Oct 23, 2011
Pentax Q Review
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.
Table of Contents
- Construction and Handling
- Lens Overview
- Field of View Comparison
- General Image Quality
- Depth of Field and Blur Control
- High ISO Noise
- Night Photography
- Image Quality - Other
- Sample Photos - Pentax Q
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!
In the Box
Our Q came as a kit with the 01 Standard Prime Lens. The box contained the following:
- Pentax Q camera body with body cap and hot shoe cover Fk
- Strap O-ST115
- Li-Ion recargable battery D-LI68
- Battery charger D-BC68P
- Power cord
- USB cable I-USB7
- Operating manual (258 pages)
- Quick start guide
- CD-ROM S-SW115 with Silky Pix Developer Studio 3.0 for Pentax
- Serial number cards for camera and lens
- 01 lens (8.5mm F1.9) with front and rear caps
- Operating manual for lens (one sheet of paper)
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:
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