The Pentax Q7; The power of a standard DSLR in the palm of your hand
14 October 2013
Excerpt: Define Pentax junkie. Is it someone who bought a Pentax camera because it was on sale? No. Is it someone who did research and then bought one? Maybe. Is it someone that started their love for photography in 1979 with the Pentax K1000 and continued with it till the advent of digital cameras, then, purchasing the *ist DL as well as constantly upgrading to the newest from Pentax? Oh Yea! Well that person is this writer.
Summary: In the early summer of 2013, Pentax expanded its commitment to the compact Q-mount Camera System by announcing the brand new Q7. Available now through Pentax's Color to Order™ system, you can configure your personal Q7 with 120 different color combinations. Features include a 12.4 megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor, their Q-mount interchangeable lens system, Full 1080p HD Video Recording, 5 frames per second High-Speed Burst Shooting, an ISO sensitivity up to ISO 12800, 19...
Pros: Lots of manual controls, Many filters and color effects, Quick dial on front is convenient, Pop-up flash reduces red eye, Three custom user settings, Bright 3-inch LCD, Records full 1080p video, Small, lightweight magnesium-allow body, Can use K-mount lenses with adapter
Cons: Small sensor, Noise is significant at high ISO settings, Auto mode tends to select high ISO settings, Focus is fixed at first shot in burst mode, Images lack fine detail, Video quality is middle of the road, Price is high
Summary: Throughout this review we have taken a very close look at the Pentax Q7's features and capabilities. Now it's time to take a step back and look at the big picture. We've shown that the Q7 has been much improved compared to the original Q, but now we must determine how it fares on its own, and when compared to other cameras currently on the market.
Pros: Very light and compact, Good image quality for its size, Low noise through ISO 800, Ability to adapt DSLR lenses, Full manual video controls, On-demand video autofocus, Very fast autofocus, Feature-packed user interface, Many DSLR-like customization options, Fast overall performance, Marked improvement over the Pentax Q/Q10, Comfortable grip, Buttons relatively easy to press, Built-in mechanical Shake Reduction, Sensor dust removal, DNG RAW support, Customizable in 12...
Cons: Small lens selection (1 quality prime, 2 quality zooms), Not available in a kit with the 01 prime lens, Requires 2 hands to operate, Kit zoom lens suffers from distortion, flare, and fringing, Images still not detailed enough for cropping, Tendency to overexpose / blow highlights, JPEG files over-sharpened by default, Poor video image quality, Poor video sound, Not pocketable with zoom lens, No electronic viewfinder option, No dedicated optical viewfinder, Low-resolut...
Summary: The Pentax Q7, and by extension the whole of the Q system, is a difficult thing to summarise. On the one hand you have a surprisingly capable little camera with a good range of features, excellent build quality, performance and handling, and image quality that compares well to most high-end compacts.
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: The standard colours in the UK, however, are black, silver and yellow, with matching kit lenses. The standard prime lens is also available in the same 20 colours as the Pentax Q7 body. The price of the Pentax Q7 and the new Q lens is yet to be confirmed.