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Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit - White

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  • Exceptionally small and light Compact System Camera
  • 12MP CMOS back-illuminated, high sensitivity sensor
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames/sec
  • 3" High Definition LCD Screen
  • Full HD Video, 30 fps

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Colour Name: White (8.5mm Lens Kit)
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 9.8 x 5.7 cm ; 200 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 839 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 15142
  • ASIN: B005AQKWF2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,860 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Manufacturer's Description

The PENTAX Q is the most compact and lightest of the Compact System cameras in the world. Thanks to PENTAX’s high knowledge in digital SLR development, the user can easily enjoy very high-quality pictures, and a full array of features only available on SLRs and Compact System cameras.

The world’s smallest, lightest camera body, featuring newly developed Q mount system

The PENTAX Q features the newly developed Q mount, with a mount diameter shortened to approximately two-thirds of that of the conventional K mount. This was made possible by reducing the flange back (the distance from the lens mount surface to the image sensor surface) to nearly one-fifth of that of the K mount, as well as by optimising the size of image circle of its lenses to be proportioned to the size of the compact image sensor. The Q mount system also eliminates an optical finder, mirror box, focusing plate and AF sensor, making the PENTAX Q’s body the smallest and lightest in its class. The body has been made of magnesium-alloy, which gives an elegant, high-quality texture to the compact, lightweight camera body while improving its durability.

Exceptional image quality delivered by digital interchangeable lens system camera
Exceptional image quality delivered by digital interchangeable lens system camera
Exceptional image quality delivered by digital interchangeable lens system camera

The PENTAX Q comes equipped with back illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor, which delivers beautiful, high-resolution images with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels. This is made possible by its high efficient light gathering optical construction that assures excellent high sensitivity and low noise characteristics and high speed readout of image data signals. The PENTAX Q also features a new generation imaging engine integrating the best of PENTAX’s state-of-the-art digital imaging technologies, developed and accumulated over many years of digital SLR camera development. By coupling this imaging engine with exclusively designed high performance Q mount lenses, the PENTAX Q delivers clear, high contrast images rich in gradation and texture, even at edges. With high sensitivity noise minimized, the photographer can use the entire sensitivity range — from ISO 125 to the highest ISO 6400 — without worrying about annoying digital noise. By taking advantage of the HDR (High Dynamic Range) function that produces one composite photo from multiple images, it’s easy to create beautiful images with an extra wide dynamic range and free of white-washed and blacked-out areas.

Innovative creative tool to add personal touches to the images with great ease
Innovative creative tool to add personal touches to the images with great ease
Innovative creative tool to add personal touches to the images with great ease

The PENTAX Q offers a totally new style of photo shooting. By coupling the new Smart Effect function offering nine distinctive visual expressions via the easy access Quick-Dial positioned on the camera’s front panel, the photographer can effortlessly add a desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the effect on the LCD monitor. The Quick-Dial has four positions, to which four favourite Smart Effect modes can be assigned in advance. The ever-popular Custom Image and Digital Filter functions have been further enhanced to provide an even greater range of image processing tools. In order to customize the PENTAX Q to accommodate specific shooting styles and user preferences, the user can also assign other options such as a custom image setting, a digital filter or an aspect ratio setting to the Quick-Dial.

Smart Effect modes
    Brilliant Colour: Creates a lively atmosphere by raising the saturation level almost to the point of Colour saturation.
    Uni-Colour Bold: Creates an extremely high contrast image that retains one particular Colour in the image.
    Vintage Colour: Produces a toy-camera-like effect, with a choice of several different finishing touches.
    Cross Processing: Produces a unique image with unusual colours, as if treated with the cross processing used in film photography.
    Warm Fade: Creates a low contrast image with the white balance slightly shifted to pink shades.
    Tone Expansion: Produces a dramatic image with an artistic finishing touch, close to an intensified HDR (High Dynamic Range) effect.
    Bold Monochrome: Produces a low-key, high contrast image with enhanced sharpness.
    Water Colour: Creates a watercolour-like finishing touch.
    Vibrant Colour Enhance: Creates a flowery atmosphere with slightly enhanced contrast.
    USER: Used to enter a user-selected combination of custom image mode and a digital filter.
High quality, Full HD movie recording
High quality, Full HD movie recording
High quality, Full HD movie recording

The PENTAX Q comes equipped with a Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format, allowing user to capture high quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The user can also take advantage of interchangeable Q-mount lenses to produce distinctive perspectives, or make effective use of the Smart Effect modes and other in-body movie editing tools to produce creative, dramatic visual expressions with great ease, even during movie recording. The PENTAX Q also provides a micro-HDMI terminal (type D), which allows the user to simultaneously output both Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices via a single terminal.

Effortless Bokeh control

The PENTAX Q comes equipped with newly developed bokeh control function, which allows user to capture the image with obtrusive objects in the field of view optimally defocused. With this function, the camera will automatically judge the focused subject as well as relative distance of each object from the camera in the field of view to apply optimal defocus effect to each object to stand out the main subject(s). This function will allow even a first-time digital photographer to easily capture the images with such effects as background defocus or foreground defocus that otherwise require certain extent of familiarity with the photography.

SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images
SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images
SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images

The PENTAX Q incorporates the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which automatically shifts the CMOS image sensor to offset camera shake detected by the camera’s motion sensor. As a result, the PENTAX Q produces sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions that are prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in the twilight. Therefore, whatever lens mounted on the PENTAX Q, it does not need to be stabilized, which is a subsequent financial advantage for the user.

Dependable features available only with digital interchangeable lens cameras

The PENTAX Q offers a host of user-friendly, functional features available only with digital interchangeable-lens cameras. Its top shutter speed of 1/2000 second freezes the decisive moment of the subject’s action. To accommodate user preferences and varying photographic applications, it also offers a choice of four different exposure modes: the user-friendly Programmed AE (P) mode that automatically selects an optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed; the Aperture-Priority AE (AV) and Shutter-Priority AE (TV) modes that allow the photographer to faithfully reproduce specific creative intentions on resulting images; and the Metered Manual (M) mode. It even allows the photographer to instantly switch from the P mode to the AV or TV mode with a simple turn of an electronic dial.

Large, wide view LCD monitor
Large, wide view LCD monitor
Large, wide view LCD monitor

The PENTAX Q features a large, easy-to-view, high resolution 3.0-inch Colour LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. Its wide view design assures a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low and high angle shooting.

Dependable DRII mechanism for effective dust removal

The PENTAX Q’s DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism effectively prevents annoying dust spots from spoiling captured images, even after the user changes lenses out in the open. Like PENTAX’s K-5 and 645D digital SLR cameras, it incorporates highly effective supersonic vibration mechanism, which vibrates image sensor at high speed to shake the dust off its surface.

High speed continuous shooting at approximately five images per second
High speed continuous shooting at approximately five images per second
High speed continuous shooting at approximately five images per second

The PENTAX Q’s high speed burst shooting mode allows the photographer to record up to five images (in JPEG recording format) in a single sequence, at a maximum speed of approximately five images per second. This mode comes in handy when trying to preserve the action of fast-moving subjects in a series of images.

Built-in auto flash with pop-up mechanism

The PENTAX Q comes with a built-in auto flash (guide number 7 at ISO 200/m). The photographer can either use it at the default position, or raise it to the pop-up position with simple operation to widen its discharge angle to cover a 28mm angle of view (in the 35mm format).

Box Contains

USB cable I-USB7, Strap O-ST115, Li-ion battery D-LI68, Battery charger D-BC68P, AC cable D-CO2E, Hot Shoe cover FK, Body mount cover, Software Silkypix Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX, Pentax Q Compact System Camera + 18.5mm Lens

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marco on 22 Mar 2012
Colour Name: Black (8.5mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
The Pentax Q is a gem! Excellent classic looking camera with controls and functionality like an advanced DSLR yet in a small magnesium-alloy body with interchangeable lenses. Unless you are a pixel peeper do not worry about the sensor size. The image quality is very good, very close to my E-PL2 which is amazing for a small sensor.

I like:

- smallest compact system with interchangeable lenses
- great standard standard prime lens with f/1.9 maximum aperture
- great image quality despite the sensor size
- built is very close to my Ricoh GR Digital
- controls are like a Pentax DSLR

Things that could be improved:

- more proper (not toy) lenses like a 28mm and 85mm equivalent prime
- include a lens hood
- make automatic distortion correction work with DNG files in Aperture 3 (this might be Apple's job)

Overall, a highly recommended camera and system!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 17 Jun 2013
Colour Name: Black (8.5mm Lens Kit)
Short review:

Are you used to using a DSLR? When you have left your DSLR at home and taken a compact camera instead, what did you find most frustrating about using the compact camera?

A) Image quality and high ISO performance that doesn't compare to your DSLR
Or
B) The functionality of the camera. The lack of a hot shoe. The lack of raw. The lack of lens choice. The lack of external buttons and controls so that you have to keep accessing the menu to make changes to your settings.

If you answered B, this camera is for you. Despite its tiny size, the feels very much like A DSLR, in terms of its functionality etc. It is just a joy to use.

Long review:

It is fair to say the Q got mixed reviews. Lots of people didn't know what to make of the Q, or how to categorise it. Others recognised that it was not like any other camera you can buy. Some tried to make comparisons, and claimed that it didn't compare favourably, and criticised it. Others recognised that it was unique, and loved it.

Most reviews compared it to CSC cameras, and complained that image quality - and particularly high ISO performance - was not quite as good as the competition. But those cameras are much bigger than the Q. And even when Sony manage to get their cameras unbelievably small (given the size of the sensors) the lenses remain relatively large. The small size of the Q's sensor allows them to use tiny lenses.

So other reviews compared the camera to high end compacts, which have similar size sensors, and many reviewers concluded that image was quality similar. But of course these cameras don't have interchangeable lenses, and don't go anywhere near as wide as the Q's fish eye lens - not to mention the other benefits of the Q.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alex M on 29 Feb 2012
Colour Name: Black (8.5mm and 5-15mm Lens Kit)
First off I bought my Pentax Q after the big price drop, and with the £50 cashback offer, as such I got both kit lenses the 8.5mm prime and the 5-15mm tele with it, for around £450. For a 'toy' camera, I think this is a lot of money.

If your not currently a photography enthusiast, skip to the last paragraph, this will only bore you.

I'll briefly mention the lenses, they are both auto-focus lenses, the prime has some lovely characteristics, but remember that with a sensor this small your not going to be getting low DoF (Depth of Field, how much of the image is in focus) effects going on, well not naturally, however the Q has something up its sleeve for this.

The tele lens I'd recommend because after playing with the wide 6.3mm lens aka toy lens 04, I wouldn't recommend the 6.3, get the tele. It has auto-focus, and remarkably less noticeable barrel distortion than the prime?! If this is just a case of the the tele having better in body correction I don't know, but I would recommend someone getting this cheaper bundle with the telephoto, and forgetting the 6.3mm.

With lenses its worth noting you can fit via attachment rings available as of writing this review Cannon, Pentax and Nikon mount lenses on here. Just remember the crop factor is over five times!

The cameras performance in low light is remarkably good for such a small sensor, sure owners of the K-5 or D7000 grade sensors aren't going to be reaching for a Q to take high quality snaps, but thats not really the point.

Which brings me on to what I think the point of this camera is, quick snaps, and quick fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teefus on 20 Dec 2012
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I have bought this to supplement my Pentax K7, which can be cumbersome at times.The Pentax Q is tiny in comparison and is very similar in size to a compact camera.
It is what is called a "mirrorless", meaning that it is to all intents and purpose a DSLR, but without the mirror and associated pentaprism, making it smaller and lighter. Like the DSLR it has interchangeable lenses and is supplied in this case with the Prime 01 lens. this is equivalent to a standard 35mm lens of 47mm focal length. It is also very fast at f1.9. This makes it very easy to take indoors shots with no flash and is helped further by the incorporated shake reduction system. It is a brilliant standard lens for everyday shots and can force you to look at the creation of the shot rather than zooming in and out.
The picture taking options are vast, as one would expect from such a camera including aperature priority; shutter priority; auto mode; scene mode; fully manual; programme mode and blur control:
The facility I really do like is the ability to assign any functionality to a quick selector which is the round knob next to the lens. You can set 4 seperate modes directly to it. It is then a quick turn to selct your choice perhap black & white, sepia and many other functions. Much easier to allocate your favourites and twist the knob than cycle through the menu structure to change back and forth.
HD video is a breeze and produces excellent quality movies. No need for the camcorder now.
Image quality is excellent and the flash very good, lighting the sybject rather than blasting it!
With an adapter I can use any of my Pentax K lenses and my IR remote works too, both infront and behind the camera.
I am really impressive at the overall quality, function, build and delivery of the Pentax Q. Would I buy it again? Too right I would!!
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