Pentax Q Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax Q
Resolution: 12.40 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Kit Lens: Non-Zoom
8mm
(47mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 125 - 6400
Extended ISO: 125 - 6400
Shutter: 30 - 1/8000
Max Aperture: 1.9
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 in.
(98 x 58 x 31 mm)
Weight: 8.5 oz (241 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $750
Availability: 09/2011
Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax Q specifications

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12.40
Megapixels
Pentax Q 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
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Q Summary

Pentax produces a small-sensor digital camera with interchangeable lenses, a first for the digital camera industry. If your interchangeable-lens camera sits at home on the shelf because it's too big, the Pentax Q could be the camera you're looking for, but is it too extreme for the rest of us?

Pros

The first genuinely compact--almost pocket-friendly--compact system camera, paired with equally small, interchangeable lenses. Great ergonomics for the size, and it feels like a real camera, not a computer with a lens.

Cons

Very restrictive lens selection at launch. All but two current lenses have severe limitations in functionality. Performance is sluggish, and image quality trails large-sensor cameras by some distance.

Price and availability

Available since September 2011, the Pentax Q is currently available in two kits in the US market. The single-lens kit includes the Pentax 01 Standard Prime lens, and has a list price of US$750. A twin-lens kit available at some retailers adds in the Pentax 02 Standard Zoom lens, and sells for around US$1,050.

Imaging Resource rating

3.5 out of 5.0

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