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Pentax K7 Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Pentax K7
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
May 20, 2009
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Pentax K7 scores a 52/100 in our evaluation. Announced on May 20th, 2009, this DSLR camera was initially priced at $1900. With dimensions of 131 x 97 x 73mm and weighing 750g (1.65lbs), it is a compact and portable option. However, considering that it was released in 2009, its specifications may not be as competitive in today’s market. While still a decent camera, newer models have surpassed the Pentax K7 in terms of features and performance.

Pentax K7 Overview and Optics

The Pentax K7 receives an optics score of 51/100. This camera boasts a 14.6-megapixel resolution, a shooting speed of 5.2 frames per second, and a CMOS sensor. The Prime II processor contributes to its performance, and the sensor earns a DXOMARK score of 61. The sensor size is APS-C, and the camera uses a Pentax KAF lens mount. Additionally, the K7 includes image stabilization and has an aspect ratio of 3:2.

Comparing these specifications to today’s market, the Pentax K7 falls behind in terms of megapixels and shooting speed. Modern cameras generally offer higher resolutions and faster shooting speeds. However, the K7’s image stabilization and the Prime II processor are still competitive features.

The Pentax K7’s optics score of 51/100 reveals that it is not a leading option in today’s market. While some features remain competitive, others lag behind newer models. The K7 may be suitable for photographers who prioritize image stabilization and processor performance over resolution and shooting speed.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
14.6 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
4672 x 3104 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
15.6 x 23.4 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
5.2 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Pentax KAF
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Prime II
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 8000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentaprism)

Pentax K7 Video Performance

The Pentax K7 scores 49/100 in the video category. Its maximum video resolution is standard HD, with dimensions of 1536 x 1024 pixels. Moreover, the camera captures videos at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The K7 also includes a built-in time-lapse functionality.

In today’s market, the Pentax K7’s video capabilities seem outdated. Many modern cameras offer higher resolutions, such as 4K and even 8K, and faster frame rates for smoother video playback. Additionally, features like image stabilization and autofocus tracking have become standard in current camera models.

Despite its lower score, the Pentax K7 still provides basic video recording options and time-lapse functionality. However, it falls short when compared to the advanced video capabilities available in today’s competitive camera market.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Max Video Resolution
The best resolution this camera can capture video in. Modern cameras can capture up to 8K video.
Standard HD
Max Video Dimensions
Video resolution measured by the greatest number of pixels possible in each frame, width by height. A higher resolution means more detail or clarity in your video.
1536 x 1024 px
Max Video Frame Rate
How many frames per second your video will capture. Most cameras have options for multiple frame rates, depending on the resolution you shoot in. For a general video, 24p or 30p is the standard, but more serious filmmakers may need a higher frame rate for creative effect.
30 p
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.
Video File Format
Different cameras can record in various video file formats. The File format you record in can impact how you edit and use the files.
Motion JPEG

Pentax K7 Features and Benefits

The Pentax K7 features a score of 54/100 in terms of its specifications. The camera has a 3-inch screen with a resolution of 921,000 dots, but lacks modern features such as a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, WIFI, and Bluetooth.

Considering the current market, the Pentax K7’s specifications fall short when compared to more recent camera models. The absence of a touchscreen and flip screen limits its ease of use and versatility, while the lack of GPS, WIFI, and Bluetooth hinders its connectivity capabilities.

The Pentax K7 has decent features for its time, but it struggles to compete with the advanced technology found in today’s cameras. It is essential to consider these specifications when deciding on a camera to ensure it meets the required standards and functionality.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
921,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Pentax K7 Storage and Battery

The Pentax K7 storage and battery score is 43/100. The camera has one memory card slot, accepting SD, SDHC, and MMC cards. This single slot may not be sufficient for many photographers, as dual slots are common in today’s market. The battery life of the Pentax K7 is impressive, offering 980 shots per charge. The camera uses a D-LI90 battery type, which is reliable but lacks USB charging capability.

Considering the camera’s storage and battery specifications, the Pentax K7 falls short in some aspects compared to modern cameras. However, its battery life still remains a strong point, allowing for extended shooting sessions.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
980 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
22.6 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
10.6 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
B&H photo video
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