NEW Pentax Q7 Announced - with Bigger Sensor!

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.

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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 ?:p
 

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.
 

serhan

All-Pro
May 7, 2011
NYC
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
 

Biro

Hall of Famer
Aug 7, 2011
Jersey Shore
Steve
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.
 

Djarum

All-Pro
Jul 10, 2010
Huntsville, AL
Jason
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.
 

drd1135

Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
Lexington, VA
Steve
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:
 

madogvelkor

New Member
Mar 4, 2013
DPR shows the list price is only $20.00 less for the body only. Who would buy just the body? Seems a bit odd.
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.
 

madogvelkor

New Member
Mar 4, 2013
Is it just me or does this camera have a face only a mother can love? :tomato2:
Well not just the face but the back and even its front with its flash out.
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!
 

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.
 

Biro

Hall of Famer
Aug 7, 2011
Jersey Shore
Steve
Hoping we see a new APS-C ILC system from Pentax/Ricoh one of these days.
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.
 

Luckypenguin

Hall of Famer
Dec 24, 2010
Brisbane, Australia
Nic
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.
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.
 

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.
 

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