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Pentax Q

alaTest has collected and analyzed 350 reviews of Pentax Q. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and lens. The performance and usability are also appreciated. The storage and focus get mixed reviews. The shutter and energy efficiency get critical reviews.

portability, usability, performance, lens, price

battery, viewfinder, energy, shutter

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Q is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax Q

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 user reviews of Pentax Q from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the size and lens. The price and usability also get good feedback, but the screen and storage get critical reviews.

portability, usability, price, lens, size

storage, screen

96% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Q Compact System Camera - Black (12MP, 5-15mm Lens Kit) 3.0 inch LCDPentax Q Compact System Camera - Black (12MP, 5-15mm Lens Kit) 3.0 inch LCD

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax Q

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 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 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviews about the size and image quality are overall positive. The lens and usability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the shutter and glare.

portability, usability, lens, image quality, size

glare, shutter

99% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Q Black Kit w/ 02 Standard Zoom LensPentax Q Black Kit w/ 02 Standard Zoom Lens

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Pentax Q

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Pentax Q from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the design. There are some negative views about the usability.

design

usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Pentax Q Black Kit w/ 02 Standard Zoom LensPentax Q Black Kit w/ 02 Standard Zoom Lens

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Zach Honig (engadget.com)

Pentax Q interchangeable lens camera review

 

Sony announces NEX-C3 and Alpha A35 cameras, new macro lens Pentax intros Q, world's smallest interchangeable lens digital camera (hands-on

Incredibly compact ; Option to save last image as RAW

Very expensive ; Short battery life ; Inconsistent image quality ; Multiple issues with video capture

Pentax may have managed to create the world's smallest mirrorless camera with this $800 ILC, but if image quality is more important than body size, the Q is not for you.

Oct, 2011

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Pentax Q

 

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax Adapter Q for K-Mount Lenses

 

The Pentax Adapter Q for K-Mount Lenses allows you to mount Pentax K lenses to the small Q camera for some impressive telephoto reach, but it's on the pricey side and a tripod mount adds to its cost.

Narrows field of view of lenses by 5x. Great for telephoto shots. Integrated aperture control.

Very expensive. Tripod mount costs extra. Lenses must be stopped down for optimal performance. Manual focus required.

Aug, 2013

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Pentax Q

 

The Pentax Q is the most compact interchangeable lens camera you can buy. But a small sensor that limits fine detail in images, slow start up and processing performance, and a high sticker price hold this small shooter back.

Sharp images. Excellent video quality. Good low light performance. Built-in flash. Silent operation.

Very expensive. Slow to start up and process images. Photos lack depth. Included lens doesn’t zoom.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Pentax Q Review

 

The new Pentax Q is the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera. At its heart is a back illuminated 12.4 megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor and the brand new super-compact Q-mount lens system. The Pentax Q also features Full 1080p...

The Pentax Q may look like a toy camera at first glance, but it actually proves to be a lot more full featured and intuitive to use in practice. Compact-like image quality and a sky-high price tag, however, combine to seriously detract from what is...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

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...

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (popphoto.com)

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

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Mike Perlman (technobuffalo.com)

Pentax Q Review – Insane Fun in a Little Package

 

I think the ‘Q' in the Pentax Q name stands for Quagmire because this camera is nearly impossible to categorize. On one hand, it's a great portable interchangeable lens camera system, which will appeal to more advanced shooters. Yet on…

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Mono
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Noise reduction: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):230 / 270
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:D-LI68
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Calendar: Yes
Camera file system:DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3 / DCF 2.0, Exif 2.3, RAW
Camera playback:Movie / Movie, Single image, Slide show / Single image, Slide show
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Crop, Resizing / Rotating
Languages support:Multi
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HUN, IND, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR, VIE / CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, SWE, TUR
Photo effects:Black&White / Black&White, Muted, Neutral
Playback mode:Rotation, Slideshow
Playback Modes:Rotation, Slideshow
Playback zoom:16
Playback zoom (max):16
Scene modes:Backlight, Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Pet, Portrait, Snow, Sunset, Surf / Backlight, Candlelight, Landscape, Museum, Night portrait, Portrait, Snow, Sunset, Surf / Candlelight, Landscape, Museum, Night, Night portrait, Portrait
Self-timer:2,12
Self-timer delay:2,12
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent L, Manual, Shade, Tungsten / daylight, Fluorescent, Shade

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Bordeaux / Black, Pink / Green, Grey / Grey / Red / Silver / White
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:TFT
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):460000
Field of view:100
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N
Vari-angle LCD display: No

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:-2EV - +1EV (1/2 EV step)
Flash guide number:192.9
Flash modes:Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) points selection:Auto, Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Contrast Detection Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking, Selective Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Face detection, Multi Point Auto Focus, Selective Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus, Tracking Auto Focus / Face detection, Spot Auto Focus
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Focal length range (f-f):0.197 - 0.591
Lens mount interface:Pentax Q
Lens Type:Standard zoom
Maximum aperture number:4.5
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):3.27
Minimum aperture number:2.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1.08
Mounting type:Bayonet

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, Auto / 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto / 125, 6400
ISO sensitivity (max):12800 / 6400
ISO sensitivity (min):100 / 125
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/2EV step) / ± 2EV (1/3EV step) / ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot / Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:Eye-Fi, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1

Networking

Bluetooth: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi: No

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/2000
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
On/Off switch: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0
Cables included:USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:MILC
Image formats supported:JPG / JPG, RAW
Image Sensor Size:1/1.7 / 1/2.3
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer location:Body
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Megapixel:12.4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080,2992 x 2992,3456 x 1944,3456 x 2592,4000 x 2248,4000 x 2664 / 1920 x 1080,2992 x 2992,3456 x 1944,4000 x 2248,4000 x 2664 / 4000x3000\n4000x2664\n4000x2248\n3072x2304\n3072x2048\n3072x1728\n2992x2992\n2304x2304\n1920x1440\n1920x1280\n1920x1080\n1440x1440 / JPEG : \n[4:3] 12M(4000x3000), 9M(3456x2592), 5M (2688x2016), 3M(1920x1440) \n[3:2] 10M(4000x2664), 8M(3456x2304), 5M(2688x1792), 2M(1920x1280)\n[16:9] 9M(4000x2248), 6 (3456x1944), 4M(2688x1512), 2M(1920x1080)\n[1:1] 9M(2992x2992), 6M(2592x2592), 4M(2016x2016), 2M(1440x1440)\n\nRAW : \n[4:3] 12M(4000x3000)
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 / 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels:12.75 / 12.76

Ports & interfaces

AV output: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Micro
PictBridge: No
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Camera shutter interval:1
Camera shutter type:Electronic
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000 / 1/8000
Shutter speed settings:B
Slowest camera shutter speed:30

Technical Details

Self-timer: Yes

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Resolution at capture speed:1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1920x1080@24fps, 1920x1080@25fps, 1920x1080@30fps, 640x480@25fps, 640x480@30fps
Video compression format:AVC, H.264, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,H.264,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Electrical
Viewfinder type:Electrical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.22 / 1.32 / 1.34
Height:2.26 / 2.28
Weight:6.35 / 6.46
Weight (including battery):7.05
Width:3.86 / 4.02 / 4.13