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Thursday, June 11, 2009

By Design: Pentax K7

This top-of-the-line, weather-resistant D-SLR has hd video and a low price

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Looking for an SLR that’s built to withstand the elements? Pentax’s new top-of-the-line K-7 packs a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, HD video capability, a 3.0-inch, high-res LCD and a host of pro features into a rugged, magnesium-alloy body that’s weather- and dust-resistant, all at a very good price.

New PRIME II Imaging Engine
The new high-speed, high-performance PRIME II imaging engine works with the revamped 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor to produce better image quality and quicker operation, and enable HD video and Face Recognition AF in Live View mode.

Rugged, Compact Body
The smallest D-SLR in its category, the K-7 is 7% smaller
than the K20D, but retains that camera’s excellent dust- and weather-resistance. The magnesium-alloy K-7 can be used in temperatures down to 14° F (-10° C).

New 3.0-Inch, 921K-Dot LCD With Live View

The K-7’s LCD monitor is bigger and higher-res than the K20D’s, great for using the new Live View and video capabilities. Live View features contrast AF and Face Recognition AF (which automatically finds and focuses on a subject’s face). Live View also can be used for continuous shooting.

Sensor-Shift Shake And Dust Reduction
The K20D’s excellent sensor-shift shake-reduction and dust-reduction systems have been improved in the K-7. The SR system now compensates for rotational sensor movement, as well as up/down and left/right motion, while the DR system features a piezoceramic vibration action. Because it’s in the camera body, shake reduction works with any lens you put on the camera (and the K-7 will accept every Pentax lens ever made).

100 Percent Field-Of-View Viewfinder
The optical viewfinder on many cameras doesn’t show you exactly what you’re getting. If you’re exacting with your compositions, a 100% field-of-view viewfinder is a huge plus.

Dedicated RAW Button
If you like the flexibility of RAW, but sometimes need the convenience of a preprocessed JPEG, this button lets you quickly switch between these formats on the fly, without digging through menus to find the setting.


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