Summary: Since the beginning of the digital imaging revolution, a whole generation of photographers has grown up using compact P&S digital cameras. Those shutterbugs have grown progressively more sophisticated over the intervening years, but they still want tiny, easy to use cameras that produce excellent...
Pros: Excellent low ISO images, RAW shooting, Good HD video
Cons: Cost, Very limited lens selection, Noisy images at mid to high ISO
Summary: At £600 with the 8.5mm (47mm equivalent) f/1.9 prime lens, the Pentax Q certainly isn’t cheap. No doubt that a huge amount of R&D and development costs will have gone into the system, but perhaps not enough of the former to realise that an accessible price-point would have gone a long way in helping...
Pros: Small design, sharp & low noise images at ISO 125-400 settings, long lenses small in size, faster flash sync due to leaf shutter lenses (limited to 1/250th sec with external flash however)
Cons: Poor LCD screen, small sensor size means lack of shallow depth of field control, BC (Bokeh Control) mode is flawed and poor, function dial placed awkwardly by lens, not possible to fit an EVF, slow Raw shooting due to small buffer, expensive
Summary: No one can deny that the Pentax Q adds a little colour to the market. Its main talking points will always be its size, for reasons good and bad. The current ‘smallest interchangeable-lens camera' uses a much smaller sensor, but this is central to its being - compact size and compact lenses (and the...
Excerpt: Claimed to be the world’s lightest and smallest interchangeable lens camera, the Magnesium alloy Pentax Q comes with a tiny retro-styled body and a 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor that is designed to put the fun back into your photography.
Conclusion: Being as quick in its responses as a mid-range DSLR, the Pentax Q is more than a curio and we hope, with perhaps larger sensors in subsequent models, it will be the diminutive shape of things to come for compact system cameras.
Pros: Tiny body yet still sports a rugged-feel build; fun to use; fits conveniently in a pocket if the lens is removed; fast response times
Cons: Some may find the rear controls small and fiddly; battery life could be boosted; audio on video clips is mono only
Conclusion: Unique isn’t a word that should be used lightly, but the Pentax Q more than fits the bill. However, amid a competitive Compact System Camera market it fails to encapsulate true DSLR-like quality in a compact body.
Pros: It’s super-small, better than many high-end compact cameras
Cons: Small sensor limits depth of field control, stiff dials, awkward layout, expensive
Excerpt: The Pentax Q is an ultra compact mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, with a compact camera sized sensor. Pentax has announced 5 lenses to go with it, from fisheye to telephoto.
Pros: Smallest Interchangeable Lens Camera yet, Can save RAW file after you've taken a photo (from buffer), Good HDR Auto feature, 5fps continuous shooting (JPEG only), Excellent noise performance for a compact sensor, Good image quality and colour, Lots of customisable options, Low lens price
Cons: Not the cheapest mirrorless camera, Lacks panoramic mode (features everything else though!), Only 2/4x Manual focus zoom on screen, Screen blanks out in continuous shooting mode