Gone, but not forgotten: new firmware ships for discontinued Pentax Q mirrorless


posted Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 9:34 PM EST

The tiny little Pentax Q mirrorless camera might have been discontinued for some time now, replaced by the newer Pentax Q10, but that doesn't mean Pentax Ricoh Imaging has forgotten about the photographers who were thrilled by the Q's uncommonly compact -- almost pocket-friendly -- frame. On the contrary, the company is continuing to support its first ever mirrorless camera, having just released a brand-new firmware update for the Q.

The new Pentax Q firmware version 1.11, according to the company's release notes, brings improved contrast-detection autofocus performance. As is the norm for Pentax firmware, the company also notes that it has "improved stability for general performance", although it doesn't specify just what this entails. Still, any improvement in stability or performance can only be good news, so it's welcome nonetheless.

New firmware for the Pentax Q improves autofocus performance and general stability.

No other changes are noted in the new firmware, which is available for immediate download on the Pentax global website. The download hasn't yet appeared on the website of Pentax USA, but we'd expect to see it there soon, so keep an eye on their Pentax Q download page if you prefer to get the file from the company's US division.