Pentax K 7

There has been some rumors in the past few days regarding the awaited Pentax K-7, and now it is official, it will be available for $1,299.95 in July. The Pentax K-7 features quite a few enhancements including a brand new 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor, HD video recording at 30 fps, a super compact rugged magnesium alloy body, a new 77-segments metering system for complex lighting conditions, an AF-assist light (improve autofocus in low light conditions), fast 5.2 frame-per-second shooting with a new Prime II image processing engine , a 3-inch LCD, improved algorithms for its 11 points autofocus system and a zillion more…

Along with the camera you can buy the D-BG4 battery grip for $229.95 and the two lenses: the smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR ($199.95) and the smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR ($249.95). You can preorder now at www.pentaxwebstore.com. Full specifications after the jump.

PENTAX K-7 Specifications

  • TYPE: Digital SLR
  • PRODUCT CODE:
  • Body Kit: 17811, UPC: 027075155145
  • CAMERA HARDWARE

  • SENSOR
  • Type: CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
  • Size: 23.4 x 15.6mm
  • Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
  • Effective pixels: 14.6 MP
  • Total pixels: 15.07 MP
  • Recorded resolutions
  • Still: 14M 4672×3104, 10M 3936×2624, 6M 3072×2048, 2M 1728×1152
  • Movie (resolution/FPS): 1280x720p30, 1536x1024p30, 640x416p30
  • Quality levels: ???? Premium, ??? Best, ?? Better, ? Good
  • Dust Removal: Supersonic vibration to low pass filter
  • LENS MOUNT
  • Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
  • Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w/ adapter and/or restrictions)
  • SDM function: Yes
  • Power zoom function: Yes
    • FOCUS SYSTEM
    • Type: TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII+)
    • Focus modes: AF Single (w/ focus lock), AF Continuous, Manual
    • Focus point adjustment: Auto, user-selectable, center
    • AF assist: Yes, via dedicated AF assist lamp with SAFOX VIII+ system
    • VIEWFINDER
    • Type: Pentaprism
    • Coverage (field of view): 100%
    • Magnification: 0.92X (w/ 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
    • Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III
    • Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5
    • Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop down), Digital
    • LCD MONITOR
    • Type: 3.0” TFT IPS (In Plane Switching) color LCD with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
    • Resolution: 921,000 dots
    • Wide angle viewable: Yes
    • LIVE VIEW
    • Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
    • Field Of View: 100%
    • Display Modes: Magnification (2-6X AF, 2-10X MF), grid pattern overlay
    • Autofocus: Yes, contrast w/ face detection, contrast, phase difference
    • BUILT-IN FLASH
    • Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
    • Guide number: 13 (100/m)
    • Coverage: 28mm wide angle (equivalent to 35mm)
    • Flash modes: On, redeye, slow sync, slow sync + redeye, trailing curtain sync, wireless
    • Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV in 1/2 steps
    • EXTERNAL FLASH
    • Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-sync socket
    • Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec
    • STORAGE MEDIA
    • Internal memory: n/a
    • Removable memory: SD, SDHC
    • INTERFACES
    • Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone
    • Video out: HD (1080i30, 720p30, 480p30), NTSC, PAL
    • Printer interfaces: n/a
    • POWER SUPPLY
    • Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for second D-LI90 battery or 6X AA batteries
    • Recordable images: Approx 980 (approx 740 w/ 50% flash, CIPA)
    • Playback time: Approx 440 min
    • AC adapter available: Yes (optional)
    • PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
    • Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9”
    • Body weight
    • Without battery or removable memory: 22.9 oz
    • Loaded and ready: 26.5 oz
    • Construction material(s): Magnesium alloy shell over stainless steel chassis
    • Operating temperature: 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
    • LANGUAGE SUPPORT
    • English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese
      • IMAGE CAPTURE

        • IMAGE STABILIZATION
        • Type: Sensor-shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max)
        • Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and top LCD panel
        • METERING SYSTEM
        • Type: TTL open-aperture 77 segment metering
        • Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
        • Multi-segment: Yes, 77 segments
        • Center weighted: Yes
        • Spot: Yes
        • Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
        • Exposure lock: Yes
        • Exposure bracketing: Yes, 3 or 5 frames, up to +/- 2 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)
        • ISO SENSITIVITY</li>
        • Auto: ISO 100-3200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range available to ISO 6400, auto ISO range selectable
        • Manual: ISO 100-3200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range available to ISO 6400
        • WHITE BALANCE*
        • Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
        • Manual mode(s): Yes, manual and 3 color temperature selections available
        • * WB fine adjustment available in all modes
        • SHUTTER
        • Type: Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter
        • Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec, bulb
        • CAPTURE MODES
        • Mode selection: Green, Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter and Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER, Movie
        • Green simplified mode available: Yes
        • P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
        • Date stamp: n/a
        • Digital filters (capture): Custom Image Function includes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, and Muted modes, each with gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Monochrome mode includes adjustment for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Other capture filters include Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Extract Color, Soft Focus, Starburst, Fisheye, Custom Filter.
        • Data record: Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright
        • DRIVE MODES
        • Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), Mirror Lockup (standard, remote), HDR Capture, Multi-Exposure, Interval
        • Continuous FPS
        • - 5.2 FPS (40 JPG Continuous Hi, 15 RAW PEF, 14 RAW DNG)
        • - 3.3 FPS (unlimited JPG Continuous Lo, 17 RAW PEF/DNG)
        • Self-timer: Yes (12s, 2s)
        • Remote control: Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous) and cable switch
        • PLAYBACK MODES
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          li>Mode selection: One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 32, 81 thumbnails), Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Magnification, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data)

        • Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Image Comparison, Protect, DPOF
        • Magnification: Up to 32X, scrollable
        • Digital filters (playback): Toy Camera, Monochrome (filter effects, toning), Retro, Color (6), High Contrast, Soft Focus, Extract Color (6), Starburst, Water Color, Fisheye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Base Parameter Adj, Custom Filter
        • FILE FORMATS
        • Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (Exif 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III
        • Movie (compression): AVI (Motion JPG)
        • CUSTOM FUNCTIONS
        • Functions available: 37
        • COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS*
        • *For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary.
        • Windows: Windows XP/Vista, USB 2.0 port
        • Mac: MacOS-X 10.3-10.5, USB 2.0 port

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