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Ricoh Pentax Q7 - Expert Reviews
Ricoh Pentax Q7 is an interchangeable lens camera that comes with a small build and a 3 inches wide screen with a resolution of 460k dots. Pentax has also managed to add two important features namely, focus peaking and removal of anti-aliasing filter. The absence of AA filter does produce sharper images but also increases the moire pattern. Also, there is the dust reduction and sensor-shift shake reduction systems in place wherein, the dust reduction system helps in removing dust marks over the sensor and the sensor-shift shake reduction system helps in producing blur-free images. The combination of sensor and the processing engine named Q let the camera to achieve an ISO limit of 12800. The start-up time has also been enhanced, so it hardly takes a second to boot the camera. Some of the salient features of the camera are burst mode of speed at 5fps, three-image stitching HDR mode, compatibility with eye-fi SD card, remote control receptors at both, front and back panels.
Design and Build Quality
Ricoh Pentax Q7 is a small and tidy camera. Though, it has been well built, there is no comprehensive protection from dust or moisture. The finger-grip is relatively narrow and only plastic has been used in the overall body. The pop flash seems over stylish and shutterbugs with large hands could feel the camera fiddling into their hands. The dials let you access adjustments easily. There is a dial at the top of the camera that lets you access features like exposure mode, video, and bokeh mode. However, video recording cannot be started from any exposure by pressing a button.
At the front, you see a dial that lets you touch five functions involving ND filter, focus peaking and focus method. How Pentax Q7 attracts is the number of body paint choices it comes with. Yes, the camera can be availed in 20 different colors and you can choose different colored grips. At the back of the camera, you have a 3 inches wide screen that delivers a resolution of 460k, which is low as per many users. The overall design quality is not too durable to go with.
Focus and Face Detection
The focusing modes used by Ricoh Pentax Q7 are AF, Spot, face detection and AF tracking. Pentax claims that focusing accuracy has been improved in low-lit conditions but users do not agree. What has been added more is focus peaking and ND filter. A dial at the front lets you access one of the five functions including the ones just mentioned. Focus modes are basically of two types – Single Servo AF (S) and Manual Focus (M). The AF points in this contrast based AF detection system are 25 and the AF speed is quite good.
Lens and Image Stabilization
At both ends of the lenses, wide-angle and telephoto, it is the shadows where the camera readily loses detail. When the camera encounters purple fringing in contrasting areas, it struggles to manage it. The 5-15mm lens isn't good for macro shots, as you can’t focus close. Though, it can give a few relatively sharp images, that sharpness is too inconsistent that is, at some places very high and at other places very low. Pentax has carried a feature forward through its Q series known as the sensor-shift image stabilization system. This gives a three-step advantage to Q7 over the cameras that do not have the stabilization system.
Screen and Menus
Ricoh Pentax Q7 houses a 3 inches wide screen having a resolution of 460k dots. There is also the presence of anti-reflection coating. The menu system has been split into 5 sections and one may find the process of menu navigation quite time consuming.
Ricoh Pentax Q7 uses a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery called D-LI68, which as per the CIPA testing standards, gives 250 shots on a single charge. If you were on a day-out, you'd have to carry a spare battery.
Ricoh Pentax Q7 can shoot videos at Full HD 1080p. The quality of video is good as compared to the quality of video that comes along. You can also use optical zoom while recording the video. The video frame sizes that can be used are 1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1280 x 720 (720p), 640 x 480 (VGA). The frame rate per second is 30fps and there is no provision for stereo sound recording. You can enter into the video mode by turning the mode dial to settings for the movie by pressing the shutter. If you are in AF mode then on pressing the shutter in half would AF the subject before you start recording. After recording, the AF deactivates but can be activated by the OK button. The AF works smoothly and slowly. Manual focus can also be used in all situations.
Ricoh Pentax Q7 has the largest sensor among others in the Q range itself known as 1/1.7-inch sensor with back-illuminated technology. The sensor is of CMOS type. Due to the presence of a larger sensor, the view caught in frame, as compared to Q and Q10 cameras is larger. The ISO sensitivity range begins from 100ISO and leads up to 6400ISO. At the beginning, the noise is low and up to ISO800, the details are in place. From ISO 1600, images begin to become softer and detail is lost at ISO 3200. At ISO6400 and above ISO12800, the images become useless.
Possesses a smaller body
You can shoot images in RAW format and edit them within the camera while controls can be managed fully manually
The user can use high dynamic range mode for shooting stills
The rubberised grip covers the areas where hands fall naturally
Exposure modes can be handled manually as well
Body integral SR sensor-shift image stabilization
Up to ISO 800, the noise levels are low
Autofocus is speedy
With Q-mount adapters, the lens selection can be expanded
Over Pentax Q/Q10, this successor shows marked improvement
Price tagged reasonably
Auto white balance struggles in low light conditions
Minimum focus distance is not enough to get good macro shots
Detail in images taken in shadows is not impressive
By default, sharpness over-powers JPEG's.
After cropping the images, expected amount of detail is not achieved
Audio quality in the captured videos isn't up to the mark
The kit zoom lens suffers from purple fringing, flares and distortions.