- 12.4Mp 1/2.3″ Backlit CMOS Sensor
- 3.0″ LCD Display
- 8.5mm Lens (Equivalent to 47mm)
- Q-Mount Lens System
- DNG RAW + JPEG Images
- Captures 1080p HD Video
- SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
- 1/2000 to 30 Second Shutter Speeds
- Bokeh Control Filter
- Traditional DSLR Shooting Modes
The Pentax Q is a small, lightweight interchangeable lens cam with the look and feel of a rangefinder, but many of the capabilities of a DSLR. Whether you’re looking to shoot in stealth mode, or you simply want an easy to carry camera that provides more versatility than a point-and-shoot, the Q was designed with you in mind. Some might consider it a party camera. Pentax simply calls it “evolved”.
Whatever you call it, the facts are this ladies and gentlemen, the Q captures in 12.4Mp RAW or JPEG files using it’s 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor. It comes with an 8.5mm (47mm equivalent) lens and a number of accessories for getting started from day one. And in addition to taking detailed still images, the Q also captures 1080p video, as has been the norm for this genre of compact digital cams.
Pentax also boasts the durability of the Q, citing its magnesium alloy covers which are also scratch resistant. A 3.0″ LCD screen allows for composition of images and in-camera review of your files. The camera also has a built-in pop-up flash, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot, and useful ports, such as an HDMI micro. A nice option for the Q is an external viewfinder, which will give you even more of that old school feel.
In regards to DSLR capabilities, the Q features a customizable quick dial, like most DSLRs, which allows for quick access to custom settings that you choose or to creative modes, Smart Effect options, and other camera settings. Another way in which the camera mimics the famed DSLR is with a number of flexible settings like Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority, and the like. Another useful feature, HDR Capture, blends 3 images together for images that bring out details in the shadows and extreme highlights for contrasty, yet balanced shots.
Additional hightlight of the Q include a bokeh control filter. The bokeh filter does what a traditional DSLR controls through the lens aperture, by focusing out the background and bringing the most important part of the image into sharp focus. This not only makes for dynamic photos, it takes the guesswork out of the photographer’s hands, guaranteeing beautiful bokeh. Another handy feature is the Smart Effects mode for adding finishes such as Vintage Color, Bold Monochrome, and Warm Fade to selected images.