Pentax Ricoh has announced the Q7 - its latest Q-mount camera and the first to feature a larger, 1/1.7" type sensor. The 7.44 x 5.58mm, 12MP BSI CMOS sensor is the same size as the one used in many enthusiast compacts, with the company claiming a 60% improvement in S/N ratio over the existing Q10. This improvement also allows the camera to focus faster in low light. The Q7 will cost around $500 with the '02' 5-15mm zoom lens and can be custom-ordered in any of 120 color combinations. The company has also introduced a body-cap 'Mount Shield' lens for the Q system - the 11.5mm F9 lens will cost around $80.

The move to a 1/1.7" type sensor changes the 'crop factor' of the Q7, and its effect on the equivalent focal lengths of the existing Q lenses is interesting:

 01 Standard Prime02 Standard Zoom03 Telephoto Zoom
Focal length / aperture range 8.5mm
F1.9
5 – 15mm
F2.8 – 4.5
15 – 45mm
F2.8
Equivalent focal length on Q/Q10 47mm 27.5 – 83mm 83 – 249mm
Equivalent focal length on Q7 39mm 23 – 69mm 69 – 207mm

Noticeably, the Standard Prime lens suddenly gives a 'normal' 39mm equivalent focal length, while the Standard Zoom and Telephoto zooms give very similar field-of-view ranges to traditional 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses. This, and the fact that all of them offer an image circle large enough to illuminate the larger sensor, strongly supports the theory that the Q system was always designed for this sensor format - a move that makes it much more directly comparable with existing enthusiast compacts.

This move, combined with the more realistic recommended sales price, could make the Q system considerably more interesting than it has seemed, up until now.

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Press Release:

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING Expands Commitment to Q-mount Camera System

Available in 120 color combinations, the Q7 ensures there is a camera for every taste and style along with features and settings to match

Denver, CO (June 12, 2013) —PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION today announced the fun and highly capable Q7 compact system camera. Available for order in 120 eye-catching color combinations through PENTAX’s Color To Order™ system, the Q7 gives creative control to the consumer with a complete system of interchangeable lenses, filters, viewfinders, and fun smart effects and digital filters enable truly limitless creativity.

Setting a new standard in the imaging industry, the Q7 incorporates a growing trend among consumer products: customization. With an expertly architected supply chain management system designed around Color To Order, consumers are empowered to integrate individual style, personality and taste into their camera sparking the creative process even as their order is placed. Joining the already successful Q10, the Q7 features an upgraded 1/1.7 inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, high sensitivity shooting up to ISO 12800 and enhanced Q ENGINE with faster response time during start-up and shooting time, the creativity continues as beautiful, sharp images are captured.

“Don’t be fooled by the Q7’s small size and 120 color combinations,” said Jim Malcolm, executive vice president, PENTAX RICOH IMAGING. “As the smallest and lightest compact system camera in the world, this tiny gem is packed with serious specs and capabilities including a number of digital filters and smart effects.”

Weighing in a just 7 ounces, the Q7’s compact body enables easily poket-able portability while the fun filters and assorted lens variety inspire the casual photographer to elevate their creativity. With 19 smart effects and filters and seven lenses, a retro look and feel can easily be applied in-camera with the ability to layer different effects for greater expression and better image quality than cell phones ever dreamt of. Additionally, with the Q7’s enhanced Eye Fi SD card compatibility and built-in menus, users can now edit, re-size and share photos instantly.

Also introduced today is the 07 Mount Shield lens. As the seventh member of the Q-family lens mount, the 07 lens produces a truly unique and timeless visual effect, comparable to the original pin-hole camera—with a fixed aperture of F9 and a focal length of 11.5 mm (or 53mm in 35mm format), for an extra-ordinary image with distinctively velvety edges. Featuring a focusing range of approximately 0.7-2m, still life shots and macro photography are given a beautiful dream-like look and feel. Weighing a mere 8 grams, the 07 Mount Shield lens is extremely small, resembling a tiny Q series body cap  making it an ideal lens for pocket-able fun, and travel photography.

Pricing and Availability

The Q7 kit with 02 zoom lens is available to order today in a choice of 120 color combinations at pentaximaging.com and retail outlets nationwide in August 2013 with a suggested retail price of $499.95. The 07 Mount Shield lens will be available for purchase online and at retail outlets nationwide in July 2013with a suggested retail price of $79.95.

Pentax Q7 specifications

Price
MSRP$499 inc 02 5-15mm lens
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048, 3072 x 1728, 2992 x 2992, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1440, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1440
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors13 megapixels
Sensor size1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Image
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsGood, Better, Best
File format
  • RAW (12bit): DNG, JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Lens mountPentax Q
Focal length multiplier4.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR coating
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur Control (JPEG only) Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene modes
  • Auto Modes: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
  • Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, HDR*, Quick Macro, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf&Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
  • Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing, Digital Filter (capture): Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye, HDR Capture: Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2
  • Smart Effect: Brilliant Color, Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Cross Processing, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Water Color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3
Built-in flashYes (Built-in retractable P-TTL flash)
Flash range4.90 m (ISO100/m)
External flashYes
Flash modesP-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Flash X sync speed1/2000 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames, remote control), Multi-exposure (0 sec., Self-time, remote control), Interval Shooting
Continuous drive5 fps
Self-timerYes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
ResolutionsFullHD(1920x1080, 30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesMOV MPEG–4 AVC/H.264 (.mov)
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi Card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI output terminal (Type D))
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Remote Control O-RC1, Remote F)
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionRechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Battery Life (CIPA)250
Weight (inc. batteries)200 g (0.44 lb / 7.05 oz)
Dimensions102 x 58 x 34 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.34)
Other features
Timelapse recordingYes (3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time. Number of shots: up to 999 images)
GPSNone

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