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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.
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.
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.