Pentax Q7 Review

October 4, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |

Review Roundup

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Pentax’s Q series was first launched just over two years ago, and it represented a new approach to the Compact System Camera (CSC) market. Pentax took the route of making the Q range as small as possible, and although it achieved this goal in doing so it had to utilise smaller sensors than competing CSCs.
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The Pentax Q7 is the latest model in the manufacturer's Q-system – a tiny interchangeable-lens format based around the sorts of sensors usually found in compact cameras.
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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.
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Ricoh's tagline for the Pentax Q7 is, "Real Camera. Real small. Real fun." So, we at wanted to find out if these three statements were really true. Straight out of the box we could see why the first two sentences in the tagline are "Real camera. Real small." The Q7 is a compact ILC that has some very pronounced toy-like characteristics--especially when used by someone with large hands. But the real question remains: Is the Pentax Q7 real fun? Stick around as we answer that question during our review.
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I received word of the Pentax Q7 from Chris Gampat about a month and a half ago. It was the next review unit coming in, and since my time was mostly free, I said I would take the review. The loaner agreement disappeared into the ether of cyberspace, and a package arrived at my door some number of days later. When I opened it, I thought, “Something must be wrong.”
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