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3

Pentax Q


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Price as Reviewed:

£599.00

The Pentax Q may be the smallest interchangeable-lens camera, but there is more to this model than just its size and retro charm

The competition

Images:  Sony NEX-C3 and Nikon J1

This is a very interesting time for the compact system camera market, with manufacturers seemingly taking greater risks to create a unique offering. A considered approach to investing in the right camera is therefore vital.

We have seen a difference in sensor size between such cameras. Nikon surprised us with a smaller than expected sensor in its 1-series models, insisting that features are the driving force. Such features include a 600Mb/sec processing speed and class-leading burst rate. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 and Olympus Pen E-PM1 both use a larger micro four thirds sensor and Sony’s NEX-C3 uses a larger-still APS-C unit. The latter is only a fraction bigger in the body, but its lenses are larger and heavier.

In the battle to be the smallest, the Pentax Q currently reigns supreme, with retro styling to boot. Fujifilm’s FinePix X10 features the same-sized sensor, a similar style and built-in optical viewfinder, yet it is a fixed-lens compact.

  • Dioptre Adjustment: No
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets, custom
  • Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 5.6m @ ISO 125
  • Shutter Type: Electronic
  • Memory Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: No, optional optical viewfinder
  • Output Size: 4000x3000 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 460,000-dot LCD
  • Field of View: 100% on LCD
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • AF Points: 25-area, face detection, AF tracking, select, spot
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/2000sec
  • Sensor: 12.4-million-effective-pixel CMOS
  • Focal Length Mag: 5.5x
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, auto, blur control, scene modes
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion D-L168
  • Weight: 200g with battery and card (180g body only)
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Up to 5fps
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/2000sec (1/8000sec in electronic shutter setting)
  • File Format: JPEG, DNG (raw) 12-bit, MPEG-4
  • Focusing Modes: AF/MF
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Dimensions: 98x57.5x31mm
  • Metering System: TTL multi-segment, spot, centre
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, PC/AV
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • RRP: £599 with 47mm prime lens
  • Lens Mount: Pentax Q bayonet
  • ISO: 125-6400
  • External mic: No
  • Video: Full HD (1080p), 30fps, MPEG-4

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