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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|Low light / high ISO performance||
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|Movie / video mode||
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.
Pentax Q7 firmware screen?
I was just having a look at my new Pentax Q7, and noticed that when I bring up the firmware version screen, it only shows the body firmware, and doesn't report the lens firmware at all - is this usual? I'm used to seeing the lens firmware reported also on the Q and Q10. I tried a couple of other lenses on it, and it was the same in all cases (all of them have the most up-to-date firmware already installed, if that has any effect on this). I should add that it appears to be working OK. Thanks.
I had the same scenario. 02 lens firmware was 1.00, and it didn't show on the screen, until I put 1.01 on the SD card. Continue Reading
A footnote to the above: I stuck the 02 lens firmware 1.01 .bin file onto my memory card, and then the lens firmware IS reported on the Q7, along with the option to update it (which is why I was concerned about the absence of the lens firmware interface originally). I was surprised to see that the lens was supplied with version 1.00 of the firmware, because it is the black version of the 02 standard zoom, and I had thought that the variants of the 02 lens in colours other than silver only came out with the Q7. Given that the lens 1.01 firmware update was issued in 2011, long before the advent of the Q7, I was quite surprised at that. Continue Reading
Q vs Q7 exterior
Hello, Do the Q and Q7 cameras share the exterior? I'm wondering about size and placement of buttons, etc.
The quick answer is no. The Q is build from magnesium and the q7 is polycarbonate. I have the original Q and ican only speak to that one but really if you use one Pentax camera its easy to pick up another even when things get moved around a bit there isn't the same level of difference between them as say from a different manufacturer. Joachim Haagen Boe wrote: Hello, Do the Q and Q7 cameras share the exterior? I'm wondering about size and placement of buttons, etc. Continue Reading
Thank you for your answer. I should have been more specific with my original question :) The reason I am asking is because I am considering building an underwater housing for this camera setup. Preferably, I would like to start out with the cheaper Q, and be able to upgrade to the Q7 over time :) Continue Reading
Q/Q7: Can't trigger flash via hotshoe?
A few days ago I wanted to see how my Q/Q7 performs in a studio environment with remotely triggered flashes. I used a simple wireless remote trigger for this that fits on a standard hotshoe and has only one contact at the bottom - the big middle one. Curiously enough neither the Q nor the Q7 could trigger the flashes with the hotshoe remote device. I of course tested it with other cameras - it performed flawlessly on a K-01, K5-II and even on a small Panasonic LX3 - no problems there. I checked every flash settings nested in the menus, tried a lot of different flash modes - to no avail. It states in the manual that the internal flash won't discharge if a remote flash is connected - but with the remote trigger connected the internal flash does discharge. I then tried a small Metz flash 20 BC-6 - it didn't want to fire on both Q/Q7 either, and again I had no problems using it with the other cameras mentioned. I finally used a Metz 32 MZ-3 - looking quite ridiculous and huge on the Q ...
I've used a hot-shoe mounted flash on my Q. I can't quite remember, but I think you need to disable the (built-in) flash then the hot-shoe works. Continue Reading
Thanks very much for the quick help! Setting the internal flash to "off" solved the problem immediately. Beats me why I didn't find this in the manual ... :-O Phil Continue Reading
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