New Pentax K-7 DSLR records HD video

Most people start taking pictures of the kids and the sporting events that go along with childhood with a point-and-shoot camera. It typically becomes clear once you try to shoot pictures of fast action with a point-and-shoot that most of that type of camera aren’t up for fast motion. That sort of issue leads to a search for a DSLR camera that offers fast shutter speeds and more features than the lowly point-and-shoot camera can muster.

Pentax has announced a new DSLR camera called the Pentax K-7 that sits at the top of the Pentax K line. The camera is made to be functional for all user types even the beginner and is durable. The chassis is constructed from a stainless steel alloy and the housing is made from magnesium. Pentax uses a series of 77 different seals to make the camera weatherproof dustproof and resistant to cold. The seals work so well Pentax claims that the camera can operate in environments as cold as -10C.

Above: Pentax K7 DSLR Camera

The glass viewfinder offers approximately a 100% field of view with 92% magnifications. Continuous burst can be shot at a rate of 5.1 images per second for 40 JPEG shots. Pentax utilizes its new DR II dust removal mechanism to keep the K-7’s 23.4mm x 15.6mm CMOS sensor dust-free.

The cam can shoot HD video at 30 fps in 1280 x 720 resolution and the large 3-inch rear LCD has wide viewing angles and features Live View allowing shots and video to be framed via the LCD. Video recording is something that the new Sony DSLRs I talked about yesterday don’t offer. The shutter on the camera is rated for 100000 releases and can release as quickly as 1/8000 of a second. The ISO range for the cam is from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 via custom functions. Pricing and availability are unannounced at this time.