• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Pentax K-7 advantages over Nikon D7000

  • Less expensive
    $1300 vs $1500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Less shutter lag
    0.09 vs 0.24 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)

Nikon D7000 advantages over Pentax K-7

  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,167 vs 536 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 10.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1050 vs 740 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    39 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.9 fps vs 5.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Better than average noise vs. detail handling at high ISOs; Very good dynamic range in JPEGs, excellent in RAW files; Lots of high-end features in a relatively compact body; 6 fps burst mode.

  • Viewfinder not as accurate as specified; Viewfinder doesn't show ISO unless adjusting; No live histogram in Live View mode; No phase-detect Live View AF mode.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung GX-20

Pentax K-7
Samsung GX-20
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
  • $1400
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D7000
Samsung GX-20
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
  • $1400
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSLR-A380

Pentax K-7
Sony DSLR-A380
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon D7000
Sony DSLR-A380
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon 60D

Pentax K-7
Canon 60D
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Fast startup
Nikon D7000
Canon 60D
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony A55

Pentax K-7
Sony A55
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon D7000
Sony A55
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-7
Pentax K-5 II
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Less shutter lag
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dynamic range
Nikon D7000
Pentax K-5 II
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
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