|Pentax K-7 camera housing
The camera is sturdy with a stainless steel chassis as its base and a firm yet light housing of magnesium alloy. Pentax has seen to it that the K7 is well-sealed against dust and weather influences. No less than 77 seals have been applied. It is a reliable housing, and that's exactly how it feels too. You really feel that you have a camera in your hands. You also notice this when looking through the viewfinder. It's a joy to work with the nearly 100% coverage and a magnification factor of 0.92x. The new shutter is something you would not notice straight away. It should guarantee at least 100,000 times opening and closing, which provides a secure feeling.
RAW button on the Pentax K7
The camera features a typical Pentax design. The remarkable AF assist lamp is placed directly to the right of the handgrip. On the grip itself, a red light is found to operate the self-timer and to serve as a receiver for the optional infrared remote control. On the right side of the bayonet, the well-known RAW button is placed, which lets you switch swiftly between file formats. This is not a very useful button for me, since I already always shoot in RAW if possible. Above it, a hot shoe for external flash units is placed, for example for a studio strobe.
Memory & battery compartment
All external outputs are positioned on the right side of the camera, safely stored behind a rubber door, preventing moisture and dust from getting inside easily. The same seals are found for the SDHC memory card cover and at the bottom for the battery, as well as for the optional battery grip pins. On the other side, a large LCD is placed with the most relevant shooting information. In front of the LCD, there are buttons for exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity. Even further to the front on the handgrip, the shutter release is placed, encircled by the main dial. Entirely to the front, the command dial is positioned.
|Pentax K7 exposure modes
On top of the K7, the mode dial is found to select various exposure modes. The dial is locked and needs to be pressed before it can be rotated. I find this very clever, while it is extremely annoying when you suddenly find yourself shooting in a different exposure mode than the one you selected. Below the dial sits a tiny switch that lets you select the light metering method. And also this switch does not rotate by itself.
Pentax K7 mode dial
On the back of the camera, another mode dial is found entirely on top, just in reach for the thumb. To its right, the exposure lock is found, whilst the famous green button is positioned to its left. This button lets you quickly return to an automatic exposure when you're shooting in manual exposure mode. I think this is excellent. Right underneath, the button to start auto focus is placed encircled by the option to select focus areas. A smart spot.
Pentax K-7 buttons
Furthermore a dedicated Live View button is placed right next to the four buttons with the OK button in their centre. Further down, there are buttons to view information on the screen and to access the menu. Top left on the screen, you can play and delete images. You may find yourself searching as to what the exact function of the buttons is if you're used to a different camera, however, the layout itself is quite logical.
LCD screen of the Pentax K7
And last but not least, there is a pleasantly large LCD monitor placed on the back of the camera with a diameter of 7.6 cm (3 inch). According to the current standard, it features 920,000 pixels, which is very nice to work with. The viewing angle of approximately 170 degrees both horizontally and vertically, is excellent.