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Press Release

June 13, 2013

The minimum sized lens-interchangeable digital camera with
an extra-large image sensor; the top-of-the-line model of the
PENTAX Q series


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PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX Q7 digital lens-interchangeable camera. Developed as the top-of-the-line model of the PENTAX Q series, this new model is equipped with an image sensor much larger than those of its sister Q-series models for upgraded image quality, while retaining the super-compact, ultra-lightweight body that comfortably fits in the photographer’s palm.

Launched as the flagship model of the popular PENTAX Q series , the PENTAX Q7 offers casual, carefree digital-SLR-quality photography to everyone. Thanks to a new 1/1.7-inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor — the largest in the Q series — the Q7 delivers image quality that has been much improved from its sister models. It also offers a host of the advanced features expected in a top-of-the-series model, including high-sensitivity shooting at a top sensitivity of ISO 12800 (compared to ISO 6400 for the Q10); improved shake-reduction performance; reduced operation time lag at start-up and between exposures; and effortless, user-friendly operation. In addition, it features an array of creative tools such as Bokeh Control and Smart Effect, which assist the photographer in easily creating more personalized images.

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Major Features
  1. Extra-large 1/1.7-inch image sensor — the largest in the Q series

    Thanks to the incorporation of a new 1/1.7-inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, the PENTAX Q7 boasts the finest image quality in the Q series. By coupling this image sensor with the state-of-the-art Q ENGINE high-speed imaging engine, the Q7 not only offers high-sensitivity shooting at an ISO 12800 and delivers beautiful images with faithful reproduction of gradation and texture, it also minimizes annoying noise effectively at all ISO sensitivity levels. Its autofocus accuracy during low-illumination shooting has also been improved, assuring pinpoint focus on the subject even at the faintest light level of EV 0. 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.* When the 02 Standard Zoom lens is mounted, for instance, the angle of view is 23mm to 69mm in the 35mm format (compared to 27.5mm to 83mm for the Q10). Likewise, 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).

    * With Q-mounted lenses, the shift in angle of view may vary depending on the lens type.

  2. Outstanding operability

    Thanks to the incorporation of a new Q ENGINE which provides a 10% improvement in clock frequency compared to existing engines, and optimized algorithm, the Q7 provides a shortened start-up time lag of approximately one second. It also means much-improved response during shooting, such as a shortened time lag between exposures, making camera operation more comfortable and flawless in all types of shooting. The Quick Dial, to which the photographer can assign as many as four favorite functions, is more versatile and functional than ever, with the addition of AF/MF switching, focus assist ON/OFF and ND filter ON/OFF to the list of assignable functions.
  3. Dependable SR mechanism

    Featuring a latest gyro sensor, the Q7’s upgraded SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism compensates camera shake by as much as three shutter steps. As a result, the Q7 produces sharp, blur-free images even under conditions prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in the twilight.
  4. High-quality, Full HD movie recording, even during high-sensitivity shooting

    Thanks to the improvements in the image-processing algorithm, the Q7 captures beautiful 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. A new interval HD movie recording function adds more creativity to visual expression. The user can also take advantage of advanced image-processing tools including the Smart Effect modes,** an array of in-body movie editing tools, and autofocus operation during movie shooting.

    ** The frame rate may vary when a selected Smart Effect mode requires nonstandard image processing.

  5. High-resolution, wide-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor

    The Q7 features a high-resolution 3.0-inch, 3:2-proportion LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. The monitor has been treated with AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to offer sharp, bright images even under bright sunshine by effectively minimizing glare and reflection on the screen. Since its wide-view design makes it possible to view the image from 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, the user has a clear view of the image even when facing the monitor diagonally.

  6. A selection of image-processing tools to create personalized images

    (1) Custom Images to add distinctive finishing touches
    The Custom Image function adds a distinctive finishing touch to an image, to more faithfully express the photographer’s creative intention or reproduce the ambience of a specific scene. The user has a choice of 11 Custom Image modes, including Bleach Bypass, which produces a dramatic, movie-like finish.
    (2) Digital filter function to apply artistic visual effects
    The digital filter function lets the photographer apply a variety of visual effects without requiring a computer. Of the total 17 digital filters, 11 filters including Toy Camera, Invert Color and Posterization can be applied even during the shooting of still images and movie clips, while the remaining six are applicable only during image editing. The user can even apply different filters one after another to a single image to produce more inventive visual effects.
    (3) Smart Effect function for simple dial control of finishing touches
    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. From nine Smart Effect modes — including Brilliant Color for a high-saturation finish, and Cross Process for a dramatic unique-toned finish — the user can assign four favorite modes to the dial in advance.
  7. Effortless Bokeh Control

    The Q7’s unique bokeh control function allows the user to purposely make the subject stand out by automatically assessing the relative distance between the in-focus subject and obtrusive objects in the field of view. Since this function simplifies the advanced, SLR-caliber technique of intentional defocusing, even a first-time digital photographer can effortlessly capture high-quality images with beautifully defocused foregrounds and/or backgrounds.
  8. Simple, user-friendly Auto Picture and Scene modes

    The Q7 features the PENTAX-original 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, allowing even an entry digital photographer to choose the best exposure mode for a complicated subject or scene with the simple choice of an icon on the LCD monitor.
  9. Flexible exposure system available only with digital lens-interchangeable camera systems

    The Q7’s comprehensive exposure system assures all the advantages and flexibility of a digital lens-interchangeable camera system. To accommodate user preferences and varying photographic applications, it 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, which allow the photographer to more faithfully express specific creative intentions on resulting images.
  10. DRII mechanism for effective dust removal

    The Q7’s DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism effectively prevents annoying dust spots from spoiling captured images, even after the user changes lenses out in the open. Like the PENTAX K-5 II and 645D digital SLR cameras, it employs a highly effective supersonic vibration mechanism, which vibrates the image sensor at high speed to shake the dust off its surface.
  11. Other features

    1. Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards
    2. High-speed continuous shooting of up to five images per second
    3. HDR mode to composite a photo with extra-wide dynamic range from three images of varying exposures
    4. CTE white-balance control mode to emphasize the predominant color of a particular scene, such as the sunset
    5. Multi-exposure mode (up to nine exposures on a single image), with an auto exposure compensation function
    6. Remote control receptors on front and back panels
    7. Digital level function to check the camera’s horizontal/vertical inclination
    8. SILKY Developer Studio 3.0 LE for PENTAX RAW-data development software (developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included; in-camera RAW-data development also available
Optional Accessory

PH-RBB40.5 Lens Hood

A black, round, Flower-shaped, plastic lens hood for exclusive use with the PENTAX-02 STANDARD ZOOM lens. (To be launched simultaneously with the Q7 camera body.)

O-CC133 Camera Case (with front cover)

A camera case with two strap lugs at its sides to keep the camera suspended in a level position for delay-free shooting. Comes with a front cover to protect the lens surface from shock and scratches. Made of synthetic leather, with a choice of three colors (black, white and brown). Usable with a PETNAX Q7 or Q10 camera body. (To be launched simultaneously with the Q7 camera body.)

O-CC1332 Lens Case

A stylish, partitioned tubular lens case made of synthetic leather, holding several PENTAX Q-mount interchangeable lenses. Provides a fastening belt and a carabiner hook to mount it on a belt loop or backpack, and internal padding to protect the lenses from shock and scratches. Usable with all PENTAX Q-mounted lenses. (To be launched simultaneously with the Q7 camera body.)

O-CC1333 Camera Case

A camera case exclusively designed for use with the PENTAX Q-series camera body. Made of soft, elastic jersey material to protect the camera body and its LCD monitor from scratches. Provides a strap loop and a flap pocket to store small articles on the outside. Available in beige and red colors. (To be launched simultaneously with the Q7 camera body.)

O-CB133 Camera Bag

A navy-colored camera case made of synthetic leather, exclusively designed for use with the PENTAX Q-series camera. Holds one camera body (Q7, Q10 or Q) and as many as seven Q-mount interchangeable lenses, with a pocket on the back to store small articles. (To be launched simultaneously with the Q7 camera body.)

PENTAX Q7 Specifications
Model Description Type Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera
Lens Mount PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
Compatible Lens Q-mount lenses
Image Capture Unit Image Sensor Type: CMOS sensor with a primary color filter, Size: 1/1.7-inch
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.4 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 12.76 megapixels
Dust Removal Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II"
(Standard Output)
AUTO: ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600
Image Stabilizer Sensor shift Shake Reduction
File Formats File Format RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded Pixels JPEG
[4:3] 12M (4000×3000)
Quality Level RAW (12bit): DNG
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good)
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Medium SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory Card and Eye-Fi Card
Storage Folder Date (100_1018, 100_1019...)/PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX...)
LCD Monitor Type TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing, AR Coat
Size 3.0 inches
Dots Approx. 460,000 dots
Adjustment Brightness and colors adjustable
Display Field of View: approx. 100%, Electronic Level, Grid display (4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright area warning, Histogram
White Balance Auto TTL by CMOS image sensor
Preset Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
Manual Configuration using the display screen (up to 3 settings can be saved), Copying the white balance setting of a captured image
Fine Adjustment Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Autofocus System Type Contrast detection AF
Brightness Range EV0 to 18(ISO100)
Focus Method AF/MF switching
Autofocus Method Face Detection, Tracking, Multi-point Auto, Select, Spot
AF Assist Light Dedicated LED AF assist light
MF Autozoom OFF/x2/x4/x6
Focus Peaking OFF/ON
Metering Type TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, centerweighted metering, and spot metering
Exposure Compensation EV1 - 17 (ISO 100, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter setting or using the ND filter
Exposure Modes <Auto Picture mode>
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
<Scene Mode>
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
Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur Control*
* JPEG Only
EV Compensation ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
AE Lock Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu.
Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway.
Shutter Lens shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds
(1/3EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb
*Shooting at 1/8000 - 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.
Aperture From wide open to F8
*Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.
ND Filter Off/On
*Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.
Drive Modes Mode Selection 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 Shooting Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous Hi): up to 5 frames,
Approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / ★★★ / Continuous Lo): up to 100 frames
Built-in Flash Built-in Flash Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide number: approx. 4.9 (ISO100/m) / approx. 7 (ISO200/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash Modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Sync Speed Lens shutter: 1/2000 seconds, Electronic shutter: 1/13 seconds
Flash Exposure Compensation –2.0 to +1.0 EV
Capture Functions Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Noise Reduction High-ISO NR
Dynamic Range Setting Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Lens Correction Distortion Correction
Digital Filter Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye
HDR Capture Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2
Multi-exposure Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically.
Interval Shooting Shooting interval: 3 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time, Number of shots: up to 999 images
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
Movie File Format MPEG–4 AVC/H.264
Recorded Pixels FullHD(1920x1080,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), HD(1280x720,16:9,30fps/25fps/24fps), VGA(640x480,4:3,30fps/25fps/24fps)
Sound Built-in monaural microphone
Recording Time Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.
Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filter Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye
Interval Movie Recording interval: 3 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr.,
Recording time: 12 sec. to 99 hr.
Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
Playback Functions Playback View Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 30, 56 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram),
bright area warning, detailed inf, folder display, Date display, Slideshow
Delete Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
Digital Filter Base Parameter Adjustment, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion, Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold, Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch Filter, Miniature, Soft, Starburst
RAW Development File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction
Edit Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide or delete selected frames),
Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving buffer as a RAW file
Customization Custom Functions 16 items
Mode Memory 10 items
Dial Customization
Green/Delete button: Green Button, Preview, One Push File Format, AE Lock, Enable AF
Quick Dial: Smart Effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio
World Time World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
Power Supply Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
AC Adapter AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 (optional)
Battery Life Number of recordable images: approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage),
approx. 260 images (without flash usage)
Playback time: approx. 160 minutes
* Using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23 ℃, Tested in compliance with CIPA standard.
Interfaces Connection Port USB 2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)
USB Connection MSC/PTP
Video Output Format NTSC/PAL
Dimensions and Weight Dimensions Approx. 102.0mm (W)×58.0mm (H)×33.5mm (D) (excluding the operation parts and protrusion)
Weight Approx. 200g (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card),
Approx. 180g (body only)
Accessories Package Contents USB Cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST131, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68, Battery Charger D-BC68P, Software (CDROM) S-SW133
<Mounted on the camera>
Hot shoe cover FK, Body mount cover
Software SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 LE

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