Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens

Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens

Pentax K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens

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Product Highlights

  • 14.6 Megapixels
  • 3" High Resolution LCD
  • HD Video Recording
  • 3.5mm Stereo Input
  • 100% Viewfinder Coverage
  • Advanced Shake Reduction System
  • Dust Reduction System
  • 11-point AF System
  • DA 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens
  • High Sensitivity (ISO 6400)
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Pentax K-7 overview

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Packed with features, the Pentax K-7 Digital SLR Camera with a Pentax 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens brings next-generation technology to the time-tested, world renowned family of Pentax SLRs. Compatible with every Pentax K mount lens (some 25 million are out there), the durable, magnesium alloy body houses a newly-developed 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor for rich color, sharp contrast, and the very best in image quality. The PRIME II processing engine allows for fast 5.2 frames-per-second shooting - great for wildlife, fast action sports, and adventure photography. Fortified with the 11-point SAFOX VIII+ Autofocus System and Advanced Shake Reduction Technology, the K-7 keeps all of your subjects in sharp focus, even in low-light.

High Definition Video Capture, perhaps the most sought after feature in SLR Digital Cameras, comes to the Pentax System in big way. Smooth 30-frames-per-second 1024p and 720p video are as easy as point and shoot. HDMI output from the body makes sharing your photos and movies on an HDTV possible with a single plug. An onboard internal mono microphone allows you to capture spontaneous audio with video, and the 3.5mm stereo input offers higher quality options for professional applications. From family vacations to professional wedding video, the Pentax K-7 offers everything you need to capture next-generation photos and video!

The Pentax DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR features the ideal standard zoom focal range for a wide range of shooting applications.

14.6 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
The K-7 Digital SLR uses a low-power, low-heat 14.6 megapixel CMOS Image Sensor, which yields less image noise and longer battery life. CMOS technology also allows a higher density of circuitry at the pixel level allowing for greater sensitivity, higher tonal range, and superior image quality.
Tough, Rugged Body
Lightweight and highly durable, the Pentax K-7 is weather resistant, dust-proof, and can even operate in extreme cold environments (14°F/-10°C). The stainless steel chassis provides a tough, protective frame while the magnesium alloy shell blocks outside interference--ensuring consistent signal processing for high-quality, low-noise images.
Compatible with All Pentax Interchangeable Lenses
Over the last 60 years, Pentax has manufactured over 25 million lenses. The K-7 can use them all. The camera provides backward compatibility with K, KA, KAF and KAF2 mount lenses directly and is also compatible with screw-mount 35mm-format lenses and Pentax 645 and 67 system lenses with optional adapters. Whichever lens you choose, be assured that your photos will show the warmth, style, and beauty of the Pentax optical system.
Advanced Shake Reduction Technology
The Pentax Shake Reduction (SR) System is an electromagnetically controlled stabilizer built into the body to ensure shake-free photos with any lens. Unlike traditional two-way stabilization systems, SR compensates for movement in three directions--horizontal, vertical, and rotational. By detecting handheld camera shake, sharpness is dramatically increased when using telephoto lenses, working under low light conditions or in any instance where unwanted shake may affect a photograph.
HD Video Recording
The K-7 is the first Pentax SLR to feature full HD recording capability. 1024p or 720p videos are captured at a smooth 30 frames-per-second with sound. Attach an external microphone or wireless receiver for more professional audio options. Full HD playback on your HDTV is easy using an optional HDMI cable.
Live View Mode
Live View mode, with contrast AF, Face Detection, and optional histogram, grid, and bright/dark area display, allows you to quickly compose your images without having to position your eye against the viewfinder.
Electronic Level Indicator
Finding the perfect horizon is fast and easy using the K-7's built-in Electronic Level Indicator. From dramatic portraiture to wide landscape photography, the level indicator is truly an indispensable tool for hand-held and tripod photography.
SAFOX VIII+ Autofocus System
9 cross-type sensors, 2 wide angle sensors, and a dedicated AF assist lamp combine for fast one-shot autofocus, as well as AF tracking. From close-ups of flowers to a fast play on the court, you can rest assured that your images will be tight, sharp, and always in focus.

Pentax K-7 specs

Camera Type SLR Digital Camera
Imaging
Resolution Effective: 15.07, Recorded: 14.6MP
Sensor 23.4 x 15.6mm CMOS
Bit Depth 12-Bit
File Formats RAW, JPEG, AVI
File Size Not Specified By Manufacturer
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Image Stabilization Yes
Crop Factor 1.5x
Optics
Lens N/A
Zoom N/A
Lens Mount Pentax K Mount
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Range N/A
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount N/A
Shooting Controls
Sensitivity ISO: 100-3200 (expandable to 6400)
Shutter Speeds 1/8000 - 30 sec, bulb
Metering 77 Multi Segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes Auto, Program, Manual, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (4 Settings), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
Mirror Lock-Up Yes
Burst Capability High-speed continuous: 5.2fps, Low-speed continuous: 3.3fps
Self Timer 12 seconds or 2 seconds
Interval Recording Yes
Remote Control Yes: Pentax Cable Switch 205, Remote Control F
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Built-in Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Up to 42' (13 m)
External Flash Connection Hotshoe, PC terminal
Dedicated Flash System Pentax P-TTL series
Max Sync Speed 1/180 second
Memory
Built-in Memory No
Memory Card Type SD/SDHC
Still Images per GB RAW: 40
JPEG: High Res:73 - Low Res:2518
A/V Recording
Video Recording Video with Audio, HD & NTSC Output
Video Resolution 1536 x 1024 @ 30fps, 1280 x 720 @ 30fps, 640 x 416 @ 30fps
Video Clip Length Up to 4GB (23 minutes @ 1280 x 720)

Clip Lengths for 1536 x 1024 and 640 x 416 are not specified by the manufacturer.

Audio Recording Audio with Video only
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Eye-level Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Display 3" LCD
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity USB 2.0, A/V Out, HDMI (Type C), 3.5mm Stereo Mini Input
System & Software Requirements Windows XP, Vista
Mac OS X (10.3.9 or later)
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating Temperature: 14-104°F/-10-40°C
Weatherproofing Dust and weather resistant seals
Durability Not Specified By Manufacturer
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Battery Type D-LI90 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Power Adapter D-AC50 AC Adapter Kit (optional)
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Dimensions 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9" (129.5 x 96.5 x 73.7mm)
Weight 22.9 oz (649 g) body only

Pentax K-7 reviews

K-7 SLR Digital Camera Body with 18-55mm Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from K-7 good, kit lens bad At first I was shooting with the kit lens and most pics were looking out of focus. Then I adjusted the AF and it started to look better, but still pics were very soft. Being pretty depressed about this and thinking of sending this camera kit to Pentax for repairs, I was fortunate enough to borrow several lenses and tried them out. It turned out that the problem was the kit lens not K-7. Needless to say I was surprised that such a good camera would be sold with a poor quality lens. I will send the lens back to Pentax to look at. So my verdict is, K-7 is as good as advertised, just avoid the kit lens.
Date published: 2009-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Feel, Fit and Finish! Great Shots! Loving my new camera. Have tried many other brands before, mostly Canons, but I fell in love with the sharp photos and color produced by a vintage Pentax and have been a fan ever since. Best reasons to buy a Pentax? Image stabilization in the body, so lens are lighter and cheaper, great lens selection (can use all original lenses), K-7 is super comfortable to hold, very fast, great in low light, and the body feels superb in the hand (great weather resistance), perfect button layout. Not cheap feeling. Super sharp images. HD video. More features than the other brands for the price. This is THE Pentax to own. Having used many Canons (Rebels and 10-40D series) and now using this one, I wouldn't even consider a Canon. Don't be brainwashed by marketing, try before you buy and choose the system of camera that feels right.
Date published: 2009-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pentax K-7 This is my first DSLR - officially going digital after being a darkroom junkie for 15 years. I use it to shoot a lot of landscape and architecture and candid shots. Outdoors mostly. As opposed to the Nikon or Canon that are in the same field, this camera has water lock which will help me keep it safe in all the strange conditions into which i trapse. Not so great is the high iso quality. Coming from a film background i can not tolerate a pixelated look - so low light and hgh iso are not the best friends to me. But i can use my pentax lenses in this one or on my film camera so i still have the option to shoot in those settings with film.
Date published: 2011-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pentax has Upped their Game! The K-7 can't be beat when it comes to value. This semi-pro DSLR holds it's own, and pulls ahead (in my opinion) from is brethren, Nikon and Canon. Well thought out extras include an array of built in filters for fun and tweaking. The array of preset modes allow for quick adjustments, and then there is the pleasure of having complete control over every setting. The accompanying 18-55mm lens is a nice all-purpose choice lens for indoor and outdoor shooting. My small fortune in SLR lenses found a happy home on this compact and comfortable body. I'm in love!!! Used for: Business and Pleasure. Advertisement shoots, stills, portraits, landscapes, creative digital endeavors.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pentax K-7: A Superior Affordable Camera I bought the K-7 after spending almost a year reading about digital cameras. You simply cannot purchase a better camera in this price range. The images are absolutely gorgeous, largely due, I believe, to the excellence of the K-7's white balance feature--colors are true and vivid. If you are new to photography, especially digital photography, there is a learning curve, but you can shoot in Green Mode until you master all the elements. This is a very well-built, weather-sealed camera with the smoothest shutter of any I have ever used--perfect for the subtropical Florida environs where I do most of my photography. Do yourself a favor and pass on those plastic toys made by the big companies--they will give you good results, until they are damaged by moisture, sand, dropping, etc. I had very high expectations for this product based on the many positive Internet reviews, but the K-7 has easily exceeded them. I like this camera more the longer I own it. Don't be dissuaded by what others call its one weakness: low-light performance (unless you plan to shoot regularly in very low light conditions, you will not be disappointed). I find good picture quality even up to 2500 ISO, and that's with the kit lens. The build quality is evident the moment you hold it in your hands--weighty (but not heavy), compact, and tight. What more can I say? The images are nothing less than superb, so order your K-7 soon and enjoy an entirely new level of digital quality.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from solid camera I purchased the K7 after owning a Canon Digital Rebel, a Canon 5D and a Pentax k20d. The k7 is a well built, fast and fun to use dslr. The kit lens is in general very good - at least much better than the kit lenses made by Canon - but it is not as sharp as a prime. If you want to get the maximum resolution from the camera, you need top quality lenses. You can use old Pentax lenses and get very high quality for not much money. Image stabilization on the body means that all lenses - even a 60 year old Takumar - can use this feature.
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Value Having come from a 35mm Pentax Super Program film camera, the K-7 weighs more for hauling around, but handles it all and shoots in light conditions that the film camera can't. The controls are intuitive for the most part, metering and autofocus are accurate and instantaneous. The K-x is an even better value, but I prefer the K-7's dedicated buttons. The only downside is common to all digital cameras - the range of light captured in harsh sun is less than film. Some people complain about the noise levels over ISO 800, but most shots at much higher ISO's are still salvageable in software on the computer, and you do get the shot when film cannot. The camera-based VR does work very, very well even with ancient lenses. Overall, the K-7 is a competent camera, and I like its weather resistance and ability to turn on and grab a shot very quickly. Excellent for action shots with the Pentax 55-300mm zoom. I would not buy any DSLR for video; the Pentax is okay but needs the external mic due to wind noise. A superb solution when you're careful about dollars. I've rated it four stars simply because I have not yet wrung it out completely in all that I do. So far, it's great.
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very robust and secure feeling DSLR This is a replacement for my 9yr old Sony DSC-F707. I wanted something as robust and long lasting. After looking at many DSLR over several months i chose the K7. It has all of the specs i was looking for and the durability i need. I am not rough on my equipment, but i use it all of the time and will take it everywhere. I am careful but not incredibly so. I have shot with the Nikons in this price bracket, but they just did not feel as solid as the K7. i also liked the Image Stabilization being in the body and not in lenses.
Date published: 2010-01-27
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