Pentax K-7 image and specs emerge [Update]

pentax-k7Finally, we have the factory specs on the Pentax K-7, and the teasing is over. Keep in mind these are factory specifications, but Pentax has been known to change things slightly before the camera’s actually hit the sales floor, usually for the better. We are seeing that most of the rumors are true however, including the much hoped for 100 percent viewfinder.

Some of the more exciting specifications include the previously mentioned 100 percent viewfinder, a 14.6-megapixel CMOS sensor, the new “DRII” system which is intended to detect dust and warn the user if the sensor has become dirty, before it effects image quality. This feature hasn’t shown up in Nikon or Canon yet, but perhaps it might in the future.

Here’s some quick and dirty statistics:

  • 14 megapixel
  • ISO 100-3200 (with a rumored 6400 available later)
  • 5.2 FPS until the buffer is full at 40 frames
  • A motion picture mode (which seems all the rage currently) at 1280 x 720 mode, which translates to 16:9 HD.

While I’m sure the Nikon and Canon purists won’t give it another glance, this new Pentax is shaping up to be a major competitor in the DSLR market. It really all depends on the price point once we see them in the wild.

[via RiceHigh]