Sunday, May 31, 2009

Meet Pentax's "A" team and watch Ned Bunnell's video test with the K-7.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

We, Pentaxians, don't always realize how fortunate we are to have the President of Pentax USA, "Mr. Ned Bunnell", communicating directly with us through his Blogsite. Last year, I wrote an article about how owning a Pentax DSLR was more like being part of a family, and it's still true today. You should read it, then continue reading this current article.

Mr. Bunnell has formed a team of superstars, all working at the Golden, Colorado office. Notably helpful members of the team are, not necessarily in order of importance, Michelle Martin, who is the PR & Events Manager for Pentax USA. She is the person that more people contact at Pentax, and she has the great personality that such a position requires. She even has her email posted with all Pentax Press releases. John Carlson, Product Manager and maybe an higher title by now, has several videos on YouTube introducing Pentax DSLRs and also has a presence on DPReview and PentaxForums. You can be sure that his comments on the forums are official, and correct. Chris Pound, currently Product Manager under John Carlson, (I think that's right), can be seen at all Events and also hosts the new Video on YouTube introducing the new K-7. What a great job he did. You can't help but like Chris' extroverted personality.

Pentax currently feature four photographers as part of the site. I met "The Inspirationalist" - Marc Dimalanta, "The Naturalist" - Julie Quarry, and the "Die Hard" - Kerrick James. All three are excellent photographers and great people. The K-7 might allow any of us to produce a bio with the HD video similarly to their bios on the Pentaxians site. I posted my interview with Makc a while back and I will post my interview with Julie sometime soon, I promise.

There are many more great members to the Pentax team, but the above are the people I had the opportunity to meet.

That said, don't miss the current article on Ned Bunnell's blog, all about the K-7 video capabilities.

NED BUNNELL: First Takes: K-7 Video#links

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pentax DSLRs new Skin / Banner plus new search capabilities.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

New Blogger Banner:
We have change the banner at the top of this blog to keep pace with the introduction of the K-7. If you noticed, I did not include the K20D, the K200D and the K-2000, not because they are not great DSLRs, but because the new K-7 is such of an improvement, that it might be the camera that turns Pentax around to the best alternative for Entry-level, Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs and many Professional photographers as well. The K-7, which Pentax conservatively target the Advanced Amateurs, is as close to any Pro-camera as can be. Just a few years ago, the K-7 would have been described as an advanced professional caliber DSLR. Ain't technology great!

Rebuilding our banner above.

New Search Capabilities:
We have added more powerful search capabilities to our blog. Check the feature at the top of the column to the right. By typing a word or subject, you can search this entire blogsite for article previously posted containing the word or subject you typed. If you want more information, you can search all the sites we have linked to in the past. Finally, you can search the entire Web. Essentially, you can log on this blogsite and find everything and anything about photography.

Let us know what you think of the new skin/banner.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I have some news concerning the new K-7.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

The Pentax K-7 production model will be available in July. I hope it will be on July 7th, as it would be the availability of the K-7 on 7/7. I have started writing the new book on the K-7. It will hopefully be ready at the same time as the production camera. Here is the preliminary cover for the book. Note that I have included a film strip. I will incorporate sequential photos into it to illustrate the ability of the camera to shoot HD videos.

There will be plenty of color pictures and illustrations to clearly help in the learning process and to make the book as clear as possible as a reference manual. I am contemplating releasing the book in three forms. A printed version, an e-book version readable on a computer screen with no printing capabilities and an e-book version with printing capabilities, but with watermarks (copyright) on the background of each page bottom.

Speaking of photos and illustrations, I invite all of the readers of this blog to submit pictures (the bests of your bests) to incorporate in the book. I cannot afford to pay for pictures, but you will have the full credit below your photo and will have you photos viewed by thousands of readers from all over the world. You can submit your pictures to: Please enter "K-7 pictures" in the subject line.

Your pictures will never be sold or published in other media except for the K-7 book. (Except of course if someone would like to purchase your image, in which case we would refer them to you directly.) I'm a photographer too, and I respect your rights. I just think it would be more interesting to have pictures from other photographers other than just mine. Please shower me with your good photographs.

Clarification: The pictures do not need to be from the K-7. Any pictures taken with a Pentax DSLR will suffice. I will use these pictures to illustrate techniques, lighting, etc.


On another note, I received the new Ikan 5.6" HD LCD monitor that can be used with the new K-7, especially when using the HD video capabilities. It uses the new HDMI connection on the K-7. This little gem makes shooting video like you were a film producers. I will have a full review of it's usefulness with the K-7. You can actually use it with the K20D as well in the "Live Mode" or also simply use the larger 5.6" monitor instead of the 2.7" LCD. It is so much easier to look at the results instantly while in the field, away from your computer. Here are a few photos of it installed on another make of DSLR. Imagine the K-7 in its place.

Stay tuned, as this will be an interesting addition to the capabilities of the long awaited Pentax K-7. We are entering a new generation... Still photographer and Videographer with the same tool. How exciting is that? More ways to be interesting!

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pictures of cute future surfing girl from Florida!

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

We just had a short lucky break in the sun. My daughter Marisa brought my granddaughter to the beach for a surfing lesson. She is a little too small yet, but they are never too young to learn. These are not the killer waves of Hawaii, but hey...they are big to her.
Yvon Bourque

Friday, May 22, 2009

Vacation in Florida during the K-7 launch.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

Although I posted the launch of the K-7 on Wednesday morning, I was actually in Florida spending some quality time with my granddaughter. I had the script written in advance but I was still disappointed when leaks came from all over on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, I will post my impressions of the K-7 and talk about all the wonderful features it brings to the Pentax DSLR series.

For now, although I'm so happy to be with my granddaughter, it has been raining non-stop since I arrived and it will continue through the weekend. We were supposed to go to DisneyWorld, but no such luck this year with all that rain.

I know everybody wants to talk about the K-7, but I took a break from it and shot some pictures with my "still very good" K20D. Here they are:

It's been that way all week.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque

NED BUNNELL: K-7 Brochure Copy

NED BUNNELL: K-7 Brochure Copy

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Ned Bunnell, President of Pentax USA posted this K-7 Brochure copy:

K-7 Brochure Copy - I have uploaded the final candidate text copy for our USA brochure. This brochure is targeted to come off the press late June to coincide with first custom...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Presenting the new Pentax K-7: Also see video bar to the right.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

It's finally here. Let me first list the new features, then you can read all the details.

1. New smaller Magnesium alloy body

2. New 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor rebuilt from the ground up

3. New 77-segment metering system

4. HD Movie capture (1280x720) with stereo sound capability

5. Dedicated AF assist lamp

6. Electronic level function

7. In-camera lens correction of distortion and Chromatic aberrations...imagine that!

8. Dedicated mirror lock-up

9. New High Dynamic Range (HDR) capture fulfilled dream!

10. Composition adjustment in Live View

11. Real live view with AF

12. New 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dot resolution

13. 5.2 frame-per-second shooting with the new PRIME II image processing engine

14. Top speed of 1/8000 sec

15. 100% field-of-view viewfinder

16. Improved focus algorithm providing faster and more responsive AF

17. Shake Reduction (SR) updated to compensate for rotational sensor movement

18. New higher capacity battery (D-L190)

19. Advanced image capture settings including digital filters and aspect ratio flexibility, + more...

20. New optional battery grip (D-BG4) using new D-L190 or six AA batteries

21. New AF button on battery grip

22. New optional weather-resistant 18-55mm and 50-200mm lenses

Now the Official Pentax release.

New Camera Boasts Variety of Technological Firsts and Major Improvements
Over Previous K Series Cameras

GOLDEN, CO. (May 20, 2009)…PENTAX Imaging Company announced today the launch of the PENTAX K-7 digital SLR camera.

This latest PENTAX K series camera is designed for advanced photographers seeking high-end design and features without the cost of a professional DSLR system. The PENTAX K-7 features a rugged, yet compact new body design, a new 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor rebuilt from the ground up, and advanced features such as HD Movie Capture and new, unique-to-PENTAX camera controls. Compatible with every PENTAX lens ever made, the high-end K-7 features an abundance of long-anticipated new and improved features that are exclusive to the camera and combine to make it a tremendous photography tool.

“The K-7 will appeal to many current PENTAX SLR photographers who have been asking for more advanced features, but in a smaller, solid, comfortable-to-hold body,” said Ned Bunnell, president, PENTAX Imaging Company. “We also believe the combination of the K-7’s smaller, high quality construction coupled with the growing line-up of our Limited compact prime lenses will appeal to serious shooters who currently don’t own or previously hadn’t considered adding a PENTAX to their camera bag.”

The most significant features of the PENTAX K-7 that have never been offered before in any K series digital camera, and in some cases any camera, include:

· A compact, magnesium alloy body that is one of the smallest in the advanced photo enthusiast category to reduce bulk and allow users to travel light while maintaining durability and build quality (seven percent smaller than the K20D and up to 25 percent smaller than other cameras in the same class).
· A new 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor rebuilt from the ground up to minimize noise, adds four channel output for fast image capture, and the ability to capture HD quality movies. It is the ideal combination of resolution and file size, allowing very large (poster size and larger) prints and cropping flexibility.
· A new 77-segment metering system quickly and accurately determines exposure for even the most complex and dynamic lighting situations.
· HD Movie capture features adjustable quality and resolution settings, aperture control, as well as mechanical Shake Reduction, and an external microphone terminal for recording stereo sound.* The K-7 will capture video at the default standard of 1280x720 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio (equivalent to 720p), 1536x1024 resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio, or 640x416 resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio (equivalent to VGA quality), all shot at 30 frames per second.
· An HDMI port with selectable output resolution (1080i, 720p, 480p, and auto) offers high resolution playback of images and video on modern high definition TV’s.
· A Dedicated AF-assist lamp further improves autofocus response and accuracy in low light conditions.
· An Electronic Level function ensures that images have truly level horizons to minimize post-capture editing.
· An innovative in-camera Lens Correction function that electronically adjusts for Distortion and Lateral Chromatic Aberrations to maximize image quality with DA series lenses.
· A dedicated Mirror Lock-up function eliminates image blur due to mirror movement during long exposures.
· A High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture mode captures three images then combines them in camera to widen the exposure gamut to bring out detail in all exposure areas of images.
· A composition adjustment feature in Live View allows minor shifts in the framing and composition of images using the Shake Reduction mechanism without having to physically move the camera. This feature is ideal for tripod use.
· A programmable embedded copyright function preserves artistic integrity and image ownership during capture via a keypad that may record ownership in metatag data.

*Due to the compact size of the K-7 camera and the in-body Shake Reduction mechanism, a camera mounted microphone is a highly recommended accessory for optimal audio quality when capturing video.

A variety of K series camera features that are significantly improved in the PENTAX K-7 include:

· A striking 3 inch LCD with 921,000 dot resolution is perfect for detailed image or movie capture and review using the Live View function.
· A weather, dust and cold resistant (to 14° F or -10° C) body makes the K-7 the perfect camera for use in any environment, inside the studio or when travelling in any weather.
· Fast 5.2 frame-per-second shooting with a new PRIME II Image processing engine, which features fast circuitry and 4 channel output that is ideal for sporting events or any fast action situation.
· A top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec freezes even the fastest action in well lit settings.
· Live View mode, now with contrast AF, Face Detection, and optional histogram, grid, and bright/dark area display, allows you to quickly compose your images without having your eye against the viewfinder.
· A 100 percent field-of-view viewfinder (92X magnification) and bright focusing screen are ideal for accurate image composition and accurate focus.
· The PENTAX 11-point autofocus system features improved focus algorithms over previous generation K series DSLR cameras, providing faster, more responsive AF.
· The PENTAX-original Shake Reduction system now compensates for rotational sensor movement improving the sharpness of your images at the moment of capture.
· The K-7’s Dust Reduction system, improved over previous K series cameras, features a piezo-ceramic vibration action to the sensor’s low-pass filter for dust-fee image capture.
· A new high capacity battery features extended battery life, ideal for travel photography or video work.
· Advanced image capture settings, digital filters, and aspect ratio provide outstanding flexibility and creativity while minimizing the need for computer image manipulation.
· Custom Image modes with advanced parameter settings including new Key adjustment allow users to customize the processing mode to suit personal creative style.

Other K series innovations featured on the PENTAX K-7 include:
· Multiple exposure settings, including Green, Program, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, M, Bulb, X-sync, and USER modes, provide extensive creative control over the exposure for photographers of all experience levels.
· Advanced white balance settings include highly customizable white balance fine tuning, color temperature adjustment, and post image capture manual white balance selection for perfect pictures in even the most difficult lighting.
· Dynamic Range setting with adjustable shadow correction brings out hidden or lost details in both highlights and shadows for even the highest-contrast, dynamic lighting.
· Dedicated PC socket for studio flash offers convenience for the studio photographer without adding hot shoe adapters.
· Advanced capture options include multi-exposure and interval shooting for creative special effects and time-lapse photography.

Along with the body, PENTAX announced a D-BG4 battery grip for exclusive use with the PENTAX K-7. This battery grip may be used in combination with the camera’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery to double camera’s battery life. The D-BG4 also accepts 6 AA batteries in a alternate battery tray for added freedom when shooting in the field. With a vertical shutter-release button, e-dials, AE-lock and a new focus button, the grip features the same weather-resistance, dustproof and coldproof construction as the PENTAX K-7.

PENTAX also announced two weather-resistant lens models developed specifically for PENTAX digital SLRs. The smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR and the smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR kit lenses feature weather-resistant seals to handle damp, inclement conditions. Complementing K series camera bodies, both lenses blend versatility with affordability, giving the casual photographer a broader canvas without having to carry a multitude of lenses.

The PENTAX K-7 body only will ship in July 2009 for $1,299.95 USD. The PENTAX D-BG4 battery grip also will ship in July 2009 for $229.95. The newest weather-resistant lenses will be priced at $199.95 for the DA 18-55mm and $249.95 for the DA 50-200mm. These products also will ship in July 2009.

Every PENTAX K-7 purchased includes an exclusive coupon for up to 15 percent savings on a variety of PENTAX products and preorders may be placed now at:

Enjoy a preview of the PENTAX K-7 and the advanced features the camera offers on the PENTAX channel

Professional photographers interested in equipment loans may learn more about the PENTAX Pro Program by calling 1-800-877-0155.

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of a variety of digital cameras including weather resistant digital SLRs and compact, waterproof cameras, as well as lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, and eyepieces. For almost 90 years, PENTAX has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. With headquarters in Golden, Colorado, PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc.



TYPE: Digital SLR
PRODUCT CODE:Body Kit: 17811, UPC: 027075155145

Type: CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor movement system
Size: 23.4 x 15.6mm
Color depth: 8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels: 14.6 MP
Total pixels: 15.07 MP
Recorded resolutions
Still: 14M 4672x3104, 10M 3936x2624, 6M 3072x2048, 2M 1728x1152
Movie (resolution/FPS): 1280x720p30, 1536x1024p30, 640x416p30
Quality levels: «««« Premium, ««« Best, «« Better, « Good
Dust Removal: Supersonic vibration to low pass filter

Type/construction: PENTAX KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: PENTAX KAF3, KAF2, KAF, and KA (K mount, 35mm screwmount, 645/67 med format lenses useable w/ adapter and/or restrictions)
SDM function: Yes
Power zoom function: Yes

Type: TTL phase-difference 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII+)
Focus modes: AF Single (w/ focus lock), AF Continuous, Manual
Focus point adjustment: Auto, user-selectable, center
AF assist: Yes, via dedicated AF assist lamp with SAFOX VIII+ system

Type: Pentaprism
Coverage (field of view): 100%
Magnification: 0.92X (w/ 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
Standard focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte III
Diopter adjustment: -2.5 to 1.5
Depth of field preview: Optical (diaphragm stop down), Digital

Type: 3.0” TFT IPS (In Plane Switching) color LCD with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating
Resolution: 921,000 dots
Wide angle viewable: Yes

Type: TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View: 100%
Display Modes: Magnification (2-6X AF, 2-10X MF), grid pattern overlay
Autofocus: Yes, contrast w/ face detection, contrast, phase difference

Type: Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide number: 13 (100/m)
Coverage: 28mm wide angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Flash modes: On, redeye, slow sync, slow sync + redeye, trailing curtain sync, wireless
Flash exposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV in 1/2 steps

Type: Hotshoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-sync socket
Synchronization speed: 1/180 sec

Internal memory: n/a
Removable memory: SD, SDHC

Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, 3.5mm stereo microphone
Video out: HD (1080i30, 720p30, 480p30), NTSC, PAL
Printer interfaces: n/a

Power source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90, D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for second D-LI90 battery or 6X AA batteries
Recordable images: Approx 980 (approx 740 w/ 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time: Approx 440 min
AC adapter available: Yes (optional)

Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.9”
Body weight
Without battery or removable memory: 22.9 oz
Loaded and ready: 26.5 oz
Construction material(s): Magnesium alloy shell over stainless steel chassis
Operating temperature: 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)

English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese, Japanese


Type: Sensor-shift Shake Reduction with rotational compensation (4 stops max)
Electronic level function: Yes, verification via viewfinder and top LCD panel

Type: TTL open-aperture 77 segment metering
Sensitivity range: EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm F1.4)
Multi-segment: Yes, 77 segments
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes
Exposure bracketing: Yes, 3 or 5 frames, up to +/- 2 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)

Auto: ISO 100-3200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range available to ISO 6400, auto ISO range selectable
Manual: ISO 100-3200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, expanded range available to ISO 6400

Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
Manual mode(s): Yes, manual and 3 color temperature selections available
* WB fine adjustment available in all modes

Type: Electronically controlled, vertical run, focal plane shutter
Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec, bulb

Mode selection: Green, Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter and Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed, USER, Movie
Green simplified mode available: Yes
P/A/S/M/B: P, A, S, M, B (extended modes Sv, TAv)
Date stamp: n/a
Digital filters (capture): Custom Image Function includes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, and Muted modes, each with gamut radar and fine adjustment of saturation, hue, high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Monochrome mode includes adjustment for filter effects (green, yellow, orange, red, magenta, blue, cyan, infrared), toning (sepia warm/cool), high/low key, contrast, and sharpness (regular and fine adjustment scales). Other capture filters include Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Extract Color, Soft Focus, Starburst, Fisheye, Custom Filter.
Data record: Folder name (standard, date), file name (standard, customizable), embed copyright

Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12s, 2s), Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Bracketing (standard, timer, remote), Mirror Lockup (standard, remote), HDR Capture, Multi-Exposure, Interval
Continuous FPS
- 5.2 FPS (40 JPG Continuous Hi, 15 RAW PEF, 14 RAW DNG)
- 3.3 FPS (unlimited JPG Continuous Lo, 17 RAW PEF/DNG)
Self-timer: Yes (12s, 2s)
Remote control: Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous) and cable switch

Mode selection: One Shot (no data, basic data, full data, color channel histogram), Multi Image Display (4, 9, 16, 32, 81 thumbnails), Calendar Filmstrip, Folder, Magnification, Select & Delete, Movie Playback (no data, basic data, full data)
Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, RAW Development, Index Print, Image Comparison, Protect, DPOF
Magnification: Up to 32X, scrollable
Digital filters (playback): Toy Camera, Monochrome (filter effects, toning), Retro, Color (6), High Contrast, Soft Focus, Extract Color (6), Starburst, Water Color, Fisheye, Pastel, Slim, Miniature, HDR, Base Parameter Adj, Custom Filter

Still: RAW (PEF, DNG), JPG (Exif 2.21), DCF 2.0 (design rule for camera file system), DPOF, Print Image Matching III
Movie (compression): AVI (Motion JPG)

Functions available: 37

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I'm so sorry that almost all information about the K-7 was leaked.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

We just can't have nice things anymore. In this age of instant gratification, keeping information secret about an unreleased product has become nearly impossible, as the latest news about the K-7 has shown us.

Someone somewhere got their grubby little hands on a few unreleased photos of the K-7 and plastered them all over the internet, ruining the surprise for everyone and stealing the thunder from legitimate Pentax representatives. It's a crying shame, but I do have a silver lining.

I scoured the internet looking to see just how much information really had made it out ahead of deadline. The photos are real, but the specs not all accurate. There is misinformation being posted about the K-7, so my advice would be to stop believing all the early leaks and wait until tomorrow. It's worth waiting for, believe me.

Thank you for reading,

Yvon Bourque

Tomorrow is the big Day. 7:00 A.M. California time on this blog.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

It looks like it has been an eternity since the first rumors about the Pentax K-7 started to appear on the Internet. The wait is almost over. Be here tomorrow morning at 7:00 A.M California time for the real deal.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Recap on K-7 specifications (Speculations) from all over the world. Which specifications will be accurate?

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

Today, we post the speculations about the K-7 specs, that were posted from sites all over the world. Wednesday, May 20 @7:00 A.M. the real camera and specifications will be unveiled on this site and many other sites all over the world. It will be interesting to see which speculations were correct and how much new stuff the K-7 will have, that haven't leaked so far.
From RiceHigh
Camera Name:
Pentax K-7 (It is "K Hyphen Seven" - *No* "D" Letter and *With* the Hyphen)

Kit Lens:
DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 AL WR (Water/eather Resistant)(WOW! HOYA/Pentax have taken my Advice!! That is, a Weather-sealed Kit Lens for a Weather-sealed Body. It seems that they do read my Blog and accepted my "repeated" "Bashes"!!)

Dimensions (by Measurement, Not Factory Specs):
96mm (H) x 130mm (W) x D1-D3**D1 = 66mm, from Flange to Grip Rear*D2 = 74mm, from Grip Front to Grip Rear*D3 = 76mm, from RTF Front to Grip RearRemark: Neck Strap Buckles, Eyecup, Hotshoe and Rubber Covers are All IgnoredAmazingly Truly Compact! Especially for an Upper Grade DSLR Body! (RTF is Far Less Protruding Than Previous Models, Too)

Sensor Format:
APS-C, Aspect Ratio: 3:2

Pentax KAF2 (Crippled K-mount, Support Both Body Driven "Screw-Type" AF KAF and SDM KAF2/KAF3 Lenses)

Viewfinder Coverage and Magnification:
>95% and/or >0.95X ( by my Best Measurement and Estimation - It could be 100% *and* 1.0X ! Actually, I've measured that result but just can't believe it myself !! )

Yes, Manual Pop-up

Live View:
Yes, Activated by One-touch Dedicated "LV" button at the Thumb Position
Movie/Video Recording:
Movie/Video with Mono-Audio Recording
Top Monochrome Status LCD:

Rear Colour LCD:

e-Wheels Control:
Front and Rear Wheels

Green Button:
Yes, Directly Under the Rear Wheel

Exposure Modes:
Green Mode, P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, M, B, X, User and Movie

Focusing Modes:

Dedicated AF Button:

Dedicated AF Point Selector:
Yes: Central, Auto and User Select

Built-in AF Assist Light:
Yes, Bright Type (Not Near IR)

Dedicated Metering Mode Selector:
Yes: Evaluative, Centre-Weighted Average, Spot

Controls Around Shutter Release:
Optical/Digital Preview; Two Separate Buttons for ISO Speed Selection and +/- EV Compensation / Top LCD Panel Backlight/Illumination

Other Direct Controls:
With the Four Ways / "OK" Buttons: WB, Flash, Drive and Colour Mode / AF Point Selection Activation

Standard Controls:
Play/Delete (at Upper Left), INFO/MENU (at Lower Right)

RAW Button:

"Fn" (Function) Button:
No (Not Needed with New Direct Controls Design)

Shake Reduction Switch:
No (to be Enabled and Disabled via System Menu)

PC Sync Socket:

IR Remote Control:
Yes, Front and Rear Receivers

I/O Ports:
Left: DC IN, PC/AV, HDMI, MIC IN (Stereo? Very Possibly, I think); Right: Cable Switch Connector

Vertical Battery Grip D-BG4

by Deadtrees on 23/04/09 @ 13:09

Someone from 2CH(Japanese Forum site) claimed that he's sure about: - Name: K7 (with or without "D") - Size: slightly smaller than K20D - Shape: peculiar, rectangular prism housing - Official announcement: during last 10 days of May - Delivery: end of June, beginning of July - Pricing: around 1,500 Eu (probably somewhat less) So yes, your idea about the size seems right.Much less solid, but perhaps already quite close to the truth, are the rumoured specs: - Same sensor as the K20D - Up to 6400 ISO with better noise treatment - 5 images/sec - 100 % viewfinder - Better weatherproofing - Mirror lockup - Liveview and HD Video - Better stabilizer . - Better DRE mode - 77 zones light metering - Much better AF system even with non-SDM lenses - 3 inches/ 920 000 pixels screen with in-body editing (crop...) - 1/8000 shutter with 1/250 sync
posted by Deadtrees, an anonymous guest userMore Pentax K-7 specs
By PR admin May 12, 2009
This an addition to the previously posted Pentax K-7 specs (some specs are repeated):
15 MP new APS-C CMOS sensor
ISO 50-6400
5 fps (till 10 fps in 6 MP mode)
100 % viewfinder, 1.1 x
Liveview and HD Video 1920*1080
77 AF points in LV
11-point TTL double-cross sensor
77 zones light metering
1/8000 shutter with 1/250 sync
3 inch display
weather resistant body
HDMI port, microphone port

Supposed specs for the ‘K7D’ are as follows:

* Square sensor? 1.3 crop factor.* A new, overhauled, excellent AF system* At least 5fps* 1.0x viewfinder* 720p video with audio* 1/8000 shutter* 2.7 or 3.0 inch VGA res screen
And here are some other purported specs for the new DSLR:
* Same sensor as the K20D* Up to 6400 ISO with better noise treatment* 5 images/sec* 100 % viewfinder* Better weatherproofing* Mirror lockup* Liveview and HD Video* Better stabilizer .* Better DRE mode* 77 zones light metering* Much better AF system even with non-SDM lenses* 3 inches/ 920 000 pixels screen with in-body editing (crop…)* 1/8000 shutter with 1/250 sync
I really hope Pentax comes out with something mind blowing because they could really use it.

I suppose we could list many more speculations, but it seems that they all have about the Wednesday May 20, 7:00 A.M. California time, check here and the real specifications will be listed.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Recap on K-7 pictures leaked from all over the world. Which pictures will be accurate?

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Hi Pentaxian friends. Pictures or Photo-shopped images of the K-7 have leaked from all over the world this past Month. Let's look at some of them and see which images were accurate on May 20th, @ 7:00 A.M California time on this site. What a camera this will be, and to think that it will be affordable is just the icing on the cake. Bookmark this site for May 20th at 7:00 A.M. California time. It will all be here.

I'm sure there are more leaked pictures out there but this is what I quickly gathered today.

Tomorrow, I will post all the speculations posted about the camera specifications. Wednesday May 20, @ 7:00 A.M. California time, the real Camera and sppecifications will be unveiled right here on this blog, and many places in the world, I'm sure.