I recall my first digital Camera an Olympus Camedia 1.3 Mega Pixel, with a smart media card. The focus time was slow, there was no optical zoom limited digital zoom, but the camera was adequate to print 4x6 snaps.
This light field digital camera is no different, it is pioneering a new field of technology it has to start small in order to develop. After all it is capturing light data from a cube of space not just one focal plane, the amount of of data captured and the mathamatical power to process all that data must be imense. The larger the plane of conventional resolution the larger the data stream and post processing requirements. This equates to mind boggling quantities of data.
Matt Yardley: I think this camera will find a market and possibly steel into that of the G12, XZ-1, & LX-5. The sensor size hmmm, seem's to me the majority of enthusiast photographers do not print images beyond A4 all that often?
Whilst higher resolution can be offered by larger sensors, the question is whether it's actually a prerequesite to producing high quality images for every day use, storing memories, and telling stories through images, I'm not convinced. Perhaps the snobbery behind the larger sensor is more to do with the professional photographer wannabies. After all the finest most expensive golf clubs do not make a pro golfer, you can own the clubs, just as you can own a camera.
Lets give the Pentax-Q a chance and admire it for what it is and try not to compare it to something that it is not. The engineering and design that has gone into this camera is impressive. Have a look at this article, http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/PENTAXQ/PENTAXQA.HTM
I have a samsung nx100, & canon ixus 220hs, I was considering giving the olympus zx-1 a try but may wait and see what the pentax Q performs like.
I think this camera will find a market and possibly steel into that of the G12, XZ-1, & LX-5. The sensor size hmmm, seem's to me the majority of enthusiast photographers do not print images beyond A4 all that often?