Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
09-26-2009, 08:02 AM   #1
New Member

Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 5
K7 video viewfinder

I recently purchased a k7 and I have three questions. The first is how do you maximize the length of the video on the K7? The book and everything I have read says 25 minutes or 4gb. The max I have been able to do is four minutes but now it reads about two minutes or less. I have been using 2gb sd cards but thought it would be about 12 1/2 minutes. Will the 8gb sdhc Extreme III resolve this?

The second question is can you shoot video through the viewfinder? I have only been able to shoot from the LCD screen.

The third question is what viewfinder accessory will extend the clearance to your eye? It is hard to see all of the info and to see clearly.


09-26-2009, 11:24 PM   #2
Forum Member
icypepsi's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 81
answer to question 2: You cannot shoot video with any DSLR (with today's technology) viewing thruogh the optical viewfinder, since shooting a video means that the mirror has to flip up and allow the light to continuously fall on the sensor. Continuous flip up means continuously no image in the viewfinder.
09-27-2009, 05:06 AM   #3
Veteran Member

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ste-Anne des Plaines, Qc., Canada
Posts: 2,014
To answer question 1:

You need a card that is rated Class 6 or faster (there are some Class10 now). On slow card, the camera's buffer can't clear fast enough to accept new info from the sensor. And note that some class 6 cards (Adata comes to mind) are not all created equal, so you are better off with brands like Sandisk, Kingston or Panasonic. Those cards have a reputation for good performance and reliability. There are other brands that will work, but steer clear of unknown brands.
09-27-2009, 05:28 AM   #4
Veteran Member
pasipasi's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oulu
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 533
2 of my 3 class 6 cards aren't cast enough for the K-7.

09-27-2009, 05:48 AM   #5
New Member

Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 5
Original Poster
Thanks for the answers. This helps a lot.


  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, k7, k7 video, minutes, photography, question, video, viewfinder
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
K7 video - Can I shoot using viewfinder? Robanstan_AU Video and Pentax HDSLRs 7 01-21-2010 12:13 PM
The K-7 Video Thread (Dare I say Video Club?) Urkeldaedalus Video and Pentax HDSLRs 33 01-05-2010 10:49 PM
Will using the video-out when in video mode help conserve battery? greenless Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 12-14-2009 02:49 PM
K200D viewfinder + Katzeye VS. K20D viewfinder dugrant153 Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 07-24-2009 11:36 AM
K200D Viewfinder vs K20D Viewfinder cputeq Pentax DSLR Discussion 7 06-15-2008 11:57 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:36 AM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]