Overall Rating:

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

Metering

Image: In this scene of high contrast, I opted for evaluative metering and exposure compensation to make sure the white of the building was not overexposed.

It is fairly standard these days for a camera to include spot (centre), centreweighted and multi-segment metering, and that is the case here.

In situations where there is a wide dynamic range, such as on a sunny day with shaded buildings, the multi-segment metering tends to overexpose a little for detail in shadow areas, which can result in the whites of clouds in the sky burning out.

By and large, though, sticking with the multi-segment metering will cover all circumstances. For complex situations where the metering system struggles, tweaks can be made to the exposure using the direct control for exposure compensation, which is next to where the thumb naturally rests.

  • 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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