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Pentax K7 Digital SLR Camera (incl 18-55 mm Lens)

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With 18-55 mm Lens
  • 14.6MP sensor with four-channel readout, 77 segment exposure metering and revised autofocus algorithms
  • 3.0 inch VGA (920,000 dot) LCD viewing screen
  • The built-in movie mode shoots in 720p HD and you can play it back through your HD TV with the HDMI output
  • Shutter mechanism boasts a 1/8000th shutter speed and allows continuous shooting up to 5.2 fps
  • Dust removal system

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Style Name: With 18-55 mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 13.1 x 9.7 cm ; 748 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2 Kg
  • Item model number: K7 Single Lens Kit
  • ASIN: B002AKKBXE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,357 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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PENTAX K-7

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High-speed continuous shooting

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.

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Durable lightweight magnesium steel alloy

Live View real-time, on-display image confirmation with Face Recognition AF and high-speed continuous shooting modes
The K-7 features the Live View function, which allows the user to view the image on the LCD monitor during shooting. You can take advantage of this convenient function not only in the Contrast AF mode, which optimizes the focus based on the subject’s contrast, but also in the Face Recognition AF mode, which automatically and accurately focuses on the subject’s face. Thanks to the newly developed diaphragm-control mechanism, the Live View function can also be used in the continuous shooting mode with the mirror at lock-up position.

High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 5.2 images per second
The K-7’s high-speed continuous shooting mode captures as many as 40 images (in JPEG recording format) at a maximum speed of approximately 5.2 images per second, allowing the photographer to follow the movement of an active subject or preserve a sequence of the subject’s expressions.

High-quality still image recording at 1280 x 720 pixels; 30-frames-per-second movie recording at HD-television proportions
The K-7 adds a new movie recording function, extending the benefits of SLR photography to the world of movie shooting: For instance, reduce the depth of field to make the subject stand out, or use different lenses to create distinctive visual effects. Beautiful movie clips can recorded at different sizes - 640 x 416 pixels, 1536 x 1024 pixels, or 1280 x 720 pixels (16:9 high-definition TV proportions) - at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The K-7 is also equipped with an HVMI terminal and an external microphone input terminal.

Durable and functional body, smaller than any other in its class
The K-7 is built exceptional solid and durable, as its chassis is made of high-rigidity stainless-steel alloy and its housing is made of durable but lightweight magnesium-steel alloy. Thanks to 77 special seals applied to the body, it also features a dustproof, weather- and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation even under harsh conditions and at a temperature as low as -10°C. It also features a newly designed shutter unit providing a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and the outstanding durability to withstand 100,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-7 is one of the most compact and functional mid-class models in the market, because PENTAX applied all the experience and expertise in camera downsizing the company has developed from the earliest days of film-format SLR cameras.

Optical viewfinder showing nearly 100% field of view
The K-7’s glass prism finder offers an approximately 100% field of view and an approximately 92% magnification to facilitate focusing and framing operations. It also features a new Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen to improve focusing accuracy during manual-focus operation.

New DR II mechanism to minimize dust spots
The K-7 comes equipped with the newly developed DR (Dust Removal) II mechanism, designed to effectively minimize annoying dust spots on recorded images, even after changing lenses in dust-prone outdoor settings. By shifting the low-pass filter located in front of the CMOS image sensor at supersonic speed using a piezoelectric element, it shakes the dust off the low-pass filter as effectively and efficiently as any other dust removal device. The K-7’s unique dust-alert system also lets the user check for dust adhering to the low-pass filter prior to actual shooting.

High-quality image reproduction

Approximately 14.6 effective megapixels for true-to-life image reproduction
The K-7 incorporates a newly developed CMOS image sensor measuring 23.4mm by 15.6mm and featuring a high-speed, four-channel image data readout. With approximately 14.6 effective megapixels, this image sensor can faithfully and accurately reproduce fine-detailed, gradation-rich images. With the adverse effects of digital noise greatly reduced, the sensitivity can be increased from ISO 100 up to the highest level of ISO 6400 (via a custom function) without worry.

High-performance, high-speed PRIME II imaging engine
The K-7 features the newly developed PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II, an upgrade of the original PRIME, as its imaging engine. This new imaging engine offers greater data-processing speed and produces better-quality images with richer gradation and more accurate color rendition. It also offers high-speed movie data transmission.

New 77-segment multi-pattern metering
Newly developed for the K-7, a sophisticated 77-segment multi-pattern metering system greatly improves light-metering accuracy. By accurately analyzing various types of data (such as the image’s composition and format between upright and horizontal, and the subject’s distance and magnification) transmitted from the sensors in the camera body, this system greatly improves the accuracy of exposure control.

New-generation SR mechanism for improved shake-reduction effect
The K-7 features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake by approximately 2.5 to four shutter steps, assuring sharp, blur-free images even under demanding shooting conditions. This innovative mechanism is compatible with all PENTAX interchangeable lenses - even most of the lenses designed for film-format cameras.* Since this new-generation version can freely shift the image-sensor unit to keep it level regardless of the camera’s inclination, it also provides such user-friendly new functions as automatic level adjustment and minute angle adjustment (in the direction of up/down, right/left and clockwise/counterclockwise), helping to compose the image exactly the way the photographer wants.

* Lenses compatible with this mechanism are the PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mounted lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

Live View real-time, on-display image confirmation with Face Recognition AF and high-speed continuous shooting modes
The K-7 features the Live View function, which allows the user to view the image on the LCD monitor during shooting. You can take advantage of this convenient function not only in the Contrast AF mode, which optimizes the focus based on the subject’s contrast, but also in the Face Recognition AF mode, which automatically and accurately focuses on the subject’s face. Thanks to the newly developed diaphragm-control mechanism, the Live View function can also be used in the continuous shooting mode with the mirror at lock-up position.

New 11-point wide-frame AF sensor
The K-7’s new SAFOX VIII+ wide-frame autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). By adding a light source type to its data range, and driven by a greatly improved algorithm, this AF system assures reliable, responsive autofocus operation superior in speed and accuracy to the previous system. The K-7 also incorporates an AF-assisting spotbeam projector in its built-in flash unit to improve autofocusing accuracy in the dark.

Custom Image function to easily create desired visual effects
The K-7’s Custom Image function lets the user control the image’s finishing touch to capture their photographic intention, or reproduce the ambience of the scene. With the K-7, the user can select one of seven modes, including the new “Muted” mode designed to recreate an image with delicate, subdued colors. In addition to saturation, tone, contrast and sharpness - the factors previously available - it is now possible to adjust “key” and “contrast highlight/shadow” to the desired levels. The effects of these factors can be effortlessly confirmed on a preview image using the Digital Preview or Live View function before finalizing the settings.

Versatile exposure system for faithful reproduction of creative intentions

Hyper Program function
The K-7’s Hyper Program function allows the user to instantly switch to the Shutter- or Aperture-Priority AE mode from the Programmed AE mode, with a simple turn of the electronic dials on the grip. To return to the Programmed AE mode, simply press the green button positioned next to the shutter release button.

Hyper Manual function
When shooting in Manual mode, a single push of the green button allows the user to instantly set the proper exposure for the subject.

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3.0-inch high-brightness colour LCD monitor

Sensitivity-Priority mode
The K-7 features a unique Sensitivity-Priority (Sv) mode, which is designed to automatically select the optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed for a user-selected sensitivity. The sensitivity can be shifted instantly in 1/2 or 1/3 steps by turning the electronic dial on the back panel.

Shutter/Aperture-Priority mode
Taking full advantage of the unique capability of digital cameras permitting automatic shift of sensitivity at any time, the Shutter/Aperture-Priority (TAv) mode automatically selects the most appropriate sensitivity for a user-selected shutter-speed/aperture combination. It allows the user to experiment with a greater range of photographic expressions with great ease.

Large, easy-to-see 3.0-inch wide-view LCD monitor with approximately 920,000 dots
The K-7 features a large 3.0-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 920,000 dots on its back panel. Its wide-view design allows the photographer to check the monitor image from approximately 170 degrees both vertically and horizontally, facilitating low- and high-angle shooting using the Live View function.

Powerful rechargeable battery
The K-7 is powered by a large-capacity, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can capture approximately 980 images** when fully charged.

** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, when using a rechargeable D-LI90 lithium-ion battery with no flash.


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sneckie on 26 Aug. 2010
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As a Pentax SLR user (35mm film cameras) for many years, and owning a number of excellent quality Pentax lenses, the fact that I could use all my old lenses in the DSLR models meant that it was highly probable I would stick with Pentax when I got around to going fully digital SLR. Also, I "just like" the Pentax brand. So, for me, it was always going to be another Pentax. I took a long time choosing the K7, endlessly reading reviews, specification sheets, etc. I'm pleased to say I'm delighted with the camera. There are numerous other 5-star reviews on this Amazon site which go into great, very helpful adn very accurate detail about the pros and cons of this model - I have not read any of those reviews with which I would disagree. This is an excellent camera, and the only advice I would highlight to anyone considering a purchase is to echo a point another reviewer makes elsewhere - this really is a "semi-pro" camera and, to get the best out of it, you really need to have a fair amount of experience of SLRs. That said, you can just about use it as a simple "point and shoot"....but I'm not sure why you would want to spend that amount of cash if you are not going to push the camera's abilities to the limits. Highly recommended, with that final bit of advice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Doug on 10 Aug. 2010
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Pentax K7 Digital SLR Camera (incl 18-55 mm Lens)
Very pleased with camera, competative price and a very quick delivery time.
Been out a few times and great results, controls are easy to follow and can be set to full manual operation or just press the green button to leave it to the camera, this works very well in most situations.
The auto-focus is quick and accurate with very little "hunting".
The kit lens performs well and all of my older Pentax lenses fit, which is a great bonus.
This Pentax gives pro results at a realistic price.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Schick on 16 July 2010
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I've owned my K-7 for the best part of a year now, and have been extremely pleased with it. Many reviews simply don't seem to "get" the camera's USP, which is a great shame.

The K-7 is about rugged, outdoors, all-weather photography, giving an impressive feature set in a durable but compact body. It's the perfect travel or landscape photographer's camera, incredibly intuitive but best-suited to photographers who like to fiddle and fine tune, rather than people who expect to get the best results at default settings right out of the box. Buy it with the WR kit lens simply to make sure that you have a system that is perfectly designed to cope with the British weather! And that lens is no slouch either: much better build than many other "kit" offerings, and a decent performer too, especially once you move past the widest angles and widest aperture.

This is a discrete camera in more ways than one. The quiet shutter can certainly be a bonus. And it's compact size - especially when coupled with some of the great Pentax primes that it was surely designed for - make you much less noticeable and threatening to the people around you. It's nowhere near as "in your face" as the enthusiast level Canon and Nikon offerings, and for some of us, that is probably an advantage.

If you want to shoot sports at mega frames per second, buy another camera.
If you want to shoot indoors at high ISO in very low light, buy another camera.

But if you want an incredibly well thought-out and rugged camera that is going to spend most of its life outdoors, travelling, hiking, etc, then the K-7 really deserves your attention. There is no other camera that offers a comparable set of features for that market, at the price the K-7 has now settled in.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Hk Wiles on 23 Oct. 2009
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I have just returned to photography after some years absence and done a lot of research as to which camera to buy. After much deliberation I chose the Pentax K7 . This model competes with the Canon 50D and the Nikon D300s , and offers much more value for the money coupled with backward compatibility with all the Pentax lenses.
It is the ONLY camera to offer full weather proofing of both body and lenses.
The size is small compared to its competitors yet it has solid, robust professional feel to it, and an extremely ergonomical design. I guarantee once held you will fall in love with it. Also the kit lens is arguably one of the best avaible at the current time. I am very pleased with my choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gb on 19 Mar. 2011
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very good product - great value
lots of improvements compares to the K10D (lens, noise, speed, live view mode, auto rotate pictures and movie!)
compact with a good size of grip for both men and women hands (not for big big hands probably)
easy access to all functions
great performances compares to other DSLR cameras (even more expensive)
+++ : weather and dust sealing / body incorporated shake reduction / up to 5.2 frames per seconds
- : image noise when high iso
extra charge : I had to buy a new bigger sd card as pictures and movies at this resolution are obviously big!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stumpy on 20 Feb. 2011
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Have had a K100 for a few years. Decided to upgrade. Thought K5 too expensive and for my photography the high iso performance of the K5 is not needed. Like stepping from a Skoda (nothing wrong with Skoda - or the K100) into an Aston Martin.
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