Pentax K-7 Digital SLR now Official

Submitted by lalit on May 20, 2009 - 6:34pm.

Pentax today officially announced the new mid level digital SLR K-7 that will compete with Canon 50D and Nikon D300. The K-7 will have 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, magnesium alloy body, 5.2 fps continuous shooting mode, 11-point autofocus, 720p video recording and 3-inch LCD screen. Pentax claims that the body of K-7 is smaller than any other camera in its class and the optical viewfinder has nearly 100 percent field of view.

Other features on the camera are new DR II mechanism to minimize dust, new high performance Prime II imaging engine, 77-segment multi-pattern metering system, next gen SR mechanism for improved shake reduction, Live View with face recognition and continuous shooting mode, and various exposure and shooting modes.

The K-7 comes with large capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can take up to 980 images when fully charged.  Pentax K-7 will ship in July for $1299.99 with 17-70mm lens and optional D-BG4 battery grip available for $229.95