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Pentax launches new digital SLR


Pentax launches new digital SLR

It must be DSLR week or something, because following on from Sony's news yesterday, Pentax has today announced an interesting new digital SLR joining the top end of its successful K-series.

The new K-7 is a 14.6 megapixel CMOS-sensored model featuring a number of new developments. Like the K20D it's a tough camera designed for semi-professional use, with a stainless-steel alloy chassis and magnesium alloy body panels, and 77 separate environmental seals rendering it dustproof, weatherproof and cold resistant down to -10 degrees centigrade. Measuring 130.5 x 96.5 x 72.5mm and weighing 690g body-only (750g including battery and card) it is quite a lot smaller and lighter than either the Canon EOS 50D, the Nikon D300 or the Sony A700.

Among its many new features are a new shutter with a top speed of 1/8000th of a second and an expected life of at least 100,000 cycles. Also new is the 77-segment multi-pattern exposure meter, a new 11-point wide-frame AF sensor, and an improved sensor-shift anti-shake system claimed to offer four stops of extra stability. It also has a newly improved dust removal system.

Other impressive features include live monitor view with contrast-detection AF, 5.2fps continuous shooting and 1280 x 720 HD video recording with HDMI output and a socket for an external stereo microphone. The K-7's monitor is a big 3-inch unit with anti-glare coating, 170-degree viewing angle and 920k resolution.

All this technology is powered by a big new lithium-ion battery for which Pentax is claiming an impressive 980 shots on a full charge. No pricing has yet been announced for the new camera, but I'm going to the official launch event next week, so hopefully I'll have more to report then.

UPDATE: Pentax has confirmes the UK pricing for the K-7:

Body only £1,199.99

With kit lens (18-55mm) £1,229.99

With double kit lens 18-55mm + 50-200mm £1329.99

red hot sheep

May 20, 2009, 10:12 pm

Looks very nice - I wonder how much manual control (if any) you will get in video mode.

xenogears zero

May 21, 2009, 12:25 am

In Canada, they sell for 1500$ canadians.

Reading the latest specs. It has autofocus in real time during video recording.

This is the return of Pentax's hotness


May 21, 2009, 1:31 am

And some 'weather-resistant' lenses, I understand. Hopefully, Pentax are finally waking up! Now, if a full-frame Pentax arrives then the piggy-bank gets it's!


May 21, 2009, 3:14 am


Very nice looking camera, pity the price is so high...


May 21, 2009, 5:28 am

Splogbust, IMO Pentax woke up a while ago, producing cameras like the K100d, K10d and K20d which were not only extremely good but also extremely good value. Unfortunately most consumers did not wake up to that fact (as with Olympus) and never looked beyond the biggest (and most heavily advertised) brands. Unlike some of the more zealous Pentax fans I won't bite your head off for wanting a full-frame Pentax - I can certainly see the advantages - but I think there's still some way to go in terms of increasing market share before they seriously consider a full-frame model.

The K7 looks truly great (and I'm glad to see pixel count hasn't increased; hopefully they've been focusing on improving other areas instead). I want one now... unfortunately I like having a roof over my head more. :(

xenogears zero

May 21, 2009, 12:44 pm

It is quite unlikely to see a Full Frame Pentax dSLR because the system itself is optimized for APS-C format. The sharpess lens are mostly the DA* (16-50 2.8, 50-135 2.8, 200 2.8) which are completely optimized for cropped. Going Full Frame would be the most stupid move Pentax can do right now. Besides, Full Frame is overrated and of too lower end for Pentax. Pentax thinks higher, say the Pentax 645 Digital Medium Format ^^.

Cliff Smith

May 26, 2009, 10:31 pm

I've recieved price confirmation from Pentax, and updated the article accordingly.

Body only £1,199.99

With kit lens (18-55mm) £1,229.99

With double kit lens 18-55mm + 50-200mm £1329.99

Paulo Calafate

June 28, 2009, 3:26 pm

I have a K20D and I'm waiting for the new K7. By the specs must be a great one!

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