Pentax has launched the Pentax Q, a small system camera with a brand new lens mount. Five new lenses for the Q have also been announced.
The Pentax Q joins compact system cameras from Panasonic, Sony, Olympus and Samsung that have many of the features and advantages of a DSLR, but lack the internal mirror mechanism that adds much to the bulk.
Pentax claims that the Q is the smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera. It hasn’t given details of exact weight and dimensions yet, however.
Check out our recent lab based results from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, Sony NEX-5 and Olympus E-PL2.
Sensor size is one of several key factors in determining camera image quality, with larger sensors often offering better image quality – particularly in dim light conditions. In this class of camera few models have sensors as large as those found in DSLRs, although the Samsung NX10 is one exception. The Pentax Q has a 1/2.3-inch 12.4Mp CMOS sensor. This isn’t as large either but should help produce better images than a compact camera.
Check out our digital compact camera reviews, if you fancy an even more compact camera.
Features on the Pentax Q include a 3-inch LCD screen with, according to Pentax, a 170 degree viewing angle. This should make shooting from various angles easier and is particularly useful when shooting macro. No viewfinder is included as standard though, however an attachable one will be offered as an optional accessory.
There’s also Full HD video recording in H.264 format, and bokeh control – a feature that allows users to easily control the amount of background or foreground blur when taking photos.
Pentax has said that the Q will be available in mid September. The price has yet to be announced.
Have a look at our full review of the Pentax K-r, a full size DSLR.
The first five lenses available for the Q include a 47mm fixed focal length, a 27.5-83mm zoom and a ‘fish-eye’ lens for an ultra-wide, and purposefully-distorted view.
There are also two ‘toy’ lenses, a 35mm and a 100mm, for interesting visual effects.
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