Pentax Q7

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pentax q7The Pentax Q7 interchangeable lens camera, which will be available in 120 colour combinations, 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 Q7’s ultra-compact, lightweight body enables easily pocketability, and there are 19 smart effects and filters and a choice of seven interchangeable lenses.

The Q7 will be available in a choice of three standard body colours: black, silver and yellow, or you can select from a choice of 117 custom colour combinations (available by special order).

Pentax says the new sensor delivers the finest image quality in the Q series. Coupling this with the Q Engine image processor, the camera is said to deliver beautiful images with accurate reproduction of gradation and texture while minimizing noise.

Autofocus accuracy during low-illumination shooting has also been improved.

Because of its larger sensor, the angle of view for the Q7 is wider than that of its sister models, even when the same lens is mounted. For example, when the 02 standard zoom lens is mounted on the Q7, the angle of view is 23-69 mm (equivalent) compared to 27.5-83 mm for the Q10. When the Adapter Q for K-mount lenses is used with the Q7, the focal length of the mounted lens is extended by approximately 4.6 times (compared to approximately 5.5 times for the Q10.

The new camera’s image processor provides a 10 percent improvement in speed compared to existing engines, says Pentax, providing a shortened start-up time of approximately one second. Additionally, the Q7 provides much-improved response including a shortened time lag between exposures.

The Quick Dial, which the photographer can assign as many as four favourite functions to, is more versatile and functional than ever, with the addition of AF/MF switching, focus assist on/off, focus peaking on/off and ND filter on/off to the list of assignable functions.

Featuring a latest gyro sensor, the Q7’s upgraded SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism compensates camera shake by as much as three shutter steps.

There are 11 Custom Image modes, including Bleach Bypass, which produces a dramatic, movie-like finish.

Of the total 17 digital filters, 11 filters including Toy Camera, Invert Colour and Posterization can be applied during the shooting of still images and movie clips, while the remaining six can be applied only during image editing. In playback, the user can apply different filters one after another to a single image.

Using the Quick-Dial positioned on the camera’s front panel, the user can quickly and effortlessly add the desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the applied effect on the LCD monitor. Choose from nine Smart Effect modes – including Brilliant Colour which provides a high-saturation finish, and Cross Process, with its dramatic unique-toned finish. The user can assign four favourite modes to the dial in advance.

The Q7’s bokeh control function produces defocused foregrounds and/or backgrounds.

Thanks to the improvements in the image-processing algorithm, the Q7 captures Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, at 30 frames per second, in the H.264 recording format) with minimal noise, even during high-sensitivity recording at ISO 12800. An interval HD movie recording function has also been added.

Image-processing tools such as the Smart Effect modes, an array of in-body movie editing tools, and autofocus operation during movie shooting are available.

The Q7 features a high-resolution 3.0-inch, 3:2-proportion LCD monitor treated with AR (Anti-Reflection) coating, and its wide-view design makes it possible to view the image from 170 degrees horizontally

and vertically.

The Q7 features Auto Picture mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from such options as Portrait, Landscape and Macro for a given subject or scene, then optimizes all affecting parameters, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. It also provides 21 Scene modes including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette.

The camera offers a choice of four different exposure modes: the all- purpose Programmed AE (P) mode, which automatically selects an optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed; the Shutter-Priority AE (Tv), Aperture-Priority AE (Av) and manual Exposure (M) modes.

Other features:

• High-speed continuous shooting of up to five images per second

• HDR mode to composite a photo with extra-wide dynamic range from three images of varying exposures

• CTE white-balance control mode to emphasize the predominant colour of a particular scene, such as the sunset

• Multi-exposure mode (up to nine exposures on a single image), with an auto exposure compensation function

• Remote control receptors on front and back panels

• Digital level function to check the camera’s horizontal/vertical inclination

• Silky Developer Studio 3.0 LE for RAW included; in-camera RAW-data development also available.

The Pentax Q7 kit, including the 02 Standard Zoom Lens, will be available in September at a suggested retail price of $499.99.

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