Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep the new
14.6MP Pentax K-7 down--tight weather seals and low noise at high ISOs
ensure that if you have the chops, this camera will deliver no matter
what the conditions. The K-7 retains much of the great feature set of
its predecessor, the K-20
(5 out of 5 stars, Dec/08), with a few additions. It now sports a
brilliant 3-inch LCD viewscreen, 5.2-frames-per-second continuous
shooting, 1/8000-second shutter speed, and a whisper-quiet shutter. Its
innards are protected by a weather-resistant body, and HD video capture
has been added. All fine improvements.
DSLRs are nice, but sometimes--okay, a lot of the time--we just can’t
be bothered to schlep around a giant camera. Enter the compact camera.
At 4.2 ounces and 3.8 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches, the Pentax Optio P80 is a
solid choice for nights on the town or other casual situations where
it’s more important to capture the moment than the most technically
Stepping up from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR can seem as daunting as
trading in your minivan for an 18-wheeler. To ease the transition,
Pentax has placed all the controls on its new 10.2MP K2000 to the right
of the camera’s bright, 2.7-inch LCD screen—just like on your favorite
Within the weatherproof body of the new, 10.2-megapixel Pentax K200D beats the transplanted heart of the K10D—a sophisticated, semipro camera that garnered a Mac|Life Editor’s Choice last year (5 out of 5 stars, Jul/07). Almost every feature (and more) that made the K10D stand out is now integrated into the K200D—and for less money.