PENTAX Q in black + 8.5 mm f/1.9 Lens Including Charger, Lithium battery

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  • Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)
  • Type: LCD display - 3" - colour
  • Type: Lens - 8.5 mm - f/1.9

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Pixmania's review : PENTAX Q in black + 8.5 mm f/1.9 Lens

The Pentax Q is one of the smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens cameras on the market.

Featuring a 12.4-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and sensor-shift shake reduction, the Pentax Q produces stunning, blur and dust-free photos even in low lighting. The continuous shooting mode lets you capture even the fastest action at a rate of 5 frames per second.  

Several smart effects on the Pentax Q allow you to add artistic flair to your creations. The Bokeh control filter emphasises the subject by creating an out-of-focus background. And there's a Full HD movie mode for shooting 1080p video. The HDMI socket makes it possible to output high definition pictures and footage, with sound, to an HDTV.

Supplied here with an 8.5 mm lens with a focal length of 47 mm

Internal menu languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Japanese

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Detailed product description

Pentax Q

PENTAX Q - The world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera body

The PENTAX Q features the newly developed Q mount, with a mount diameter shortened to approximately two-thirds of that of the conventional K mount. This was made possible by reducing the flange back (the distance from the lens mount surface to the image sensor surface) to nearly one-fifth of that of the K mount, as well as by optimizing the size of image circle of its lenses to be proportioned to the size of the compact image sensor.

The Q mount system also eliminates an optical finder, mirror box, focusing plate and AF sensor, making the PENTAX Q's body the smallest and lightest in its class. The body has been made of magnesium-alloy, which gives an elegant, high-quality texture to the compact, lightweight camera body while improving its durability.



Exceptional image quality through advanced technology

The PENTAX Q comes equipped with back illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor, which delivers beautiful, high-resolution images with approximately 12.4 effective megapixels. This is made possible by its high efficient light gathering optical construction that assures excellent high sensitivity and low noise characteristics and a high speed readout of image data signals. The PENTAX Q also features a new generation imaging engine integrating the best of PENTAX's state-of-the-art digital imaging technologies, developed and accumulated over many years of digital SLR camera development. By coupling this imaging engine with exclusively designed, high performance Q mount lenses, the PENTAX Q delivers clear, high contrast images rich in gradation and texture, even at edges. With high sensitivity noise minimized, the photographer can use the entire sensitivity range — from ISO 125 to the highest ISO 6400 — without worrying about annoying digital noise. By taking advantage of the HDR (High Dynamic Range) function that produces one composite photo from multiple images, it's easy to create beautiful images with an extra wide dynamic range and free of white-washed and blacked-out areas.

Innovative creative tool to add personal touches easily

The PENTAX Q offers a totally new style of photo shooting. By coupling the new Smart Effect function offering nine distinctive visual expressions via the easy access Quick-Dial positioned on the camera's front panel, the photographer can effortlessly add a desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the effect on the LCD monitor. The Quick-Dial has four positions, to which four favorite Smart Effect modes can be assigned in advance. The ever-popular Custom Image and Digital Filter functions have been further enhanced to provide an even greater range of image processing tools. In order to customize the PENTAX Q to accommodate specific shooting styles and user preferences, the user can also assign other options such as a custom image setting, a digital filter or an aspect ratio setting to the Quick-Dial.

Smart Effect modes

• Brilliant Color: Creates a lively atmosphere by raising the saturation level almost to the point of color saturation.
• Unicolor Bold: Creates an extremely high contrast image that retains one particular color in the image.
• Vintage Color: Produces a toy-camera-like effect, with a choice of several different finishing touches.
• Cross Processing: Produces a unique image with unusual colors, as if treated with the cross processing* used in film photography.
• Warm Fade: Creates a low contrast image with the white balance slightly shifted to pink shades.
• Tone Expansion: Produces a dramatic image with an artistic finishing touch, close to an intensified HDR (High Dynamic Range) effect.
• Bold Monochrome: Produces a low-key, high contrast image with enhanced sharpness.
• Water Color: Creates a watercolor-like finishing touch.
• Vibrant Color Enhance: Creates a flowery atmosphere with slightly enhanced contrast.
• USER: Used to enter a user-selected combination of custom image mode and a digital filter.

*A film development technique that uses an unconventional film developer to create a distinctive finishing touch with dramatic colors.

High quality, Full HD movie recording

The PENTAX Q comes equipped with a Full HD movie recording function employing the H.264 recording format, allowing user to capture high quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The user can also take advantage of interchangeable Q-mount lenses to produce distinctive perspectives, or make effective use of the Smart Effect modes** and other in-body movie editing tools to produce creative, dramatic visual expressions with great ease, even during movie recording. The PENTAX Q also provides a micro-HDMI terminal (type D), which allows the user to simultaneously output both Full HD movie clips and sound to external devices via a single terminal.

**The frame rate may vary when a selected Smart Effect mode requires nonstandard image processing.

Effortless Bokeh control

The PENTAX Q comes equipped with newly developed bokeh control function, which allows user to capture the image with obtrusive objects in the field of view optimally defocused. With this function, the camera will automatically judge the focused subject as well as relative distance of each object from the camera in the field of view to apply optimal defocus effect to each object to stand out the main subject(s). This function will allow even a first-time digital photographer to easily capture the images with such effects as background defocus or foreground defocus that otherwise require certain extent of familiarity with the photography.

SR mechanism for sharp, blur-free images

The PENTAX Q incorporates the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which automatically shifts the CMOS image sensor to offset camera shake detected by the camera's motion sensor. As a result, the PENTAX Q produces sharp, blur-free images even under demanding conditions that are prone to camera shake, such as when using a telephoto lens, shooting in the dark without flash illumination, or capturing landscapes in the twilight. Therefore, whatever lens mounted on the PENTAX Q, it does not need to be stabilized, which is a subsequent financial advantage for the user.

Dependable features available only with interchangeable lens cameras

The PENTAX Q offers a host of user-friendly, functional features available only with digital interchangeable-lens cameras. Its top shutter speed of 1/2000 second freezes the decisive moment of the subject's action. To accommodate user preferences and varying photographic applications, it also offers a choice of four different exposure modes: the user-friendly Programmed AE (P) mode that automatically selects an optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed; the Aperture-Priority AE (AV) and Shutter-Priority AE (TV) modes that allow the photographer to faithfully reproduce specific creative intentions on resulting images; and the Metered Manual (M) mode. It even allows the photographer to instantly switch from the P mode to the AV or TV mode with a simple turn of an electronic dial.

Large, wide view LCD monitor

The PENTAX Q features a large, easy-to-view, high resolution 3.0-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots. Its wide view design assures a clear view of the monitor from approximately 170 degrees horizontally and vertically, making it particularly useful in low and high angle shooting.

Dependable DRII mechanism for effective dust removal

The PENTAX Q's DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism effectively prevents annoying dust spots from spoiling captured images, even after the user changes lenses out in the open. Like PENTAX's K-5 and 645D digital SLR cameras, it incorporates highly effective supersonic vibration mechanism, which vibrates image sensor at high speed to shake the dust off its surface.

High speed continuous shooting at five images per second

The PENTAX Q's high speed burst shooting mode allows the photographer to record up to five images (in JPEG recording format) in a single sequence, at a maximum speed of approximately five images per second. This mode comes in handy when trying to preserve the action of fast-moving subjects in a series of images.

Built-in auto flash with pop-up mechanism

The PENTAX Q comes with a built-in auto flash (guide number 7 at ISO 200/m). The photographer can either use it at the default position, or raise it to the pop-up position with simple operation to widen its discharge angle to cover a 28mm angle of view (in the 35mm format).

Other features

• TTL image-sensor metering, with a choice of multi-segment, center-weighted and spot modes
• Contrast-detection autofocus system, with a face recognition function and 25 selectable focus points
• CTE white-balance control mode to emphasize the dominant color of a particular scene, such as the sunset
• Auto Picture mode for effortless shooting
• 21 scene modes, including new Forest and Stage Lighting options
• A choice of image size (4:3, 3:2, 16:9 or 1:1) to accommodate different subjects and applications
• Multi-exposure mode (up to 9 exposures on a single image), with an auto exposure compensation function
• Interval shooting mode, convenient for recording transition of landscapes and flowers/plants from exact same location and angle
• HDR mode to produce photo with an extra wide dynamic range composite photo from three images of varying exposures
• A choice of data storage medium: SD, SDHC and the new-standard SDXC memory cards
• SILKY Developer Studio 3 for PENTAX RAW-data development software (developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) included; in-camera RAW-data development also available

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Technical specifications

General

Body Material Magnesium alloy
Product Type Digital camera - mirrorless system
Enclosure Colour Black
Width 9.8 cm
Depth 3.1 cm
Height 5.8 cm
Weight 180 g

Main Features

Resolution 12.4 Megapixel
Optical Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Image Stabiliser Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
Total Pixels 12,750,000 pixels
Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Shooting Programs Landscape, portrait mode, macro, museum, surf & snow, PET, Blue Sky, food, night scene, sunset, candle, night snapshot, night scene with portrait, kids, Stage, night scene HDR, moving object, quick macro, forest, backlight silhouette
Exposure Modes Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority
Face Detection Yes
Special Effects Soft, Slim, fisheye, natural, bright, Vibrant, Sketch, monochrome, Muted, landscape, portrait, Water Colour, miniature, Cross Process, Retro, Colour Extract, Toy camera, starburst, High contrast, Colour Invert, Bleach Bypass, Posterisation, Radiant, Reversal Film, Shading
Exposure Metering Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot
Remote Control Optional
White Balance Presets Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, Flash, daylight, shade, Color Temperature Enhancement (CTE)
White Balance Custom, automatic, presets
Continuous Shooting Speed 1.5 frames per second, 5 frames per second
Exposure Range EV 1.3-17 ( ISO 125 )
Sensor Features Dust Reduction (image sensor vibration)
Sensor Dust Reduction Yes
Colour Support Colour
Video Capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps
H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps
Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
Still Image Format JPEG, DNG (RAW) + JPEG, DNG (RAW)
Light Sensitivity ISO auto (125-6400), ISO 125-6400
Effective Sensor Resolution 12,400,000 pixels
Shooting Modes 4 x
Product Type ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Memory / Storage

Supported Flash Memory SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
Image Storage DNG (RAW) 4000 x 3000
JPEG 4000 x 3000
JPEG 4000 x 2664
JPEG 4000 x 2248
JPEG 3456 x 2592
JPEG 3456 x 2304
JPEG 3456 x 1944
JPEG 2688 x 2016
JPEG 2688 x 1792
JPEG 2688 x 1512
JPEG 1920 x 1440
JPEG 1920 x 1080
JPEG 2992 x 2992
JPEG 2592 x 2592
JPEG 2016 x 2016
JPEG 1440 x 1440
JPEG 1280 x 1280

Software

Software Drivers & Utilities, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0

Connections

Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB
1 x composite video/audio output
1 x HDMI output
Expansion Slot(s) 1 x SD Memory Card

Additional Features

Self Timer Yes
Self Timer Delay 2sec, 12sec
Additional Features Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, resizing an image, shadow point display, interval shooting mode, highlight point display, in-camera film editing, 1080p Full HD movie recording, Manual Focus Check Live View, face detection, Exif Print support, in-camera RAW processing, display colour control, HDR image enhancement technology, High ISO NR, Bokeh Control Filter
Flash Terminal Hot shoe

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature 40 °C
White Balance 0 °C

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories Carrying strap, body cap, shoe cap

Camera Flash

Features AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation
Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 7
Flash Terminal Pop-up flash
Flash Modes 28 cm
Red Eye Reduction Yes

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Display

Type LCD display - 3" - colour
Display Form Factor Built-in
Display Format 460,000 pixels

Battery

Supported Battery Pentax D-LI68
Supported Battery Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Lens System

Type Lens - 8.5 mm - f/1.9
Optical Sensor Type TTL contrast detection
Colour Support Automatic, manual
Effective Sensor Resolution F/1.9
Filter Size 40.5 mm
Total Pixels 49.5 degree(s)
Resolution 47mm
Macro Focus Range 20 cm
Min Focus Range 25
Focus Adjustment 8.5 mm
Sensor Dust Reduction Pentax Q-mount
Optical Sensor Size 5 group(s) / 8 element(s)
Sensor Features Internal focusing system, aspherical lens, built-in neutral density filter

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