Pentax has announced and confirmed the launch of their new mid-range DSLR camera. Known as the Pentax K-7, its expected to arrive us in the UK by end of June. With several new user-friendly features, including video recording, high dynamic range (HDR), and automatic horizon correction, Pentax looks to compete with the likes of Nikon D5000 however the K-7 will be more expensive than both similarly specced cameras from Canon and Nikon in the UK.
The new DSLR will feature a 14.6-megapixel sensor, ISO 100 to ISO 6400 settings and the company’s PRIME II imaging engine, an upgrade of the original PRIME. Continuous shooting gives a nice 5.2 images per second, like most new DSLRs, the K-7 too has “Live View” as well as video recording mode.
Video wise, you’ll get 1280 x 720 pixels and 30fps movie recording at HD-television proportions although you will also be able to record at 640 x 416 pixels, 1536 x 1024 pixels, or 1280 x 720 pixels at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The K-7 is also equipped with an HDMI terminal and an external microphone input port – something we don’t always see with DSLRs.
Here in the UK, the K-7 body only kit will cost £1199.99, compared to a US price of $1299.95, a very awkward pricing system involving a £362 price difference. If you go for the kit lens as well (18-55mm) this will add up to a total of £1229.99. Those looking to push the boat out even further can opt for a double kit lens 18-55mm + 50-200mm version at £1329.99.
Here are some official pictures…