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FAQ PENTAX Q7 digital camera.


Basic Specifications and Functions

What is different from the Q10?


- The Q7 is equipped with a new 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor.
- The Q7 provides even better image quality with its new imaging engine “Q Engine.”
- Operation speed has been increased, leading to faster startup times, AF focusing times, and other improvements.
- The maximum sensitivity was extended to up to ISO 12800.
- The Q7 comes newly equipped with an electronic level.
- The quick dial settings items, MENU items, and other display items have been redesigned to provide better operability.
What is included in the PENTAX Q7 kit?


The PENTAX Q7 includes the following:
- Body mount cover (*)
- Hot shoe cover Fk (*)
- USB Cable I-USB7 (*)
- Strap O-ST131 (*)
- Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68 (*)
- Battery Charger D-BC68P and AC plug cord (*)
- Software CD-ROM S-SW133 (SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE)
- Operating Manual
 Items marked with a (*) can also be purchased separately.
Are there any other necessary items that are not included in the kit?


The kit does not come with an SD Memory Card, so please prepare an SD Memory Card with the necessary capacity.
You can use the optional AV Cable I-AVC7 or a commercially available micro HDMI cable (type D) to connect to and play back recorded images or movies on a TV screen or other AV device.
What are the dimensions and weight of the camera?


The external dimensions and weight of the camera are as follows:
- Dimensions: Approx. 102.0 mm (W) x 58.0 mm (H) x 33.5 mm (D) (excluding the operation parts and protrusion)
- Weight: Approx. 200 g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card), approx. 180 g (body only)
How long is the startup time?


Approx. 1 second.
What are the diameter of the Q-mount and the flange focal distance in mm?


Exact values have not been released and will not be at this time.
What is the exterior of the camera made of?


The camera has an engineering plastic exterior.
Is the camera designed to be water-resistant/dust-proof?


No, the camera is not made to be water-resistant or dust-proof.
How many bits is the A/D converter?


12 bits.
Does the camera have an optical viewfinder?


The camera itself does not come equipped with a built-in optical viewfinder.
However, there is a dedicated external optical viewfinder O-VF1 available for the 01 STANDARD PRIME lens sold separately that can be used to produce a wider shooting range than the finder viewer frame provides.
Does the camera have an electronic viewfinder (EVF)?


No, it does not have an electronic viewfinder (EVF).
What are the size and resolution of the LCD monitor?


The LCD monitor is a 3.0-inch TFT color monitor with a resolution of approximately 460,000 dots. It has a wide viewing angle that encompasses around 170° in the up, down, left, and right directions and comes equipped with a backlight and brightness- and color-adjusting functions.
What image recording formats are used?


The camera records images in the versatile JPEG format or the high-quality and fully editable RAW (DNG) format. You can also select JPEG+RAW and record in both formats simultaneously.
Can I attach an external microphone to the camera?


No, you cannot.
Does the camera support the GPS Unit O-GPS1?


No, it does not.
Does the camera have an AF assist light?


Yes. If the subject is in a dark location, the AF assist light is activated when the shutter release button is pressed down halfway. To disable use of the AF assist light, you can set [AF Assist Light] to off in [AF/MF Settings] of the [Rec. Mode] menu.
Can I adjust the focus manually? Can images be enlarged during manual focusing?


Yes. Select MF in [Focus Method] from [AF/MF Settings] of the [Rec. Mode] menu.
Set [MF Autozoom] in [AF/MF Settings] to x2, x4, or x6 to enlarge images.
When using the "High-performance-lens series" lenses, turn the focus ring to enlarge images at the center of the LCD monitor and check the focus. When using "Unique-lens series" lenses and the Adapter Q for K Mount Lens, press the OK button to enlarge images at the center and check the focus.
You can also change the magnification for enlarged images with the e-dial and move the position of the enlarged image with the four-way controller while an enlarged image is displayed.
When [Focus Peaking] is set to [On], the outline of the subject in focus is emphasized and makes it easier to check the focus.
What can the quick dial be used for?


You can save frequently used functions to the quick dial to easily load and use desired settings when taking pictures.
You can save up to four settings to each of the following functions: Smart Effect, Aspect Ratio, Focus Method, Focus Peaking, and ND Filter.
What is the Smart Effect function?


Smart Effect is a feature that lets you enjoy new forms of expression, using combinations of Custom Image, Digital Filter, and White Balance settings.
The feature lets you capture uniquely expressive images using a variety of impressive effects for which you can check the results on the monitor. By selecting up to four of your favorite Smart Effects from the nine listed below and setting them to the quick dial on the front of the camera body, you can call them up as desired while taking pictures to add unique effects.

- Brilliant Color: Creates a lively atmosphere by raising the saturation level almost to the point of color saturation.
- Unicolor Bold: Creates an extremely high contrast image that retains one particular color in the image.
- Vintage Color: Produces an image that looks like it was taken with a toy camera.
- Cross Processing: Produces a unique image with unusual colors that looks as if it were treated with the cross processing used in film photography.
- Warm Fade: Creates a low contrast image with the white balance slightly shifted to pink shades.
- Tone Expansion: Produces a dramatic image with an artistic finishing touch, close to an intensified HDR (High Dynamic Range) effect.
- Bold Monochrome: Produces a low-key image with enhanced sharpness.
- Water Color: Creates a watercolor-like finishing touch.
- Vibrant Color Enhance: Creates a flowery atmosphere with slightly enhanced contrast.
Does the PENTAX Q7 have any features that help prevent dust from collecting on the image sensor?


Yes. The camera incorporates an image sensor cleaning system “DR II” that uses ultrasonic vibrations to clean the sensor.
What kind of Shake Reduction system does the camera use?


It uses in-body Sensor Shift Shake Reduction.
How effective is the Shake Reduction in terms of shutter speed steps?


The effect of Shake Reduction is equivalent to 3 EV steps in shutter speed.
*The effect may vary depending on the lens being used and shooting conditions, etc.
Can the Image Sensor Cleaning Kit O-ICK1 be used with the PENTAX Q7?


No, it cannot as the shape of the cleaning stick included in the Kit does not properly match the image sensor.
Does the camera support PRINT Image Matching III (P.I.M. III) and Exif Print (Exif 2.21)?


Yes, it does.
Does the camera support PictBridge?


No, it does not.
Is the camera equipped with a USB interface?


Yes, it is. It is equipped with a USB 2.0 interface.

Lenses that Can Be Used

What is the equivalent focal length for a 35 mm lens?


The equivalent focal lengths for a 35 mm lens are listed below for Q series lenses when used with the Q7.
01 STANDARD PRIME: Equivalent to approx. 39 mm
02 STANDARD ZOOM: Equivalent to approx. 23 mm to 69 mm
03 FISH-EYE: Equivalent to approx. 16.5 mm
04 TOY LENS WIDE: Equivalent to approx. 33 mm
05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO: Equivalent to approx. 94 mm
06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM: Equivalent to approx. 69 mm to 207 mm
07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS: Equivalent to approx. 53 mm

*Multiply the focal length of the attached lens by approx. 4.6× to obtain the focal length of a 35-mm equivalent lens when the Adapter Q for K mount lenses is used.
*When using a hood with a 02 STANDARD ZOOM lens, be sure to use the PH-RBB 40.5 mm.
If the previous model PH-SBA 40.5 mm is used, vignetting may occur at the wide-angle setting.
Can lenses other than dedicated camera lenses be used?


A K-mount lens can be attached to the camera with the use of the optional "Adapter Q for K Mount Lens."
Can you tell us more about what lenses are available and what features can be used with each type of lens?


A group 01 STANDARD PRIME
02 STANDARD ZOOM
06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM
B group 04 TOY LENS WIDE
05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO
07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS
C group 03 FISH-EYE
D group ADAPTER Q FOR K MOUNT LENS

:Available △:Restricted ×:Not available
Lens/Function A group B group C group D group
Autofocus × × ×
Manual focus *1
Quick-Shift Focus System × × ×
Autofocus Method × × ×
Aperture control × × *2
ND filter on the lens × × ×
Shutter on the lens × × *3
Electronic shutter *4 *4
AUTO/SCN/BC mode *5 *5 *2
P/Tv/Av mode *5 *5 *2
M mode *5*6 *5*6 *2
Movie mode *5 *5 *2
P-TTL auto flash *7 *8 *8*9 *8*10
*1 The 07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS is not equipped with a focusing mechanism.
*2 Set the aperture manually.
*3 The lens shutter built-in to the Adapter Q for K Mount Lens is used.
*4 When [Lens and electronic shutters] is selected, pictures can be shot at higher shutter speeds using the electronic shutter system than with the lens shutter.
*5 The aperture is fixed.
*6 Bulb mode is not available in this case. The use of a slow shutter speed of up to 2 sec. is enabled.
*7 The sync speed is 1/2000 sec. or slower for a built-in flash and 1/250 sec. or slower for an external flash.
*8 The flash sync speed is 1/13 sec. or slower for a built-in flash or an external flash.
*9 Light is unevenly distributed.
*10 Light may be unevenly distributed depending on the lens being used.
Can filters be attached to this camera?


Filters with a diameter of 40.5 mm can be attached to the 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, and 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses.
*Vignetting will occur at the wide-angle setting if a PL100 filter is used with a 02 STANDARD ZOOM lens.
*Filters cannot be used with the 03 FISH-EYE, 04 TOY LENS WIDE, 05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO, and 07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS lenses.
In what kinds of situations or conditions can the ND filter on the lens be used?


The ND filter can be turned on for shooting in bright conditions when pictures are overexposed.
The effect is equivalent to 2 EV steps.
*The ND filter functions can only be used as manual settings on the menu.
Which lenses allow Distortion Correction?


The 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, and 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses in the High-performance-lens series do.
Turn Distortion Correction on in the [Rec. Mode] menu to enable processing to reduce distortion.
Distortion Correction cannot be turned on for the 03 FISH-EYE, 04 TOY LENS WIDE, 05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO, and 07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS lenses.
*Vignetting will occur at the wide-angle setting if Distortion Correction is turned off for a 02 STANDARD ZOOM lens.

Camera Operability and Shooting Functions

What kind of shutter types are available with this camera?


Depending on the lens used and settings selected, images will be captured using the lens shutter or using the electronic shutter with the image sensor.
With the "High-performance-lens series" lenses, 1/2000 sec. to 30 sec. shooting and Bulb shooting are available using the lens shutter system.
When [1. Lens Shutter Options] is set to [Lens and electronic shutters] or [Electronic shutter only] in the C [Custom Setting] menu, shooting at higher shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 sec. using the electronic shutter system is enabled.
With the 03 FISH-EYE, 04 TOY LENS WIDE, 05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO, and 07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS lenses, 1/8000 sec. to 2 sec. shooting is available using the electronic shutter system.
*Bulb shooting is not available with the 03 FISH-EYE, 04 TOY LENS WIDE, 05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO, and 07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS lenses.
Can the shutter sound be changed?


Yes, it can.
Press the MENU button to display the [Set-up] menu, and choose from any of the three options and OFF under [Shutter Sound] in [Sound Effects].
*The 1: K-5, 2: 645D, and 3: *istD model shutter sounds are used as Shutter Sound options.
Can you give more details on ISO sensitivity settings and step increments?


You can set the ISO sensitivity within a range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800. In [2. Sensitivity Steps] in the C [Custom Setting] menu, select either [1 EV step] or [As EV Steps] (1/3 EV step).
*The sensitivity for Movie mode can be set to any value within the range of ISO 100 to ISO 12800 when [Exposure Setting] is set to [Manual Exposure].
How is the performance for Continuous Shooting?


When the file format is JPEG, the recorded pixels is 12M (default setting), and the quality level is ★★★ (Best):
- Approx. 5 fps/Up to 5 frames for Continuous Hi
- Approx. 1.5 fps/Up to 100 frames for Continuous Lo
*Only Continuous Lo can be used with RAW and RAW+ file formats.
Can Multi-exposure Shooting be used with this camera?


Yes. You can create a picture by taking multiple exposures and merging them into a single image. The resultant composite picture is displayed in Instant Review whenever the shutter release button is pressed.
Can Interval Shooting be used with this camera?


Yes, it can. [Interval Shooting] can be selected for still pictures and [Interval Movie Record] for movies during which the camera takes still pictures one by one at a set interval and records them as a single movie file.
- For Interval Shooting of still images, you can select from 2 to 999 for the Number of Shots, 3 sec. to 24 hrs. for the Interval, and immediately or from the set time for the Start Interval setting.
- In Interval Movie Record mode, the camera takes still pictures one by one at a set interval and records them as a single movie file.
 You can select a recording interval from 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min., or 1 hr.
 You can select a recording time from 12 sec. to 99 hrs.
 The Start Interval setting can be set to immediately or from the set time.
 *The length of the recording time that can be set will vary depending on the [Interval] set.
 *Movies are only saved in Motion JPEG format, .avi file extension, in Interval Movie Record mode.
Can Bulb shooting be used with this camera?


Yes, it can. Bulb shooting of up to 32 sec. is available with this camera.
Set the mode dial to M (Manual), fix the ISO sensitivity value, and turn the e-dial to the left to set the shutter speed to Bulb. When "Bulb" is displayed after the slowest shutter speed, the shutter remains open as long as the shutter release button is pressed and held down.
Bulb shooting cannot be used with "Unique-lens series" lenses that are not equipped with a lens shutter.
*Approximate values are shown for the exposure time during Bulb shooting. For example, for an exposure lasting 32 sec., the exposure time is shown onscreen as 30″.
*The drive mode during Bulb shooting can be set to Single frame, Self-timer (12 sec., 2 sec.), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec.), and Multi-exposure.
Is Slow Shutter Speed NR available? And if so, can I turn it off?


Slow Shutter Speed NR is designed to work automatically on the PENTAX Q7. It cannot be turned off.
What kind of focus detection is used?


Contrast detection autofocus method using the image sensor is used.
You can select an autofocus method from Face Detection, Tracking, Multiple AF Points, Select, or Spot.
How many faces can be detected?


Up to 12 faces can be detected and up to 8 faces can be displayed at a time.
Can image rotation information be saved for images that are taken while the camera is held vertically or horizontally?


Yes. You can set [14. Save Rotation Info] to Off in the C [Custom Setting] menu.
Can pictures be recorded in RAW format?


Pictures can be recorded in 12-bit DNG file format.
JPEG thumbnail images with the same aspect ratio as selected in [Image Capture Settings] and [Aspect Ratio] in the [Rec. Mode] menu are saved simultaneously in the RAW data file for display purposes. These JPEG thumbnail images are displayed at the aspect ratio selected when RAW data files are played back on the camera. The RAW data files themselves, however, are recorded at a full-sized aspect ratio of 4:3 (4000×3000), allowing you to select a different aspect ratio during RAW development.
What is BC (Blur Control) mode?


Blur Control is a mode that takes multiple images and merges them together into a single image to create a picture that looks as if it was taken with a wide-open aperture and shallow depth of field.
The camera determines the optimal settings to use based on the focus position, distance to the subject, and other conditions when images are taken in order to ensure that the most appropriate processing is carried out. Images are then merged together to create a picture with “background blur“ and “foreground blur“ effects that looks as if it was taken with a wide-open aperture and shallow depth of field.
In BC mode, the exposure mode is set to Open Aperture Priority, the sensitivity is fixed to ISO AUTO, and the file format is fixed to JPEG.
In BC mode, press the shutter release button down halfway to lock the focus or press it down all the way to start scanning using Autofocus. A bar scale is displayed on the LCD monitor during scanning to identify that scanning is being performed. The shutter sound will go off and the shutter will be released when scanning ends.
Which lenses can be used with BC mode?


BC mode can be used with the 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, and 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses in the High-performance-lens series.
Can the Preview function be used on this camera?


Yes, it can. If you assign the Preview function to the Green button, you will be able to check the depth of field by fixing the aperture of the lens to the actual set value.
Can an infrared remote control be used with this camera?


Yes, one can. The shutter can be released from a distance using the optional Remote Control Waterproof O-RC1 or Remote Control F.
You can choose from any of three modes: the shutter is released immediately after the button on the remote control is pressed, the shutter is released three seconds after the button is pressed, or continuous shooting starts when the button is pressed. The maximum operating distance of the remote control unit is approximately 4 m from the front of the camera and approximately 5 cm from the back of the camera.
Shooting with the remote control is not available when the capture mode is set to Moving Object, Pet or Kids of SCN (Scene) mode.
Can the Cable Switch CS-205 be used with this camera?


No, it cannot. The optional Remote Control Waterproof O-RC1 and Remote Control F are available for use with the camera instead.
Can I hook up the camera to an AV device and leave it connected while shooting pictures?


Yes. To view an image on an external monitor while capturing it, connect the camera to an AV device with a video terminal. You cannot output images using the HDMI terminal while capturing pictures.
What is the guide number of the built-in flash?


Approximately 7 (ISO 200/m).
Does the built-in flash discharge even when retracted?


When [11. Flash When Retracted] is set to [Discharge Flash] in the C [Custom Setting] menu, the built-in flash will discharge while it is retracted. The default setting is [Discharge Flash].
What lenses can the built-in flash be used with?


01 STANDARD PRIME: Compatible
02 STANDARD ZOOM: Compatible if used with a focal length of at least 6.00 mm
03 FISH-EYE: Not compatible with this lens due to vignetting
04 TOY LENS WIDE: Compatible
05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO: Compatible
06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM: Compatible
07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS: Compatible
What flash adjustment method is used?


P-TTL auto flash is used to adjust the flash output.
Can Wireless flash shooting be used with the PENTAX Q7?


No, it cannot.
Can I use my external flash with the PENTAX Q7?


You can use the optional external flash AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF200FG, or AF160FC with the camera.
:Available   ×:Not available
Built-in Flash
/Camera Function
Type AF540FGZ
AF360FGZ
AF200FG
AF160FC
Red-eye reduction
Auto Flash Discharge
Automatic switching to the flash sync speed
Aperture value automatically set in P mode and Tv mode
P-TTL auto flash
Slow-speed Sync
Flash Exposure Compensation
Auto zoom flash head ×
AF assist light of external flash × × ×
Trailing Curtain Sync ×
Contrast-control-sync flash mode × × ×
Slave flash × × ×
Wireless flash × × ×
*The sync speeds available with the built-in flash are as follows:
1/2000 sec. or slower with the 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, or 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses.
*With the 03 FISH-EYE, 04 TOY LENS WIDE, 05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO, and 07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS lenses, 1/13 sec. or slower.
*The sync speeds available with external flashes are as follows:
1/250 sec. or slower with the 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, or 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses.
*1/13 sec. or slower with the 03 FISH-EYE, 04 TOY LENS WIDE, 05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO, and 07 MOUNT SHIELD LENS lenses.
*The shutter speed when the flash discharges will be restricted to 1/13 sec. or slower even for 01 STANDARD PRIME, 02 STANDARD ZOOM, and 06 TELEPHOTO ZOOM lenses if [1. Lens Shutter Options] is set to [Electronic shutter only] in the C [Custom Setting] menu.
*To use an AF160FC flash with the camera, a commercially available step-up ring or similar accessory is needed.
*The built-in flash will not discharge if the camera is connected to an external flash.
Is there a sync socket for professional flashes available for this camera?


No, there is not.

Movies

What recording format is used for recording movies with this camera?


The main recording format used for movies on this camera is MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.
Files are saved in the QuickTime (MOV) format.
Can movies be recorded in Motion JPEG format with this camera?


Movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format under normal movie recording modes.
Movies are only saved in Motion JPEG format in Interval Movie Record mode.
Can I adjust the exposure by changing the aperture value and shutter speed while recording a movie?


You can set the shutter speed and aperture value to match your photographic vision if [Exposure Setting] is set to [Manual] in the [Movie] menu. You can also press the up (ISO) button on the four-way controller to change the ISO sensitivity setting from AUTO to manual to shoot movies with the shutter speed, aperture value, and ISO sensitivity settings that you want.
Can the recording sound level be adjusted?


Yes, it can. Choose any of five different available levels in [Recording sound level] in the [Movie] menu.  You can also choose to mute the sound.
Are there any restrictions on capacity or shooting time for recording movies?


You can continuously record a movie up to 4 GB or 25 minutes. However, if the internal temperature of the camera becomes too high during movie recording, the recording may be terminated during recording to protect the camera circuitry.
Does the autofocus system operate while movies are being recorded?


Yes, it does. Press the OK button to perform autofocus while movies are being recorded.
You can also use the Green button to perform autofocus if [Enable AF] is assigned to the Green button.
What is "Interval Movie Record"?


In Interval Movie Record mode, the camera takes still pictures one by one at a set interval from a set time and records them as a single movie file.
You can select a recording interval from 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min., or 1 hr.
The recording time from start of shooting to end can be set from 12 seconds to 99 hours depending on the value set for [Interval].

Memory Cards

Does the camera come with available built-in memory?


The camera has no built-in memory. Please prepare an SD Memory Card with the necessary capacity.
Which SD Memory Cards have been tested for compatibility?


Compatibility with the PENTAX Q7 has been tested with memory cards from the following manufacturers:
- Panasonic, Toshiba, SanDisk
 SD Memory Card: 1 GB, 2GB
 SDHC Memory Card: 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB
 SDXC Memory Card: 64 GB

- SanDisk
 SDXC Memory Card: 128 GB

- Eye-Fi Japan
 SDHC memory card capacity: 4 GB (Connect X2), 8 GB (Mobile X2), 8 GB (Pro X2), and 16 GB (Pro X2)
 (Note: Not compatible with Endless mode)

As of June 2013.
*The information above is given for the convenience of customers and does not guarantee complete compatibility with the PENTAX Q7.
*The transfer rate is not compatible with UHS speed class, but such cards can be used in the same manner as standard cards.
*Use a high-speed memory card when recording movies. If the write speed cannot keep up with the recording speed, writing may stop during recording.
Does the PENTAX Q7 support UHS Speed Class?


The transfer rate is not compatible with UHS speed class, but such cards can be used in the same manner as standard cards.
Can a miniSD card or microSD card be used through a memory card adapter?


Proper operation of a memory card used through an adapter cannot be guaranteed.
Approximately how many images can be stored on or minutes of movie be saved to an SD Memory Card?


The number will vary according to the shooting conditions and subject or subjects being photographed. Below is a guide with details on available number of recordable images and shooting time.

RAW
  4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1
 
1GB 44 44 44 44
2GB 92 92 92 92
4GB 182 182 182 182
8GB 372 372 372 372
16GB 750 750 750 750
32GB 1506 1506 1506 1506

Movie(30fps)
  Full HD(16:9)
(1920×1080)
HD(16:9)
(1280×720)
VGA(4:3)
(640×480)
 
1GB 00:09'59 00:20'57 00:50'33
2GB 00:20'19 00:42'38 01:42'49
4GB 00:39'54 01:23'43 03:21'55
8GB 01:21'14 02:50'23 06:50'57
16GB 02:43'27 05:42'51 13:46'52
32GB 05:27'53 11:27'45 27:38'42

JPEG(4:3)
  12M
(4000×3000)
7M
(3072×2304)
3M
(1920×1440)
  ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 201 280 472 337 467 777 825 1121 1790
2GB 410 571 961 688 951 1582 1680 2282 3641
4GB 807 1122 1889 1351 1869 3108 3300 4482 7151
8GB 1644 2285 3846 2752 3805 6327 6716 9123 14554
16GB 3309 4598 7739 5538 7657 12732 13515 18357 29285
32GB 6639 9225 15525 11111 15362 25541 27113 36825 58747

JPEG(16:9)
  9M
(4000×2248)
5M
(3072×1728)
2M
(1920×1080)
  ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 267 371 621 446 614 1012 1073 1445 2261
2GB 545 755 1265 908 1250 2060 2184 2941 4600
4GB 1071 1485 2485 1784 2457 4047 4290 5775 9033
8GB 2180 3023 5058 3631 5001 8238 8732 11755 18385
16GB 4388 6083 10178 7308 10064 16576 17570 23653 36992
32GB 8804 12205 20419 14661 20190 33252 35247 47449 74207

JPEG(3:2)
  10M
(4000×2664)
6M
(3072×2048)
2M
(1920×1280)
  ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 226 314 529 378 523 867 920 1245 1972
2GB 461 641 1077 771 1064 1764 1872 2534 4013
4GB 907 1259 2116 1515 2091 3466 3677 4978 7881
8GB 1847 2564 4307 3084 4258 7054 7484 10131 16040
16GB 3717 5161 8667 6206 8568 14195 15060 20386 32273
32GB 7458 10355 17387 12451 17189 28476 30211 40895 64741

JPEG(1:1)
  9M
(2992×2992)
5M
(2304×2304)
2M
(1440×1440)
  ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★
 
1GB 268 372 624 446 614 1012 1073 1445 2261
2GB 547 759 1270 908 1250 2060 2184 2941 4600
4GB 1075 1491 2495 1784 2457 4047 4290 5775 9033
8GB 2190 3036 5079 3631 5001 8238 8732 11755 18385
16GB 4407 6110 10221 7308 10064 16576 17570 23653 36992
32GB 8843 12257 20504 14661 20190 33252 35247 47449 74207

*The number of storable images may vary depending on the subject, shooting conditions, selected capture mode, type of SD Memory Card used, etc.
Are there any precautions that need to be followed with the use of SD Memory Cards?


Please note the below points.
- Cards that have not yet been used or that have been used on other devices, such as on another camera or a computer, must first be formatted on the PENTAX Q7.
- Do not remove an SD Memory Card or turn the camera off while you are recording data or playing back images or audio, or while the camera is connected to a computer via a USB cable.
- Do not bend an SD Memory Card or subject it to violent impacts. Do not leave cards in locations where they may be exposed to water, moisture, or high temperatures.
- Avoid using or storing cards in places where they may be exposed to static electricity or electrical interference.
- Data saved to SD Memory Cards that have been left unused for long periods of time or that have been damaged may become unreadable and lost. Important data should be backed up regularly.
Can an Eye-Fi card be used with the camera?


Yes, it can.
Set [Eye-Fi Communication] under [Eye-Fi] in the [Set-up] menu to Auto, Select, or Off (Default setting).

Battery and Power Sources

What type of batteries can be used with the PENTAX Q7?


Use the rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68 to power the camera.
Are there any precautions or suggestions to follow regarding charging, use, and storage of the Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68?


- To keep the battery in optimum condition, avoid storing it in a fully charged state or in high temperatures.
- Charging the battery a day before use or on the day of use is recommended.
How many shots can be taken and how much playback time is available when the rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68 is used?


The estimated number of recordable images and available playback time for use with a fully charged battery are as listed below.
Number of recordable images: With normal shooting, approx. 260 images; With 50% flash usage, approx. 250 images; With 100% flash usage, approx. 240 images
Playback time: Approx. 160 minutes
*The image storage capacity (normal shooting and flash use 50%) is based on measuring conditions in accordance with CIPA standards, while other data is based on our measuring conditions. Some deviation from the above figures may occur in actual use depending on the selected capture mode and shooting conditions.
Is there an optional AC adapter available?


Yes, the AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 is available, sold separately.
Can I use the battery charger and AC adapter overseas?


The provided Battery Charger D-BC68P and AC plug cord D-CO2J and the optional AC Adapter Kit K-AC115J work in the range from 100 V AC to 240 V AC (50/60 Hz), which should allow the adapter to be used in almost any overseas country, although a plug converter may need to be used depending on the type of electrical outlet in use in a specific country. Do not attempt to use a commercially available transformer or similar device with the charger and adapter as doing so may cause them to become damaged.
Plug adapters can be found at travel goods stores and similar shops.

Playback and Editing

Can the camera be connected to a TV for playback of images on a TV screen?


You can connect the camera to a TV or other device with a video input terminal or HDMI input terminal and play back images.
You cannot output both composite and HDMI video signals at the same time.
While the camera is connected to an AV device, nothing will be displayed on the camera monitor. Also, you will not be able to adjust the volume on the camera.
To adjust the volume, change the volume on the AV device.
By default, the maximum resolution will be selected automatically to suit the AV device and camera. However, you will be able to manually change the HDMI output format setting from the menu as desired.
Can images be resized or trimmed on the camera directly?


JPEG files captured on the PENTAX Q7 can be resized and cropped.
Images already resized to 0.2M or 0.3M with the PENTAX Q7 cannot be resized or cropped, however.
Can movies be edited on the camera?


Movies can be divided up and unwanted segments can be deleted directly on the camera.
Also, you can capture a single frame from a movie on the camera and save it as a JPEG still picture.

Computer Connections and Software

What are the system requirements for using still pictures and movies captured with the PENTAX Q7 on a computer?


The system requirements are as listed below.

- Windows
OS Windows 8/Windows 7/Windows Vista
Windows XP (SP3 or later, Home/Pro 32-bit)
Installation requires administrator rights
Can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit edition of Windows.
CPU Intel Pentium-compatible processor (Pentium 4 or Athlon XP or higher recommended)
Supports multi-core processors (Intel Core i5, i7; Core 2 Quad, Duo; AMD Phenom II X4, X6; Athlon II X2, X4; and other)
RAM 1 GB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
HDD For installing and starting up the program: 100 MB minimum of free space
For saving image files: Approx. 10 MB/file
Monitor 1024×768 dots, 24-bit full color or higher
Other Input devices such as a keyboard and a mouse


- Macintosh
OS Mac OS X 10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5
CPU Intel processor-compatible, Power PC
RAM 1 GB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
HDD For installing and starting up the program: 100 MB minimum of free space
For saving image files: Approx. 10 MB/file
Monitor 1024×768 dots, 24-bit full color or higher
Other Input devices such as a keyboard and a mouse

To playback movies on a computer that were shot with this camera is required the software that can playback MOV file or AVI file.
What software is included with the camera?


SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE (Ver.3.0.0.12) comes with the camera.
This software accepts RAW (DNG) data from a K-50, K-30, K-01, PENTAX Q, PENTAX Q10, PENTAX Q7, PENTAX MX-1 or PENTAX GR camera only.
Are there any Custom Image functions available in the included SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE like those on PENTAX cameras?


SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE does not offer any of the PENTAX Custom Image effects.
To use such effects for the captured images, select the desired Custom Image on the camera when RAW images are developed.
Can PENTAX Q7 RAW (DNG) data be used in applications such as Photoshop that support the DNG file format?


Yes, they can.
Can images captured using the PENTAX Q7 be used with Digital Camera Utility 4?


Digital Camera Utility 4 can be used to view JPEG images but cannot be used to edit images or develop RAW images.
How can I play back movies on a computer?


To playback movies on a computer that were shot with this camera is required the software that can playback MOV file or AVI file.

Troubleshooting

The camera makes a scratching sound when it first starts up. What is this from?


This is a sound that goes off inside the replacement lens when the shutter mechanism first turns on.
I cannot enlarge images when focusing using a "Unique-lens series" lens. Why is this, and how can I enable images to be enlarged?


Set [MF Autozoom] in [AF/MF Settings] in the [Rec. Mode] menu to 2×, 4×, or 6× (one of the settings other than [Off]) and then press the OK button to magnify images while shooting.
*MF Autozoom can only be enabled with High-performance-lens Series lenses.
For other cases (when using Unique-lens Series lenses or the Adapter Q for K Mount Lenses), press the OK button to magnify images.
Can the size of the AF area be enlarged/decreased while Multiple AF Points is selected?


Yes, it can. Press the OK button while the camera is in standby mode when [AF Mode] is set to [Multiple AF Points].
The AF area is divided into 49 areas, and you can turn the e-dial to select a wider or narrower focusing area using 25, 9, or just 1 of those 49 areas available and move to the selected area using the four-way controller.
I accidentally selected the wrong language in the Initial Settings. How can I change the settings to the appropriate language?


Press the MENU button in Capture/Playback mode, and use the four-way controller or e-dial to display the [Set-up 1] menu.
Select the desired language in the [Language/言語] screen, and press the OK button.
Refer to p. 26 of the operating manual for instructions on how to change the date and time.
I cannot save any images. Why would this happen, and how can I fix it?


Check the below potential issues and suggestions for fixing the problem to resolve it.

- If the message "Memory card full" appears
 The SD Memory Card is full and no more images can be saved to it. Insert a new SD Memory Card or delete unwanted files. You may be able to save more images to the card if you change the image quality level or the number of recorded pixels.
- If the message “Memory card error” appears
 The SD Memory Card has a problem, and image capture and playback cannot be performed on the camera from the card. You may still be able to view the contents of the Memory Card on a computer, however.
- If the message “Card is not formatted” appears
 The SD Memory Card you have inserted is unformatted or has been formatted on a computer or another device and is not compatible with this camera. First format the SD Memory Card on the camera before attempting to use it.
- If the message “Card is locked” appears
 The write-protect switch on the SD Memory Card you have inserted is locked. You can still operate the menus, switch modes, and play back the images on the card in such cases.
Portions of an image on the monitor blink red when I try to play back the image on the camera. What would cause this to happen?


When [Highlight Alert] is On in the [Playback] menu, bright (overexposed) portions blink red in the quick view and on the displayed image.
A red icon appeared while I was using the camera and the power shut off. What would cause this to happen?


If the internal temperature of the camera becomes too high during movie recording or regular shooting, the recording may be terminated during recording to protect the camera circuitry. The camera will turn off automatically if a thermometer icon appears on the left side of the monitor and a "The camera is too hot. The power will turn off automatically to prevent damage from overheating." message appears on screen.
Some of the RAW data images that were saved as JPEG files under shooting settings set in SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE were saved as a different size. Why did this happen?


RAW data for images shot using a 03 FISH-EYE, 04 TOY LENS WIDE, or 05 TOY LENS TELEPHOTO lens are cropped automatically and saved as images with no vignetting when saved as JPEG files in SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE. This processing is performed on images taken with these three types of lens in the Unique-lens Series as vignetting is known to occur with images taken with these lenses in certain conditions due to low flash output near the subject and other problems. Images show as JPEG images and the corresponding RAW image data processed within the camera are both cropped and then saved as JPEG images sized to 4000×3000 pixels.
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