Also available for download from the Pentax USA website, Pentax K-7 firmware version 1.02 includes several changes, as listed in the official release notes. A new sharpness option - "Fine Sharpness 2" - has been added which is selectable from the camera's various Custom Image modes. A PDF document published by Pentax explains how to access this setting, which offers a higher level of sharpening than was previously available in-camera.
Processing performance when previewing the effect of the Pentax K-7's Water Color and Pastel filters has also been improved. Finally, Pentax K7 v1.02 is said to improve stability when using the optional D-BG4 battery grip with the K7 body. Previously, it was possible for the rear e-dial on the grip to become unresponsive in certain circumstances.
V1.02 also rolls in the same changes made in version 1.01, which included a new custom function that allowed users to customise the functioning of the K-7's four-way controller buttons. The Japanese release notes for K-7 v1.01 also mentioned one further change not discussed by Pentax USA, which corrected an issue with AF function when the left-most AF point was selected.
The Pentax K7 digital SLR includes a 14.6 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor, compact and rugged magnesium alloy weather-sealed body, high-res 3.0" LCD with live view function, 100% pentaprism viewfinder, 11-point AF, 77-segment metering, and both in-camera shake reduction and dust reduction. It also offers 5.2 frames-per-second burst mode, 1/8000 second top shutter speed, electronic level and composition adjustment functions, in-camera HDR capability, and a high-definition movie mode with external microphone jack. More details can be found in our Pentax K7 preview.