Pentax Q7 12.4MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 02 Standard Zoom 5-15mm f2.8-4.5 and 06 Telephoto Zoom 15-45mm f2.8 Lenses (Yellow)
Overall score: 70%
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||250 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Pentax Q|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||5 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.4 MP|
|Exposure Control Type||Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur Control (JPEG only) Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest|
|File Format||RAW (12bit): DNG, JPEG|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||64|
|Flash Memory Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||HDMI output terminal (Type D)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.28 x 1.34 x 4.02 inches|
|Item Weight||0.44 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||1.7 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year|
|Maximum Focal Length||45|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||5|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.4 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Remote Control O-RC1, Remote F|
|Shipping Weight||2.3 pounds|
|Style Name||02 5-15mm f2.8-4.5 and 06 15-45mm f2.8 Lenses|
|Supported Battery Types||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (optional)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
The Pentax Q7 does well in everyday shooting, delivering image quality that's generally as good as the best enthusiast compacts. Though we have few serious complaints about its performance, it faces stiff competition from other fixed and interchangeable-lens cameras with larger sensors. The main selling point of the Q7 over its larger-sensored peers is the most obvious one: its small size.
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Top Customer Reviews
After quite a bit of research, I arrived at the Q7, and I was glad that I did. I bring it with me everywhere, it is extremely well made, the controls are very DSLR like, and it is a very flexible system. On top of that it easily fits in a jacket pocket, or a pants pocket with the 01 lens attached. At high-ISOs the images take on a film-grain look which is actually rather interesting, and much more pleasing than a lot of other cameras. With that said, noise does become an issue when you get above ISO 1000, unlike DSLRs and large-sensor mirrorless and compacts where you can go past ISO 1600 with little to no noise, not becoming and issue until ISO 3200 or higher.
So, let me sum up who I think would benefit most from this camera. People like me who already own a large sensor camera like a DSLR or mirrorless system camera who are looking for the smallest, most flexible, and fun camera out there. It's really hard to explain why, but this camera just makes you want to use it. From the control layout, to the small size, and the unique features like the customizable dial on the front, to the surprisingly useful green button on the back, and the very nice popup flash, as well as the ability to customize anything and everything, you just want to take it with you everywhere with the hope of getting a chance to use it.Read more ›
The Pentax Q7 is the smallest interchangeable lens camera available, period. It can be used as a handy point and shoot camera, but spend a little time with it and you will discover it has the flexibility of a fully featured DSLR. The menu structure is the same as all of the Pentax cameras ... very intuitive and easy to use. There are 8 factory lenses in the Pentax Q mount product line and, with the right third party adapter, just about every lens made can be fitted to this camera. Four of the factory lenses have built-in leaf shutters and neutral density filters. The neutral density is a must when shooting outdoors. With this camera bird watchers can have an incredible telephoto experience with a very minimal investment! A standard 50mm normal lens on this camera will become a 225mm telephoto. A 135mm lens will become a 600 or so mm telephoto.
Because this camera has a small sensor I suggest not using an f-stop smaller than f4.0 and, in post processing, crop images minimally. I also suggest shooting in the RAW mode. While this camera performs very well in auto mode, I stress the importance to learn the menus inside and out. The more you know about your camera, the better your pictures will be, regardless of the kind of camera you use.
The Q7 is a huge upgrade over the Q in several areas:
*It's MUCH faster. One of my few real frustrations with the Q was the pause after each shot using Raw+JPEG mode. The Q7 - with a fast card - allows you to shoot pretty much continuously.
*Low light performance is much improved
*The lenses now have a wider field of view. I've always been a wide-angle guy, and, for example, turning the sharp-but-bland normal F1.9 !01 lens into a slightly wide...very nice. The 02 is now an ultrawide -- about 24mm equivalent in 35mm terms.
All in all, highly recommended if you have a Q. If you don't...what are you waiting for?
1. Size- it would fit into a medium-sized pocket (lens attached or detached) which helped make us look less like tourists. It was also great because it wasn't bulky or heavy- great when you are walking 8-10 miles per day. My back and neck never hurt because of the camera.
2. Color- this was a personal choice, but we bought the yellow camera and it really helped me find my wife if we got separated in a crowd. Not too many yellow cameras out there, surprisingly.
3. Function without having to be an expert- this may be good and bad, but for people like us who don't have PHD's in photography, the camera allowed just enough of the manual shot control to let us do some neat things without making a mess of all of our photos. Plus, in certain situations where you are being jostled, or need to make a shot quickly, the power turns on very quickly and the auto setting and shake control works well. We have a number of photos taken with Blur Control, the triple-shot panoramic, heightened grayscale, vibrant color enhance, etc. About the only place I wasn't impressed was in the look of photos used with flash, but that was easy to customize or turn off altogether.
4. Battery Life- we got about 1 1/2 days out of each battery under heavy use. They only took 1-2 hours to recharge (I do recommend buying 2-3 extra batteries to have a good rotation). The battery did seem to go: full, full, full, then half and then dead quickly.
The 5-15mm lens that comes with the camera is only adequate. Specifically, it doesn't zoom very far.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was looking for a DSLR quality camera having seen reviews claiming that this mirrorless achieves that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Parsnip_Dad
Excellent choice for a small interchangeable lens camera. In addition to its tiny size it can accept without modification (with cheap adapters) almost any other manual lens ever... Read morePublished 7 months ago by SCC
I'm a pretty serious photographer and I own a LOT of cameras. This is the second of these cameras I've bought. This one was a gift for my husband. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marilyn Armstrong
This is a great camera for a small sensor camera. Images are not quite up to images created by an APS-C camera, but its not at that price point either. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Randall H.
A lovely little job to keep in my pocket for those many occasions that I don't want to lug-about half a ton of gear. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JG
Great camera! Its a lot smaller than I thought (very cute) I received it a lot faster than I thought which is great. Excellent service, excellent product. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rebecca Bensabat
I have to use the "F" word to describe this camera. FUN. As in as much fun as you had with your very first camera many years ago. Read morePublished 18 months ago by James P. Burns