Pentax officially announces its new K-7, a rugged compact digital SLR (DSLR) camera. Pentax’s K-7 features a 14.6 Megapixel CMOS image sensor and HD movie capture function that record up to 1536×1024 video at 30fps.
Pentax K-7 includes also High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture mode that takes three images then combines them in camera to widen the exposure gamut to bring out detail in all exposure areas of images.
Other features include 77-segment metering system, Dedicated AF-assist lamp, Electronic Level function, in-camera Lens Correction function that electronically adjusts for Distortion and Lateral Chromatic Aberrations, Live View and dedicated Mirror Lock-up function. There is an HDMI port.
The K-7 has a compact, magnesium alloy body. It will be available in July 2009 for $1299.95 (body only). Pentax brings two new weather-resistant lenses, the smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR and the smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR, both priced at $199.95. There is also D-BG4 battery grip for the K-7 that costs $299.95.