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Pentax ZX-7 / MZ-7 35mm SLRs

4.61 star rating
                      4.61 / 5 (56 Reviews)
MSRP : $490.00

  • Lens MountPentax KAF2
    Camera TypeSLR (Single Lens Reflex)
    Focus LockWith Focus Lock
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/2000 sec
    Depth2.5 in.
    Height3.6 in.
    Width5.3 in.
    Weight13.44 oz.
    Product ID31130

Product Description

Featuring the innovative “Auto Picture Mode,” the Pentax ZX-7 is so smart that if completely frees you from complicated exposure control! It will automatically select one of five Picture Modes: landscape, close-up, action, portrait or standard program based on your subjects’ distance, lens focal length and movement, and tells you about its decision via the illuminated mode dial and the viewfinder indication.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by stemked a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 31, 2005

Strengths:    IR

Weaknesses:    No depth of View

Bottom Line:   
A great travel camera. light weight, dependable. I especially like the remote IR, I use it for self photography and when I use really long lenses when I want to minimize camera shake.

The limitations lack of a spotmeter and depth of view preview were placed on the ZX-6

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   Numerous 35mm cameras, primarily Pentax and Nikon.

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tadgreg a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2004

Strengths:    Intuitive for a old manual Pentax SLR user; controls are where they should be; on th RH side (sorry if you're a Leftie!) Had the Pentax 'feel' even if I've come from a Spotmatic F II. Total confidence.. it's a Pentax! I never thought I'd go this far after SPII. Great Camera the MZ7; great to still be with Pentax.

Weaknesses:    It won't allow me to shoot outside light parameters; shutter locks. Maybe I havn't learned to override the clever beast?

Bottom Line:   
Pentax MX7

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Similar Products Used:   Canon EOS 300

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chief Brody a Beginner

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2003

Strengths:    Ease of use.
Auto setting
Manual setting.
Exposure control.
Panoramic function.

Weaknesses:    Feels a bit plastic-y.
Hunts a bit (but not that much!)

Bottom Line:   
I absolutely love my new camera! I got it relatively cheaply by pouncing on it on ebay and it hasnt disappointed. For the lazy, the camera is a dream! Auto-picture mode and the mode dial enable you to let the camera do all the work. The manual setting lets you do all the work and it took me very little time to work out the controls and i'm already experimenting and having fun rather than having trouble so THUMBS UP!!! I cant wait to get to some really beautiful setting setup the tripod and shoot away. I love my MZ-7...oh then name MZ-7 is incredibly cool...

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Intermediate from Canada

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2003

Strengths:    Almost 3fps I believe?
Super fast focusing
lightweight and very comfortable to hold
Great lenses available
Feels fairly solid - metal lense mount
Illuminated dial

Weaknesses:    Cant really say it has many weaknesses but the following comes to mind:

Focusing in dimly lit situations
Although it feels fairly solid, there is a lot of plastic on this thing.
Not sure if it's just me - but this camera seems somewhat difficult to clean inside.....hard to reach areas.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased for just over $400 CDN w/28-80 and accessories including Haze filter and bag.
Very surprising little camera that acts a lot bigger than it is. It also acts a lot more expensive. A fantastic value for the features you get. Many will love the fully automatic 'watch it do it's thing' operation but you can take charge if you so desire and change aperture etc. and focus manually. A great one to learn on as it tells you what it's doing at all times in automatic mode. Just watch and learn...then take what it showed you and apply. Mind you, it's pretty hard to out smart the MZ-7 - let it do its thing and you will get outstanding pictures every time. The only issue I have is auto focusing in dimly lit situations...it seems to search a fair bit. Other than that this is a fantastic value that would cost a lot more if it didn't say Pentax on the front.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Canon Eos Elan
Pentax, Ricoh

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce a Intermediate from Washington

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2003

Strengths:    The consecutive drive is extremely fast for a camera of this class. I believe it can shoot almost 3fps. Also, the panoramic view is an awesome feature which isn't available on any other cameras in its class. The body is very light and compact

Weaknesses:    in low light situations the camera tends to be very slow to focus on the subject and the shutter doesn't always release very quickly, its probably best to use the manual function when lighting isn't sufficient

Bottom Line:   
I bought the Pentax zx-7 around 3 years ago now and it is an absolute jewel. It takes exceptional pictures and has an array of features that are usually not available for SLR cameras in this price range. I use it pretty often, shooting around 30 rolls/ per week and it has never let me down. The body is made mostly of stainless steel and is extremely durable. The quality of the pictures are absolutely exceptional. I'm a bit of a novice, but many of my shots look very professional. Further the camera is easy to use and gives one the option of using an array of automatic shooting functions.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $339.00

Purchased At:   ritz camera

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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