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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Capable Little Camera
It may look like a toy, or a child's camera, but don't let its diminutive size fool you. This is a very capable picture taking machine, with full manual control (if you want it) and RAW capture. In fact, I find it almost as featured as my DSLRs. The image quality is surprisingly good, by way of a 1/1.7" sensor. This is larger than the previous models in the range, and...
Published 17 months ago by Brian Davies

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0 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a few menu languages are missing
It is not a big issue for most of the users in the UK, but be warned that the menu language does not include Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
Before I brought this, I had checked the Ricoh official UK website. it clear indicates that the above languages are included in the product sold in UK [...]
The package itself has...
Published 13 months ago by Jun Wang


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Capable Little Camera, 5 Feb. 2014
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Brian Davies (Churchdown, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
It may look like a toy, or a child's camera, but don't let its diminutive size fool you. This is a very capable picture taking machine, with full manual control (if you want it) and RAW capture. In fact, I find it almost as featured as my DSLRs. The image quality is surprisingly good, by way of a 1/1.7" sensor. This is larger than the previous models in the range, and the picture quality is noticeably improved over the Q and Q10 - not that there is much wrong with these cameras. The big plus point of the Q system is its size: one can carry the body and several lenses and not notice they are there because of their small size and light weight. Other compact system cameras are now approaching the small size of the Q7, but when you add lenses to the mix, the Pentax is by far and away the most portable of the interchangeable lens camera systems available today.

A quick word about the lenses. Currently available are the 01 8.5mm f1.9 Standard Prime (approx 39mm 35mm equivalent); 02 5-15mm f2.8-4.5 Zoom (24-70mm Equiv); 06 15-45 mm f2.8 zoom (70-200 Equiv) and the 08 wide-angle zoom 3.8-5.9mm f3.7-4 ultra wide-angle zoom (17.5 - 27mm equiv). There are also a number designated as toy lenses for fun photography, including a fish-eye. I can only speak for the first three lenses, which I own, and I am perfectly happy with the image quality I get from them. Pentax also manufacture an adaptor with built-in shutter to attach its range of K-mount lenses on the Q7.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile upgrade from the Q10, 27 Oct. 2014
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N. Gratton "Photographer" (Exeter) - See all my reviews
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I recently upgraded to the Q7 from a Q10. (The progression of the names is non-intuitive, but the earliest camera was the Pentax Q, followed by the Q10, the Q7 and most recently the Q-S1).

I'm absolutely in love with the Q-series cameras. The camera is tiny (the body is about the same size as a deck of cards), but takes interchangeable lenses. With some of the lenses (such as the 01 prime or 03 fisheye) it will fit in a jacket pocket, yet it has more options than my serious Canon DSLRs. You can shoot in full auto or scene modes, or switch over to have full manual control. Despite the small size, as a large man I have no difficulty at all operating the controls. The controls are very intuitive.

There are many creative options and filters - so you can produce a huge variety of results straight out of the camera - including instagram-style filters, bold monochrome - which gives very characterful results - and HDR ('high dynamic range', which helps avoid areas of the image losing detail from being too dark or light to see).

Above all, the camera somehow has bags of character - and while I still take my DSLR's for photos I'm aiming to make money from, the Q7 is a bundle of fun to use, and my first choice for travel or family shots.

While I've been pleased with the Q10 for the last couple of years, the Q7 is a very worthy upgrade. It has upgraded logic circuits, software, and an upgraded and enlarged sensor. Some of the benefits of this compared to the Q and Q10 are:
- much faster turn on and autofocus
- digital 'spirit' level, helping get landscapes straight
- greatly improved image quality, particularly in low-light/high ISO (with the Q10 I found shots almost unusable above ISO 400, but with the Q7 I've got some usable images from ISO 3200).
- lenses are now slightly wider, making the 5-15mm zoom almost an ultrawide at the wide end. Whether this is a good or bad thing is down to personal preference, but it's a change you need to be aware of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, little, camera, 3 Feb. 2015
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Very pleased with this camera. Whilst I realize that there are other (generally more expensive and larger) csc's which have larger sensors with a greater number of pixels and, therefore, can resolve more detail; for convenience, the Q7 is hard to beat. It is extremely small and light and yet can produce files good enough to print at A3.
For the ultimate quality I would always use a DSLR, but for general picture taking, without the bulk and weight of a DSLR kit, this little camera is perfect.
The incredibly cheap ever ready case and additional lenses are also worth considering.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome camera, 23 Jun. 2014
It truly is amazing. Was really astounded by the quality of the pictures. This fits the need of anyone who wants a powerful camera that takes good shots without having to buy a great big DSLR!! Would highly recommend
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0 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a few menu languages are missing, 30 May 2014
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It is not a big issue for most of the users in the UK, but be warned that the menu language does not include Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
Before I brought this, I had checked the Ricoh official UK website. it clear indicates that the above languages are included in the product sold in UK [...]
The package itself has multi-language descriptions including Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese, giving us the impression that those language are included in the display menu. Unfortunately it is NOT.
raised the issue to Amazon but no response.
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