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Pentax Q small-sensor mirrorless camera announced and previewed

By dpreview staff on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:00 GMT

Pentax has announced the 'Q' mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The camera is the first to use the company's Q mount and features a compact-camera-sized 1/2.3" image stabilized CMOS sensor. This is wrapped in a magnesium alloy body with a distinctly rangefinder-esque design but distinctly compact sizing. Its feature set ranges from the 1080p30 movie shooting (with H.264 compression), to a series of fun filters that can be applied to the Quick Dial on its front plate. We've had a chance to play with a pre-production Pentax Q and have prepared a quick preview.

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PENTAX UNVEILS THE PENTAX Q:

The World’s Smallest, Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera

GOLDEN, CO. (June 23, 2011)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Q – the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera (ILC).* The Q offers the versatility and precision of an advanced DSLR in a body that is significantly smaller than every other digital ILC body available on the market today.

The camera’s tiny size, lightweight design, and superior image quality are made possible by an innovative PENTAX developed imaging system. With a high-resolution 12.4 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS image sensor, the Q carves out an entirely new camera category that extends beyond traditional digital compact, APS-C or 4/3 digital cameras. The backlit sensor is a highly efficient light-gathering instrument that produces very little noise at high sensitivity levels particularly in low light settings. Further, the new Q lens mount is a perfect match with the new sensor and every interchangeable Q lens is designed for more advanced image quality than may be found on traditional compact digital cameras. This innovative PENTAX design is the foundation of the Q’s position as the world’s smallest, lightest ILC system with superior image quality.

Several important features of the PENTAX Q include:

  • A newly designed PENTAX Q-mount lens system for convenient interchangeability with a variety of specialty Q lenses including prime, zoom, fisheye and more.
  • Exceptional image quality in 12.4 megapixels from the Q’s 1/2.3 inch backlit CMOS image sensor. Capable of producing 12 bit DNG RAW and JPG images, the backlit CMOS sensor is a highly efficient light-gathering instrument designed specifically to produce very low noise at high levels of sensitivity.
  • Extremely compact, durable, lightweight, scratch resistant magnesium alloy body.
  • The power and flexibility of traditional DSLR shooting modes such as Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority, and Metered Manual exposure control as well as highly convenient PENTAX Auto Picture and 21 scene modes for casual shooting, including new Forest and Stage Lighting options
  • A variety of creative modes, Smart Effect options, or camera settings that assign to the Q’s Quick Dial located on the front of the camera. Smart Effects modes enhance digital photography by applying a series of effects to images to achieve high quality finishing. Brilliant Color, Vintage Color, Warm Fade, Bold Monochrome, and Water Color are just some of the Smart Effects available and may be assigned on the Q’s Quick Dial.
  • In-camera HDR capture mode shoots 3 images of varying exposures, blending them to bring out the details in even the darkest shadows and brightest highlights of extreme contrast shots.
  • High quality motion video with stunning full 1080p HD clarity at 30 frames per second. The Q processes the full HD video using high quality h.264 compression for superior color and detail and offers creative video effects through custom image modes, digital video filters, and interval shooting.
  • A sensor-shift Shake Reduction system with integrated DRII Dust Reduction for blur and dust free images even in low lighting.
  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting mode for any fast action setting.
  • Effortless bokeh control with the Q’s Bokeh Control filter. (Traditionally controlled through a DSLR lens’s aperture, bokeh is the out of focus part of the background that helps to emphasize the subject, drawing the viewer’s eyes to the most important part of the photo.) The Q offers a fine degree of extra control over image bokeh via an in-camera filter operation.
  • Powerful USER modes allow the creative photographer to save a series of favorite camera settings, filters, and custom image modes for instant reuse.
  • Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 30 seconds for freezing fast action or capturing long nighttime exposures. Bulb mode adds flexibility for low light photography and motion effects.
  • A built-in popup flash adds the perfect amount of extra light to an image with a high extension to naturally reduce the redeye effect common to compact cameras. The Q’s flash is effective to 23 feet at 200 ISO, and covers a wide angle 28 degree field of view.
  • Compatibility with the latest generation SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards for ultra-high capacity storage as well as outstanding image file portability.

Along with the Q, PENTAX introduced the PENTAX 01 Standard Prime kit lens and an optional optical viewfinder. The unifocal standard lens has a focal length equivalent to 47mm in the 35mm format. The lens offers a natural perspective similar to that of the human eye and is ideal as a multipurpose, everyday standard lens for various subjects including landscape and portraiture. With a maximum aperture of F1.9, it performs superbly in dim lighting and may be easily adjusted for bokeh. Incorporating two high grade aspherical optical elements, this lens compensates various aberrations to a minimum .

Featuring the state-of-the-art optics incorporating special optical glass elements and PENTAX exclusive lens coating technology, this lens delivers beautifully defined, high quality images that are sharp and high contrast even at the edges. The AF motor installed in the lens assures smooth, quiet focusing operation. The lens shutter mechanism allows the PENTAX Q’s built-in auto flash to be synchronized to the camera’s top shutter speed of 1/2000 second (or 1/250 second when using an accessory flash unit). This lens is also equipped with a built-in ND (neutral density) filter, which comes in handy when shooting with open aperture at bright locations or when using slower shutter speeds.

The shoe-mounted viewfinder attachment is an optional accessory. This External Viewfinder O-VF1 offers outstanding compositional framing, even in the brightest sunlight where viewing an LCD screen is traditionally a challenge. (Note: The Viewfinder offers framing marks for the Standard lens.)

Available in white or black body models, the PENTAX Q and Standard Prime lens (available in silver) kit will be around $800. Initially, the PENTAX Q system will ship in Japan. Anticipated shipping time to the United States is early Fall 2011.

The optional shoe-mounted viewfinder will be available at the same time for $249.95 USD. Each may be pre-ordered now on www.pentaxwebstore.com The PENTAX 01 Standard Prime kit lens will not be sold separately. More information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news

* The world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 15, 2011 (based on PENTAX research).

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marcuz
By marcuz (Jun 23, 2011)

Imho it looks like it was designed throwing ideas randomly to the drawing board.
I love Pentax, old and new and colored ones too, but this looks like a ugly tiny derivative brick of nonsense with ridiculous specs for photography.

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zaltiboy
By zaltiboy (Jun 23, 2011)

I can't believe Pentax wasted time&money in such meaningless system: a small, limited sensor in a huge (and horrible) body... m4/3 have similar dimensions and far superior IQ...
Do they really think to sell such camera at $800???
I love Pentax, but this project is an harakiri.

4 upvotes
The A-Team
By The A-Team (Jun 23, 2011)

I'm not sure why anybody would want an interchangeable lens camera with a small sensor. At least its interesting, but not for me!

1 upvote
migus
By migus (Jun 23, 2011)

unless it comes w/ lenses faster than 1.4 and super-macro for $400, how can this experiment compete against, e.g., $300 APS-C Samsung NX100 with a sharp 20-50mm kit lens? I appreciate bravery, but this seems headed in the wrong direction: excels in neither IQ, nor size, price... Why?

2 upvotes
henryhscheng
By henryhscheng (Jun 23, 2011)

$800 for a puny sensor?! I bought the D3100 before the earthquake for $549.00 from Amazon...

4 upvotes
patoth66
By patoth66 (Jun 23, 2011)

Personally I love this little thing!!) Its a interesting camera! Its tiny with interchangeable lenses! Its gona appeal to the lomography community and others looking for different ways of expression! Its not always about the highest image quality! Personally I think it would be great for street photography, its almost invisible! But I would prefer a better aperture on the 8.5mm. As someone mentioned 1.4 - 0.95 would have been nice! I dont agree that its a peace of crap, it seems to have nice build quality. But the price is to high!

2 upvotes
Eshwar Andhavarapu
By Eshwar Andhavarapu (Jun 23, 2011)

Right, one more mount system. Its weird that interchangeable lens and compact are not an oxymoron. The only advantage they seem to offer is a bigger than normal sensor. And portability goes out the window as soon as you put on a telephoto lens on it...

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Chris Tofalos
By Chris Tofalos (Jun 23, 2011)

You'd have thought Pentax would have learned their lesson with the 110 SLR of 40-odd years ago.

That was the world's smallest SLR (by far) but failed because you couldn't get good enough quality from the tiny 110 film frame.

I stand to be corrected but can't see how it's any different with their latest offering; the image quality just won't be there.

An eye level viewfinder is also an essential accessory for me. Pentax's $249 version looks to be a very expensive add-on, too...

2 upvotes
tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Jun 23, 2011)

the only hope going for this system is if they're able to create a lens thats faster than f1.0. Well, given the imaging circle and flange distance is possible. But I don't see any of them at release...

Maybe if the stabilisation system does like 5 stops of stabilisation or something...

Besides that, a BSI sensor on compact cameras doesn't even come close to 4/3rds or APS-C sensors in IQ.

0 upvotes
Jorginho
By Jorginho (Jun 23, 2011)

Too small. People who interchange lenses are mor demanding in general. Not just after some way to exchange lenses wherever possible. So this is a deadborn child, I think....

Minimum size for an ILC to me is the rumoured Nikon one with 17mm diagonal.

I would applaud other in between size for ILCs, like an APS-H mirrorless. That system would be the size of a small APS-c DSLR currently while providing superior IQ. lenses would not be much smaller though but still a bit I believe.

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jun 23, 2011)

First, they should have use the 1/1.7 sensor at least (like on Panasonic LX5 or Olympus XZ1) or a little bit bigger with max 10 MP. Not 1/2.3 with 12 MP!

Second they must have provided very-very light strong lenses: at least f/1.4 and better like f/1.2 or f/0.95. That is the only possibility to use such cameras in more or less dark conditions. Also it would give some kind of bokeh.

Otherwise the camera is useless. It doesn't give any real advantages over Oly XZ1. Its price will be same high as Canon 1000D, which has a lot of good lenses and works up to ISO 1600.

What they have now seems to me pretty pointless.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Jun 23, 2011)

Exactly my thinking. I'd like to see them do a shootout between this cam and the prosumer class. The prices will come down, but still will be odd to try and push 1/2.3 in the class. Wondering about DR and blown highlights all the time with this.

they will likely not get the market from anyone who knows what the specs mean, but I guess if they can get themselves in stores, then that's all they need.

Makes me also wonder how this will compete with 1/2.3 compacts that are actually quite good, like the Samsung WB2000/TL350. A shootout would be highly interesting. If not, entertaining.

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raylob
By raylob (Jun 23, 2011)

Dissapointed! There a several compacts that do the job more than adequately. I honestly thought that Pentax would concentrate on a APS-C interchangeable camera!

0 upvotes
Andrew Butterfield
By Andrew Butterfield (Jun 23, 2011)

For me it would have to offer much more to compensate for the small sensor that despite all Pentax's talk will not be good enough in an $800 camera. The design of the body is not radical enough and certainly not small enough. The controls are nothing special. I'd rather have seen an ultra radical design to make the camera really small, like doing away with the LCD and just having an EVF. If this takes worse photos than Canon S95/olympus XZ1 et al, and I bet it will, then I thinkn Pentax just committed suicide. Only those with a fetish for taking tiny lenses on and off will buy this.

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ERKG
By ERKG (Jun 23, 2011)

It would be an interesting camera with a 1" image sensor . 1/2,3" seems pointless.

2 upvotes
Copiare
By Copiare (Jun 23, 2011)

Pentax doesn't offer a Fullframe camera but releases this piece of crap instead?
What a bonehead move and a complete waste of resources.
Who designed the flash unit on this camera, Hasbro?

10 upvotes
kadarpik
By kadarpik (Jun 23, 2011)

99% of the images today are viewed at few megapixel computer screens or HDTV-s, 99% we do not need larger sensor. 1/2.3" is enough to render A4 magazine cover today with good optics and of course with pro lights. This sensor is much more than iPhone or iPod touch or Nokia N8 (by the way experimentally used already for mag cover). G12 has similar size sensor also but ccd and much more noisy than Sony's new backlight.

There is more light out there as you imagine, even with tiny mobile phone, it is possible to create outstanding results for computer screen.

1 upvote
Sounava
By Sounava (Jun 23, 2011)

G12 sensor is bigger than this one FYI. And N8 sensor is bigger too.

3 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Jun 23, 2011)

kadarpik, I've seen photos from 12 MP 1/2.3" image sensors from family members and even at 2 MP view they are often junk. Poor exposure, poor colors, poor contrast, focus off. Just not good. By your arguments, 12 MP is way too many pixels. Just be 4 MP, right?

0 upvotes
snowcrash
By snowcrash (Jun 23, 2011)

An interchangeable lens compact camera? What's the point?
Then why not just buy any compact cam with an integrated zoom lens?

Interchangeable lenses are a necessity with larger sensors, as a do-it-all zoom lens would be giant. But with a small sensor it can be done. Then why change lenses?

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kadarpik
By kadarpik (Jun 23, 2011)

This system has leaf shutters inside lenses, look at specs, you can not do it with your DSLR. Flash X-sync speed • 1/2000 sec. Soon everyone is asking for leaf shutter. Faster shutters can be created and beleive this camera can produce images for 99% situations today - Internet < 2 Mpix computers screens

0 upvotes
gepe
By gepe (Jun 23, 2011)

I fo sure wont buy one. And I am a long time Pentax fan. OZ1 is better.

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macoyece
By macoyece (Jun 23, 2011)

price is ridiculous. they should make F/1.0 lenses for such small sensor then maybe enthusiasts would want to buy it

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macoyece
By macoyece (Jun 23, 2011)

price is ridiculous. they should make F/1.0 lenses for such small sensor then maybe enthusiasts would want to buy it

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williams359
By williams359 (Jun 23, 2011)

it seams i am not the only one thats thinks this a bad concept.

2 upvotes
olyflyer
By olyflyer (Jun 23, 2011)

Interesting camera but ugly design.

1 upvote
gaspard_savoureux
By gaspard_savoureux (Jun 23, 2011)

I would have said : ugly camera but interesting design. Weird.

0 upvotes
Lightshow
By Lightshow (Jun 23, 2011)

I get the feeling this system is aimed at teens, not photo enthusiasts, or pros.

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kadarpik
By kadarpik (Jun 23, 2011)

Why do you thinks so, pros like to shoot off work situations too, it is sick to carry large cameras all the time.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Jun 23, 2011)

Then they would get a prosumer. or interchangeable cam with a large sensor, for which, there are many, plus they are cheaper than this.

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Jun 23, 2011)

What teen is going to have $800 to spend on a camera they'll have a good chance of losing, breaking, or dropping in water somewhere? Seriously now... And teens use their phone, hardly stand alone cameras anymore!

0 upvotes
mpetersson
By mpetersson (Jun 23, 2011)

God I wish they would have joined m4/3 instead of this garbage. m4/3 could use one more proper camera maker like Pentax for a better lineup of lenses and cameras. I don't see the point at all with an ILC with such a small sensor. Might as well just buy a compact.

And the price is insane.

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raimaster
By raimaster (Jun 23, 2011)

never see nice pictures above 1600x1200pix from pinhead cmos sensor..

1 upvote
LonelyPixel
By LonelyPixel (Jun 23, 2011)

Mobile phone camera minus the smartphone part.

8 upvotes
KL Matt
By KL Matt (Jun 23, 2011)

And more expensive to boot.

2 upvotes
Pentax_Prime
By Pentax_Prime (Jun 23, 2011)

Background: I shoot Pentax - film and digital SLR's; currently the K-5 and an assortment of Pentax primes.

The Pentax Q is a massive waste of whatever R&D funds Pentax used here; the sensor is outrageously small (goodbye DOF control, goodbye IQ), the Q-mount is new and completely unsupported at this point, the price is insane ($1,000+ for the camera, prime, and VF), and the product is being poorly received at launch by it's target audience (consumers). I think it's responsible to mention that one can buy a Pentax K-r and with the remaining $650+, purchase a top notch piece of glass (be it prime or zoom). Like I said - Pentax fan, but I'm realistic ... this is not a strong offering.

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Kevin Coppalotti
By Kevin Coppalotti (Jun 23, 2011)

Nice idea wrong sensor. Pinhead Cmos sucks so bad it makes want to vomit.

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WestSeattleDan
By WestSeattleDan (Jun 23, 2011)

The question remains image quality. This will be an extremely compact system for the traveler. These are the days of internet pics ... if it will satisfy the user then great. (A lot of Facebookers are out there)
I do like the leaf lens idea with a flash sync to 1/2000 sec.

Will that zoom be better than a high end compact with a fixed zoom lens?

This system needs to have a reason for being... will it have the equivalent of a 1000mm f4 telephoto? ... there is a good reason for the tiny sensor if a complete system can be developed and sold.

WAY to go Pentax ... we really did not need another mirror-less micro 4/3.

Image Quality and Street Prices may sink or swim this camera system.

I have a K100D and lots of film cameras. Bronica GS-1. Konica Hexar AF. etc.

Pentax was not aiming this at me.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Jun 23, 2011)

If it wasn't so sad, I would be laughing. This is what Pentax is spending their previous R&D money? If that's what their management thinks is their salvation then with that kind of management Pentax is doomed.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Jun 23, 2011)

s/previous/precious/

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Jun 23, 2011)

Street price will be much lower, as always, and with ever evolving sensor technology, the size of the sensor is not relevant. Everything else is.

We have too many serious big cameras on the market and we have them already. They're subjects of endless 'serious' debates and 'serious', bigger-than-life technobabble.

But this camera is meant to ignite some fun playing with, relieve us of stress. Three of the new lenses announced are just pure, unstoppable fun. The whole package is here to remind us that photography should be fun and entertaining activity, packed in a quality product too, and not endless whinging and whining.

Making it a system means fun should ever continue, and is kinda small investment too.

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h2k
By h2k (Jun 23, 2011)

Sensor size *is* important, at least for the amount of bokeh you get.

Bigger cameras are *fun* too, and if you need to enhance it, you can still buy toy lenses for them or use these "art filters".

I am deeply disappointed by the Q offering. I need a travel compact, the Q system could have been something, but now i'd rather stick with a real compact camera.

4 upvotes
Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Jun 23, 2011)

What is "real" compact? You mean your mobile phone camera? In a manner of speaking, everything in this world is important. So this Pentax Q is also important, simply because no one else has done it before. This will change the gravity of things because you'll have some new choices. Believe it or not, you were more limited photography-wise just a day go.

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gaspard_savoureux
By gaspard_savoureux (Jun 23, 2011)

@Zvonimir Tosic
There might be a reason why no one else did that...

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (Jun 24, 2011)

Because they are clueless?
No one has done it because they all make small sensor, cheap cameras, but never thought they may make them into systems which can only improve in time.
Few years back they were bashing all APS-C systems for being 'inadequate'. Now with m4/3 they are majority ofwhat people call 'serious camera'. Now we have too many serious cameras, it's time for something new. History seems to repeat, but many never learn anything.

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gaspard_savoureux
By gaspard_savoureux (Jun 24, 2011)

There are several problems here, beyond the (very) small sensor :
- the price
- the size of the lens that make this camera finally bigger than other compact cameras (g12, zx1, s95), that has bigger sensors
- the lack of a real viewfinder

I see some incompatibility between high quality interchangeable lens and small sensor, between simple point and shoot camera and the lack of viewfiner, between a strong body design and a weird flash mecanism, between a camera that has to create its own market and a very high price. At least.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jun 23, 2011)

should be great for travel photographers.

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ianz28
By ianz28 (Jun 23, 2011)

So are most compacts and you don't have to change lenses on those. Same sensor sizes on many of them.

Why spend more money for essentially the same thing already established and readily available?

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Michael S.
By Michael S. (Jun 23, 2011)

Complete nonsense putting such a small sensor in this camera...especially for that price.

Pentax seems to leave the market...

6 upvotes
Cipher
By Cipher (Jun 23, 2011)

Are they trying to outdo Sigma? A 1/2.3 inch sensor camera for $800 and an entirely new lens mount? They should've went M4/3.

1 upvote
gaspard_savoureux
By gaspard_savoureux (Jun 23, 2011)

Well... at least, with Sigma, You get a bigger sensor... sometimes for half the price of this Pentax.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Jun 23, 2011)

What does USD800 buy from Pentax? A baby sensor and a bunch of noise. Insane, are you?
This Q won't be cute, but a definite failure!

2 upvotes
Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Jun 23, 2011)

First

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ezradja
By ezradja (Jun 23, 2011)

but this is: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/PENTAXQ/ZURBIGFLASH.JPG
ridiculous!

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gaspard_savoureux
By gaspard_savoureux (Jun 23, 2011)

What the .... !

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ezradja
By ezradja (Jun 23, 2011)

let's judge after image quality sample.

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tkpenalty
By tkpenalty (Jun 23, 2011)

I don't see a logical sense in such a platform... pentax should have just went back to samsung and asked 'pretty please' and based their new CSC off the NX platform. At least its competitive...

"Bokeh control filter..?"

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spoorthy
By spoorthy (Jun 23, 2011)

Not worth $800. For that money I could get an epl-2 and some lenses

1 upvote
Xiaomao
By Xiaomao (Jun 23, 2011)

If only the sensor is as that of X100, I'd get one.

1 upvote
sfa1966
By sfa1966 (Jun 23, 2011)

Q for 'Questionable', I imagine ...

Anyway I won't 'join the Q' to buy one of these (not that there'll be any queues in any event!)

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Klarno
By Klarno (Jun 23, 2011)

The only thing I can imagine is that this system is being released part of a grand conspiracy to place Nikon's as-yet-only-patented 2.5x crop mirrorless system ahead of *someone* in the market.

Otherwise it's probably the single most irrelevant photographic product since the Ricoh GXR. Moving along...

1 upvote
gaspard_savoureux
By gaspard_savoureux (Jun 23, 2011)

Well, if I don't see any interest for myself in the GXR concept, at least I understand some of it's ideas...

0 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (Jun 23, 2011)

The only slightly smaller body doesn't seem like a logical tradeoff for the significantly smaller sensor: http://a.img-dpreview.com/previews/pentaxQ/images/sidebyside1.jpg

So the only thing that would make this make any sense is if the price was really low, but the RRP is $800. Wtf. What is the point of this camera/system?

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Copiare
By Copiare (Jun 23, 2011)

Wow, Pentax fails to mention SDM as the autofocus lens motor. Pentax has a notorious reputation for defective lens motors.

$800 for this? Pentax should have unveiled this on April first. What a joke!

4 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Jun 23, 2011)

The user of Pentax Q must clean sensor...None from P&S camera's users make it before...
Looks like Chinese toy-gadget. Even through Hoya will offer EVIL with APC-S sensor later, this Q system will stay the most ridiculous system in the digital era...It's a pity.

Maybe Hoya discharged all old Pentax camera's engineers? It looks like the work of first/second year student..
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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jun 23, 2011)

At least a SONY 1/1.6 or 1/1.7 sensor. 1/2.3 sensor is the bottom of the barrel sensor and and would not see much attention from SONY.

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Skywalker23
By Skywalker23 (Jun 23, 2011)

knowing it would come with a 1/2.3" sensor, i thought this would be much smaller; close to compact camera size. it is only slightly smaller than the Sony NEX it's compared with in the preview.

A Nikon P300 has the same 1/2.3" sensor, also has a f/1.8 lens, but is much smaller than this Pentax Q. A Canon S95 has a larger 1/1.7(?)" sensor and f/2.0 lens, and is still smaller...

and this basically can't be compared to Sony NEX, MFT, or Samsung NX because those "large-sensor" systems can comfortably shoot at ISO 1600-3200...but based on the review of other 1/2.3" cameras I've seen, the Pentax Q will have major trouble with anything past ISO 400.

the lenses are disappointing too in my opinion, if they're using a 1/2.3" sensor they need to go faster than f/1.9...and come on, out of the first 5 lenses, 2 are toy lenses and 1 is a fisheye? i have nothing against specialty or toy lenses, but shouldn't the basics--telephoto zoom, macro prime, portrait prime, SWA zoom--be covered first??

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HubertChen
By HubertChen (Jun 30, 2011)

I am using Pentax camera and lenses since a long time. They seldom have the best specs on paper, but instead they strike a great balance of handling, usability, price and image quality. Pentax usually focus on what matters, like great viewfinder, good resistance against flare, how the camera can be hold in your hand. My expectation is when looking very careful at the camera pictures, that the Q is following in these foot steps. It is a tool for photographers to take pictures. Its choices seems not not be made to impress on paper. The proof will be of course once once can buy the camera and actually use it in daily life. I have the feeling that many posts are missing the Gestalt of this camera: Be as small as possible (camera __and__ lens), be as fast in creative control as a DSLR, be better than a DSLR when socializing with your images (better Display, more Art Filters). The small sensor was not chosen to make the camera smaller, but the lenses!

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mr inspire
By mr inspire (Jun 23, 2011)

xz1 is far better

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jun 23, 2011)

the funniest part is that they are charging $300 FOR ThE KIT LENS!!! are they out of their minds???

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bloodycape
By bloodycape (Jun 23, 2011)

They could have at the very least given it a 1/2' sensor to make it a bit more competitive, specially against the likes of the Canon S95, and Olympus XZ-1.

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