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 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

Enthusiasts who would give priority to low light shooting, resolution, depth of field control and lens selection over compact size.

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

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
2 months ago

ANSWERS

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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

QUESTION

Q vs Q7 exterior

Hello, Do the Q and Q7 cameras share the exterior? I'm wondering about size and placement of buttons, etc.

8 months ago

ANSWERS

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

Wallace Ross answered
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

I wonder if the Q10 has the same exterior as the Q7?  Q10's can be had at a pretty serious discount now... Continue Reading

Mike Hiran answered
8 months ago

QUESTION

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.

Helen asked
5 months ago

ANSWERS

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

supeyugin1 answered
5 months ago

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

Helen answered
5 months ago

Thanks. I updated my lens after reading your post here :-) Continue Reading

5 months ago

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