Pentax Q: World’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera

Here are the full details on the Pentax Q camera:

The Q represents an evolution in interchangeable lens digital camera design, featuring the world’s smallest and lightest body. Experience the PENTAX Q. The Camera. Evolved.

Q-Mount Lens System
The Q features the newly designed PENTAX Q-mount lens system for convenient interchangeability with a variety of specialty Q lenses. Choose from a selection of prime, zoom, fisheye lenses, and more to suit just about any photographic need.

12.4 Megapixels
Enjoy exceptional image quality in 12.4 megapixels courtesy of the Q’s 1/2.3 inch backlit CMOS image sensor. Capable of producing 12 bit DNG RAW and JPG images, the backlit CMOS sensor is a highly efficient light-gathering instrument designed specifically to produce very low noise at high levels of sensitivity.

Though extremely compact, the Q is also surprisingly durable, sporting lightweight, scratch resistant magnesium alloy covers.

Traditional DSLR Shooting Modes
Experienced photographers will enjoy the power and flexibility of traditional DSLR shooting modes such as Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority, and Metered Manual exposure control. Yet casual shooters will appreciate the highly convenient automatic modes such as the set-it-and-forget-it PENTAX Auto Picture and 21 scene modes.

Customizable Quick Dial
Conveniently choose from a variety of creative modes, Smart Effect options, or camera settings to assign to the Q’s Quick Dial located on the front of the camera. Easily customize the setting or effect using the Quick Dial’s 4 positions, allowing you to concentrate on photography without having to explore the camera’s menu system.

HDR Capture
In-camera HDR capture mode shoots 3 images of varying exposures, blending them to bring out the details in even the darkest shadows and brightest highlights of extreme contrast shots.

1080p HD Video
Shoot high quality motion video with stunning full 1080p HD clarity at 30 frames per second. The Q efficiently processes the full HD video using high quality h.264 compression for superior color and detail. Explore creative video effects through the use of custom image modes, digital video filters, and interval shooting; or select from a variety of Q lenses to realize your perfect artistic vision.

Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction
Capture stabilized, blur and dust free images even in low lighting courtesy of the Q’s sensor-shift Shake Reduction system with integrated DRII Dust Reduction. Body-based Shake Reduction operates independently of the Q’s lenses, allowing the same level of stabilization regardless of lens selection.

3 Inch LCD Monitor
Easily capture or review images and video using the Q’s large 3 inch LCD monitor. The high quality LCD features HVGA resolution with 460,000 dots, as well as viewing angles up to 170 degrees horizontally and vertically.

Capture even the fastest action with a 5 frames per second continuous shooting mode, ideal for sporting events, children at play, or any fast action situation.

Bokeh Control Filter
Enjoy effortless bokeh control with the Q’s bokeh control filter. Traditionally controlled through a DSLR lens’s aperture, bokeh is the out of focus part of the background that helps to emphasize the subject, drawing the viewer’s eyes to the most important part of the photo. The Q assists the experienced and casual photographer alike by offering a fine degree of extra control over image bokeh via an in-camera filter operation.

Smart Effects Mode
New Smart Effects modes enhance digital photography by applying a series of effects to images to achieve high quality finishing. Brilliant Color, Vintage Color, Warm Fade, Bold Monochrome, and Water Color are just some of the Smart Effects available, which can also be assigned to the Q’s Quick Dial.

USER Modes For Creativity
Powerful USER modes allow the creative photographer to save a series of favorite camera settings, filters, and custom image modes for instant reuse.

1/2000 to 30 Second Shutter Speeds
Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 30 seconds, perfect for freezing fast action or capturing long nighttime exposures. Bulb mode adds flexibility for low light photography and motion effects.

Built-In Popup Flash
The Q’s built-in popup flash adds the perfect amount of extra light to an image, while its high extension naturally reduces the redeye effect common to compact cameras. The Q’s flash is effective to 23 feet at 200 ISO, and covers a wide angle 28 degree field of view.

A built-in micro HDMI port is perfect for outputting high resolution images and video, with sound, to modern HDTVs.

SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memorey Cards
The Q is compatible with the latest generation SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards for ultra-high capacity storage as well as outstanding image file portability.

RAW File Processing
The Q includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3 software for powerful and flexible RAW file processing. In-camera RAW image development is also supported.

External Viewfinder Available Separately
Compose images and video either with the Q’s LCD monitor or using a shoe-mounted viewfinder attachment available as an optional accessory. The External Viewfinder O-VF1 makes an excellent accessory to the Q, offering outstanding compositional framing, even in the brightest sunlight where viewing an LCD screen is traditionally a challenge.

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  • jerl

    As expected, this seems kind of underwhelming. Personally, I was hoping that the press release would show what advantages this has over other mirrorless systems, but nope, nothing at all. The camera doesn’t seem particularly small, and the mention of numerous fluffy effects suggests that the camera is designed to be popular with the mass consumer market. I’ll wait for some reviews before any other comments.

    • Global

      You’re right, let’s give it a fair chance. The standard to compare it too are 4/3rds cameras (vs. Lens Size) and the Canon S95 (vs. image quality).

      If it fits in between those two — then it might be pretty OK!

      Price is a serious issue. The Canon S95 is only $350 — so if image quality is only on par (or worse than), then everyone will forget this camera immediately. ANYHOW, here’s looking forward to Pentax surprising us with something miraculous outside of physics. Cheers.

      • El Aura

        Same size, same weight as the S95 but without a lens? With a lens it is significantly thicker, not faster with the zoom (adjusted for sensor size) and maybe a stop faster at 50 mm equiv. with the prime.

  • MG

    I want to see the lenses.

    ”Enjoy effortless bokeh control with the Q’s bokeh control filter.” sounds awful. will look even worse. ;]


    • Global


      The size of the lenses are a critical factor. If they are truly pocketable, some people might want this thing, regardless of the too-tiny-with-way-too-many-megapixels-to-be-any-good sensor.

      I don’t understand why they didn’t make a 1/1.8″ 10MP sensor with a series of super pancake primes. Its a shame, because I would have been very interested in that.

  • MG

    the first company who builds a 35mm mirrorless system will get my money

    • Prepare to shell out sth like 10 grands for your mirrorless 35mm Leica M9/M9P with lens then 😀

    • That guy

      Does Leica ring a bell?

      • MG

        well.. I skipped a few features assuming, that everybody has the same needs as I have… like AF, or an EVF or.. a price that is reasonable.

        • Anon

          Because it is impossible to take pictures without autofocus or an electronic viewfinder. The Leica might be $7000 but it will last a good fifty years.

          • MG

            😀 what kind of logic is that?

            it is possible and I have done so many times. it’s just not my preferable way of shooting.

            give me 7000$ and I will buy the m9 and cherish it for life.

  • Pdf Ninja

    This sensor is smaller than the Canon S95.
    Pentax Q: 1/2.3″ (6.16 x 4.62 mm)
    Canon S95: 1/1.7″ (7.6 x 5.7 mm)
    Nikon D7000: (23.6 x 15.6 mm)

    Sure the Q is backlit, but I question whether it’s worth the extra money and increased size over an LX5, XZ-1, or S95.

  • yeah, with that sensor size why bother.

  • Ed

    Who cares about specifications?
    This is the most ugly camera EVER!
    I would feel so ashamed running around with a thing like this.

  • Did anybody think the X100 would do as well as it does at ISO 3200? On an APS-C sensor? Nope. It’ll surprise us I think, and with that ƒ1.9 47mm ~e lens, it’s pretty fast.

    If it’s not 800 bucks I think it’ll sell to consumers pretty well. I can think of a lot of customers at work that will be into this.

    • JED

      The X100 performance at ISO 3200 was entirely predictable. Have you not been paying attention to all the other APS-C cameras?

  • sflxn

    Epic FAIL

  • graham

    Well here is what I think, while you guys knock it over the sensor size this camera does some innovative things too- it’s obviously not marketed as seriously as the X100 but it’s going to be perfect for the “lomography” hipster crowd. Yes I may dislike the hipsters as much as anyone, but a camera with a fisheye, toy lenses, and retro-futuristic front fascia has appeal to a youth market and not serious photographers. I can see a lot of aspiring “photographers” aka teenagers (who buy nikon D3100s and such) flocking to this thing. Not to mention the lens leaf shutter, which means a 1/2000th flash sync speed… perfect for action sports with strobes. A place where bokeh or noise isn’t going to be a bother as there’s ample lighting from the flashes. And a built in ND filter? Hopefully they bring these innovations to other cameras. I’d love it if my 60D had built in ND filters or that kind of sync speed.

    So I guess it’s not really that big of an epic fail if you think about it from a 15-22 year old kid’s perspective???

  • Arno

    High iso image samples :

    Pretty impressive for a tiny sensor !

    • bob

      “Pretty impressive for a tiny sensor !” THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!!!!!

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