Had a lot of issues focusing it to take photos ...
22 July 2014
Summary: Had a lot of issues focusing it to take photos in the beginning. Bought it as a birthday present for my younger brother. Surprise/delight was replaced with frustration in no time. Not sure how it's worked out since.
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: Update as of August 2014: Had problem with shutting down in combination dial setting and filters: BW(monochrome) and toy camera... the camera would shut down!!! The firmware update V1.14 fixed this. Thank You Pentax!!! Still a Great little camera! 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).
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.
this is a little gem and beautifully made camera, but...
T.J.Byford "TJ", Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I recall when this camera hit the shops and was gobsmacked at its original asking price. Overpriced? Yes, but it was soon reduced substantially, no doubt reflecting a significant drop in sales once early adopters had had their fill, or the market realised its performance was not up to scratch for the price. Undoubtedly, this is a little gem and beautifully made camera, no denying that.
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).