The Pentax Q may be the smallest interchangeable-lens camera, but there is more to this model than just its size and retro charm
White balance and colour
Consistent with the rest of Pentax’s digital cameras, the Q offers several colour modes, all of which can have their parameters adjusted for saturation, hue, contrast, sharpness and high/low key. Natural mode is likely to be the most commonly used by experienced photographers, which provides an authentic colour rendition. Bright adds a little extra saturation, which is particularly noticeable in blue skies, while vibrant is far too punchy, as is landscape.
User-defined settings can be assigned to the quick-mode dial for speedy access. Perhaps it is the fun aspect combined with the quick dial, but in use it is easy to revisit the creative shooting again and again, and even look out for situations where it will be of use. Usefully, monochrome has a filter effect that can add, for example, a red filter, which is ideal for skies with greater tone.
White balance is generally reliable, but does behave peculiarly in certain settings, namely tungsten light, where at times I noticed a strong green hue and needed to take a manual reading to get a more accurate colour temperature. Handily, CTE white balance emphasises the dominant colour in a scene, which can be particularly effective for dramatic light during the magic hour of sunset.