Pentax Q7

Released August, 2013
  • 12 MP
  • 1/1.8" 7.44 x 5.58 mm BSI-CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The Q7's image quality is good, especially if you shoot Raw, and the feature set is competitive with fixed-lens enthusiast compacts, with the added flexibility of interchangeable lenses.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax Q7

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax Q7
5 fps
NEX 5R
10 fps
OM-D E-M5
9 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Pentax Q7
250 photos
OM-D E-M5
500 photos
D5200
500 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax Q7


7.0
The Q7 has the ability to shoot JPEG + Raw or just Raw, outputting DNG files - Adobe's universal Raw format (which we love, and wish more manufacturers used).

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

The Standard Zoom is sold bundled with the Q7, providing a nice wide to telephoto zoom range.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
Focus and aperture will need to be set manually when using the adapter, and with the Q7's 4.65x crop factor, every lens coupled with it effectively becomes a telephoto.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
At its 23mm wide angle equivalent it's wide enough for landscapes, providing a 3x zoom range to crop in for a moderate telephoto angle.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)

Sensor

This is easily done in-camera as well as in post-processing software, so long as the Raw data is intact.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
Shooting in Raw + JPEG will preserve the original image as well as the filtered JPEG, and many filters can be added after the fact, even in JPEG-only shooting.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
At low ISOs and in good light, the Q7's images are competitive with those from enthusiast compacts and entry-level compact system cameras.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)

Image quality

Chromatic aberration cropped up more than once in our Q7 images, usually where we'd expect, in areas of high contrast and appearing in the form of a purple line between a light and dark area.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
The strength of the Q7's Auto Noise Reduction for JPEGs can be adjusted, though there are gains to be made by applying your own noise reduction in post-processing software to the camera's Raw files.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
Despite this, the camera has exposed the dark arcade game well to capture the color and detail in the blinking icons.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)

Size

In terms of AF speed, the Q7 feels a touch slower than a Micro Four Thirds or other mirrorless camera.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
If size isn't your first concern in choosing an interchangeable lens system, give consideration to a system camera with a bigger sensor.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
Naturally, the more mature Micro Four Thirds cameras and Sony NEXs have a broader selection of lenses and accessories than the Q (though the Q's K-mount adapter expands the selection of compatible glass).
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)

Size

The size and weight difference is greater comparing the Q's prime and telezoom to the competition.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
They are relatively inexpensive and weigh practically nothing, so the toy lenses could be nice add-ons for the Q-system.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)
An advertising campaign from the time claimed "Now, you can be a great photographer any minute of the day," touting the portability of the ultra-miniature system.
by DPReview (Aug, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type BSI-CMOS
Megapixels 12 MP
Resolution 4000 x 3000
Size 1/1.8"
Area 7.44 x 5.58 mm
Crop factor 4.8x
Pixel size 3.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Supports continuous No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 250 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (AVCHD)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 102 x 58 x 34 mm
Thickness 34 mm
Weight 200 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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