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||5.0 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.
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Aftershot 2 and DNG files?
Hey folks, quick questions about Corel Aftershot Pro 2 for anyone using it... I tried Aftershot (first version) last year and it was OK to use, but it wouldn't touch my Pentax Q raw output, which are saved as .dng's. So, my questions: Does Aftershot 2 actually support DNG now? and does it support the DNG output from the Pentax Q? I note it's not listed as compatible, but it's newer siblings, the Pentax Q7 and Q10 are supported in this version; this means that it's compatible with at least some DNG files. Thx for any info, Colin.
Aftershot Pro and Pro 2 are camera specific with regard to which DNG files can be handled. For instance, Aftershot Pro works with K-01 DNG files, but not K-50 DNG files. Aftershot Pro 2 handles both. Continue Reading
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!
Just hit the OK button and it jumps into magnified view - verified with an adapted MF lens :-) Continue Reading
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
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 ...
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
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