Pentax Q7 Mirrorless Camera

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70% Tried & Tested
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.”

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Key Features

  • 12MP 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-12800
  • Up to 5 FPS continuous shooting
  • 1080p/30fps HD video (MPEG-4/H.264)
  • 3" TFT LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Magnesium alloy build
  • Built-in flash
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • PSAM modes plus automatic and scene modes

Product Description

The Q7 is Pentax's third Q-mount model and the first to feature a 1/1.7" type sensor - helping make it more directly comparable with the enthusiast compact class of cameras. The 12MP BSI CMOS chip fits into what Pentax says is the smallest, lightest mirrorless interchangeable lens system on the market, offering improved image quality without making the body any larger. Magnesium alloy build and extensive direct control reinforce the enthuisast-friendly impression, marking an interesting development in the Pentax Q system.

Specs

Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Other resolutions 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 1728, 2992 x 2992, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1440, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1440
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Image
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Good, Better, Best
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Lens mount Pentax Q
Focal length multiplier 4.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Built-in retractable P-TTL flash)
Flash range 4.90 m (ISO100/m)
External flash Yes
Flash modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Continuous drive 5 fps
Self-timer Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions FullHD(1920x1080, 30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes MOV MPEG–4 AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI output terminal (Type D))
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (Remote Control O-RC1, Remote F)
Physical
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 200 g (0.44 lb / 7.05 oz)
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 34 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.34)
Other features
Timelapse recording Yes (3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time. Number of shots: up to 999 images)
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
Tried & Tested
Tried & Tested
70 %
Overall Score

The Pentax Q7 does well in everyday shooting, delivering image quality that's generally as good as the best enthusiast compacts. However, it under delivers for the entry-level ILC class in terms of resolution and high ISO performance. Though we had few serious complaints about its performance, it's hard to recommend among so many excellent fixed and interchangeable lens cameras that cost about the same.

Good For

Enthusiast shooters interested in available light photography and casual portraits looking for a very small camera with the ability to change lenses.

Not So Good For

Enthusiasts who would give priority to low light shooting, resolution, depth of field control and lens selection over compact size.

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Q7 Flash - Extended vs. Not

I just got a Pentax Q7 and I just love it.  One question I have, though, is whether or not you use the Q7 flash extended, or if you sometimes choose to leave it in its original position. The manual says there may be vignetting if you don't extend the flash.  Other than that - what would be the difference which would make you want to extend or not? Betty

Leftie asked
2 months ago

ANSWERS

Thank you to all for your input on this.  I think I am going to set my Q7 to flash when extended, so I can control it.  I'm also glad to know that, extended, helps against red-eye and other flash-related issues. Continue Reading

Leftie answered
2 months ago

That's awesome - thanks for the tip! Continue Reading

Mike Hiran answered
2 months ago

What a great tip! Its exactly what I need! After owning the Q for a year and basically setting it up in a similar manner to my K7, I haven't bothered to look into the flash options. Just this weekend I needed some fill-in and had to faff around the flash menu while people waited with forced smiles and gritting teeth. Many thanks for the heads up! The Q never ceases to come up with pleasant surprises! Continue Reading

andy amos answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

Pentax Q and Long Legacy Lens

Primarily to photograph seals visible at some distance at the end of a hike, and perhaps other slow-moving wildlife, I've been looking for very small telephoto setup; both manual focus and relatively slow lenses could work for me. To start, I tried the simplest approach, a Panasonic ZS40 with a 700mm (in 35mm equiv) reach. The results were not great and the lens was not long enough.  It occurred to me that I might try a Pentax Q7, which has a larger sensor, a Pentax K converter, and a small Pentax telephoto; I'd need to reach at least 1000mm (in equiv.). So I have two questions. First, what small Pentax telephoto would work best for my purposes?  Second, will this work at all, given that SLR lenses may not be sharp enough for tiny sensors (even the slightly larger, tiny sensor in the Q7)?  Thanks in advance.

Lobalobo asked
29 days ago

ANSWERS

try going to the pentaxforums and look under the q section for a thread called "the reach of the Q" - you'll find all sorts of experiements by members - some very impressive.  the da*300 has some awesome results, but of course that's a pretty spendy lens.  the da55-300 has been pretty good too... Continue Reading

Mike Hiran answered
27 days ago

QUESTION

Q7/MX-1 as a second camera; Q10 for a beginner?

Two questions in one, to save some space! The questions are in bold, as I write too much so you can skip to them easier! After a recent fall-through with obtaining an x20 for a cheap price (too good to be true basically!), I was looking at the x10 as a compromise. In a forum post someone mentioned the MX-1, and after reading reviews (and watching Blunty's fawning video) I've kinda fell in love. My Main camera is an EM5 + 12-50mm, but it's not the right size to carry with me to work and out on basic days where I don't expect to take a shot. This is amusing considering i downsized from a DSLR for the same reason! I want a compact-ish that I can throw into a bag and use when I need it. While watching the review from Blunty, I stumbled on the Q10/Q7/Q reviews, and this is where the two questions come to play. As a second, fun camera, which of the two (q7 or MX-1) would be best? I love the fun size and colours of the Q range, plus the fact it doesn't look serious (less chance of someone ...

Ritualnet asked
10 hours ago

ANSWERS

I think TacticDesign nailed it nicely when he said, "If you want something small, get the MX-1. If you want something expandable, get the Q7". I own both the MX-1 and the Q7. I thought I would eventually decide on one and sell the other. However, I like them both. Both serve as "second cameras" to my m4/3 gear. The MX-1 I can easily carry in the pocket of my cargo shorts or a jacket. I bring this around with me when I want a camera but don't feel like lugging too much gear. The macro features are great and the lens provides a fast, useful zoom range. Some pics... My niece at a local coffee shop Just a random spider on our deck. The Q7 is something I carry when I want flexibility.  I can carry the Q7 with the 01 prime lens in one pocket (cargo shorts/jacket) and carry the 06 long zoom, 08 wide angle, and 03 fisheye in the other pocket.  This makes it great for taking to football games where flexibility is valuable. Q7+06 zoom Q7+03 fisheye The 03 fisheye can do macros as well (with ... Continue Reading

DaveInPA answered
5 hours ago

I've had an x10 and it's easily pocketable in a coat/jacket pocket, the Q with zoom lens not so much, but fine with the prime. Between the x10 and either Q I prefer the Q. The ovf on the fuji isn't particularly useful (I mount a 28 to 135mm ovf on my Qs with paralax correction) and its more gimmicky as a whole. I also prefer the iQ of the Qs. MX1 is probably great but no hot shoe (so no ovf option) and I cant stand motorised zooms. Hope this helps. -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/leggeron/ Just so you know how good/bad I am at this. Continue Reading

leggeron answered
9 hours ago

It depends on what / how you use the camera . . . If you want something small . . . MX-1 If you want something expandable . . . Q7 I originally got my Q as a second (actually 9th or 10th camera LOL) to play around with. I got it with the 01 lens, so I wanted to see how well it did getting around the fire shots while camping. (It did really well!). But as soon as my daughters saw it, they both called debs on it! LOL And the first time I handed it to my wife to get some shots, she said she liked the size. The next time I was out of town, I took it with me. My wife called me up asking where the "small camera" was . . . I had to tell her I had it, so she ended up grabbing one of the dSLRs. LOL The Q is a seriously fun camera! Its way too much fun! I'm spending way too much time shooting with it over my dSLR cameras. :( Yes. IMHO it's so small, I am more likely to take it with me . . . down to the park with the girls, or camping, or just goofing around. Get a WiFi card for it (Or a PQI ... Continue Reading

TacticDesigns answered
8 hours ago

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