NEW Pentax Q7 Announced - with Bigger Sensor!

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by wolfie, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. wolfie

    wolfie Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    A rare event when an interchangeable lens mount has had the sensor behind it grow in size, in this case from 1/2.3 to 1/1.7 - which puts it on the same footing as the most of the serious fixed lens compacts. And at about the same price.

    Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor: Digital Photography Review

    Pentax Forums - K-5, K-30, K-01, 645D - The Largest Pentax Camera Forum, News, and Review Site

    And it doesn't look too bad either! Kit lens looks to be 24-72 (35 equiv) which is useful.


    Wonder if it might upsize to M43 in another year or two ?:tongue:
  2. Archiver

    Archiver Top Veteran

    Jul 11, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    That looks pretty nice! I wonder if they are able to squeeze as much performance out of that sensor as they can. This release seems to show some kind of further commitment to the Q, too.
  3. wolfie

    wolfie Veteran

    Sep 19, 2010
    And some more pics from DC Watch


    Rear panel

    Crazy flash!

  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Great move by Pentax/Ricoh.
  6. serhan

    serhan All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    Thanks. Lenses become more interesting with the new sensor:

    Equivalent focal length on Q7
    Standard Prime 8.5mm F1.9 ~ 39mm
    Standard Zoom 5–15mm F2.8–4.5 ~ 23-69mm
    Telephoto Zoom 15–45mm F2.8~ 69–207mm
  7. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I can see picking up a Q7 body once prices come down a bit. I like the larger sensor and I even like the slightly wider field of view it will give me with my existing Q-mount lenses. And I still have my original magnesium-bodied Q for fun, telephoto experiments.
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I think the yellow is pretty darned cute. If I had one, I'd leave the flash extended all the time, too. It would make me look a little crazier. And I'd also need a big flash on that hotshoe, too.
  9. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Call me wierd, but the most interesting thing is f2.8 @ 207mm on a 1/1.7" sensor is rather fast at both the focal length and the sensor size.
  10. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    B&H has the Q7 (pre-order) for $500 with the 5-15 zoom and $700 with the 5-15 and the 15-45. That's a more sensible pricing structure since it really competes with the Lumix LX7 and the Oly XZ-2. That longer constant aperture 2.8 zoom is a real bonus for this body. Assuming a 4.2 crop factor, that's 21-62 and 62-189 for the long one. That's pretty wide at the low end, making that smaller zoom a neat street lens (2.8-4).

    OK: Read the DPR article, so make that 23-69, 69-207 equivalent.:redface:
  11. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    DPR shows the list price is only $20.00 less for the body only. Who would buy just the body? Seems a bit odd.
  12. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor New Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    People who already had lenses from an older body. Though it usually works out that you can just sell the kit lens and get money back.
  13. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor New Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    The flash is funny looking, but with the right color scheme the camera can look quite classy.

    I think it is turning in to a great alternative to higher end fixed lens compacts. Maybe not at the RX100 level, but possibly better than everything else.

    It would be great to attach a 50mm f/1.4 on there and get a fast 230mm equivalent. Or a cheap 135mm f/2.8 for a fast 621mm!
  14. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Still partial to the look of the original Q, which my wife uses, but I am glad to see Pentax squeeze in a bigger sensor and continue to support for the system!

    Hoping we see a new APS-C ILC system from Pentax/Ricoh one of these days.
  15. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I believe that the camera industry will generally move to mirrorless bodies with electronic viewfinders before very long. I'm sure a view "pure" DSLRs with mirrors will continue to exist for the hard-core traditionalists. But I think economics will force the hand of the camera makers. Rumors are floating that Sony's next generation of SLT cameras will drop the translucent mirrror entirely and become true mirrorless devices. Others are likely to follow.
  16. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    It's easy to make a DSLR mirrorless (see the Pentax K-01), but my definition of a true mirrorless camera is a clean sheet, ground-up design based around shortening the optical path from lens to sensor.
  17. Macintosh2013

    Macintosh2013 New Member

    Jun 14, 2013
    This camera is ugly. If you were to remove ALL of the lettering on the camera and lens and replace it with something Professionally done...and remove that ugly black knob on the right hand side....not to mention that SILLY little flash unit...things would be MUCH better. Pentax cameras have always been kinda cheap looking toys...going back many years. It's in their DNA.
  18. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Yes, this is what I'm talking about.