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Pentax Q Hands On Preview

Pentax Q Hands On Preview - We go hands on with the new Pentax Q and post full size sample photos, and size comparisons with a DSLR and Mirrorless camera.

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Pentax Q in Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

1/160 sec | f/16.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q with 8.5mm Prime Lens

The Pentax Q is one of the more unique compact system cameras, featuring a 1/2.33 inch Backlit CMOS sensor. This sensor is the same size as found in everyday compact cameras, and as such, means the camera body and lenses are extremely compact.

1/160 sec | f/13.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
DSLR (Four Thirds), Mirrorless (APS-C Sony NEX-C3), Pentax Q

As you can see in the above photo, the Pentax Q is clearly the smallest camera with an interchangeable lens, however it also has the smallest sensor with other cameras offering a much larger sensor. We will be posting more comparisons, sample photos, and videos over the next few days.

1/160 sec | f/16.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q Infra-red filter

1/160 sec | f/16.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q and Lens

1/160 sec | f/16.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q Back

1/160 sec | f/16.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q Pop-up Flash

1/160 sec | f/16.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q Sensor

1/160 sec | f/16.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q Memory Card Slot

1/160 sec | f/16.0 | 35.0 mm | ISO 100
Pentax Q Top

The Pentax Q is available exclusively from Jessops in the UK, for £599 with 8.5mm / 47mm equivalent lens.

Pentax Q White-balance test images

Pentax Q ISO test images

Pentax Q Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels12.4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4000
Pixels (H)3000
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.62mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution460k dots
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity125 - 6400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
Exposure CompNo Data
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Wi-FiNo Data
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)230shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsPentax Q Camera, USB Cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST115, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68, Battery Charger D-BC68P, Software (CDROM) S-SW115 Hot shoe cover FK, Body mount cover, Software: SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX

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Photographs taken using the Pentax Q

A Free LunchSunset in the Rhine ValleyIn Anticipation of the SpringMelissaMelissa in ReposeMoon VariationsManchester Art GalleryOne ManIn the Warm Glow of the Evening SunLady CharlotteLady SueOut for a walkUntitledUntitledUntitled

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