The Pentax K-7 is indeed the most revolutionary camera Pentax has produced to date. The speed, features, and build quality help this camera stand above previous Pentax offerings, and if you’re in the market for a Nikon D90 or can’t afford a D300S then this camera might make an even better Christmas present. If you currently own a K10D and need a new camera, then the K-7 makes perfect sense. Still, if you own a Pentax K20D and don’t need to shoot video then you might not consider the K-7 to be a worthwhile upgrade.
After spending more than a month testing this camera I can honestly say there isn’t much that I can complain about when it comes to this camera. Yes, the awesome in-camera editing features slow down the camera, the contrast-detection AF is too slow when using live view, and I wish the grip was taller, but these are all minor issues. I suppose I can complain that the cost of the optional D-BG4 battery grip ($229.95) is “at least” $30 too expensive for a battery grip accessory, but I doubt many K-7 owners will care. Bottom line, Pentax got a lot of things right when they designed the new K-7.
- Excellent image quality
- Fastest Pentax camera to date
- Terrific in-camera editing tools
- In-camera editing slows down performance
- Unacceptably slow live view AF
- Short grip surface