Pentax K-7 Announced

Pentax has officially unveiled the new K-7 DSLR.  After a series of leaks, we now have all the facts on this new 14.6 megapixel shooter.  In addition to shooting 720p video, it offers an intriguing HDR mode, which produces one composite image from a series of 3 bracketed exposures.  The Pentax K-7 will carry a retail price tag of $1299.95 for the body only and should be available in July 2009.

Check availability at Amazon.com.

In addition to the K-7, Pentax has also introduced two new weather-resistant lenses:  the DA 18-55mm at $199.95 and the DA 50-200mm at $249.95.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Pentax K-7 Reviews and Resources

The Pentax K-7 is a 14.6 megapixel DSLR, which features HD video capturing capabilities and a unique HDR mode, which produces one composite image from a series of 3 bracketed exposures.

The K-7 is a crop-sensor camera, which means it produces an angle of view of 1.5x the focal length of lenses as compared to a 35mm or full frame camera.  For example, a 300mm lens has the appearance of a 450mm lens as a result of the “crop factor”.

Pentax K-7 Availability

Amazon.com

Adorama

B&H Photo

Pentax K-7 Key Features

  • 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Sensor-based Shake Reduction
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • 77-segment metering system
  • 5.2 frames per second
  • HD Movie capture at 720p
  • Dedicated AF-assist lamp
  • Electronic Level function
  • HDR image capture mode

Pentax K-7 Resources

Firmware Updates

Pentax K-7 Reviews

Alpha Mount World

Photocrati

Let’s Go Digital

Cnet UK

Imaging Resource

PhotographyBLOG

ePhotozine

Wired

Photography Press

OK Pentax (hands-on review)

Demystifying Digital (hands-on review)

Pentax K-7

[UPDATE: Leaks suggest that the camera will almost certainly be called the Pentax K-7.  Time will tell.  Stay tuned for the launch on May 20.]

The Pentax K7D . . . that’s apparently what it’s called.  Word is, based on the ad spot above, that the Pentax K7D will be coming May 21, 2009.  The K7D name originates from a German forum user, who claims to be a Pentax dealer based on his forum signature.  Of course this could a ruse to get some traffic to his site, which I won’t link to here.  The price tag being tossed around is €1500. [Read more...]