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.
Pentax Q7 Mirrorless Camera
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“ 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.”
- 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
|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)|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Good, Better, Best|
|Optics & Focus|
|Lens mount||Pentax Q|
|Focal length multiplier||4.7×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (optional)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|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)|
|Flash modes||P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync|
|Continuous drive||5 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||FullHD(1920x1080, 30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)|
|Videography notes||MOV MPEG–4 AVC/H.264 (.mov)|
|Storage types||SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (HDMI output terminal (Type D))|
|Remote control||Yes (Remote Control O-RC1, Remote F)|
|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″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time. Number of shots: up to 999 images)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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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.
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.
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