Pentax Q7 Brief Review

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  • 1/1.7 inch, 12.4 megapixels back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • 12 bit DNG RAW and JPG images
  • Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction
  • Eye-Fi Card Compatibility
  • 3" LCD Monitor with advanced anti-reflection coating
  • ISO Speeds up to 12800
  • 5 fps (JPEG) or 1.5 fps (RAW)
  • Release Date: 2013-09-15
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended

4.6 Star Rating: Recommended
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Pentax Q7
Pentax's small yet stylish mirrorless.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/19/2014

Small and stylish is the name of the game for Pentax's new Q7 mirrorless. Marketed as the "smallest, lightest interchangeable lens system in the world," the Q7 weighs only seven ounces, yet packs a pretty big punch with a 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor. Available in three colors from stores like Amazon, buying directly from Pentax gets you 120 possible color combinations. With flashy colors on the outside, the Q7 isn't all show with 19 different effects, optical image stabilization and ISO sensitivity up to 12800.

There's other mirrorless options out there with bigger sensors and faster speeds, but if you can get a deal on the Q7 it's not a bod option.

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Pentax/Ricoh Reviews

Pentax, who just recently merged with Ricoh, has long been a sort of underdog—but not necessarily in performance or quality. Pentax/Ricoh offers some quirky cameras, but for the most part, we've found that to be a good thing.

The Pentax/Ricoh DSLR’s are mostly weather-sealed, giving them a unique advantage over competing manufacturers that don't offer anything similar. When we tried out models like the K-50, we were quite impressed with the image quality. The autofocus was a bit noisier than a Nikon, but the weather-sealing and often better price is hard to resist when the image quality is so good. Pentax continued to add in innovations by adding an anti-aliasing filter that can be turned on and off to the 2013 K-3.

Pentax hasn't jumped into the mirrorless battle too much, but they do offer the tiny and colorful Q7. With a smaller sensor and a smaller price point, the Q7 and similar models are more of a consumer mirrorless than one for the enthusiasts, but it's an extremely small camera with a whole lot of color options.

Pentax has a few solid compact models out too. The Pentax MX-1 earned our Best Budget Advanced Compact for 2013 for its advanced features yet small price tag. They offer a waterproof line that includes macro ring lights built in, something unique to the WG cameras.

Pentax/Ricoh may be a bit quirky, but many of their cameras are well worth a look and offer excellent image quality for the price.

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