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Pentax Q7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the performance and responsiveness. The lens and image quality also get good comments, but the build quality and focus get mixed comments. The viewfinder and size get critical comments.

portability, image quality, lens, responsiveness, performance

screen, shutter, value for money, size, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Pentax Q7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Q7 Review

 

The little Q7 offers a lot of attractive features and manual controls, but it performs more like a point-and-shoot than a serious prosumer camera. Mediocre image quality, high digital noise and sluggish auto focus make the Q7 hard to recommend for the...

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...

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

The little Q7 offers a lot of attractive features and manual controls, but it performs more like a point-and-shoot than a serious prosumer camera. Mediocre image quality, high digital noise and sluggish auto focus make the Q7 hard to recommend for the...

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Pentax Q7

 

Long gone are the days when digital camera shoppers were made to choose between a small camera body and the ability to change lenses. These days, there are plenty of small interchangeable lens cameras on the market, from all of the current major...

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...

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Pentax Q7

 

The impressively small Pentax Q7 mirrorless camera features an image sensor that is 50 percent larger than previous models, but its shutter lag is a drawback.

Very small. Bright rear LCD. Sharp kit lens. Available in 120 different colors. Interesting lens system. In-body shake reduction. Good high ISO performance

Noticeable shutter lag. Small sensor limits depth of field control. Distortion an issue when shooting in Raw mode. Rolling shutter effect in video

The Pentax Q7 ($499.99 direct) is the latest entry in Pentax's line of ultra-small mirrorless cameras. It shares the same body design as its predecessors, but its 12-megapixel BSI-CMOS image sensor is roughly 50 percent larger. The image quality is the...

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Pentax Q7 Review

 

Ricoh's tagline for the Pentax Q7 is, "Real Camera. Real small. Real fun." So, we at DigitalCameraReview.com 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...

Good image quality, although not consistent ; Small and compact ; Easily transportable ; Very expandable especially when used with Q-mount adaptors

Slow AF speeds ; High ISOs lead to soft images ; Good image quality, although not consistent

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...

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Pentax Q7

 

Pentax's lilliputian Q series finally gets a better sensor. Is it too little too late?

Is Pentax chasing rainbows?

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Pentax Q7 review

 

Its pocket size and crazy colour scheme options mean that the Pentax Q7 resembles a toy, but is this the one with which the brand's CSC range finally gets serious?

Small proportions ; Large sensor ; Respectable image quality

Looks like a toy ; Tiny controls ; Fixed LCD screen

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Hands on: Pentax Q7 review

 

It's a Q, with a (bit) bigger sensor

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Pentax Q7

 

A compact system camera that fits in your pocket, but it has problems.

Very portable ; Impressive build quality ; Good handling

Image quality issues ; Limited lens systen ; Poor value overall

The Q7 does have a very impressive maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second, however, which goes some way to making up for the slightly artificial nature of the Q7’s Bokeh shots.

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Pentax Q7 review - The small body and controls make the Pentax Q7 hard to love

 

Pentax is making the cutest compact system cameras out there; but if you're not swayed by eccentric colours the small body and controls are hard to love

Diminuitive sized body and lens system that will comfortably fit into a jacket pocket, warm, colour-rich images and subtly shallow depth of field results achievable

Whilst some will love the small size, fully grown adults may bemoan the small buttons, controls and build, whilst enthusiasts will decry the small sensor size as making the Q system seem like something of a non starter, fixed LCD, no Wi-Fi, no viewfinder

We can’t however shake the feeling that Pentax’s Q series, for all its cuteness and eccentricity, is a bit of a curio designed to stand out from the crowd rather than a wholly serious attempt to gain market share.

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