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 review


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Dynamic range

For a camera with a 1/2.3in sensor, the dynamic range is rather good. Detail in both a sunny sky and shaded buildings is present.

Compared with cameras at this level that boast larger sensors, I would expect this situation to be one in which the Q comes up a little short. However, comparing images with those of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3, I would say the performance of the Q is a little better, and close to that of the Sony NEX-C3.

Like most cameras, virtually all Pentax models offer a feature to increase the dynamic range, and in this case it comes as shadow and highlight correction. The former can be set to any one of three levels, while the latter can only be switched on or off.

As these modes cause extra information to be processed into the final image, a little more noise is created in those areas. In most situations, switching the highlight correction on and keeping shadow correction off strikes a good balance between punchy results and a wider dynamic range.


  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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