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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

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.

  • 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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