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Pentax’s new Q7 has actually been styled to appear like it was assembled by somebody in shop class when told to ‘make a video camera’ from whatever wood offcuts were laying around the place. It can even be had in 120 different color combinations, most likely all ugly.

But the Q7 does add something that’s worth keeping in mind: A bigger sensor. And judging by how the lenses now match that sensing unit in regards to 35mm equivalence, it appears like this was the strategy all along.

The sensor size of the Q10 is provided as 1/1.7 inch. This is naturally worthless to most of us. It’s a measurement utilized to obfuscate the genuine size of the sensing unit by instead determining the circle the sensing unit would fit into. Or something. It’s also various from the basic utilized to determine DSLR sensors, which is an uncomplicated notation of its width and height.

Luckily, they can be compared: I ran the numbers with the outstanding device at sensor-size. com and came up with the following diagonal measurements of the chips:

Pentax Q10: 0.59”
Typical APS-C sensor: 1.19”

That’s double the size on the diagonal, and for that reason about a zillion times larger in regards to location. The Q10 then, is still a toy in terms of sensor size.

A embarassment, as it really looks alright in other means (specifications lifted from Photography Bay):

  • 12.4 MP 1/1.7 ″ Backlit CMOS Sensor
  • Fits Pentax Q-Mount Lens System
  • 3.0 ″ 460k-dot LCD with AR Coating
  • Full 1080p HD/H.264 Video Recording
  • 5 fps Burst Shooting and 1/2000s Shutter
  • ISO Sensitivities up to 12800
  • In-Camera Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction
  • In-Camera RAW Processing
  • Micro HDMI Port
  • Built-in Pop-up Flash

And note that this is a video camera with interchangeable lenses, like Micro Four Thirds cams (only with a tinier sensor).

I am finding it increasingly hard to obtain carried out about these cams. It’s almost like the COMPUTER world – makers keep bumping specs and contributing to little, meaningless functions like built-in filters – but no one is really making the cams do anything new for the photographer.

The last thing that actually impressed me with its effectiveness was Fujifilm’s hybrid viewfinder, which lets you change between optical and electronic finders at the flick of a lever. Do I waited a couple of generations and bought a cam that used it. And a couple of years back Canon put proper pro video into a large-sensor SLR and took over that sector.

Other than that I am having a hard time to find anything that is not just ‘feeds and speeds.’ And what I see in the Q7 is not really helping.