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Pentax Q Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Preview

June 24 2011

by Philip Northeast

Pentax say their just announced Q is, “The World’s Smallest, Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera.” It is smaller than the Olympus EP-2 PEN and due to the small size of the digital sensor in Pentax Q the lenses are small.This makes the whole package compact and easy to carry, especially if photographers choose to have more than one lens available.

Pentax Q

Pentax Q comes in black or white

Body dimensions

Pentax Q: (W x H x D): 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2”

Olympus EP-2 PEN: (W x H x D) 4.74in  x 2.75in.  x 1.37 in

Small sensors usually struggle in low light but Pentax say the backlit 12.4 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS image sensor is  highly efficient at light-gathering  and little noise at high sensitivity levels particularly in low light settings. The ISO range for the Pentax Q is 125 to the highest ISO 6400.

The Pentax Q come with the  PENTAX 01 Standard Prime kit lens. This standard lens has a focal length equivalent to 47mm in the 35mm format. This gives the lens has a perspective similar to the human eye and is ideal as standard lens for subjects such as landscape and portraits. This standard lens has a maximum aperture of  F1.9, good for photography in low light.  The PENTAX Q incorporates the PENTAX developed SR (Shake Reduction) in the camera body, helping to keep the lenses compact.

Q Lenses

Lenses and optical viewfinder for Pentax Q

The Pentax Q has all the expected automatic exposure modes as well as allowing photographers to control aperture and shutter speed and of course it does HD video.

While the Pentax Q normally relies on the 3 inch rear LCD screen there is also an optional clip on optical viewfinder designed to match the angle of view of the standard lens.

The Pentax Q is expected to go on sale at Adorama in September for about $US800 for the Pentax Q with the standard lens.

 

 

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