Pentax Q review

A tiny, but robust 12MP camera with interchangeable lenses

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Pentax q

NOISE: Long exposures are prone to noise in shadow and midtone areas, even at the base ISO.

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BURNOUT: High contrast scenes can pose issues with highlights burning out easily.

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Pentax q review

METER: Scenes with even contrast are generally metered accurately with Segment
Metering.

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Pentax q review

LOW LIGHT: Low light performance is up with the best compact cameras, but cannot compete with larger sensor cameras, due to noise and slow autofocus.

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COLOURFUL: Colours are normally reproduced quite vividly using default settings.

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Pentax q review

HDR: The Auto HDR feature is useful for contrasty scenes, but images could benefit from a little adjustment in image editing software afterwards.

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BLUR CONTROL: The small sensor means it can be difficult to blur backgrounds. The Blur Control feature does a decent job of creating a shallow depth of field effect, but doesn't always get the effect right.

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DETAIL: Levels of detail are good when compared to other compact cameras.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
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