Monday, June 29, 2009

Accessing Menu settings is much simpler with the K-7.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

Many of he K-7 features and functions are available directly from the status screen, without having to navigate through pages of menus. This is new to the K-7 and users of the previous Pentax DSLRs will appreciate this convenient feature.

As you turn the camera on, the following screen appears for 3 seconds. It shows; a) Exposure mode, b) Operation guide, c) Date and Time, d) World Time when set to Destination. In this example, a) The Mode is (P) Program with Automatic Exposure; b) the image format is RAW/DGN, the AF is enabled, the front e-dial changes shutter speed and the rear e-dial changes the aperture and the green button resets according to the Program Line; c) The date is June 28, 2009 and the time is 21:35 (9:35 P.M.) California time in my case; d) The World time is not displayed, as the Destination is not enabled. This initial screen is a cursory view at the current settings. You can quickly decide if this mode will work for your next picture, and change the mode using the Mode Dial.

The next screen to appear is the Status Screen. The settings shown here are accessible without getting in the Menus. The highlighted settings are available and the e-dial(s) activated shown. The settings at the bottom of the screen are available by using the four-way controller. You can see how many pictures your memory card has available, the type of file used, etc. Notice that I have changed the RAW/DGN format to JPEG 14M *** from the previous screen.

It doesn’t stop here. You can get in the heart of the settings by pressing the INFO button. This brings yet another screen, the Control Panel. You can navigate through this screen with the four-way controller and changes the parameters shown. If you noticed, we did not have to go through any of the menus yet. With the K-7, the menus are mostly used to change overall settings. That is a big improvement over the previous Pentax DSLRs. It’s almost like having dedicated buttons for all settings. When taking pictures, the scene conditions can change rapidly. You may need to change some setting quickly to adjust. This faster sequential screen activation can make the difference between getting or missing a great photo opportunity.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque
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