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.

Specs

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

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

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

Score Breakdown
Poor Excellent
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Value
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

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

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.

ecm asked
15 days ago

ANSWERS

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

T Evergreen answered
15 days ago

Post a file and I will try it for you. Mike Continue Reading

kmd0501 answered
15 days ago

Thx for the offer, very good of you; but I figured out I can download a fully-functional trial - doing that now. Colin. Continue Reading

ecm answered
13 days ago

QUESTION

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
1 month ago

ANSWERS

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

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

QUESTION

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 ...

24 days ago

ANSWERS

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

24 days ago

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