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September 17, 2013, 1:55 am

I don't get it, I read: virtually noisefree right up to 1600, usable up to 3200 ASA, it actually does well in resolving detail, it has impressive colour performance, auto white balance is reliable. The metering system is impressive, providing accurate exposures, dynamic range has improved and copes much better with highlights and shadows, and in extreme conditions......... What's not to like??

I do not read what is actually wrong with Image Quality. It has still a small sensor, so 1600 noisefree is quite good? Why 5/10 voor IQ?


September 17, 2013, 11:38 am

Very strange review - I think you need to have another look at what you wrote. 5/10 and image quality issues? What exactly are those issues?


September 17, 2013, 3:01 pm

I agree with above, 5/10 seems super harsh. I suspect this is a simple case of brand prejudice.


September 19, 2013, 8:37 am

I am sorry but I just got this camera yesterday and I can't even begin to remotely agree with the tragedy 5/10 represents. The camera does actually rather very well and packs quite a rich set of options that are not seen in other cameras in its and slightly above its class.

There are many, many tweaks Pentax did over the Q- it's better in 99% of it. Faster bootup. Better LCD (much more visible in daylight). Full electronic shutter option for complete silent shooting. I actually bought a Sony RX100 II and returned it within the hour (no, I am NOT making this up- if you read me around you know I have a long history so I am legit). The Sony was great in a few areas but it was very slow/annoying to use compared to the Q.

The Q and the Q7 represent a set of very flexible and creative options for the street photographer and the photographer who wants to push their creativity within the constraints imposed.

This is ISO 800 in reasonably low light at night. For a lot of web work, prints to 8x10 higher ISO's can work. Lower ISO's can easily print with reasonable quality to 11x14 if not more.



November 1, 2013, 8:51 am

This review does seem rather biased. How many dedicated lenses does the Nikon 1 system or the Canon M have, for example? All small sensor cameras have compromises, and one learns to work to their limitations - and advantages. I have an original Q, and am just about to buy a Q7: it's a great take anywhere camera. It accepts all my Pentax lenses with its adaptor, so lack of lenses is not a problem, either.

S.W. Anderson

November 4, 2013, 8:45 pm

I've seen reviews like this one from time to time over the years and they never cease to amaze me. The reviewer goes over a camera citing admirable strengths and great features one after another -- everything from great build quality and ergonomics to superior color rendition and battery life (this one even includes terrific image samples). But in the end, the reviewer gives the camera a lousy rating.

Notably absent from this review is any mention of one of the Q's greatest attributes: sheer fun. If the only thing that made a camera worth having was the highest achievable definition, photographers would be few, independently wealthy and armed only with highest-quality large-format cameras.

As for the lens range, what part of offering a fast excellent "normal" prime, two excellent zooms, a good fisheye, a macro and a couple of quirky "toy" lenses for those who like that sort of thing "restricted"? That statement is especially hard to fathom given the fact that with an inexpensive adapter one can make use of any of a huge range of K-mount, screw-mount or other lenses.

Even given the reviewer's lack of enthusiasm for the Q7's image quality, based on his own findings it seems to me he should've awarded this camera no less than 8.5 out of 10. For giving it a miserly and seemingly self-contradictory 5, I will award this review a rating of just 5. I think he should have ended the review with: "All in all a very good, very compact interchangeable lens camera with some fine capabilities and attributes. No doubt many will be pleased with the Q7's images and find it delightful to carry and shoot with. I'm just not one of them"

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