Summary: I received the Pentax Q and saw it for the first time. Wow, it's so cute. I looks like a toy camera. It's even smaller than most point and shoot cameras in terms of the body size. Even with the lens, it's smaller than most cameras with its lens extended. I did try the zoom lens, but I really like the prime lens for size, speed, and image quality.
Get Firmware update, need prime lens, not for clumsy fingers or memories.
17 August 2013
Summary: Cons: Small camera. Battery Life. Fingers in the way of buttons until you know where to hold camera, a camera case helps. Flimsy #02 zoom lens build. Factory firmware blows (it made camera slow to focus and shoot). To many menus. Lens choices (only 6) all flimsy. Should have bought it in white. Pros: Small camera "007-ish". The body is built well, cheap price for what you get. Firmware updates make all the difference!
Summary: This camera isn't quite what I was looking for. It's stellar in compact size, but not quite as point and shoot ready in automatic as I thought. Every time I held the shutter half way for it to focus, half the time I would get a red box that signified it wasn't ready to take a picture. And this was in auto! The other thing about this camera is that, yes, it is significantly smaller and lighter than a DSLR, it was still bulky enough in my purse to bother me.
Summary: for the price, just over $200, it is better than a point and shoot but I wouldn't pay more than that for it. Auto focus is funky. It works most of the time but not always. So for $200 yes, its a deal. The newer models may be an improvement but they are considerably higher in cost.
An interesting, but compromised, small camera. Read the pros and cons!
Michael A. Duvernois, Amazon
17 February 2012
Summary: The idea of a compact system camera is to take the important internal bits of a DLSR and pack them into a smaller package. This is a small package. Heck, it's tiny really. With the lens off, it's a small, compact camera. With the lens it's obviously a bit bigger, but should fit just fine in a jacket pocket or small case.
Summary: this review is written for the sake of those folk who are looking to buy this camera and are looking for clues/advice from reviews/reviewers. the q is one of many cameras l have tried/tested these past few years and my bottom line opinion is that your money is better spent on something else such as: the sony hx30/50 .. the fuji xf1.. the nikon j2..or the lumix tz25/30.
Summary: Had this little thing for several months now so I feel i have 'run it in' so to speak and the one thing I can say for certain is that PQ in auto mode is awful. Since auto is what i spend most of my time using (since this camera is made for taking everywhere and snapping away with) this is a big disappointment. Everything seems a little dull and microscopically out of focus (my £69 Fuji takes sharper, clearer pictures).
A nice camera, but for a better photographer than me...
Bob Shaw, Amazon
12 August 2013
Summary: If you want a conversation piece camera - this is it! Guys love it because it has all the bells and whistles of a proper DSLR (gadget appeal), girls love it because it is tiny and "cute". We have a proper DSLR, which this was supposed to augment, That you can just whip it out and snap away in Auto, then if you have the time to be a bit creative, you can adjust away to your hearts content.
Excerpt: Купил за шестьтысяч рублей. Сразу же обновил прошивку до 1.13.
Pros: Много настроек. Можно использовать электронный затвор. Можно использовать матричный стабилизатор с любой оптикой. Шумов по сравнению с мыльницами пятилетней давности существенно меньше.
Cons: Несмотря на игрушечный вид, камера для мыльницы с 3х зумом велика и тяжела. Некс с раскладным зумом 16-50 будет то же по размерам. В комплекте не идет бленда. Есть задняя крышка к объективу на камеру, но очень уж они неудобные, предназначены для транспортировки в коробке. При использовании с чужими объективами выдержка не может быть больше 2 секунд(!) В камере затвора нет, они в объективах, поэтому с чужими объективами только электронный затвор (кадр считывается за 1/...
Summary: Hace unos meses me propuse comprar una nueva cámara más compacta para poder llevar siempre encima. Tras muchos análisis, llegué a la tienda... y me los pasé todos por el forro. Cuando vi la Pentax Q, no pude resistirme. La primera impresión fuera de la caja fue muy buena. Pequeña, ligera, muy manejable (si tienes manos pequeñas como yo) y de encendido bastante rápido.