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 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
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


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 ...

philzucker asked
5 months ago


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

sillyconguru answered
5 months ago

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

philzucker answered
5 months ago

One additional info: Seems to work only with lenses attached that have a leaf shutter (like 01/02). Tried it with a 04 - hot-shoe didn't trigger anything on both Q/Q7. Seems that if electronic shutter is used hot-shoe won't work. Phil Continue Reading

philzucker answered
5 months ago


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
22 days ago


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
20 days ago


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


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
1 month ago

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

Mike Hiran answered
1 month 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
1 month ago

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