Pentax K-7

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  1. gnd macrumors 6502a

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    Pentax just announced the new high end DSLR camera, K-7. It looks like it has some amazing features and seems to be the ideal outdoor, landscape and nature camera.
    It's fully water, dust and cold resistant. At the same time they announced the two weather resistant kit lenses.

    Some previews:
    DPReview
    Pentax YouTube preview
    Imaging Resource
    The Online Photographer

    I'm sure there are a ton more out there :)

    A good summary from http://pentaxdslrs.blogspot.com/:

    1. New smaller Magnesium alloy body
    2. New 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor rebuilt from the ground up
    3. New 77-segment metering system
    4. HD Movie capture (1280x720) with stereo sound capability
    5. Dedicated AF assist lamp
    6. Electronic level function
    7. In-camera lens correction of distortion and Chromatic aberrations...imagine that!
    8. Dedicated mirror lock-up
    9. New High Dynamic Range (HDR) capture mode...in-camera...A fulfilled dream!
    10. Composition adjustment in Live View
    11. Real live view with AF
    12. New 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dot resolution
    13. 5.2 frame-per-second shooting with the new PRIME II image processing engine
    14. Top speed of 1/8000 sec
    15. 100% field-of-view viewfinder
    16. Improved focus algorithm providing faster and more responsive AF
    17. Shake Reduction (SR) updated to compensate for rotational sensor movement
    18. New higher capacity battery (D-L190)
    19. Advanced image capture settings including digital filters and aspect ratio flexibility, + more...
    20. New optional battery grip (D-BG4) using new D-L190 or six AA batteries
    21. New AF button on battery grip
    22. New optional weather-resistant 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses


    The Official Pentax release.

    PENTAX INTRODUCES ADVANCED PENTAX K-7 DIGITAL SLR
    New Camera Boasts Variety of Technological Firsts and Major Improvements
    Over Previous K Series Cameras



    GOLDEN, CO. (May 20, 2009)…PENTAX Imaging Company announced today the launch of the PENTAX K-7 digital SLR camera.
    This latest PENTAX K series camera is designed for advanced photographers seeking high-end design and features without the cost of a professional DSLR system. The PENTAX K-7 features a rugged, yet compact new body design, a new 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor rebuilt from the ground up, and advanced features such as HD Movie Capture and new, unique-to-PENTAX camera controls. Compatible with every PENTAX lens ever made, the high-end K-7 features an abundance of long-anticipated new and improved features that are exclusive to the camera and combine to make it a tremendous photography tool.

    “The K-7 will appeal to many current PENTAX SLR photographers who have been asking for more advanced features, but in a smaller, solid, comfortable-to-hold body,” said Ned Bunnell, president, PENTAX Imaging Company. “We also believe the combination of the K-7’s smaller, high quality construction coupled with the growing line-up of our Limited compact prime lenses will appeal to serious shooters who currently don’t own or previously hadn’t considered adding a PENTAX to their camera bag.”

    The most significant features of the PENTAX K-7 that have never been offered before in any K series digital camera, and in some cases any camera, include:

    · A compact, magnesium alloy body that is one of the smallest in the advanced photo enthusiast category to reduce bulk and allow users to travel light while maintaining durability and build quality (seven percent smaller than the K20D and up to 25 percent smaller than other cameras in the same class).
    · A new 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor rebuilt from the ground up to minimize noise, adds four channel output for fast image capture, and the ability to capture HD quality movies. It is the ideal combination of resolution and file size, allowing very large (poster size and larger) prints and cropping flexibility.
    · A new 77-segment metering system quickly and accurately determines exposure for even the most complex and dynamic lighting situations.
    · HD Movie capture features adjustable quality and resolution settings, aperture control, as well as mechanical Shake Reduction, and an external microphone terminal for recording stereo sound.* The K-7 will capture video at the default standard of 1280x720 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio (equivalent to 720p), 1536x1024 resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio, or 640x416 resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio (equivalent to VGA quality), all shot at 30 frames per second.
    · An HDMI port with selectable output resolution (1080i, 720p, 480p, and auto) offers high resolution playback of images and video on modern high definition TV’s.
    · A Dedicated AF-assist lamp further improves autofocus response and accuracy in low light conditions.
    · An Electronic Level function ensures that images have truly level horizons to minimize post-capture editing.
    · An innovative in-camera Lens Correction function that electronically adjusts for Distortion and Lateral Chromatic Aberrations to maximize image quality with DA series lenses.
    · A dedicated Mirror Lock-up function eliminates image blur due to mirror movement during long exposures.
    · A High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture mode captures three images then combines them in camera to widen the exposure gamut to bring out detail in all exposure areas of images.
    · A composition adjustment feature in Live View allows minor shifts in the framing and composition of images using the Shake Reduction mechanism without having to physically move the camera. This feature is ideal for tripod use.
    · A programmable embedded copyright function preserves artistic integrity and image ownership during capture via a keypad that may record ownership in metatag data.

    *Due to the compact size of the K-7 camera and the in-body Shake Reduction mechanism, a camera mounted microphone is a highly recommended accessory for optimal audio quality when capturing video.

    A variety of K series camera features that are significantly improved in the PENTAX K-7 include:

    · A striking 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dot resolution is perfect for detailed image or movie capture and review using the Live View function.
    · A weather, dust and cold resistant (to 14° F or -10° C) body makes the K-7 the perfect camera for use in any environment, inside the studio or when travelling in any weather.
    · Fast 5.2 frame-per-second shooting with a new PRIME II Image processing engine, which features fast circuitry and 4 channel output that is ideal for sporting events or any fast action situation.
    · A top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec freezes even the fastest action in well lit settings.
    · Live View mode, now with contrast AF, Face Detection, and optional histogram, grid, and bright/dark area display, allows you to quickly compose your images without having your eye against the viewfinder.
    · A 100 percent field-of-view viewfinder (92X magnification) and bright focusing screen are ideal for accurate image composition and accurate focus.
    · The PENTAX 11-point autofocus system features improved focus algorithms over previous generation K series DSLR cameras, providing faster, more responsive AF.
    · The PENTAX-original Shake Reduction system now compensates for rotational sensor movement improving the sharpness of your images at the moment of 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-fee image capture.
    · A new high capacity battery features extended battery life, ideal for travel photography or video work.
    · 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 with advanced parameter settings including new Key adjustment allow users to customize the processing mode to suit personal creative style.

    Other K series innovations featured on the PENTAX K-7 include:
    · Multiple exposure settings, including Green, Program, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, M, Bulb, X-sync, and USER modes, provide extensive creative control over the exposure for photographers of all experience levels.
    · 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 in even the most difficult lighting.
    · Dynamic Range setting with adjustable shadow correction brings out hidden or lost details in both highlights and shadows for even the highest-contrast, dynamic lighting.
    · Dedicated PC socket for studio flash offers convenience for the studio photographer without adding hot shoe adapters.
    · Advanced capture options include multi-exposure and interval shooting for creative special effects and time-lapse photography.

    Along with the body, PENTAX announced a D-BG4 battery grip for exclusive use with the PENTAX K-7. This battery grip may be used in combination with the camera’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery to double camera’s battery life. The D-BG4 also accepts 6 AA batteries in a alternate battery tray for added freedom when shooting in the field. With a vertical shutter-release button, e-dials, AE-lock and a new focus button, the grip features the same weather-resistance, dustproof and coldproof construction as the PENTAX K-7.

    PENTAX also announced two weather-resistant lens models developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs. The smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR and the smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR kit lenses feature weather-resistant seals to handle damp, inclement conditions. Complementing K series camera bodies, both lenses blend versatility with affordability, giving the casual photographer a broader canvas without having to carry a multitude of lenses.

    The PENTAX K-7 body only will ship in July 2009 for $1,299.95 USD. The PENTAX D-BG4 battery grip also will ship in July 2009 for $229.95. The newest weather-resistant lenses will be priced at $199.95 for the DA 18-55mm and $249.95 for the DA 50-200mm. These products also will ship in July 2009.
     
  2. gkarris macrumors 604

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    (I see you added to this post... ;) )

    Nice camera. I have a special place for Pentax in my heart - my very first SLR, a K1000.... :)

    This new Pentax - I bet it'll serve a lot of people very well...

    I love your lens lineup. Looking forward to using a few like those myself with adapters for my dSLR's... :D
     
  3. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Sounds like a really exciting camera. I suppose it's meant to compete with the Nikon D300 and the Canon 50D, which it should do easily if its image quality is up to snuff.
     
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    Yeah amazing how they crammed so much into that little package.
    Very surprised at the AUD price (K20D was 2k AUD at release)… not that I can afford one though :rolleyes:


    Heh:
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  7. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Two of them! There's an 18-55mm and a 50-200mm. Pentax thought of everything with this camera. I'm particularly impressed with the 100% coverage viewfinder (does any other camera have that?).
     
  8. cube macrumors G4

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    The Pentax is "about 100%". The PRO models from other brands are 100%.
     
  9. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Wrong. It is a full 100% coverage. Disregard the "nearly" inserted by DPreview. It is a full 100%.
     
  10. cube macrumors G4

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    Why would they add this qualification then?
     
  11. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    It's a typo. On page 4 of the preview, they say (correctly), "it's been redesigned so that it offers a full 100% frame coverage, albeit at slightly lower magnification (0.92x)."
     
  12. cube macrumors G4

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    That would be a very strange typo. I would understand this as meaning it is a "100%" viewfinder, meaning that the construction lacks the precision to be truly 100%.
     
  13. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Actually, my guess is that Dpreview wrote their release summary well before they had complete information and inserted those qualifiers to err on the side of caution. All other sources, including official Pentax information and DPreview's own preview, state that it's a full 100% coverage. The only place anywhere that there is any sort of qualification is on that initial summary page written by DPreview.
     
  14. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Well, there we are! I stand corrected. So if the same is said for the D3, then I guess this Pentax camera is as 100% as any camera can be right now.
     
  15. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Here's an explanation I found in the Pentax forums just now:

    And here's a thread on the subject of "nearly".
     
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    Yeah, that was a big winner in its time. I have an MX myself. I need to replace the light seals on it, but the meter still works. When I get it all fixed up, I'm going to have some fun with it. :)
     
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    Oh bother...

    And my Canon 50D is ~4 weeks old - drats, didn't see this particular one coming. :(

    As I shoot 95% outdoors, landscapes, sunrise/sets, nature, sports, etc., in all kinds of weather, be it hot/cold, dry/wet, wonder how this new puppy compares to the 50D in build quality, photo quality, stability, longevity, and the such... :confused:
     
  19. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Certainly better in build quality. The body is a magnesium alloy shell over a stainless steel chassis, and the thing is weather sealed like a submarine. It's supposedly functional in temperatures from 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C).

    As for image quality: that remains to be seen. The few official shots I've seen are really ho-hum, but official shots aren't much interesting anyway. I suppose we'll have to wait until it actually gets released to see what it's really capable of. It has a new sensor in it that is supposedly improved in just about every way, but I'll believe it when I see proof. :cool:
     
  20. feuerschlange macrumors regular

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    Very promising looking camera indeed.

    I like, how compact it looks against its competitors with all the technical tricks included.

    It looks like a fun rock and rumble holiday or second camera.
     
  21. wheelhot macrumors 68000

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    Yup, it's a pity Pentax doesn't have a huge enough market share to make Canon and Nikon to start taking care of the little things instead of pushing another not needed standard like movie mode.

    Canon so far seriously need to reconsider their body strategy, compared to Nikon and Pentax, Canon seem to really lack the motivation to build a legendary body again :(

    The 50D is a good example and eventhough the 5D Mark II is a very good camera but seriously, the archaic AF system that even the 40D/50D has been proven to perform better then the 5D Mark II? And we are paying much much more for a 5D :eek:
     
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    The 5D MK II was almost certainly given an old AF system so it didn't sap too much of the 1D MK III's sales.
     
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    I haven't read anything that mentions tracking for the K-7. Did I just miss it or does it not have 2D or 3D tracking?

    If it has decent tracking I think this will be my next system. :)
     
  24. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    All other current Pentax DSLRs have it, so presumably the K-7 does too.
     

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