Pentax Q review

A tiny, but robust 12MP camera with interchangeable lenses

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Pentax q

Despite the small size, the Pentax Q boasts build quality to match many professional cameras. The body is constructed from magnesium alloy, which is finished in white or black paint and matching faux-leather trim to complete the retro look.

The build is reassuringly solid, feeling easily capable of coping with the rigours of daily use, whether slung in the bottom of a bag or stuffed in a pocket.

Pentax q

No sealing against dust or moisture has been applied to the body, which is where the DR II dust removal system described in the Overview section of this review comes in handy.

The main exposure mode dial provides quick access to the advanced exposure modes (Program, Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority), as well as the standard point and shoot automatic and scene modes.

Video recording is also accessed via this dial, since there's no dedicated video recording button as can be found on many other cameras. Those who record video clips regularly may find this omission a step backwards in terms of design.

Pentax q

The miniature dimensions can pose their own issues. The buttons used to navigate menus and access features such as the white balance and flash modes are very small. Pressing the button to access the ISO controls can be particularly difficult if you don't have dainty fingers, because it's nestled between the OK button and the raised thumb rest.

Other controls on the rear are also very small and recessed into the body, making them difficult to operate.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Weight (Approximate)180 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height57.5 mm
Width98 mm
Depth31 mm
Focal Length8.50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelQ
Product NameQ Mirrorless Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number15072
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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.

Package Contents
  • Q Mirrorless Camera
  • Standard PRIME 8.5mm f/1.9 Lens
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Strap O-ST115
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
  • Battery Charger D-BC68P
  • Software (CD-ROM)
  • Hot Shoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover
Limited Warranty1 Year