Pentax K-7

Released May, 2009
  • 14.5 MP
  • APS-C 23.4 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
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by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)
9.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax K-7

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Pentax K-7
Pentax K-5
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Pentax K-7
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Pentax K-7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Pentax K-7
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Pentax K-7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax K-7

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Pentax K-7
536 ISO
K-5 IIs
1,208 ISO
Pentax K-5
1,162 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Pentax K-7
2,800 LPH
K-5 IIs
2,100 LPH
Pentax K-5
2,200 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K-7
93 ms
277 ms
Pentax K10D
254 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Pentax K-7
74 ms
Pentax K20D
659 ms
Pentax K10D
107 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Pentax K-7
600 ms
Pentax K-30
1,100 ms
1,100 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax K-7
5.2 fps
9 fps
Pentax K20D
3 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax K-7

And yet the alloy body also allows it to be made smaller and lighter, while enhancing the impression of high quality build.

The viewfinder is bright and free of any distortions or aberrations, making it suitable for both auto and manual focusing.

The innovation isn't restricted to trendy features like HD video.


8.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


This has a third setting, which by default activates the traditional Depth of Field Preview function, stopping down the lens so that you can see the effect of your chosen aperture.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)
The lens used was the Pentax 50 mm F1.4 (producing a 75 mm equiv).
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)
Consequently it feels much more at home on the K-7 than the previous 18-55mm kit lens did on the K20D, although it remains a rather slow lens at both ends of the focal length (f3.5-5).
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)


The K-7 also offers more conventional creative assistance, including a mirror lock-up function, multiple exposure, interval shooting, colour space selection and of course Raw shooting, using either Pentax's own PEF format or Adobe DNG.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
From ISO 800 onwards the cameras' varying noise characteristics become more visible.
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)
6400 ISO is pretty ropey.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)

Image quality

Low light focusing is, to say the least, impressive.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)
For maximum image quality in low light situations your best bet is shooting RAW and applying your own noise reduction cocktail in post processing.
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)
Therefore, for maximum image quality in low light situations your best bet is shooting RAW and applying customized noise reduction in post processing.
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)


Normally the AF areas are not visible, the image below is simulated to indicate the position of the AF points.
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)
AF is not available while recording video, therefore manual focus or pre-focusing by pressing the AF-button before you start recording are the only options.
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)
It is still effective, but I found that it was usually a better idea to pre-focus and then use the live view to compose the shot.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2011)


The movie mode does not quite generate 1080p videos but the K-7's video resolution is at 1536 x 1024 pixels higher than the D300S' 720p.
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)
The K-7's highest available video resolution of 1536 x 1024 pixels is slightly uncommon in so far that it is located somewhere in between the 1080p and 720p standards that have been adopted by other manufacturers.
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)
Make sure your video card is powerful enough for watching these large video files.
by DPReview (Oct, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 14.5 MP
Resolution 4672 x 3104
Size APS-C
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 25.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 9
Supports continuous No


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 131 x 97 x 73 mm
Thickness 73 mm
Weight 750 g
Is weather sealed Yes


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift


Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.92x
Viewfinder size 0.6x


Max continuous shooting 5.2 fps
Battery life 740 photos
Continuous shooting 5.2 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 93 ms
Shutter lag 74 ms
Startup delay 600 ms
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