view mode; manual focus image enlargement not very sharp ; Archaic menu system ; Movie mode issues: huge file sizes, limited recording time, no...

Despite a few flaws -- most of them being easy to work-around -- the Pentax K-7 is an excellent digital SLR, offering features normally found on cameras two or three times its price. Heck, some of the K-7's features won't be found on any other camera....

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Pentax K-7 Digital SLR Camera: Field Test Report


Peter Burian tests this rugged, well-sealed 14.5MP camera with pro caliber versatility and extras such as Movie mode and in-camera HDRThe flagship of the Pentax DLSR series, the K-7 is an unusually rugged semi-professional 14.5 MP camera that's built...

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Pentax K-7 Review


The Pentax K-7 is a surprisingly affordable DSLR that rivals the performance and features of the Canon 7D and the Nikon D300S for a fraction of the price.

Great image quality ; Fastest Pentax yet ; In-camera editing tools

Slow Live View AF ; Short grip surface ; In-camera editing slow

Image quality at all ISO settings seems noticeably superior to the K10D or K20D in terms of color accuracy, and image noise is better at ISO 800 and below. If you already own a K20D you might not see much improvement in terms of ISO noise at 1600 and...

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Pentax K-7 Sharpness


All 27 sharpness settings compared and added to the detailed review of the Pentax K-7 DSLR.

Product Specifications

Hoya Corporation Pentax Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-7 lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera. Despite its compact, lightweight body, this model brings together a wide array of advanced functions and user-friendly features with outstanding reliability and operability. This makes it possible to enjoy high-quality digital SLR photography with great ease. The K-7 has been developed as a high-end model of the Pentax K digital SLR camera series. True to its series concept, it was designed not only to assure outstanding image quality, but also to provide exceptional ease and comfort of operation and the utmost satisfaction to photo enthusiasts of all levels, including advanced amateurs. After making a thorough review of all essential digital SLR camera components and functions, Pentax has revised and upgraded many of them, including viewfinder, shutter unit, continuous-shooting capacity, and exposure and autofocus systems. Protected by a durable, high-quality metallic body, but the K-7 is designed to be extremely compact and functional just like all other K-series models for enhanced portability and maneuverability. In addition, it has added several user-friendly features, including video recording, high dynamic range (HDR), and automatic horizon correction. All of these make the K-7 a tremendous photographic tool, perfect for all discerning digital SLR photographers.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Pentax D-Li90

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/PENTAX-DA 18-55mm WR lens
Max Focal Length:55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm
Optical Zoom:3.1
Special Functions:Zoom
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.6 x 23.4mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.6 x 23.4 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:14.6Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level mirror pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO 6400 / ISO auto/ISO auto / ISO 6400 / ISO 100-3200
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Color Extract / High contrast / Miniature / Monochrome / Pastel / Retro / Slim / Soft / Starburst / Toy camera / Water Colour/Miniature / Water Colour / Monochrome / Pastel / Slim / Soft / Retro / Color Extract / Toy camera / Starburst / High contrast
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG/RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical