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Pentax launches mid-range K-7 digital SLR

'Durable, lightweight and compact' digital camera

Pentax K-7

Pentax has announced the K-7, a mid-range digital SLR in a compact and rugged metallic body.

The 14.6Mp digital SLR will be available from early July and will retail for around £1,229.99 with an 18-55mm kit lens.

High dynamic range

The Pentax K-7 features a video-recording mode, automatic horizon correction, and a high dynamic range (HDR) setting. This setting enables the camera to make a single image from three images taken at varying exposure settings; the function causes detail to be clearer in pictures containing both light and dimly lit areas.

Pentax claims that the camera is able to take around 5.2 shots per second in burst mode and has an ISO range between 100 and 6,400. The camera is powered by the company’s new PRIME II engine, which Pentax describes as allowing for faster processing power and better quality images with richer gradation.

Video recording mode

The video mode captures footage at 1280 x 720 resolution, and there’s an external microphone socket for more focused sound recording.

The Pentax K-7 features a 3-inch LCD offering Live View, and is said to be able to take almost 1,000 non-flash images per battery charge. Pentax describes the model as being ‘compact, lightweight and durable’ – featuring seals making it dustproof, waterproof and able to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C.

Digital SLR reviews

Richard Parris, Which? digital camera expert, said: ‘Although we haven’t awarded many Best Buys to Pentax digital SLRs, there have been a number of good quality models in the manufacturer’s K-series. The K-7 is a rather expensive addition to this roster, and we’ll be keen to see how it stands up to our thorough testing.’

The cost of the Pentax K-7 with a twin lens kit (18-55mm and 50-200mm) will cost around £1,329.99, and the body alone will retail at around £1,169.

For help finding the best digital SLR check out our digital SLR reviews. If you’re after a more basic model, then you should find what you’re after among our 270 compact digital camera reviews.

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