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

Pentax K-r

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the K-r and K-7

  • None found

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)

  • None found

common strengths of the K20D and K-7

  • None found

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)

  • None found

common strengths of the K10D and K-7

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and K-7

  • None found

Pentax K-50

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the K-50 and K-7

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year newer

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and K-7

  • None found

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), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 51,200 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

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
  • Many lenses available: 113 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Great battery life: 540 shots vs 740 shots

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 more focus points: 325 vs 11

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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and K-7

  • None found

Nikon D300

Nikon D300
1 year older
$465 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the D300 and K-7

  • None found

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
  • Thinner: 2.1" vs 2.9"

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
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the GR II and K-7

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