As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax K-7 is also often compared to mirrorless, pro DSLRs and boutiques. The Pentax K-7's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the OM-D E-M10 II and the OM-D E-M10 III) and Pentax (such as the K-r and the K20D)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-7 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (921k dots vs 230k dots), slightly larger viewfinder (0.60x vs 0.56x), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none) and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), takes much lower resolution photos (14.5 MP vs 16.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p, slightly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 220 lenses) and is older (may 2009 vs february 2011).

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
1 year newer
$1,195 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-r (vs the K-7)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 2.7" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the K-r (vs the K-7)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 14.5 MP
  • No weather sealing
  • Doesn't have a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the K-r and K-7

  • Incredible shutter lag: 105 ms vs 93 ms
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/6000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second

Pentax K20D

Pentax K20D
1 year older

Significant advantages of the K20D (vs the K-7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K20D (vs the K-7)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much more shutter lag: 174 ms vs 93 ms
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the K20D and K-7

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.60x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D
2 years older

Significant advantages of the K10D (vs the K-7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K10D (vs the K-7)

  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 14.5 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 210k dots vs 921k dots
  • Much more shutter lag: 254 ms vs 93 ms

common strengths of the K10D and K-7

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.62x vs 0.60x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
6 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the K-7)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 14.5 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the K-7)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.50x vs 0.60x
  • Shoots significantly slower: 3 fps vs 5.2 fps
  • No weather sealing

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and K-7

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
4 years newer
$1,444 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the K-7)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 14.5 MP
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the K-7)

  • Much more shutter lag: 162 ms vs 93 ms
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the K-50 and K-7

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.61x vs 0.60x
  • Weather sealed
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the K-7)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 14.5 MP
  • Supports 24p
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 921k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the K-7)

  • Much more shutter lag: 283 ms vs 93 ms
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.53x vs 0.60x

common strengths of the T3i and K-7

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-7 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body, has an external mic jack and slightly more lenses available (113 lenses vs 62 lenses).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,400k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.60x vs 0.71x), doesn't have a touch screen and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-M10 II (vs the K-7)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-M10 II (vs the K-7)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 740 shots

common strengths of the E-M10 II and K-7

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Pentax K-01

Pentax K-01
2 years newer
$550 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-01 (vs the K-7)

  • Supports 24p
  • Lighter: 561 g vs 750 g

Significant disadvantages of the K-01 (vs the K-7)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • No weather sealing
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the K-01 and K-7

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 740 shots
  • Many lenses available: 113 lenses vs 113 lenses

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the 5T (vs the K-7)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5T (vs the K-7)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 5T and K-7

  • Inexpensive: $925.57 vs $655.78

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III

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8 years newer

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M10 III (vs the K-7)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Smaller: Standard size (122×84×50 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M10 III (vs the K-7)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 740 shots

common strengths of the OM-D E-M10 III and K-7

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1
4 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$2,098 14-150mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-M1 (vs the K-7)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,400k dots vs 921k dots
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the E-M1 (vs the K-7)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 740 shots

common strengths of the E-M1 and K-7

  • Weather sealed
  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Have external mic jacks

Fujifilm X-T2

Fujifilm X-T2
7 years newer
$939 - $1,099 (body only)
$1,404 - $1,499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-7)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.76x vs 0.60x
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 14.5 MP

Significant disadvantages of the X-T2 (vs the K-7)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism
  • Much shorter battery life: 340 shots vs 740 shots

common strengths of the X-T2 and K-7

  • Weather sealed
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-7 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs none), has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has much less shutter lag (93 ms vs 227 ms), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs professional size (147×114×74 mm)) and slightly better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 95%).

However, on average it doesn't record movies in 24p, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (5.2 fps vs 10 fps), has much more startup delay (600 ms vs 300 ms), significantly fewer lenses available (113 lenses vs 230 lenses) and has significantly fewer focus points (11 vs 51).

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
3 years newer
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the K-7)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 5.2 fps
  • Many more focus points: 65 vs 11
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 14.5 MP

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the K-7)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Significantly thicker: 3.1" vs 2.9"

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and K-7

  • Inexpensive: $949.00 vs $655.78
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
8 months older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the K-7)

  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the K-7)

  • Significantly less viewfinder coverage: 95% vs 100%
  • Larger: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the 50D and K-7

  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $531.59 vs $655.78
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
1 year older
$465 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D300 (vs the K-7)

  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Significantly more focus points: 51 vs 11

Significant disadvantages of the D300 (vs the K-7)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (147×114×74 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)

common strengths of the D300 and K-7

  • Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Very inexpensive: $465.14 vs $655.78
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 2.9"

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax K-7 compared to boutique competitors include: it has image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), has a weather sealed body, much better viewfinder coverage (100% vs 92%), slightly larger viewfinder (0.60x vs 0.33x) and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it is significantly larger (prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs mid size (117×63×35 mm)), is older (may 2009 vs june 2015), is thicker (2.9" vs 1.4") and is significantly heavier (750 g vs 251 g).

Fujifilm FinePix X100T

Fujifilm FinePix X100T
5 years newer
$950

Significant advantages of the X100T (vs the K-7)

  • Smaller: Standard size (127×74×52 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Significantly lighter: 440 g vs 750 g

Significant disadvantages of the X100T (vs the K-7)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 740 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the X100T and K-7

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $949.99 vs $655.78

Ricoh GR II

Ricoh GR II
6 years newer
$497 - $547

Significant advantages of the GR II (vs the K-7)

  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (117×63×35 mm) vs Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)
  • Much lighter: 251 g vs 750 g
  • Significantly thinner: 1.4" vs 2.9"

Significant disadvantages of the GR II (vs the K-7)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 740 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the GR II and K-7

  • Built-in flashes
  • Inexpensive: $496.95 vs $655.78