Pentax Continues Along Compact and Colorful Camera Path

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Pentax recently introduced three new cameras to their lineup. Each new addition to the Pentax digital camera family has traits similar to their predecessors and offers refinements that will satisfy the upper entry-level photo market. A pair of new DSLRs, the K-50 and K-500, lead Pentax’s most recent wave of new products; their announcement also included the Q7 Mirrorless Digital Camera, a sensor-updated version of the popular Q10 Mirrorless Digital Camera.

Pentax Q7 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Custom styling and an impressive performance-to-portability factor characterize the Q7 Mirrorless Digital Camera. Pentax’s most recent interchangeable-lens iteration packs 12.4MP Full HD imaging prowess and broad functionality into a 4 x 2.3 x 1.3” housing that is barely larger than the average point-and-shoot.

From an image performance perspective, the Q7 incorporates a new 12.4MP 1/1.7” Back-Illuminated CMOS sensor capable of ISO speed up to 12800. Like its Q10 mirrorless relative, the Q7 accepts the entire series of Pentax Q-Mount lenses, incorporates in-camera, sensor-shift shake-reduction image stabilization, and is capable of recording Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. An extensive range of shooting modes and in-camera image manipulation tools are available for creatively modifying photographs, including a Bokeh Control mode that allows you to alter the amount and appearance of defocused backgrounds. In-camera HDR image creation is possible as well as RAW image development for outputting RAW files as easy-to-upload JPEGS for expedited sharing.

Besides a range of automatic shooting modes, the Q7 supports full manual exposure control and supports continuous full-resolution shooting up to 5 fps. For live view monitoring and image playback, an anti-glare-coated 3.0” 460k-dot LCD screen is integrated into the camera’s design, and a micro-HDMI port is available for linking to an HDTV for large-scale playback. Also incorporated into the design are a pop-up flash and a hot shoe for using an external flash or an optional electronic viewfinder for precise eye-level viewing.

With 120 color combinations to choose from, you’re likely to find a Q7 color scheme that will show your school spirit or help you support the home team while capturing the action. Select the blue and orange Q7 to represent your squad next time you’re at The Garden to see the Knicks play.

In addition to the range of color combinations and camera functions, the Q7 will be available with three different lens kit options to better suit your photographic or gift-giving needs. The first option is the Q7 body, available in black, silver, and yellow. The second thing to note is that the Q7 is available with the 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 zoom lens in black, silver, and yellow body colors. This lens provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 23-69mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives. It integrates four extra-low dispersion elements into its design to minimize chromatic aberrations and produce sharper overall imagery. Third, the Q7 is also available in a two-lens kit, also in black, silver, or yellow body colors and in addition the 5-15mm lens, includes the 15-45mm f/2.8 telephoto zoom lens. This lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 69-207mm, covering a long-ranging telephoto range to suit photographing faraway subject matter. This lens utilizes two extra-low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range and also integrates a Quick-Shift focus system for expedited switching between auto and manual-focusing methods.

Sensor
Type 1/1.7" Backlit CMOS
Total Pixels 12.76MP
Effective Pixels 12.4MP
Filter Primary color
Lens Mount
Type Pentax bayonet Q-mount
Compatible Lenses Q-mount lenses, K-mount lenses (with adapter Q for K lenses)
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction (Still)
Photo Capture Information
Photo Resolution (JPEG/RAW) JPEG 12MP (4000 x 3000) / 4:3
JPEG 7MP (3072 x 2304) / 4:3
JPEG 3MP (1920 x 1440) / 4:3
JPEG 10MP (4000 x 2664) / 3:2
JPEG 6MP (3072 x 2048) / 3:2
JPEG 2MP (1920 x 1280) / 3:2
JPEG 9MP (4000 x 2248) / 16:9
JPEG 5MP (3072 x 1728) / 16:9
JPEG 2MP (1920 x 1080) / 16:9
JPEG 9MP (2992 x 2992) / 1:1
JPEG 5MP (2304 x 2304) / 1:1
JPEG 2MP (1440 x 1440) / 1:1
RAW 12MP (4000 x 3000) / 4:3
Bit Depth RAW (DNG): 12-bit
Quality Levels  JPEG: Best (***), Better (**), Good (*)
File format/Compression RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant, RAW + JPEG
ISO Sensitivity AUTO: ISO 100 to 12800 (1/3 EV steps);   Bulb Mode: Up to ISO 1600
Photo White Balance
Type Auto TTL by CMOS image sensor
Auto Preset Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D Daylight Color, N Daylight White, W Cool White, L Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
Manual Modes Configured on the monitor (up to 3 settings can be saved), WB settings can be copied from a captured image
WB Fine Adjustments   ±7 steps (A-B axis or G-M axis)
Photo Capture Modes
Mode Selection Program Auto Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Bulb, Blur Control (JPEG Only)
Auto Picture Modes Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Quick Macro (JPEG Only), Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPEG Only), Night Snap, HDR (JPEG Only), Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Custom Image Modes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Face Detection Yes
Digital Filters (Capture) Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-Eye
Dynamic range adjustment: Highlight & Shadow
Multi-Exposure 2-9 shots (Auto Exposure Adjustment)
Interval 999 shots (3 sec to 24 hr interval), Time Delay
HDR Capture Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2
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
Drive Modes
Mode Selection Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12 sec., 2 sec.), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames, remote control), Multi-Exposure (0 sec., self-time, remote control), Interval Shooting
Continuous FPS (Hi) 5.0 fps at 12MP (JPEG) for up to 5 frames
Continuous FPS (Lo) 1.5 fps at 12MP (JPEG) for up to 100 frames
Self-Timer Yes (12 sec., 2 sec.)
Remote Control Yes (Instant, 3 sec. Delay, Continuous)
EV Compensation ± 3EV (1/3 EV steps)
AE Lock Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu (continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway)
Focus System
Type Contrast Detection AF
Autofocus Method Face Detection, Tracking, AF Select (25 Points), Select, Spot
Focus Method AF / MF Switching
Brightness Range EV 0 to 18(ISO 100)
AF Assist Light Dedicated LED Lamp
Manual Focus Assist OFF / x 2 / x 4
Focus Peaking Yes
Metering System
Type TTL, Segment , Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation EV 1 - 17 (ISO 100, f/1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter setting or using the built-in ND Filter
Shutter
Type Lens Shutter
Shutter Speed 1/2000 - 30 sec (1/3 EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb
LCD Monitor
Type 3.0” TFT color LCD with brightness and color adjustment, wide-angle viewing & AR coating
Resolution 460,000 dots
Field of View 100%
Display Info Grid Display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/Dark Area Warning, Histogram
Flash
Type Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide Number 16.1' (4.9m) at ISO 100 / 23' (7m) at ISO 200
Angle of View/Coverage Wide Angle (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format)
Flash Modes P-TTL, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow-Speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Synchronization Speed Lens Shutter: 1/2000 sec.; Electronic Shutter: 1/13 sec.
Flash Exposure Compensation  -2 to +1 EV
Storage Media
Removable Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (also compatible with Eye-Fi Card)
Movie Capture Information
Movie Resolutions Supported Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps (16:9)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 25 fps (16:9)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720 at 30 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720 at 25 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720 at 24 fps (16:9)
VGA 640 x 480 at 30 fps (4:3)
VGA 640 x 480 at 25 fps (4:3)
VGA 640 x 480 at 24 fps (4:3)
Movie File format/Compression MOV, MPEG–4 AVC / H.264
Movie Sound Built-in monaural microphone
Movie Capture Modes
Custom Image Modes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filters (Capture) Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Tone Expansion,  Invert Color, Extract Color, Unicolor Bold,  Water Color, Posterization, Slim, Fish-Eye
Movie Intervals Supported 3 sec. / 5 sec. / 10 sec. / 30 sec. / 1 min. / 5 min. / 10 min. / 30 min. / 1 hr
Recording Time 12 sec. - 99 hr (start interval setting: immediately, from the set time)
Movie Clip Length Maximum: 25 min.
Playback Modes
Playback View Single Image, Multi-Image Display (4, 9, 30, 56 segments), Display Magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnify available), Rotating, Histogram (Y Histogram/RGB Histogram), Bright/Dark Area Warning, Detailed Information, Folder Display, Date Display, Slideshow
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
Delete Delete single image, Delete all images, Select & Delete, Delete folder, Delete instant review image
Digital Filters (Playback) 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
Interfaces
Ports USB 2.0 Port (MSC / PTP), AV Output, Micro HDMI Output (Type D)
Video Output Formats NTSC, PAL
Customization
Customization Functions Available 16
Mode Memory 10 items
Button/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)
Computer System Requirements
Windows Windows XP (SP3 or later 32-bit Home/Pro), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Win 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Win 8 (Can be run as 32-bit app on any 64-bit Edition of Windows)
Mac Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7
Power Supply
Power Sources D-LI68 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Playback Time 160 min.
AC Adapter Available Yes (K-AC115 optional)
Physical Specifications
Primary Construction Materials Reinforced polycarbonate
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions 4 x 2.3 x 1.32" (10.2 x 5.8 x 3.4 cm) excluding operating parts and protrusions
Weight (Body Only) 6.35 oz (180 g)
Weight (Fully Loaded) 7 oz (200 g)

Pentax K-50 and K-500

Pentax’s new APS-C size DSLRs, the K-50 and K-500, also manage to fuse image quality and functionality in a slimmed-down body. A user-friendly interface, compactness and ergonomics have defined their DSLRs for years. The K-50 and K-500 represent the company’s return to a familiar shape and control layout. Eschewing the comparatively angular silhouette and dimpled hand grip of the K-30, these new DSLRs revert to a look and feel that is more common to Pentax shooters. Yes, Pentax faithful, the K-50 and K-500 will have the beloved K-Mount lens bayonet and programmable front and rear e-dials.

Housed within this familiarly shaped housing, the K-50 and K-500 use a 16MP APS-C CMOS sensor to capture high-resolution images at ISO speeds up to 51200, and to record Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps. They are also equipped with a PRIME M imaging engine that is ready to handle the 11-point SAFOX IXi+ autofocus system, 77-segment exposure metering system, and 6 fps burst shooting. Both cameras can also be powered by AA or the D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.

Although the K-50 and K-500 offer identical imaging performance, the K-50 is enhanced by dust- and cold-resistant weather seals and a dual-axis electronic level that assists the camera’s Shake Reduction system and provides an in-view level indicator that is sure to assist handheld shooting.

For photographers looking to step up from their point-and-shoot or entry-level DSLR, the K-50 delivers a user-friendly and relatively compact option with notable resolution and durability. Besides weather sealing, the K-50 also stands apart from the K-500 by being available in an extensive array of color combinations, each of which comes in a kit with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. This lens, the smc Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR, provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.5-84.5mm to suit working in everyday conditions. It incorporates aspherical elements into its design to minimize weight and minimize chromatic aberrations, and an SP (Super Protect) coating has also been applied to repel dust, water, and oils from lens elements.

Besides these color combinations, the K-50 is available as a body only in black, red, or white; in a kit with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens in black, red, or white; or in a kit with an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens in black, red, or white. The smc Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL IF DC WR provides a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.5-207mm and, similar to the 18-55mm lens, incorporates aspherical elements as well as extra-low dispersion elements into its construction to improve imaging performance. The K-50 is also available in a kit with both an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and a 55-200mm f/4-5.6 lens, in black, red, or white. The smc Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED WR lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 76.5-307mm, which, when combined with the 18-55mm lens, brings the total focal length range of the two lenses to 27.5-307mm to encompass a wide range of perspectives.

The K-500 is available in black only, and with either the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens or with both the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm f/4-5.6 lenses.

To learn more about these Pentax compact cameras, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.

  Pentax K-500 DSLR Camera Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera
Sensor
Type CMOS CMOS
Size 23.7 x 15.7mm (APS-C) 23.7 x 15.7 mm (APS-C)
Total Pixels 16.5MP 16.5MP
Effective Pixels 16.3MP 16.3MP
Filter primary color Primary color
Bit Depth JPG: 8 bits/channel; RAW: 12 bits/channel JPEG: 8 bits/channel; RAW: 12 bits/channel
Dust Removal Sensor movement with SP coating on low pass filter Sensor movement with SP coating on low pass filter
Pixel Mapping Yes Yes
Lens Mount
Type/Construction Pentax KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount Pentax KAF2 bayonet stainless steel mount
Compatible Lenses Pentax KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA (K-Mount, 35mm screw mount, 645/67 medium format lenses usable with adapter and/or restrictions) Pentax KAF3, KAF2, KAF, KA
K-Mount, 35mm screw mount, 645/67 medium format lenses usable with adapter and/or restrictions
SDM Function Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Sensor-Shift SR with Rotational Compensation (3 stops avg. CIPA, 4
stops maximum)
Sensor-Shift SR with Rotational Compensation (3 stops avg. CIPA, 4 stops maximum)
Photo Capture Information
Photo Resolution (JPG/RAW) 16MP (4928 x 3264), JPG
12MP (4224 x 2816), JPG
8MP (3456 x 2304), JPG
5MP (2688 x 1792), JPG
16MP (4928 x 3264), RAW
16MP (4928 x 3264), JPEG
12MP (4224 x 2816), JPEG
8MP (3456 x 2304), JPEG
5MP (2688 x 1792), JPEG
16MP (4928 x 3264), RAW
Photo Resolution Quality Levels Best (***), Better (**), Good (*) Best (***), Better (**), Good (*)
Photo File format/Compression RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), RAW + JPEG, DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III, MJPG RAW (DNG), JPEG (EXIF 2.3), MJPEG, DCF 2.0 compliant, DPOF, PIM III
Bit Depth N/A N/A
Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB sRGB, AdobeRGB
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 - 51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps) auto range selectable Auto: 100 - 51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps) auto range selectable
Manual: 100 - 12800 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps) expandable to 100 - 25600
Photo White Balance
Type Image sensor detection with light wavelength sensor detection Image sensor detection with light wavelength sensor detection
Auto Preset Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D Daylight Color, N Daylight White, W Cool White, L Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, (D Daylight Color, N Daylight White, W Cool White, L Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
Manual Modes Three manual settings can be configured and saved / Kelvin color temperatures can be selected / WB settings can be copied from a captured image 3 manual settings can be configured and saved
Kelvin color temperatures selectable
WB settings can be copied from captured image
WB Fine Adjustments   ±7 steps (A-B axis or G-M axis)   ±7 steps (A-B axis or G-M axis)
Photo Capture Modes
Mode Selection N/A Hyper Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter & Aperture Priority (TAv), Hyper Manual (M), Bulb (B), User (U1, U2), Scene (SCN), Auto Picture (AUTO), Movie
Auto Picture Modes Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
Scene Modes Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR (JPEG only), Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Forest, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, Food, Pet, Kids, Surf & Snow, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum
Custom Image Modes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Face Detection Yes Yes
Manual Exposure Modes P, A, S, M, B (Sv, TAv extended modes) P, A, S, M, B (Sv, TAv extended modes)
Digital Filters (Capture) Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Dynamic range adjustment: Highlight & Shadow Highlight & Shadow
Digital Level N/A Viewfinder (horizontal), LCD (horizontal, vertical), SR auto-level function
File/Folder customization: Folder Name (Standard), Folder Name (Date), Create New Folder,
Embed Copyright
Folder Name (Standard), Folder Name (Date), Create New Folder, Embed Copyright
Drive Modes
Mode Selection Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12 sec., 2 sec.), Remote (0 sec., 3 sec.), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames) Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-Timer (12 sec., 2 sec.), Remote (0 sec., 3 sec.), Exposure Bracketing (3 frames)
Continuous FPS (Hi) Approx 6.0 fps for up to 30 frames (JPG) or 8 frames (RAW) Approx 6.0 fps for up to 30 (JPG) or 8 (RAW) frames
Continuous FPS (Lo) Approx 3.0 fps for unlimited frames (JPG) or 10 frames (RAW) Approx 3.0 fps for unlimited (JPG) or 10 (RAW) frames
Multi-Exposure 2-9 shots (Auto Exposure Adjustment) 2-9 shots (Auto Exposure Adjustment)
Interval 999 shots (3 sec. to 24 hr interval), Time Delay 999 shots (3 sec. to 24 hr interval), Time Delay
HDR Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, Auto Composition Correction Function, Exposure Bracket ± 1 to 3 EV (1 EV steps) Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2, HDR 3, pixel alignment, Exposure Bracketing ± 1 to 3 EV (1 EV steps)
Cable Switch Yes (sold separately) Yes (CS-205 sold separately)
Focus System
Type SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross type focus points in the center)
Light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens
SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection, 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system
Light wavelength sensor and diffraction lens
Sensitivity Range EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100) EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)
Focus Modes AF.A (auto), AF.S (single with focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable), AF.C (continuous with focus/FPS priority selectable), Manual AF.A: Auto
AF.S: Single with focus lock, focus/shutter priority selectable
AF.C: Continuous with focus/FPS priority selectable
Manual
Focus Point Selection Auto 11 pt, Auto 5 pt, User-Selectable (with Expanded Area AF), Center Auto 11 pt, Auto 5 pt, User-Selectable with Expanded Area AF, Center
AF Assist Yes (via dedicated LED AF assist lamp) Yes (via dedicated LED AF assist lamp)
Focus Peaking Yes (N/A during active video recording) Yes (N/A during active video recording)
Autofocus Fine Adjustment  ±10 step, Uniform Adjustment, Individual Adjustment (up to 20 can be saved) N/A
Metering System
Type TTL open aperture 77 segment metering TTL open aperture 77 segment metering
Sensitivity Range EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm f/1.4) EV 0 to 22 (ISO 100, 50mm f/1.4)
Metering Modes Multi 77, Center, Spot Multi (77-segment), Center, Spot
Exposure Compensation  ±5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)  ±5 EV (1/3 and 1/2 steps)
Exposure Lock Yes Yes
Exposure Bracketing 3 frames (up to ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps) 3 frames (up to ±3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps)
Shutter
Type Electronic, vertical-run, focal plane shutter Electronic, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed Auto/Manual, 1/6000 to 30 sec. (1/3 or
1/2 steps), Bulb
Auto/Manual: 1/6000 to 30 sec.
1/3 or 1/2 steps), Bulb
Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage (Field of View) 100% 100%
Magnification 0.92x (with 50mm f/1.4 at infinity) 0.92x (with 50mm f/1.4 at infinity)
Standard Focusing Screen Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable) Natural-Bright-Matte III (interchangeable)
Diopter Adjustment   -2.5m to 1.5m (Eye Relief: 21.7mm from the view window)   -2.5m to +1.5m
Depth of Field Preview Optical (diaphragm stop-down), Digital Optical (diaphragm stop-down), Digital
LCD Monitor
Type 3.0” (7.6 cm) wide angle TFT color LCD with brightness /color adjustment 3.0” (7.6 cm) wide-angle TFT color LCD with brightness /color adjustment
Resolution 921,000 dots 921,000 dots
Live View
Type TTL by CMOS image sensor TTL by CMOS image sensor
Display 100% Field of View; 2x/4x/6x Magnified View; Grid Display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale Display); Bright/Dark Area Warning, Histogram 100% Field of View; 2-6x Magnified View; Grid Overlay (4x4 Grid, Golden Ratio, Scale); Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram
Autofocus Contrast Detection + Face Detection, Tracking, Select, Spot N/A
Built-in Flash
Type Retractable P-TTL popup flash Retractable P-TTL popup flash
Guide Number 39.4' (12 m) at ISO 100  39.4' (12 m) at ISO 100
Angle of View/Coverage Wide Angle (equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format) Wide Angle: equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash Modes P-TTL, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow-Speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync (High-Speed & Wireless Sync are also available with PENTAX dedicated external flash) P-TTL, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow-Speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Synchronization Speed 1/180 sec. N/A
Flash Exposure Compensation  -2 to +1 EV (1/3 steps)  -2 to +1 EV (1/3 steps)
External Flash
Connection Hot Shoe Hot Shoe
TTL Dedication P-TTL P-TTL
Wireless With PENTAX dedicated external flash With PENTAX dedicated external flash
Synchronization Speed 1/180 sec.
high-speed sync with PENTAX dedicated external flash
1/180 sec.
High-speed sync with PENTAX dedicated external flash
Storage Media
Removable Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (also compatible with Eye-Fi Card) SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card (compatible with Eye-Fi Card)
Internal Memory N/A N/A
Movie Capture Information
Movie Resolutions Supported Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps (16:9)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 25 fps (16:9)
Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720 at 60 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720 at 50 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720 at 30 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720 at 25 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720 at 24 fps (16:9)
VGA 640 x 480 at 30 fps (4:3)
VGA 640 x 480 at 25 fps (4:3)
VGA 640 x 480 at 24 fps (4:3)
Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 30 fps (16:9)
Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 25 fps (16:9)
Full HD 1920 x 1080p at 24 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720p at 60 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720p at 50 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720p at 30 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720p at 25 fps (16:9)
HD 1280 x 720p at 24 fps (16:9)
VGA 640 x 480p at 30 fps (4:3)
VGA 640 x 480p at 25 fps (4:3)
VGA 640 x 480p at 24 fps (4:3)
Movie Resolution Quality Levels Best (***), Better (**), Good (*) Best (***), Better (**), Good (*)
Movie File format/Compression AVI, MOV, MPEG–4 AVC / H.264 MOV, MPEG–4 AVC / H.264
Movie Sound Monaural via Built-In Microphone
Audio Gain Adjust
Yes
Audio Gain Adjust
Movie Capture Modes
Custom Image Modes Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Digital Filters (Capture) Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Invert Color, Color Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color
Movie Intervals Supported 3 sec. / 5 sec. / 10 sec. / 30 sec. / 1 min. / 5 min. / 10 min. / 30 min. / 1 hr 3 sec. / 5 sec. / 10 sec. / 30 sec. / 1 min. / 5 min. / 10 min. / 30 min. / 1 hr
Recording Time 4 sec. - 99 hr 4 sec. - 99 hr (Record Time), Time Delay (AVI, )
Maximum Movie Length 25 min. per clip 25 min. per clip
Movie Editing Gunctions Movie Divide, Delete Selected Frames Movie Divide, Delete Selected Frames
Playback Modes
Playback View Single Image, Multi-Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segments), Display Mag. (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnify available), Histogram, Bright/Dark Area Warning, Copyright Display, Calendar Filmstrip, Display, Folder Display, Slideshow, Eye-Fi Transfer Single Image, Multi-Image Display (4, 9, 16, 36, 81 segments), Display Magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnify available), Rotating, Histogram, Bright/Dark Area Warning, Copyright Display, Calendar Filmstrip, Display, Folder Display, Slideshow, Eye-Fi Transfer
Mode Pallet N/A Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Resize, Cropping, Index Print, Protect, Slideshow, Save as Manual WB, Save Cross Processing, RAW Development, Movie Edit, DPOF
Delete Single Image, All Images, Select & Delete, Delete Folder, Delete Instant Review Image N/A
RAW Development File Format (JPEG), Image Capture Settings (Aspect Ratio, Recorded Pixels, Quality Level, Color Space), Lens Correction (Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction), Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction N/A
Edit Modes Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio & slant adjustment available), Index, JPEG Capture from Movie, Save RAW File Data in Buffer Memory N/A
Digital Filters (Playback) Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-Eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment Monochrome, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Color, Tone Expansion, Sketch Filter, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-Eye, Slim, Base Parameter Adjustment
Interfaces
Ports USB 2.0 Port (MSC/PTP), AV Output, Cable Switch USB 2.0 Port (MSC / PTP), AV Output
Video Output NTSC, PAL NTSC, PAL
Built-In Microphone   Yes (monaural)
Customization
Customization Functions Available RAW/Fx Button (One Push File Format, Exposure Bracketing, Optical Preview, Digital Preview, Composition Adjustment, Select AF Point), User Mode (save up to 2 settings) 22
Computer System Requirements
Windows N/A Windows XP (SP3 or later 32-bit Home/Pro), Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Win 7 (32-bit, 64-bit), Win 8 (can be run as a 32-bit application on any 64-bit edition of Windows)
Mac N/A Mac OS X, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
Power Supply
Power Sources D-LI109 rechargeable lithium-ion battery  (optional) / D-BH109 AA battery holder for four AA batteries (sold separately) D-LI109 rechargeable lithium-ion battery  (included) / D-BH109 AA battery holder for four AA batteries (sold separately)
Playback Time 270 min. with rechargeable lithium-ion battery / 560 min. with AA lithium batteries 270 min. with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
560 min. with AA lithium batteries
AC Adapter Available Yes (sold separately) Yes (K-AC128 sold separately)
Physical Specifications
Primary Construction Materials Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis Reinforced polycarbonate over stainless steel chassis
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C) 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Weatherproof N/A Fully weather sealed throughout body
Dimensions 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8" (13 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm) excluding operating parts and protrusions 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.8" (13.0 x 9.7 x 7.1 cm) excluding operating parts and protrusions
Weight (Body Only) 1.3 lb (0.59 kg) 1.3 lb (0.59 kg)
Weight (Fully Loaded) 1.4 lb (0.65 kg) 1.4 lb (0.65 kg)

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The Q7 has a larger sensor than the Q10 or original Q, so the 35mm equivalent focal lengths quoted in the article aren't correct. Crop factor for older Q's was 5.64, for the Q7 it is 4.55.

Nice catch and thanks for the heads up! The crop factor for the Q7 camera and the 35mm equivalent focal lengths for the kit lenses have been updated.