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10-05-2015, 11:56 PM   #1
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Is q camera line dead?

I asking that because q was on 12-13 months update cycle and now It's been 14 months since qs1 was announced.

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It's certainly ready for an update. All in due time, I hope.

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10-06-2015, 12:23 AM   #3
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I sure hope not. I'm guessing that the upcoming full-frame DSLR is taking up most of the development budget/time.
10-06-2015, 01:23 AM   #4
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They might be waiting on a new generation sensor to be released.
FI a 1/1.7" sensor with support for 4K video.

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Everyone is holding their breath for the FF DSLR, so Pentax cannot make other announcements now. I think/hope the Q is just a little delayed
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Sony has new 14 and 20 mp sensors listed, but I haven't seen cameras from any manufacturers that use them yet. It makes me think they are not really delivering them yet. That could be what is holding up the new Q. One of those listed sensors is the stacked type that they use in their latest RX100 camera, so it could be capable of 4K.

I'm sorry, but I don't have time to find the link to the Sony page that lists this right now.
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Or may by they in court with leica?
10-06-2015, 02:42 AM   #8
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4K, and 120fps & 250fps @ 1080p that would be great....

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QuoteOriginally posted by i83N Quote
Or may by they in court with leica?
? Context ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
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Probably because a Pentax Q and a Leica Q exist...
10-06-2015, 07:57 AM   #11
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The Sony RX 100 itinerations and the Panasonic GM5 have pummeled it to the ground.
It will go down in history as one of the quirky developments in digital camera history. I would say it's a buried niche product.. much like the K01, dead on arrival..
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It does make you wonder where the Q will find room to grow.
If the newer sensor candidates have 14 or 20MP resolutions, then Q users will find that diffraction limits arrive even sooner. It's a bit of a limitation to the current system to have to keep lens apertures at f4.0 or wider. With a finer pixel pitch on an "upgraded" sensor, then we'd have to be shooting at f2.8 or wider?
And then Pentax would have to come up with a few wider aperture lenses to make that work.
Maybe the Q system is at its limit with 12MP sensors - and even though Q fans know how to make that work, the rest of the market will perceive 12MP as being behind the times.
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10-06-2015, 09:53 AM   #13
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The Q and anything similar will soon be dead due to the smartphone. A smartphone can now use almost any lens with an adaptor, right? So how hard will it be to add a bigger sensor, an improved chip and simple hardware to give excellent camera-like performance? If you are Apple selling over 200 million phones* per year, the sunk cost for this amounts to almost nothing (see: • Apple iPhone: global sales 2007-2015, by quarter | Statistic).

I have the Q and really like it for what it is. Regardless, it will be a dinosaur within 3-5 years just like the offerings from Panasonic, SONY and Leica. Eventually smartphones will simply "snap" into camera housings that will have adaptors for any lens (assuming you want DSLR capabilities) and everything else used today will be sold on eBay with starting bids of $0.01.

* Take $140 billion in high margin sales and throw only $50 - $100 million into developing or buying out companies that can give a smartphone solid camera functions, and the Q and similar offerings are dead.

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I got on the Q bandwagon with the original Q.
Battery life and IQ kinda chilled me on the Q line.
Subsequent Q models that have come since then are better I hear.
Still, I'm not convinced to get back on the Q until those two things are improved to my liking.
Loved it when I was playing with it.
I hope the Q is not dead.
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I still think the Q-mount system has enormous untapped potential. There are many innovative things that could be done with it. (re: Q Air, Q One, Super Q, Stereo Q, etc.) Whether Ricoh see it that way or want to go there is an open question.

In the short term, it would be nice if we at least get the telephoto macro lens that's been on the roadmap for so long. But if the Q line is ended and closed out, I'll sigh and shrug and keep right on using mine anyhow. It's still working superbly for me.

EDIT: Don't forget, we did recently get a compact flash unit that is well suited to the Q.

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