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.


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
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
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Sensor-shift
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Good, Better, Best
Optics & Focus
  • 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 5.0 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 types SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card
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)
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


DPReview Conclusion

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

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Tried & Tested
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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

Questions & Answers


Q7 - is there MF Magnified Live View with other MF lens?

Reading the manual, it seems that the only way to get magnified live view when in MF mode is only when you are using one of the Q lenses - am I correct?  I'm hoping to use other lens via adapters, and be able to initiate magnified view with them to achieve critical focus.  I know of focus peaking, but I understand that there's no magnified view with that as well (only when MF using Pentax Q lens).  Any info would be much appreciated!

Peter Khor asked
14 days ago


Just hit the OK button and it jumps into magnified view - verified with an adapted MF lens :-) Continue Reading

14 days ago

That's the way it works on the original Q too, but you need to set magnification on in the Rec Mode 1 menu > Focus settings > MF assist. Verified with a SMC Takumar 28mm 3.5. Cheers Brian Continue Reading

apathyman answered
14 days ago

Thanks much y'all for the quick reply, much appreciated!  Now all that's left is waiting for the Q7 and mount adapters in the mail.  This should be fun :D Continue Reading

Peter Khor answered
9 days ago


What more gear do I need?

I'm a full time photographer, but recently my brother has asked me to do some youtube videos for him.  It will be talking head sort of work. Interviews with a few staff with some footage of their workplace. Firstly, is this even a good idea?  I'm not looking to do this commercially, but I'm looking to do a professional job for him. Because I record myself playing guitar a bit I have some gear. Video Cameras I have (or have available) include a 5Diii, a 6D and a 70D, and I can probably source a GoPro 3. I also have a couple of 50Ds which I can run ML on and shoot RAW, but that might be overkill. Audio I have a Tascam DR-40, a Shure SM58, a Samson Q7 (plus all the appropriate cables). Lights I have a couple of generic chinese hot lights in softboxes.  They have bowens mounts and I shoot Bowens, so I also have strip lights, umbrellas, etc. I have a modest budget to by a good shotgun mic, or some lavalieres - but I'm not sure which would be best in this case. Any tips and pointers will ...

2 days ago


Lenses and body's are more than capable for what you want. Don't start out with raw, slows you down and I think it's a bit overkill for what you try to do. Video lights (as you know, same as photography gear) can get very expensive very fast.So what I suggest would be something like this: - Rent/borrow lights If needed. Or get a couple of redheads (cheap) with gels. - Buy a good shotgun mic if you want to put your subject in a more static setup, or a lav mic for dynamic. Think it's worth to have this along side your tascam. - Get some kind of shoulder rig for handheld shooting - Real fluid head tripod with a bowl mount - For fast lenses a fader ND I guess I would shoot the subject in a nice place with good lighting (diffuse windows?) and use the 5dmkIII as first cam and the 70d (good autofocus) with a longer lens for b-roll. Use this to cut away or as audio track supporting video you shoot. That way you have a clean and controlled setting to get a good audio track. Continue Reading

2 days ago


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
4 months ago


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
4 months 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. -- Just so you know how good/bad I am at this. Continue Reading

leggeron answered
4 months 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
4 months ago

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