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

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Pentax Q

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Pentax Q review


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Focus modes are simply labelled as MF/AF, although within the AF menu is tracking, 25-point, centre spot and face detection AF modes. The manual focus assist (2x and 4x magnification) is useful given the poor LCD screen. Generally, the contrast-detection AF is very responsive, which, along with the rapid shutter response time, means that once ready to shoot, the Q is quick to operate.

A smaller sensor (and lens) is less able to capture light, and in this context the AF system is more likely to struggle in low light. As I would expect, the Q hunts for the focus point in the low light of a tungsten-lit room, but is not unusually slow compared to similar systems at this level.

 Image: Once the image has been sharpened, detail like the blades of grass is crisp

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Lenses
  4. 4. Build and handling
  5. 5. White balance and colour
  6. 6. Metering
  7. 7. Autofocus
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Noise, sensitivity and resolution
  10. 10. LCD, viewfinder and video
  11. 11. The competition
  12. 12. Verdict
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