Pentax Q7 Review

4.0
October 4, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Type
Camera Type Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera
Sensor
Type CMOS sensor, with primary colour filter
Size

1/1.7-inch

Total Pixels

Approx. 12.76 MP

Effective Pixels

Approx. 12.4 MP

Still

File formats: RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant

JPEG
[4:3]L:12M(4000x3000),M:7M(3072x2304),S:3M(1920x1440)
[3:2]L:10M(4000x2664),M:6M(3072x2048),S:2M(1920x1280)
[16:9]L:9M(4000x2248),M:5M(3072x1728),S:2M(1920x1080)
[1:1]L:9M(2992x2992),M:5M(2304x2304),2M(1440x1440)

RAW
[4:3]12M(4000x3000)

Quality level:

RAW (12bit): DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (best), ★★ (better),  ★ (good)

RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable

Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB

Sensitivity AUTO : ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode : up to ISO 1600
Shake Reduction
Sensor shift Shake reduction
Sensor Cleaning

Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations ‘DRII’

Lens
Mount

PENTAX bayonet Q-mount

Compatible Lens: Q-mount lenses

Focusing System
Type

Contrast detection AF

Functions

Brightness Range: EV0 to 18(ISO100)

Focus mode: AF/MF switching

Autofocus Method: Face Detection, Tracking, Multi-point, Select, Spot

AF Assist Light: Dedicated LED AF assist light

Assist: OFF/ x2/ x4

Focus Peaking: OFF/ON

Screen
Type

Type: 3’’ TFT color LCD monitor, wide-angle viewing, AR Coat

Brightness and colors adjustable

Display: Field of View: approx. 100%, Electronic Level, Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright area warning, Histogram

Resolution

460k dots

Shutter
Speed

Lens shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds 

(1/3EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb

*Shooting at 1/8000 - 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.

X-Synchronization

Lens shutter: 1/2000 seconds, Electronic shutter: 1/13 seconds

Exposure system
Metering

TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, centerweighted metering, and spot metering

Exposure Modes

Auto Picture mode:
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest

Scene Mode:
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR*, Night Snap, HDR*, Quick Macro*, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf&Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum

Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur Control*
* JPEG Only

Aperture: From wide open to F8  *Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter

ND Filter: Off/On  *Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.

Auto Exposure Lock

Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu.
Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway.

Compensation

Exposure Compensation: EV1 - 17 (ISO 100, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter setting or using the ND filter

EV Compensation: ± 3EV (1/3EV step)

Flash
Type

Built-in retractable P-TTL flash

Guide Number

Guide number: approx. 4.9 (ISO100/m) / approx. 7 (ISO200/m)

Modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Angle of View Coverage Wide-angle lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Exposure Compensation  -2.0 to + 1.0 EV
Exposure Parameters
Modes

Drive Modes

Mode Selection: Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames, remote control), Multi-exposure (0 sec., Self-time, remote control), Interval Shooting

Continuous Shooting: 

Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous Hi): up to 5 frames,
Approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous Lo): up to 100 frames

Capture Functions

Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Noise Reduction: High-ISO NR

Dynamic Range Setting: Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction

Lens Correction: Distortion Correction

HDR Capture: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2

Multi-exposure: Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically

Interval Shooting: 

Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time, Number of shots: up to 999 images

Smart Effect: 

Brilliant Color, Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Cross Processing, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Water Color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3

White Balance

Auto: TTL by CMOS image sensor

Preset: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual

Manual: Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image

Fine Adjustment: Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis

Digital Filter

Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye

Movie
Recording

File Format: MPEG–4 AVC/H.264

Recorded Pixels: 

FullHD(1920x1080,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps),
HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps),
VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)

Sound: Built-in monaural microphone

Recording Time: Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.

Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing

Digital Filter: Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion,  Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold,  Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye

Interval Movie: 

Recording interval: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr.,
Recording time: 12 sec. to 99 hr.
Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time

Playback
Digital Filter

Base Parameter Adjustment, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch Filter, Miniature, Soft, Starburst

Options

Playback View: 

Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 30, 56 segmentation), display magnification
(up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright area warning, detailed inf, folder display, Date display, Slideshow

Delete: Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image

RAW Development: File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction

Edit: Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving buffer as a RAW file

Storage
External

SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory Card and Eye-Fi Card

File Format

RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant

File Name

Storage Folder: Date (100_1018, 100_1019...)/PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX...)

Special Features
Features

Custom Functions: 16 items

Mode Memory: 10 items

Button/ Dial Customization: Green/Delete button: Green Button, Preview, One Push File Format, AE Lock, Enable AF Quick Dial: Smart Effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio

World Time: World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)

Language

English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese

Interface
Interface

Connection Port: USB 2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)

USB Connection: MSC/PTP

Video Output Format: NTSC/PAL

Power
Source

Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68

AC Adapter: AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 (optional)

Performance

Number of recordable images: approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage),
approx. 260 images (without flash usage)
Playback time: approx. 160 minutes
* Using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23 °C, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard.

Dimensions
Height 58mm
Width 102mm
Depth 33.5mm
Weight

200g (loaded with battery and SD card), 180g (body only)

 

Compatibility
PC

Windows XP (SP3 or later, 32-bit Home/Pro), Windows Vista(32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows 8

Mac

Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, or 10.7

Accessories
Included Software

SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE

Kit Content

USB Cable I-USB7
Strap O-ST131
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Battery Charger D-BC68P
Software (CDROM) S-SW133

Mounted on the camera:
Hot shoe cover FK
Body mount cover

Optional

Rechargeable battery lithium-Ion D-LI68
Battery charger K-BC115E
AC Adapter K-AC115E
D-DC Coupler D-DC115
AV Cable I-AVC7
USB Cable I-USB7
Micro-HDMI cable
Remote Control F
Remote Control O-RC1
External viewfinder O-VF1
100FL Filter
Multibag grey
Multibag white
Small neoprene case
Large neoprene case

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