Camera News
by Brad Soo on June 23 2011

Pentax Q
(Compact interchangeable lens camera)

Pentax marked their entrance into the compact interchangeable lens camera market today with the announcement of the “Q” camera that uses a new Pentax Q mount (along with five strangely named “number” Q lenses). The camera is significantly smaller than competing cameras from the likes of Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Olympus because of its 1/2.3 inch sensor (closer to the size you’d get in compact cameras rather than digital SLR models).

  • 12 megapixel 1/2.3″ backlit CMOS sensor
  • Q-mount (5.5X crop factor) lenses
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • 3 inch LCD (460k pixels)
  • Built-in flash and flash hotshoe
  • Full manual controls with RAW mode
  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting mode
  • ISO range: ISO 125 to 6400
  • Creative Control mode (rebranded from My Color mode) allows you to use effects on photos
  • 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 at 30 FPS) movie mode with mono sound
  • Takes SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in September for $800 (with 85 mm f1.9 Pentax 01 lens)
  • Comes in your choice of black or white

The new lenses include:

  • Optional optical viewfinder Pentax 01 lens: $250
  • Pentax 01 prime 85 mm f1.9, built-in neutral density filter
  • Pentax 02 standard zoom 28 – 83 mm, built-in neutral density filter: $300
  • Pentax 03 fisheye, 160 degree: $130
  • Pentax 04 “toy” wide (provides a ‘faded, nostalgic’ effect to images) 35 mm: $80
  • Pentax 05 “toy” telephoto (provides a ‘faded, nostalgic’ effect to images) 100 mm: $80

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