RiceHigh's Pentax Blog is proud and pleased to announce the next upcoming Pentax DSLR, the Pentax K-7 (Official Name!), with the following details, as confirmed and verified from the reliable secret sources of mine!
Disclaimer: This Announcement is purely and 200% *Unofficial*, of course, as I am not Pentax affiliated (of course x2!) and I signed no NDA with Pentax nor with any Pentax related organisation! Read the following at your own risk! I hold no responsibility of any kind for any CBA or even Blog Checking Syndrome caused thereafter!! ;-D
Edit April 26: Table Contents Updated - More Information Added!
Edit April 27: Full Dimensions Updated!
Edit April 28: Kit Lens Info, I/O Ports Info Added!
Edit April 29: Some Photos Leaked at a Russian Forum (penta-club.ru)!
News Coming From:-
Some Interesting Remarks in the Above Second Post, Too.
Source Link: http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/57107-pic-k30d-95.html#post575961
Edit May 1: Another Image..
Source Link: http://blog.photopoint.ee/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/pentax-k-x.jpg
K-7 CHARACTERISTICS TABLE:
|Camera Name:||Pentax K-7 (It is "K Hyphen Seven" - *No* "D" Letter and *With* the Hyphen)|
|Kit Lens:||DA 18-55/3.5-5.6 AL WR (Water/eather Resistant)|
(WOW! HOYA/Pentax have taken my Advice!! That is, a Weather-sealed Kit Lens for a Weather-sealed Body. It seems that they do read my Blog and accepted my "repeated" "Bashes"!!)
|Dimensions (by Measurement, Not Factory Specs):||96mm (H) x 130mm (W) x D1-D3*|
*D1 = 66mm, from Flange to Grip Rear
*D2 = 74mm, from Grip Front to Grip Rear
*D3 = 76mm, from RTF Front to Grip Rear
Remark: Neck Strap Buckles, Eyecup, Hotshoe and Rubber Covers are All Ignored
Amazingly Truly Compact! Especially for an Upper Grade DSLR Body! (RTF is Far Less Protruding Than Previous Models, Too)
|Sensor Format:||APS-C, Aspect Ratio: 3:2|
|Mount:||Pentax KAF2 (Crippled K-mount, Support Both Body Driven "Screw-Type" AF KAF and SDM KAF2/KAF3 Lenses)|
|Viewfinder Coverage and Magnification:||>95% and/or >0.95X ( by my Best Measurement and Estimation - It could be 100% *and* 1.0X ! Actually, I've measured that result but just can't believe it myself !! )|
|RTF:||Yes, Manual Pop-up|
|Live View:||Yes, Activated by One-touch Dedicated "LV" button at the Thumb Position|
|Movie/Video Recording:||Movie/Video with Mono-Audio Recording|
|Top Monochrome Status LCD:||Yes|
|Rear Colour LCD:||3.0"|
|e-Wheels Control:||Front and Rear Wheels|
|Green Button:||Yes, Directly Under the Rear Wheel|
|Exposure Modes:||Green Mode, P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv, M, B, X, User and Movie|
|Focusing Modes:||AF-S, AF-C, MF|
|Dedicated AF Button:||Yes|
|Dedicated AF Point Selector:||Yes: Central, Auto and User Select|
|Built-in AF Assist Light:||Yes, Bright Type (Not Near IR)|
|Dedicated Metering Mode Selector:||Yes: Evaluative, Centre-Weighted Average, Spot|
|Controls Around Shutter Release:||Optical/Digital Preview; Two Separate Buttons for ISO Speed Selection and +/- EV Compensation / Top LCD Panel Backlight/Illumination|
|Other Direct Controls:||With the Four Ways / "OK" Buttons: WB, Flash, Drive and Colour Mode / AF Point Selection Activation|
|Standard Controls:||Play/Delete (at Upper Left), INFO/MENU (at Lower Right)|
|"Fn" (Function) Button:||No (Not Needed with New Direct Controls Design)|
|Shake Reduction Switch:||No (to be Enabled and Disabled via System Menu)|
|PC Sync Socket:||Yes|
|IR Remote Control:||Yes, Front and Rear Receivers|
|I/O Ports:||Left: DC IN, PC/AV, HDMI, MIC IN (Stereo? Very Possibly, I think); Right: Cable Switch Connector|
|Accessory:||Vertical Battery Grip D-BG4|
More to Come when it is Due!
P.S. Well, I can finally add a "K-7" Label Tag at my Blog, as it has been confirmed (by myself :-D) now. And, it is No More Rumour! Btw, the K-7 and K-m do still look like a family, very fortunately!