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Pentax Q

alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the performance and responsiveness. The lens and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the battery and features.

portability, usability, lens, responsiveness, performance

value for money, features, battery

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Pentax Q is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 211 reviews)

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PENTAX Q Review

 

Pentax has created a very appealing compact camera that is packed with powerful features and the versatility of an interchangeable lens system. However, its price tag is very hard to swallow, when for the same or less you can pick up much more capable...

Compact and durable magnesium-alloy body ; Handy Quick Control Dial mounted on the front ; Captures nice 12-megapixel photos ; Great ISO performance up to ISO 1600 ; Bright 3.0-inch LCD screen ; Cool in-camera options ; Versatile interchangeable lens...

ISO 3200 and above show a great deal of noise ; Poor battery life ; Shooting performance is more in line with point-n-shoots rather than EVIL (aka MILC) cameras ; Slow buffer write speeds, causes camera to lock up after only a few shots; even in JPEG...

Pentax has created a very appealing compact camera that is packed with powerful features and the versatility of an interchangeable lens system. However, its price tag is very hard to swallow, when for the same or less you can pick up much more capable...

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Pentax QDigital Camera Review

 

The Pentax Q is one of several new mirrorless systems launching this year and it differentiates itself from the pack in a big way: by being as small as can be. While the Q is not as thin as your typical point-and-shoot camera, its height, width and...

To this point, the design philosophy of your typical compact system camera has been to utilize as large an image sensor as possible while shaving down other components to offer an interchangeable lens camera that is, at the very least, more portable...

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Pentax Q

 
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Pentax QDigital Camera Review

 

What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Pentax Q. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at DigitalCameraInfo.com.

The Pentax Q performed admirably in our video tests, but its color accuracy and sharpness results were a notch lower than we normally see from a compact interchangeable lens camera. Like most cameras in this class, it’s able to record decent video, but...

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Pentax Q

 

Pentax produces a small-sensor digital camera with interchangeable lenses, a first for the digital camera industry. If your interchangeable-lens camera sits at home on the shelf because it's too big, the Pentax Q could be the camera you're looking for,...

The first genuinely compact--almost pocket-friendly--compact system camera, paired with equally small, interchangeable lenses. Great ergonomics for the size, and it feels like a real camera, not a computer with a lens

Very restrictive lens selection at launch. All but two current lenses have severe limitations in functionality. Performance is sluggish, and image quality trails large-sensor cameras by some distance

When Pentax announced the tiny Pentax Q compact system camera in the middle of last year, it instantly polarized opinions. Some loved it for its truly compact proportions, fulfilling a promise that they felt other mirrorless cameras had failed to truly...

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Camera Test: Pentax Q ILC

 

When we saw the first mirror-less interchangeable-lens compact cameras just a few years ago, it was clear that the main reason the mirror went away was to allow for smaller cameras and lenses. And while the first models to hit the market were indeed...

Smallest ILC we’ve tested yet

Small sensor is noisy at high ISOs

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Q

 

Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you: the Pentax Q is actually smaller than this compact Canon ELPH! How did Pentax manage to make such a small interchangeable lens camera? The secret is in the sensor: the Q's sensor is exactly the same size as what...

Smallest interchangeable lens camera in the world; solid build quality ; Good photo quality at low ISOs ; Sensor-shift image stabilization ; Sharp 3-inch LCD display has 460k pixels, good low light visibility ; Full manual controls, with RAW support...

Expensive ; Body may be too compact; controls are small, cluttered, and often poorly placed; hard to hold camera without accidentally bumping something important ; Middle and high ISO image quality not as good as competition ; Tends to clip highlights...

Overall, the Pentax Q is a pricey interchangeable lens camera whose biggest feature is its diminutive size and wide selection of special effects. Its photo quality, performance, and feature set certainly don't justify the price premium, so you're...

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Pentax Q reviews round-up

 

Read the full review on Amateur Photographer . Engadget says ‘There’s nothing impressive ... ...

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Pentax Q

 

The Pentax Q is a tiny interchangeable lens camera that can record Full HD video. The camera's variety of controls in video mode aren't bad, but its lack of good handling features, as well as sub-par performance in our color and sharpness tests, made...

The Pentax Q performed admirably in our video tests, but its color accuracy and sharpness results were a notch lower than we normally see from a compact interchangeable lens camera. Like most cameras in this class, it’s able to record decent video, but...

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Amazon review summary for Pentax Q

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 user reviews of Pentax Q from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Compact System Cameras on Amazon.com.

portability, lens, image quality, value for money, performance

battery, shutter, manual adjust., glare

98% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI68
Battery Type:Pentax D-LI68

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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