The Pentax Q is the first Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) from Pentax and the smallest camera of its kind (as of Oct. 2011). The Q uses the new back-lit sensor technology which promises to produce an image quality comparable to a much larger traditional sensor. In this review we shall examine that claim by comparing the Q to an Olympus four thirds camera, the Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3. Both cameras have a 12MP sensor and come in a kit with a prime lens which is what we will use for the comparison of image quality.
Is the Q too small to handle well? We will also examine that aspect and compare with the Olympus.
For the Pentax Q we will go beyond a mere comparison with the Olympus and review the camera and the Q system in-depth including the five lenses which are available.
When Pentax decide to develop an Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) they made the bold decision of taking advantage of the latest sensor technology and create a really compact system built around a tiny sensor, rather than creating a "me too", regularly sized camera.
This is not the first time for Pentax to go against the stream - back in 1979 they introduced the Pentax Auto 110 SLR camera which is the smallest Single Lens Reflex system camera ever produced. Even with a film size 8 times as large in area than the sensor of the Pentax Q, the auto 100 was still smaller than the Q!
Our Q came as a kit with the 01 Standard Prime Lens. The box contained the following:
The complete specifications of the Q can be found in our camera database so in this article we will just present the main specifications and with a comparison to the Olympus E-PL3:
Review originally published on October 22nd, 2011