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Digital SLR Camera: K-7

K-7
<General function and specification>
<Storage Medium>
<Battery and Power sources>
<Capture and Playback>
<Connecting with a computer and Software>
<Connecting with a printer>
<Troubleshooting>

<General function and specification>
What is the size and resolution of the LCD monitor? And the backlight brightness can be adjustment?
The LCD monitor is a 3.0-inch with approximately 921,000 dots, TFT color monitor, brightness adjustable, Color adjustable, Wide angle view, AR coating.
What is the field of view of the LCD monitor?
Approx. 100%.
What is the magnification and field of view of the viewfinder?
Magnification: approx 0.92x (50 mm/F1.4 lens at infinity); Field of View: approx. 100%.
What is the approximate distance of the viewfinder's Eye Relief? (Maximum distance between eye and viewfinder at which the whole field is still visible)
Approx. 21.7 mm.
Can I adjust the viewfinder diopter?
Yes. You can adjust the diopter approximately -2.5~+1.5m-1.
Is the focusing screen interchangeable?
Yes. There are 4 kinds of screens.
The AF Frame Matte (standard MF-60), The AF Divided Matte (ML-60), The AF Scale Matte (MI-60) and The Plain Matte (ME-60) screen are available as optional accessories.
*These are exclusive screen and no compatibility with other Digital SLR camera.
Is the K-7 designed to be weather/dust-proof?
Dials, buttons, body joints and retractable parts on the camera have been treated to be weather -resistant and dustproof.
* For the best protection against weather or dust, use the camera with the hot shoe cover FK and the sync socket 2P cap attached.
What is the Autofocus system in the Live View?
You can select it by the setting.
  1. Face Detection + Contrast AF (default setting)
    Gives autofocus priority to detected faces and performs contrast autofocus.
    A yellow frame appears for the main face (white frames appear for other faces), and autofocus and automatic exposure are performed for the main detected face.
  2. Contrast AF
    Displays Live View and performs autofocus based on the information obtained from the image sensor.
  3. Phase Difference
    Cancels Live View and performs autofocus with the AF sensor.
*[Contrast AF] takes longer than [Phase Difference] to focus on the subject.
What is the Sv (Sensitivity Priority) mode on the mode dial?
You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the subject.
The shutter speed and aperture are automatically set according to the selected sensitivity to obtain the appropriate exposure.
*Note: Set the sensitivity in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV.
What is the TAv (Shutter & Aperture Priority) mode on the mode dial?
You can set both the desired shutter speed and aperture to take the picture.
The sensitivity is set automatically so that the shutter speed and aperture selected will give the appropriate exposure according to the brightness of the subject. This mode is convenient to take reliable pictures even when the light conditions are changing from moment to moment.
What finishing touches settings are included in the Custom Image function?
Select from the following finishing touches:
Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted and Monochrome. The default setting is [Bright].
What is included in the K-7 kit?
The K-7 includes the following:
• Body mount cover*
• Hot shoe cover FK*
• Sync socket 2P cap*
• Eyecup FR*
• Triangular ring (2 pcs)*
• Protective cover (2 pcs)*
• ME Viewfinder cap
• USB cable I-USB7
• AV cable I-AVC7
• Strap O-ST53
• Rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI90
• Battery charger D-BC90 and AC plug cord
• Software CD-ROM S-SW90 (PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4)
• Operating manual
• Quick guide
* Installed on the camera
Is anything else necessary that is not included in the kit?
SD/SDHC Memory Card is not included in the kit, so please prepare the necessary capacity of the SD/SDHC Memory Card.
[Example for Storage capacity] 4GB SDHC --- RAW/PEF: 162 images. 14M/Jpeg/ [starstarstar]: 467images
What is the Digital Filter?
This mode lets you change the color tone and perform special processing on a image.
The Digital Filter can be applied when taking a picture.You can also apply digital filter effects to images after shooting them in Playback mode.
*Depending on the filter used, images may take longer to save
*Processed image can not be restored to original image.
*Only JPEG and RAW files captures with K-7 can be edited using the Digital Filter
*When Digital Filter is set, the file format is always set to [JPEG] and cannot be changed.

Taking
Picture
Playback Filter name Effect
o o Toy Camera For taking pictures that look as if taken with a toy camera
- o Monochrome Creates a monochrome image such as a black-and-white photo.
o o Retro For taking pictures with the look of old photos.
- o Color Adds a color filter to the image. Select from 18 filters (6 colors x3 tones)
o o High Contrast For taking pictures with high contrast.
o o Extract Color For extracting a specific color and taking the rest of the picture in black and white.
o o Soft Focus For taking pictures with a soft focus throughout the image.
o o Star Burst For taking pictures of night scenes of lights reflected on water with a special sparkling look achieved by adding cross-like affects to the picture's highlights.
- o Water Color Creates an image that looks as though it was painted.
o o Fish-Eye For taking pictures that look as if taken with a fish-eye lens.
- o Pastel Creates an image that looks as though it was drawn with a crayon.
- o Slim Changes the horizontal and vertical ratio of image.
- o Miniature Blurs part of the image to create a fake miniature scene.
- o HDR Creates an image that looks like a high dynamic range image.
- o Base Parameter Adjust Adjusts the parameters to create the desired image.
o o Custom Filter Customize and save a filter to your own preferences.
What is the “Bright/Dark Area” warning?
When this function is activated, areas in the image that are too bright or too dark and have lost gradation detail will blink on the monitor during playback and instant review.
* Bright portions blink red on the monitor and dark portions blink yellow when [Bright/Dark area] is ON.
What is [Slow Shutter Speed NR]?
When you use a digital camera to shoot with a long exposure or high sensitivity setting, image noise (image roughness or unevenness) becomes noticeable.
K-7 has a Noise Reduction function that you can reduce image noise by using Noise Reduction.
*Images shot with Noise Reduction take longer to save.

[Slow Shutter Speed NR] reduces noise during long exposures.
ON- The camera determines conditions such as the shutter speed, sensitivity and internal Temperature and automatically reduces noise as necessary.
OFF- Reduces noise only when the exposures mode is set to B and the shutter remains open for 30 seconds or more.

What is [High-ISO Noise Reduction]?
Reduces noise at high sensitivity (ISO) setting.
*You can select [Off],[Low],[Medium] or [High] for [19. High-ISO Noise Reduction] in the [C custom Setting 3] menu.
*You can set the sensitivity at which to start noise reduction by setting [20.High-ISO NR Start Level] in the [C custom Setting 3] menu.
*In case of expanding the sensitivity up to ISO6400 by Expand sensitivity, "High-sensitivity NR" is consistently applied when sensitivity becomes higher than ISO3200.

 

Can I view images on a TV?
Yes. Connect the USB/Video terminal on the camera's side to the TV's video input terminal using the provided Video cable I-VC7. Make sure to turn off the camera and the TV while connecting the cable.
The camera can also output HDMI video so that you can watch recorded images and movie on a TV or high-quality monitor.
*The camera has a Type C (Mini) HDMI terminal. Use a commercially available HDMI cable that matches your AV device.
What are the optional accessories for this camera?
The optional accessories are as follows;
• Hot shoe cover FK
• Sync socket 2P cap
• Eyecup FR
• ME Viewfinder cap
• Strap O-ST53
• USB cable I-USB7
• AV cable I-AVC7
• Rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI90
• Battery charger kit K-BC90 (D-BC90 and AC plug cord)

*Above optional accessories are the same as included in the K-7 kit.
• Body mount cover K (The bundled body mount cover is not available)
• AC adapter kit K-AC50 (AC adapter D-AC50 and AC plug cord)
• Battery Grip D-BG4
• Camera case O-OC90
• Magnifier Eyecup O-ME53
• Cable Switch CS-205
• Remote Control F

* HDMI cable and external microphone are not available as optional accessory. Please Purchas commercially available item.

<Shake Reduction (SR)>

How effective is the Shake Reduction in terms of shutter speed steps?
The effect of Shake Reduction is equivalent from approx.2.5 to up to 4 shutter speeds.
* The Shake Reduction effect may vary depending on the focal length of the lens, distance to the subject, shooting conditions and individual technique.

It is generally said that the slowest shutter speed to avoid blur is 1/focal length.
However, with cameras featuring an APS-C size image sensor (like the K-m), please consider the focal length as 1.5 times longer (35 mm-equivalent focal length).
For example, a 100 mm lens is equivalent to a 150 mm lens in 35 mm format so, generally speaking, the slowest shutter speed for such lens is 1/150 sec. You can expect Shake Reduction to be effective at shutter speeds 2.5 to 4 steps slower than 1/150.
Are there any lenses with which the Shake Reduction (SR) function cannot be used?
No, there isn't one. This function can be used with all PENTAX lenses that can be attached to the camera.
* The [Input Focal Length] setting menu does not appear when using a lens that supports automatic acquisition of lens information such as focal length because [Focal Length] is set automatically. (DA, DA L, D FA, FA J, FA, or F is set automatically)
If type of lens that does not support automatic acquisition of lens information such as focal length is used, the [Input Focal Length] menu appears. Set [Focal Length] manually on the [Input Focal Length] setting menu.
* When using lens without the A position on the aperture or with the aperture set to a position other than the A position, set [37. Using aperture ring] on the [C Custom Setting 6] menu to [2. Permitted].
Will the Shake Reduction (SR) function work with non-PENTAX lenses?
The Shake Reduction mechanism will function but the effectiveness of the results can not be guaranteed. PENTAX will assume no responsibility or liability for accidents, damages and malfunctions resulting from the use of lenses made by other manufacturers.
Would it be better to leave the SR function always on?
The camera features a Shake Reduction switch to easily turn off the SR function according to shooting conditions, for example when using the camera with a tripod.
Will the Shake Reduction (SR) function work with slow synchronization of the flash?
Yes, it will function.
Can the effect of the Shake Reduction function be checked in the viewfinder?
No.
Can the effect of the Shake Reduction function be checked before taking the picture?
Yes. It can be checked by using Live View function.

<Lenses that can be used>

What lenses can be used with the camera?
The following lenses can be used.
DA lenses
DA L lenses
FA J lenses
D FA, FA and F lenses with the aperture ring set to A (Auto) position.

See the following table for details.
* The area captured with this camera will differ from that captured with a 35 mm SLR camera even if the same lens is used because the format size for 35 mm film and CCD sensor are different.
The area captured will be equivalent to that captured with a 35 mm SLR camera using a lens with a focal length approximately 1.5 times longer than the lens used.

  Auto Focus
(AF)
AF adapter 1.7x
+ Manual Focus
(MF) *1
Manual Focus
(MF)
Lens  / [Mount] Function DA
DA L
D FA
FA J
FA 
[KAF3]
[KAF2]
[KAF]
F
[KAF]
A
[KA]
M
P
[K]
A
[KA]
M
P
[K]
F o c u s Auto focus o o o/† ‡/† - -
11 AF points o o x x x x
Manual focus
(with focus indicator) *2
- - ‡/†
Manual focus
(with matte field)
o o - - o
E x p o s u r e TTL open aperture 77-segment metering o o o x o x
P (Program)automatic exposure o o o ‡*3 o ‡*3
SV (Sensitivity-priority) AE o o o ‡*3 o ‡*3
Tv (Shutter-priority)AE o o o ‡*3 o ‡*3
Av (Aperture-priority)AE o o o ‡*3 o ‡*3
TAv(Shutter and Aperture priority)AE o o o ‡*3 o ‡*3
M (Metered manual)exposure o o o o
O t h e r P-TTL auto flash *4 o o o x o x
Power zoom o*5 - - - - -
Automatic lens focal length acquirement when using the Shake Reduction function o o x x x x

o: Functions are available. (The aperture ring is set to the A position excluding DA / DA L / FA-J)
†: The AF point is automatically set to Center.
‡: Cannot be used with default settings. [F - - ]will blink and can not be released the shutter. Set [Using aperture ring] to [Permitted] in the Custom Setting menu.
x: Function is not available.
- : Not applicable

*1 Lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or brighter.
*2 Lenses with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or brighter.
*3 Av(Aperture Priority) Automatic Exposure with the aperture open. (Adjusting the aperture ring has no effect on the actual aperture value.)
*4 When using the built-in flash and AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF200FG, or AF160FC.
*5 Only available with KAF2 mount FA lens.

Can PENTAX-FA SOFT 85mmF2.8, FA SOFT 28mmF2.8, or F SOFT 85mmF2.8 be used with This camera?
To use an F/FA soft 85 mm f/2.8 lens or FA soft 28 mm f/2.8 lens, set [Using aperture ring] to [Permitted]. Pictures can be taken with the aperture you set, but only within the manual aperture range.
If selected AE mode (Set mode dial to Green, P, Sv, Tv, Av or, TAv), it will be selected Av (Aperture-priority) AE
Can S (Screw mount) lenses, PENTAX 67 lenses or PENTAX 645 lenses be used with this camera?
These types of lenses can be attached using the respective K-mount adapter.
However, shutter release will not be available with default settings. To allow shutter release, change the following settings.
(1) Set [Using aperture ring] to [Permitted] in the Custom Setting menu.
(2) Set the focus mode lever to MF.
Av (Aperture Priority) mode and M (Manual) mode can be used but an exposure error may occur.
In the viewfinder and status screen, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator. The camera operates in Av (Aperture Priority) mode even if the mode dial is Auto picture, Picture mode, SCN, Program, SV and TV mode.
How does the area captured change when using medium format lenses?
Focal length is a characteristic of the lens, whether it is used with 35 mm format or medium format (645 or 67) cameras. In 35 mm equivalent terms, the area captured will be the same as that of an image captured using a lens with a focal length approximately 1.5 times longer than the lens used.

Example) If you used the following lens with K-7
smc PENTAX-FA 50mmF1.4 → Focal length is equivalent to a 75mm lens on a 35mm camera.
smc PENTAX-FA645 75mmF2.8 → Focal length is equivalent to a 114mm lens on a 35mm camera.
smc PENTAX 67 105mmF2.4 → Focal length is equivalent to a 160mm lens on a 35mm camera.
What restrictions apply when using K-mount lenses that do not have an A position for the aperture ring?
When using K mount lenses without an A position in the aperture ring.
When using D FA, FA, F or A lenses with the aperture ring set to a position other than A.

The camera operates in Av (Aperture Priority) mode, even if the mode dial is set to Green, P, SV, Tv, TAv, Also, the aperture indicator on the LCD panel and in the viewfinder will appear as [F--].

See the following table for other restrictions.
Lens Used Exposure mode Restriction
[Lens only] [Av] The aperture remains open regardless of the aperture ring position.
The shutter speed changes in relation to the open aperture but an exposure error may occur.
• D FA Lens
• FA Lens
• F Lens
• A Lens
• M Lens
• P Lens
[Combined with auto diaphragm control accessories]
• D FA Lens
• FA Lens
• F Lens
• A Lens
• M Lens
• P Lens
with such as Auto Extension tube K
[Combined with not auto diaphragm control accessories] [Av] When the aperture ring is operated, the diaphragm will be stop- down. (stop-down metering)

Pictures can be taken with the specified aperture value but an exposure error may occur.
• D FA Lens
• FA Lens
• F Lens
• A Lens
• M Lens
• P Lens
with such as Extension tube K
• S Lens with Mount adapter K
• 67 Lens with Mount adapter K for 67
• 645 Lens with Mount adapter K for 645
[Lens only]
Manual diaphragm lens such as reflex lens
[Lens only] [Av] Pictures can be taken with the specified aperture value in the manual aperture range.
*When depth of field is checked (Optical Preview), AE Metering is switched on. Exposurecan be checked.
• PENTAX-FA soft 85mmF2.8
• PENTAX-FA soft 28mmF2.8
• PENTAX-F soft 85mmF2.8
[Lens only] [M] Pictures can be taken with the set aperture value and shutter speed.
*When depth of field is checked (Optical Preview), AE Metering is switched on. Exposurecan be checked.
• All lenses

*[Av]=Aperture Priority mode,[M]=Hyper-Manual mode


<Storage Medium>
What type of storage medium does the camera use?
The K-7 uses SD Memory Cards or SDHC Memory Cards. (It does not include built-in memory).
Does the camera come with an SD (SDHC) Memory Card?
No. Memory Cards should be purchased as required.
Which SD (SDHC) Memory Cards have been tested for compatibility?
Compatibility with the K-7 has been tested with memory cards from the following manufacturers.

Panasonic
SD Memory Cards with capacities between 512 MB and 2 GB
SDHC Memory Cards with capacities between 4 GB and 32 GB

Toshiba
SD Memory Cards with capacities between 512 MB and 2 GB
SDHC Memory Cards with capacities between 4 GB and 32 GB

SanDisk
SD Memory Cards with capacities between 512 MB and 2 GB
SDHC Memory Cards with capacities of 4 GB and 32 GB

* As of April 2009
* When recording a movie, using a Class 6 or faster SD (SDHC) Memory Card. Even using a class 6 or faster SD (SDHC) Memory Card., recording may stop while recording a movie depending on subject or condition of shooting.
* When recording still images with using a Class 6 or faster SD (SDHC) Memory Card, there is no noticeable improvement in the continuous shooting speed.
* The information above is given for the convenience of customers and does not guarantee complete compatibility with the K-7
Note: It is written on the SD(SDHC) memory card that guarantees the speed of 6MB/s(48Mbps) or more as Class 6.

Does the performance of the Memory Card used affect the shooting interval or other functions of the camera?
When using SD Memory Cards with slow transfer rates, the start-up time and the number of images for continuous shooting may be affected.
*When using a SD Memory Card with a slow recording speed, recording may stop while you are takingmovies even when there is adequate space in the memory, or shooting and playback may take a long time.
Can the miniSD card and the microSD card be used through the adaptor?
Not recommended.
Can MMC (MultiMedia Cards) be used with the K-7?
No.
Approximately how many images can be stored on SD (SDHC) Memory Card?
The actual number of images varies depending on shooting conditions and subjects but the following table gives the approximate number of images that can be recorded.
Size Quality Capacity of the Memory Card
8GB 4GB 2GB 1GB 512M 256M 128M
14M
4672x3104
RAW (PEF) 331 162 82 40 20 10 5
RAW (DNG) 329 161 82 40 20 10 5
14M
4672x3104
594 292 148 73 36 18 9
952 467 238 117 58 29 15
1682 826 420 206 103 52 26
3319 1630 830 408 204 102 52
10M
3936x2624
832 409 208 102 51 25 13
1327 652 332 163 81 41 21
2339 1149 585 289 144 72 37
4548 2234 1138 564 282 142 73
6M
3072x2048
1356 666 339 167 83 42 21
2173 1068 543 267 133 67 34
3778 1856 945 468 234 188 60
7224 3549 1807 902 450 227 116
2M
1728x1216
4162 2045 1041 516 258 130 66
6463 3176 1617 805 402 203 104
11164 5485 2793 1373 686 346 177
20468 10057 5121 2518 1258 634 325
JPEG Quality (Compression ratio):
(Premium)=1/2.8,(S.Fine)=1/4.5, (Fine)=1/8, (economy)=1/16

* If the number of images exceeds 500, images are divided into folders containing 500 images each. However, in Auto Bracket or Continuous Shooting mode, images will be stored in the same folder until shooting is completed, even if the number of images exceeds 500.
Size
(Aspect ratio)
Quality Movie 30 [fps]
             
8GB 4GB 2GB 1GB 512MB 256MB 128MB
1.6M
1536 × 1024
(3:2)
starstarstar 15:03 7:23 3:45 1:51 0:55 0:28 0:14
starstar 21:06 10:22 5:16 2:36 1:18 0:39 0:20
star 29:52 14:40 7:28 3:40 1:50 0:55 0:28
0.9M
1280 × 720
(16:9)
starstarstar 19:13 9:26 4:48 2:21 1:10 0:35 0:18
starstar 27:06 13:19 6:47 3:20 1:40 0:50 0:25
star 37:54 18:37 9:29 4:41 2:20 1:10 0:36
0.3M
640 × 416
(3:2)
starstarstar 1:04:58 31:55 16:15 7:59 3:59 2:00 1:01
starstar 1:30:58 44:41 22:45 11:11 5:35 2:49 1:26
star 2:04:02 1:00:57 31:02 15:29 7:44 3:54 2:00
*The maximum file size is 4GB for movie.
*The maximum recording time is 25 minutes for movie.

<Battery and Power sources>
What type of batteries can be used with the K-7?
The K-7 can be powered by the lithium-ion battery (D-LI90).
*Its charging time is approximately 180 minutes.
(Charge time depends on temperature is between 0°C and 40°C.)
How many photos can I take? or How long can I playback image?
Refer to below table
Still picture Flash photography (50% use) 740 pictures
Without flash 980 pictures
Playback time (Slide show) 440 minutes

*The picture storage capacity is based on measuring condition in accordance with CIPA standards, while other data are based on our measuring conditions.
*Note: CIPA standards are standards formulated by the Camera and Imaging Products Association.

Is there a battery grip available?
The optional Battery Grip D-BG4 with vertical shutter release button is available for the K-7.
If the lithium-ion battery D-LI90 is inserted into both the camera and the battery grip, recordable image will be doubled. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery D-LI90, AA lithium / Ni-MH / alkaline batteries can also be used in the battery grip to power the camera.
*The AA batteries (6pcs) can be used by changing the tray.
*The Battery Grip D-BG1 (for istD), D-BG2 (for K10D/K20D), and D-BG3 (for k200D) can not be use with the K-7.
How many photos can I take with battery grip? or How long can I playback image with battery grip?
Refer to below table
Still picture Flash photography (50% use) AA lithium batteries 830 pictures
AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries [1900mAh] 520 pictures
AA alkaline batteries 180 pictures
Without flash AA lithium batteries 1100 pictures
AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries [1900mAh] 900 pictures
AA alkaline batteries 250 pictures
Playback time (Slide show) AA lithium batteries 600 minutes
AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries [1900mAh] 420 minutes
AA alkaline batteries 240 minutes

*The picture storage capacity is based on measuring condition in accordance with CIPA standards, while other data are based on our measuring conditions.
*Note: CIPA standards are standards formulated by the Camera and Imaging Products Association.

How do I use it when the battery is inserted into both camera and battery grip D-BG4?
If the battery (D-LI90) is inserted into both the camera and grip, the camera will always be powered in the most effective manner by the battery with the higher capacity.
*If batteries are inserted in both the camera and battery grip you can select which one to use first with the [Select battery] setting in the [Set-up3] menu.
Can I use the battery in rotation when the battery is inserted into both camera and battery grip D-BG4?
Yes. You can select which one to use first with the [Select battery] setting in the [Set-up3] menu.
*[Select battery] cannot be selected if the battery is not inserted into both the camera and grip.
Can I use it when the battery is inserted into only battery grip D-BG4?
Yes.
You can also use the camera by inserting a single battery in either the camera or the battery grip.
Is there an optional AC adapter available?
Yes, the optional AC Adapter K-AC90.
*The battery in your camera or in battery grip cannot be charged by connecting with the AC adapter.

<Capture and Playback>
What function is "Lens Correction"?
Reduces distortions and lateral chromatic aberrations occurring due to lens properties by digital processing.
*The shooting speed for continuous shooting may be slower when [Lens correction] is set to ON. Initial setting is OFF.
*The corrected image is saved as JPEG image.
*The RAW data cannot be corrected. It is possible to newly saved corrected JPEG image in the editing RAW image
*The effects of Lens Correction function may be barely noticeable in some cases due to the shooting conditions or other factors.
What function is “Adjusting the Composition”?
Adjusts the Shake Reduction unit in the X-Y direction or rotation direction for a better composition position and a more level camera. Use this when you want to adjust the composition, such as when using a tripod.

*Moves the composition up, down, left or right.
Adjust from approximately -1 mm to +1 mm on the image sensor.
Adjust the level of the composition. Adjust from approximately -1°to +1°.
*The condition of composition can be confirmed by Live View.
*Vigneting may occur depending on type of lens.
*The saved adjustment value is reset when the Live View is ended because this function is for Live View mode.
What is the specification of movie recording?
You can record movies with a frame rate (number of frame shot per second) at 30 frames per second (fps), monaural audio, and the file format set to AVI.
The number of recorded pixels can be selected either 1.6M[1535 x 1024], 0.9M[1280 x 720], or 0.3M[640 x 416]. The number of recorded quality can be selected either [supper fine], [fine], or [economy].
*When using built-in microphone (monaural), the camera operation sounds are also recorded. When recording a movie, mount the camera onto a tripod and do not operate the camera while recording.
*You can connect a commercially available stereo microphone (φ3.5mm(1/8 inch) stereo mini plug) to the microphone terminal on the camera and record stereo sound.
What is recommended specification for external microphone?
The followings are recommended.
Type: Stereo electret condenser microphone
Plug-in power system
Impedance : 2.2kΩ
Power source: Guarantee of proper operation at 2.0V
Plug: Stereo mini plug φ3.5mm (1/8 inch)
Is the AF Illuminator available?
Yes, AF illuminator is activated only in AF.S mode.
Can a remote control be used with the K-7?
Yes. The optional Remote Control F is available.
You can select the remote control shooting mode from [Remote control], [3 sec. delayed release] and [continuous shooting].
What is the frame number of the consecutive shooting?
Continuous Shooting (Hi) --- Approx. 5.2 frames/sec
JPEG image /14M /Quality level/ up to 40 frames.
RAW image / PEF / up to 15 frames.
RAW image / DNG / up to 14 frames.

Continuous Shooting (Lo) --- Approx 3.3 frames/sec
JPEG image / 14M / Quality level / up to SD/SDHC memory card full.
RAW image /PEF, DNG / up to 17 frames

Can Multi-exposure Shooting be used with the K-7?
Yes. You can select from 2 to 9 shots.
*Multi-exposure is not available when the mode dial is set to Green mode, Movie mode, or when Extended Bracketing, HDR Capture or Digital Filter is set.
Can Interval Shooting be used with the K-7?
Yes. You can select from 1 to 99 shots and set an interval between 1 second and 24 hours.
*Interval shooting is not available when the mode dial is set to USER, Green, B(Bulb) or Movie, or when Extended Bracketing, Digital Filter or HDR capture is set.
Is it possible to turn off the Guide Display on the LCD monitor?
Yes. Press the MENU button and in the [Set-up] menu remove the checkmark from the [Guide display] option to turn it off.
Where is the audio microphone? Can an external microphone be connected to the camera?
The microphone is on the top of the camera, just in front of the hot shoe.
External stereo microphones can be connected to the microphone terminal on the camera.
Can polarizing filters be used with the K-7?
Circular type polarizing filters (C-PL/Circular PL) can be used.
Normal, non-circular polarizing filters can affect the exposure and AF and cannot be used
What is the guide number of the built-in flash?
The guide number is approximately 13 (ISO 100/m).
What is the maximum focal length covered by the built-in flash?
The flash covers the angle of view of an 18 mm lens (35 mm equivalent: 28 mm lens).
Is flash output control done using a pre-flash, and if so, how many pre-flashes are used?
Yes, a pre-flash (P-TTL) is used to adjust flash output.
When using the built-in flash or an AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ AF200FG or AF160FC with the flash mode set to [P-TTL auto], the flash pre-flashes once and then the actual flash output is adjusted accordingly.
*Available only when using DA, DA L, D FA, FA J, FA, F or A lens and set to A position.
Can the flash output be compensated?
Yes, the output of the built-in flash or an exclusive external flash can be changed in the range of -2.0 to +1.0 in the [Flash Mode] screen in the status screen.
* If the maximum flash output is exceeded when corrected to the plus (+) side, the compensation will not be effective.

<Connecting with a computer and Software>
What are the system requirements of the K-7?
  • [For Windows]
    USB connection
    Windows Vista (64 bit) Computers with built-in USB 2.0 ports and updating latest version of Windows XP or Windows Vista.
    Windows Vista (32 bit)
    Windows XP (SP2 or later)
    Application software [PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4]
    OS Windows Vista (64 bit)
    Windows Vista (32 bit)
    Windows XP (SP2 or later)
    CPU Pentium 4 or better (Intel Core processor or better recommended)
    Memory 1GB or more (2GB or more, Windows Vista use 3GB or more recommend)
    Display 1280x1024 or more, 24bit (Truecolor, 16.8 Million colors) or better
    HDD free space 1GB or more (2GB or more recommended)

    * Recommended system requirements do not guarantee complete operation for all computer systems.



    [For Macintosh]
    USB connection
    Mac OS X 10.5 Computers with built-in USB 2.0 ports and updating latest version of Mac OS X v10.3 or later.
    Mac OS X 10.4
    Mac OS X 10.3
    Application software [PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4]
    OS Mac OS X 10.5
    Mac OS X 10.4
    Mac OS X 10.3
    CPU PowerPC G5 or better
    (Intel Core processor or better recommended. Universal Binary compatible)
    Memory 1GB or more (2GB or more recommended)
    Display 1280x1024 or better, 24bit (Truecolor, 16.8 Million colors) or better
    HDD free space 1GB or more (2GB or more recommended)

    * Recommended system requirements do not guarantee complete operation for all computer systems.


<Connecting with a printer>
Does the K-7 support P.I.M. (PRINT Image Matching III™) and Exif Print (Exif 2.2)?
JPEG images shot with this camera support both. RAW images do not.
Does the K-7 support PictBridge?
No.

<Troubleshooting>
When attach the lens on the camera, [F - - ] is blinked and the shutter cannot be released.
[For DA / DA L / FA J lens]
  • Detach the lens from the camera and attach the lens again.
    When attaching the lens, do not hold down the lens unlock button and turn the lens clockwise until it clicks.
[FA/F/A lens]
  • Confirm the position of aperture ring.
    The aperture ring should be set to [A] position.
    If the aperture ring is set other than [A] position, [F - -] is blinked.(Default setting) [M and other lens]
  • If the camera is set default setting, [F - -] is blinked.
    Set [37. Using Aperture Ring] in the [C Custom Setting 6] menu to [Permitted] to use them.

*Even [37. Using Aperture Ring] is set to [Permitted], if the lens attach with the aperture ring [A] position, the camera functions normally. However, if the lens is not attached correctly, [F - -] is not blinked.

I made a mistake in the Initial Settings. How do I reset the settings?
The Initial Setting screen is only displayed once.
If any of the settings are incorrect, they must be reset individually.

-- Setting the language
  1. Turn on the power switch. (Capture mode)
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) 5 times to open the Setting screen.
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) once to select [Language].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to open the Language screen.
  6. Use the four-way controller to select the language.
  7. Press the OK button.

    *Note: To change the date and time, follow the steps in [Adjusting the date]

  8. Press MENU button. (Back to the capture mode)
Setting menu
 
Select the your language

-- Setting the date (Date Style, Date and Time settings)
  1. Turn on the power switch. (Capture mode) If lens is not attached, SR setting screen is displayed.
    --- Press MENU button.
  2. Press the MENU button.
  3. Press the four-way controller (right) 5 times to open the Setting screen.
  4. Press the four-way controller (down) 2 times to select [Date Adjust].
  5. Press the four-way controller (right) once to display the [Date Adjust] screen.
  6. [Date Style] setting
    Press the four-way controller (right) once to move the selection frame.
    Use the four-way controller (up/down) to select [yy/mm/dd], [dd/mm/yy] or [mm/dd/yy].
    Next, press the four-way controller (right) once to move the selection frame.
    Use the four-way controller (up/down) to select [12h] (12-hour display) or [24h] (24-hour display).
    After making your selection, press the four-way controller (right).
  7. [Date] setting ([yy/mm/dd] selected as the date style)
    Press the four-way controller (down) once to move the selection frame to [Date].
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Year] setting.
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Month] setting.
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Day] setting.
    After completing the settings, press the four-way controller (right).
  8. Press the four-way controller (down) once to move the selection frame to [Time].
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Hour] setting.
    Press the four-way controller (right) once and then use the four-way controller (up/down) to select the [Minute] setting.
    After completing the settings, press the OK button.
  9. Press the four-way controller to select [Settings are completed].
  10. Press the OK button. (The Setting screen reappears)
  11. Press the MENU button. (The camera returns to Capture mode.)
How can I set the sensitivity?
You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of the surroundings.

*Turn the rear e-dial while pressing ISO button in Capture mode.(ISO100 to 3200)
The sensitivity range can be expanded to a range of ISO 100 to 6400 when [3. Expanded Sensitivity] in the [C Custom Setting 1 ] menu is set to [On].
When the exposure mode is set to B (Bulb), the upper sensitivity limit is ISO 1600.
*Press the Green button while pressing the ISO button to return to [AUTO].

The message “Memory card full” appears.
The SD (SDHC) Memory Card is full and no more images can be saved.
Replace it with a new SD (SDHC) Memory Card or delete unwanted images.
You may be able to save new images by changing the file format (RAW/JPEG), the JPEG record pixels (14.6M/10M/6M/2M) or the JPEG quality (starstarstarstar/starstarstar/starstar/star) settings.
The message “Card locked” appears.
The write-protect switch on the SD (SDHC) Memory Card is set to the “Lock” position. You can still operate the menus, switch modes and play back the images.
The message “Card not formatted” appears.
The SD (SDHC) Memory Card you have inserted is unformatted or has been formatted on a computer or other device and is not compatible with this camera. Use the SD (SDHC) Memory Card after formatting it with the camera.
The message “Memory card error” appears.
The camera cannot correctly recognize the SD (SDHC) Memory Card. Image capture/playback is impossible. You may be able to view the content of the Memory Card on a computer.
Are there any precautions needed when using SD (SDHC) Memory Cards?
Please note a following point.
  • Be sure to use this camera to format(initialize) an SD Memory Card that is unused.
  • Card that are unused or that have been used on other devices, such as another camera or a computer, must first be formatted on the PENTAX K-7.

    *Note that formatting a card erases all the data on the card, including protected images and sound files.

  • The SD Memory Card is equipped with a write-protect switch. Setting the switch to LOCK prevents new data from being recorded on the card, the stored data from being deleted, and the card from being formatted by the camera or computer.
  • Do not remove an SD (SDHC) Memory Card or turn the camera off while you are recording data or playing back images or audio, or while the camera is connected to a computer via a USB cable. Doing so will result in the corruption of stored data and/or damage to the SD (SDHC) Memory Card.
  • Do not bend an SD (SDHC) Memory Card or subject it to violent impacts.
  • And do not leave cards in locations where they will be exposed to water, moisture, high temperatures, condensation, dust or strong magnetism is generated. Doing so will result in the corruption of stored data and/or damage to the SD (SDHC) Memory Card.
  • If a card is left unused for a long period, it may no longer be possible to read the data stored on the card. Important data should be backed up regularly.
  • Avoid using or storing the card where it may be exposed to static electricity or electrical interference.
How should I attach the K-mount Adapter for 645 lenses?
You may not be able to attach K-mount Adapters for 645 lenses due to the direct contact with the locking screw. To attach the K-mount Adapter to the K-7 you will need to align in advance the position of the mount unit.

* After loosening the locking screw of the K-mount Adapter you can rotate the mount unit; click-stops are located at 90-degree intervals.

Attaching the adapter:
  1. Position the K-mount Adapter so the red dot mount index on the 35 mm side of the adapter is opposite the locking screw.
    Attach the K-mount lens cap to the K-mount Adapter.
    Loosen the locking screw, rotate the K-mount lens cap so the red dot mount index is on the opposite side and tighten the lock screw.

    * Avoid holding the mount unit directly with your fingers.

  2. Remove the K-mount lens cap from the K-mount Adapter and attach the adapter to the K-7.
  3. After attaching the K-mount Adapter, the locking screw should be at the bottom. Loosen the locking screw, rotate the K-mount Adapter 90 degrees counter-clockwise and tighten the locking screw.
  4. Mount the 645 lens to the K-mount Adapter.

Removing the adapter:
  1. To remove the K-mount Adapter loosen the locking screw and rotate the adapter so the locking screw is found at the bottom. Tighten the locking screw and then remove the K-mount Adapter.

* Set the lens to maximum aperture before focusing. When shooting a picture, set the desired aperture value. (Minimum aperture light metering)
* When the aperture ring of 645 lenses is set to the A position, the minimum aperture will be used.
* The lens shutter of 645 LS 75 mm, f/2.8 lenses and 645 LS 135 mm, f/4 lenses cannot be used.

The [Input Focal Length] function cannot be selected.
The [Input Focal Length] setting menu does not appear when using lenses that support the automatic acquisition of lens information such as focal length (for example DA, D FA, FA, F lenses) because [Focal Length] is set automatically.
None of the [Input Focal Length] setting options matches the focal length of the lens.
Use the closest setting to the actual focal length of the lens used.
(For example, select [18] for a 17 mm lens or [100] for a 105 mm lens.)
What [Input Focal Length] setting should be selected when using MF zoom lenses?
Enter a focal length that is closest to the focal length that will be used for the actual shooting.
Shake Reduction: SR doesn't function.
[Shake Reduction] is automatically set to off and can not be selected in the following situations.
  1. Bulb shooting
  2. Self-timer shooting
  3. 2 seconds Self-timer shooting
  4. Remote control shooting, and 3 seconds delay remote control shooting.
  5. Wireless mode with an external flash
  6. Mirror lock-up shooting
  7. HDR Capture
  8. Composition adjustment
The [AUTO] sensitivity cannot be selected.
When the exposure mode is set to M (Hyper-manual), B (Bulb) or X (Flash X-sync speed), the sensitivity cannot be set to [AUTO].
The shutter speed and aperture value indicators blink in the viewfinder.
If the subject is too bright or too dark, the shutter speed and aperture value will blink in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel. Change the shutter speed and aperture value. When the indicator stops blinking, you can take the picture with proper exposure.

* Use an ND (Neutral Density) filter if the subject is too bright. Use the flash if it is too dark.

When built-in flash is used, exposure become overexposed.
The built-in flash cannot be regulated and fully discharges when A lenses not set to the A (Auto) position, pre A lenses or soft focus lenses are used with the [37. Using Aperture Ring] is set to [Permitted].

*P-TTL Auto Flash is available when using DA, DA L, FA J, D FA, FA, F lenses with an Aperture A position set to the A position.

Are there any restrictions on the built-in flash depending on the lens used?
When using the built-in flash, vignetting may occur depending on the lens used and shooting conditions. We recommend taking a test shot to confirm this.

* The flash will fire at full intensity, without flash output control if [Using aperture ring] in the Custom Setting menu is set to [Permitted] but the aperture ring is set to a position other than A, and when using either lenses without an A position in the aperture ring or soft lenses.

The following lenses cannot be used with the built-in flash due to vignetting.
DA Fish-eye 10-17 mm F3.5-4.5ED (IF)
DA 12-24 mm F4ED AL
DA 14 mm F2.8ED (IF)
DA 15 mm F4ED AL
FA * 300 mm F2.8ED (IF)
FA * 600mm F4ED (IF)
FA * 250-600 mm F5.6ED (IF)

The following lenses can be used with the built-in flash under certain conditions.

F Fish-eye 17-28 mm F3.5-4.5

* Focal length: 20 mm or longer.


DA 16-45 mm F4ED AL

* Focal length: 28 mm or longer.
* Focal length at 28mm: Shooting distance is more than 1 m.


DA * 16-50 mm F2.8ED AL (IF) SDM

* Focal length: 20 mm or longer.
* Focal length at 20mm to 35mm: Shooting distance is more than 1.5 m.


DA 18-250 mm F3.5-6.3ED AL (IF)

* Focal length: 35 mm or longer.


FA * 28-70 mm F2.8 AL

* Focal length at 28mm: Shooting distance is more than 1 m.


FA Soft 28 mm F2.8, FA Soft 85 mm F2.8

The built-in flash will always discharge at full intensity.

* As of April 2009.

Are there any restrictions regarding the flash functions that can be used?
Available functions depend on the external flash used. Use the table below as a reference.
O: Available [Other than DA/DA L /FA J, an Aperture A position must be set to the A position.]
x: Not available
A: P-TTL auto flash priority.
B: Shutter speed of 1/90 seconds or slower.
C: The flash discharge but flash can not be regulated.

Built-in flash and existing model
Function / Flash Built-in Flash AF540FGZ AF360FGZ AF200FG AF160FC
P-TTL auto flash (appropriate sensitivity: ISO 100 to 1600) O O O O O
TTL auto flash - A A A A
AF illuminator O O O x x
After the flash is fully charged, the camera automatically switches to the flash sync speed O O O O O
Aperture is automatically set in P and Tv modes O O O O O
Automatic flash discharge O O O O O
Auto check in the viewfinder x x x x x
Slow-speed Sync O O O O O
Red-eye reduction flash O O O O x
Trailing Curtain Sync B B B x x
High-speed flash sync [Tv and M mode] x O O x x
Wireless [with Built-in flash] - O O x x
Slave flash x O O x x
Contrast-control-sync flash mode x B B x x
Multiple flash x x x x x

Previous model
Function / Flash AF500FTZ AF330FTZ AF400FTZ AF280T AF140C
P-TTL auto flash x x x x x
TTL auto flash x x x x x
Auto flash x x x O x
AF illuminator O O O x x
After the flash is fully charged, the camera automatically switches to the flash sync speed O O O O O
Aperture is automatically set in P and Tv modes O O O O O
Automatic flash discharge C C C C C
Auto check in the viewfinder x x x x x
Slow-speed Sync x x x x x
Red-eye reduction flash O O x x x
Trailing Curtain Sync x x x x x
High-speed flash sync x x x x x
Wireless x x x x x
Slave flash O x x x x
contrast-control-sync flash mode x x x x x
Multiple flash O x x x x
*P =Hyper-Program mode, Tv =Shutter Priority mode, M =Hyper Manual mode
Can the sync socket use for professional flashes?
Yes it can.

* Some professional flashes use extremely high voltages (hundreds of volts). The use of such flashes may cause a camera breakdown. Before using the flash, check its specifications in advance.

Can the provided application software be used with *ist D series or with the K series cameras?
Using the software version 4.0 RAW data development is available also when using *ist D, *ist DS, *ist DS2, *ist DL, *ist DL2, K100D, K100D Super, K10D, K20D, K200D and K-m cameras.

*RAW data development of images shot with the K-7 is not available when using previous software versions (PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 1.0 to 3.5).
* The version of PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory can be verified under the Help menu > About PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory

Are there user manuals for the bundled application software?
No. For detailed information on the functions, refer to the "Help" menu in the PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4.
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