Last week, I got involved with a little project with Pentax (or, PENTAX as it seems to be in all the correspondence, which is odd retro-futuristic to my eyes… PENTAX THE DESTROYER, robot from outer space), anyway, yes. They wanted me to test drive a little Pentax Q7 – little being the operative word. It is a very small non-SLR camera with interchangeable lenses. Something in between a point-and-shoot and my beloved and very battered Canon.
Look how small!
It’s a mirrorless camera, meaning there’s no viewfinder – just the LCD screen. It’s very light and, importantly for me, very sturdy, falling off a high counter onto a tiled floor just 3 days into my challenge and being absolutely, perfectly fine (unlike my Canon which smashed its expensive lens into bits during a similar mishap).
You can fiddle with the settings like on a normal DSLR – I like to shoot on Av, so I can change the f-stop (the lower the better), although the zoom function on the Q7 changes the f-stop automatically. You can change the ISO and the white balance too. I tend to stick with Auto on those 😉
It even shoots video, though I haven’t had a play with that yet.
The challenge was to take a photo every day for a week, each with a different colour scheme. This is something quite fun, requiring one to keep an eye out every minute of the day for a suitable photo opp (and sometimes failing and resorting to what one has in hand). I also took it to Rhythm Riot over the weekend before to test it out. Here are some of the test results (these have not been edited in any way):
And here’s the full project! These were all taken on the Q7, emailed to my phone and then put through Instagram, so there are filters added.