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10-21-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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K-7 Firmware 1.02 ready for download

Latest K-7 Firmware Update : Software Downloads : PENTAX

10-22-2009, 02:26 AM   #2
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Thanks. It was already reported on other threads
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Thx, updated firmware as soon as I read this post.
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Could this firmware make it par with K-x high ISO performance?
It doesn't say on the firmware.

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Seriously doubt it. There are certain sensor limitations that firmware cannot overcome.
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I agree with deadwolfbones.

They may be able to improve the JPEG compression or something, but I think the K7 is just stuck with crappy high ISO.

I hope we can see some new high ISO images from cameras running the update soon, but I doubt there will be much difference.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jacksonpritt Quote
but I think the K7 is just stuck with crappy high ISO.
Just a few years ago, the level of performance of the K-7 was unthinkable. It might not be FF performance, but it still does a very good job. When shooting RAW, there is not much difference between a Nikon D300 and a Pentax K-7. But when it comes to price, there is a big difference. If you think the high ISO on the K-7 is crappy, you might want to migrate toward Sony or Olympus. Then, you could complain.
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QuoteOriginally posted by flyer Quote
Just a few years ago, the level of performance of the K-7 was unthinkable. It might not be FF performance, but it still does a very good job. When shooting RAW, there is not much difference between a Nikon D300 and a Pentax K-7. But when it comes to price, there is a big difference. If you think the high ISO on the K-7 is crappy, you might want to migrate toward Sony or Olympus. Then, you could complain.
According to the 'tests' at DP review, the raw output on the Nikon D300 and the K-7 "produce similar amounts of noise at all ISO settings".

I snapped a few quick shots of some crap on my desk, handheld, fluorescent lighting, straight from the K-7 jpeg, default NR settings. The photos were resized - no other PP. I did install the new firmware already, but the high iso jpeg's look the same as before to me.


iso 800


iso 1600


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10-22-2009, 06:14 PM   #9
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QuoteOriginally posted by jacksonpritt Quote
I ........but I think the K7 is just stuck with crappy high ISO.
I suppose high-ISO performance can be very subjective, but I've had a lot of fun with the K-7 at ISO3200 in difficult lighting conditions.

I shoot RAW, apply default Noise Reduction, and the ISO3200 photos from the "crappy" K-7 sensor look good to me.
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What program do you use to apply NR to your RAW shots?

I'm considering dipping my toes into the PP pond.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sew-Classic Quote
According to the 'tests' at DP review, the raw output on the Nikon D300 and the K-7 "produce similar amounts of noise at all ISO settings".

I snapped a few quick shots of some crap on my desk, handheld, fluorescent lighting, straight from the K-7 jpeg, default NR settings. The photos were resized - no other PP. I did install the new firmware already, but the high iso jpeg's look the same as before to me.
Shooting JPEG, the noise is higher in the K-7. Pentax does not process the JPEGs as heavily as Canon or Nikon to preserve details. The JPEGs from the Nikon D300 look smoother, but it's at the expense of the details. If you want to get the maximum out of your camera in low light, you have to shoot RAW.
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