Pentax has announced a new D-SLR camera called the Pentax K-7. Pentax claims that the new camera offers a compact and light D-SLR with advanced functions that are user-friendly. This feature set makes for high quality digital photography with ease according to Pentax.
The K-7 is the high-end model of the K D-SLR line. The camera is optimized for users of all ability levels according to the maker, including amateurs. The chassis of the camera is made from a stainless steel alloy and the housing is constructed from magnesium sealed with 77 different special seals to make the body dust and weatherproof as well as cold resistant.
Thanks to these seals, Pentax says that the camera can function in environments as cold as -10C. A new design for the shutter unit has a top shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second and a functional life of 100,000 shutter releases. The glass prism finder has approximately a 100% field of view and a 92% magnification.
Pentax K-7 and Pentax K20D
The camera can shoot continuous bursts at 5.2 images per second for as many as 40 shots in a row in JPEG format. Other features include a new DR II mechanism to remove dust from the CMOS sensor. The camera has 14.6 effective megapixels and can record video. A new generation of the Pentax Shake Reduction mechanism is integrated into the camera for blur-free shots.
Video can be recorded at 1280 x 720 resolution at 30 frames per second and the camera has an external mic input. The LCD screen is 3-inches wide and has viewing angles of 170 degrees. Power comes from a rechargeable battery good for 980 images per charge. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.
Sony unveiled three new D-SLR cameras that are also aimed at beginners this week.