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Pentax Q

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


At the time of writing, there are five lenses in the Q system. The camera comes supplied with an 8.5mm (47mm equivalent) f/1.9 AL [IF] standard prime lens, suitably numbered 01. Also available is a 5-15mm (27.5-83mm) f/2.8-4.5 standard zoom (02), for £279.

The final three lenses are described as ‘toy lenses’, and consist of a 3.2mm (17.5mm) f/5.6 fisheye (03) at £149, a 6.3mm (35mm) f/7.1 wideangle (04) at £129 and a 18mm (100mm) f/8 telephoto lens (05), also at £129. The company states that more lenses will be released in the near future.

Each toy lens is light, and complements the compact body beautifully. It does mean, however, that these lenses do not contain any real glass. As a result, and as their name and price suggest, they are for fun rather than optimum image clarity. Each lens is a little soft, but when used with the quick-dial digital filter effects, such as toy camera and vintage colour, they replicate the Lomo and Hipstamatic effects.

I can imagine these lenses becoming something for collectors, rather than those seeking image quality.

  • 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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