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: 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: Conclusion The Pentax Q7 is in a precarious predicament. Should it be compared to other ILCs due to its interchangeable lens system or to point and shoots due to its sensor size? My initial reaction is to compare it to other ILCs. In that case, I believe it rests pretty close to the middle of the group. I tend to prefer the fast AF of the Olympus Pen cameras over the Q7.
Pros: Good image quality, although not consistent, Small and compact, Easily transportable, Very expandable especially when used with Q-mount adaptors
Cons: Slow AF speeds, High ISOs lead to soft images, Good image quality, although not consistent
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.
Excerpt: Announced in June 2013, the Pentax Q7 is the flagship model in the Q series. It has a larger image sensor and there are a choice of 20 body colours and six grip colours giving 120 possible colour combinations. The Q7 is due to be launched in September 2013 with an RRP of £369.99 body only and £399.99 with the 5-15mm kit lens.
Pros: Extremely small body, Good sized screen with decent resolution, Full manual controls and RAW shooting, Dual axis electronic level, HDR mode, Rubberised grip, Lots of filters, Available in lots of colours
Cons: AWB struggles under our studio lighting, Not good for macro shots, Image detail is poor in the shadows
Excerpt: Den lilla Q7 ser mest av allt ut som en leksakskamera. Bara blixtskon och de 15 knapparna, som är fler än hos någon annan kamera i testet, indikerar att detta är en kamera som man inte bör avfärda på förhand. Och det stämde.