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Pentax K7-Panasonic GH1 video specs comparison

As a pure photo camera the Pentax K7 will probably deliver a very good quality (read the specs here) but…

…I believed the Pentax K7 will go on par with the Panasonic GH1 in terms of video capabilities. Pentax told us they will make a two generations jump forward. But I am really disappointed with the video potentials from that camera.

Here the reasons:

1) The Pentax K7 does 720/30p only  (the GH1 720/60p or Full HD!)

2) The Pentax K7 has only mono microfone input

There is no mention over the compression specifications (the only point where the GH1 doesn’t really satisfy me with his 17MB/s)

I would say the GH1 is still the most usable video DSLR !

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Pentax K-7 specs…

Now it seems the specs are semi official. From Rice blogs

Camera Name: Pentax K-7 (It Is “K Hyphen Seven” – *No* “D” Letter and *With* the Hyphen)
Size: Width Slightly Less than K20D, but Slightly Taller for the Body’s Head; Slimmer Body Design – Overall Volume Comparable to the K200D, but Still Slightly Larger
Sensor Format: APS-C, Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Mount: Pentax KAF-3 (Crippled K-mount, Support Both Body Driven “Screw-Type” AF and SDM)
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 !! )
RTF: 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
Monochrome status LCD: Yes
Rear Colour LCD: 3.0″
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: AF-S, AF-C, MF
Dedicated AF Button: Yes
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; Separate Buttons for ISO 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: Yes
“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: Yes
IR Remote Control: Yes, Front and Rear Receivers
Accessory: Vertical Battery Grip D-BG4

Ok, K7D the May 21th!

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Taken from russian forum (http://www.penta-club.ru/forum/)

UPDATE: quesabesde confirms OUR specs!

The k7d will land on earth May 21th!!!

There are many forum discussions around so it is quiet difficoult to have a good overview over the specs.

But for sure the price will be something between 1.200-1.500 Euro. The camera will have video recording. You can use the new DA* lenses. There is a new Auftofocussytem. 100% viewfinder, kind-of-metal-housing, hd-videomode, better, faster and more accurate af, 5-6fps, many little changes in order to improve ergonomy…”

French magazine “Réponses Photo” confirms new Pentax DSLR release for may.

A poster in a pentax forum writes “pentax is late comapring to canikon so this new item would be a DSLR that will “jump” a generation and will bring something new”

Then DA* 60-250 launch date is 24th of April!!!

There seems to be a Microphone hole opening on the head of the camera in front of the Hotshoe, which implies it is a video capable DSLR!

UPDATE: This are the probable 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

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Pentax K7D is definitely coming!

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Pentax Austria confirms the release of the new Pentax K7D. It will be announced the third week in May.

There are a lot of speculations, 1.3 cropfactor, square sensor, video recording, new autofocus system… :)

What is certain the K7D is not a K20 successor but a completely new line of Pentax digital cameras.


http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/57107-pic-k30d-41.html

UPDATE: The pentax K7D should have a pirce of 1.500 Euro and be able to use the new DA* lenses.

UPDTAE2: Probably with video recording? We will give you more information soon….
UPDTAE 3 ! Probale specs: 100% viewfinder, kind-of-metal-housing, hd-videomode, better, faster and more accurate af, 5-6fps, many little changes in order to improve ergonomy…”

UPDATE 4: French magazine “Réponses Photo” confirms new Pentax DSLR release for may.

A poster in a pentax forum writes “pentax is late comapring to canikon so this new item would be a DSLR that will “jump” a generation and will bring something new”

Then DA* 60-250 launch date is 24th of April!!!

UPDATE 5: There seems to be a Microphone hole opening on the head of the camera in front of the Hotshoe, which implies it is a video capable DSLR!

UPDATE 6: It is the May 21th!!! This is the day the camera wil be launched!

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New Pentax DSLR? Pentax K7D?


Sorry if we publish some news from other brands. But it seems something interesting is coming from Pentax. May you want to know more.

From what we know three Pentax cameras are expected for 2009. This could be the right time for the K20D successor. It will probably have video and we hope they will make it better than Nikon and Canon! Again we hope they will not follow the Canon (EOS 50D) Megapixel race.

P.S.: You have to wait for 2010 to have a mirrorless camera from Pentax :(

http://tekade.de/ lists the camera

-1.300-1.500Euro


More pictures here:

http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/57107-pic-k30d-21.html

http://ricehigh.blogspot.com/2009/04/more-blurry-photos-of-new-pentax.html