Pentax Q Review

3.5
October 27, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Pentax Q.

Canon PowerShot G12

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The Canon PowerShot G12 is a serious camera aimed firmly at the well-off amateur or pro looking for a carry-everywhere compact. Building on the success of previous G-series models, for 2010 the G12 principally adds 720p HD video, stereo sound, High Dynamic Range shooting mode, and a DSLR-like front control dial. £539 / €649 / $499.99 is an awful lot of money for a compact with a small image sensor - read our expert Canon PowerShot G12 review to find out if its worth it.

Fujifilm FinePix X100

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The Fujifilm FinePix X100 camera is already one of the surprise hits of 2011, and it hasn't even hit the shops in any great numbers yet. That hasn't stopped us from taking our usual in-depth look at the gorgeously retro X100, with its large APS-C sensor, 35mm fixed focal length lens, and truly innovative hybrid viewfinder. Read our Fujifilm FinePix X100 review to find out if you really should order one now...

Leica X1

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The Leica X1 is a premium camera with a premium price-tag - £1395 / $1995 is a lot to ask for a compact camera, albeit one with a large APS-C sensor, fast f/2.8, 36mm lens and superlative handling. Can the Leica X1 possibly justify its credit-crunching cost of admission? Read our in-depth Leica X1 review to find out...

Nikon 1 J1

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The Nikon 1 J1 is the junior member of Nikon's new range of compact system cameras, featuring a smaller and lighter body at a cheaper price than the V1 model. Based around the same "CX" format sensor, the Nikon J1 is still all about pure speed, with fast auto-focusing and up to 60fps continuous shooting. The J1 also offers a built-in pop-up flash, 3 inch LCD screen, full HD video, and a range of innovative modes like Smart Photo Selector and Motion Snapshot. Read our in-depth Nikon 1 J1 review.

Nikon 1 V1

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The Nikon 1 V1 is the company's long-awaited entry into the rapidly growing compact system camera market. Based around the brand new "CX" format sensor, the Nikon V1 is all about speed, with fast auto-focusing and up to 60fps continuous shooting. The V1 also offers an electronic viewfinder, 3 inch LCD screen, full HD video, and a range of innovative modes like Smart Photo Selector and Motion Snapshot Mode. Can the Nikon V1 successfully carry on the long tradition of the company's DSLRs? Read our in-depth Nikon 1 V1 review to find out...

Olympus E-PL3

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The Olympus E-PL3 is a stylish new addition to the ever-growing compact system camera market. Also known as the PEN Lite, the EPL3 boasts the World's fastest autofocus system, a 3 inch tilting LCD display, new 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, full 1080i HD movie mode with stereo sound, and an extensive range of creative filters. Read our in-depth Olympus E-PL3 review.

Olympus E-PM1

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The Olympus E-PM1 is one of the smallest, lightest and arguably sexiest compact system cameras currently on the market. Also known as the PEN Mini, the svelte EPM1 boasts the World's fastest autofocus system, a 3 inch LCD display, new 12.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor, full 1080i HD movie mode with stereo sound, and an extensive range of creative filters. Read our in-depth Olympus E-PM1 review to find out if it's the perfect upgrade from your run-of-the-mill compact.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 is a new Compact System Camera designed to appeal to frustrated compact users looking to upgrade to something better but not necessarily bigger. Combining an innovative touch-screen interface with a simple control layout, tiny body and DSLR-like image quality and features, does the GF3 deliver both the portability of a compact and the professionalism of a DSLR? Read the World's First Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3 Review to find out...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 is the long-awaited successor to the ahead-of-its-time LX3, a compact camera that hit the sweet spot for photographers looking for a pocketable alternative to their DSLR. Fast forward two years to 2010, and it's the turn of the new LX5 to appeal to the more experienced prosumer, with a longer 3.8x lens, improved 10 megapixel sensor, AVCHD movies and a tweaked control system all on offer. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 review with sample JPEG, RAW and video files now.

Ricoh GR Digital IV

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The GR Digital IV is the 2011 version of Ricoh's compact camera for serious photographers. With a fixed focal length 28mm wide-angle lens, high-sensitivity 10 megapixel sensor, excellent 3 inch LCD screen and faster auto-focus system, can the Ricoh GR Digital IV justify its equally serious price-tag of £499 / $599? Read our Ricoh GR Digital IV review to find out...

Samsung EX1

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The Samsung EX1 (also known as the Samsung TL500) is a new pocket camera for serious photographers, sporting a bright f/1.8, 3x zoom lens, sensible 10 megapixel CCD sensor and a swivelling 3 inch AMOLED screen. RAW shooting, ISO 80-3200, image stabilisation and full manual control complete the EX1's main attractions. Read our Samsung EX1 review to find out if it hits the mark.

Samsung NX100

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The new NX100 is Samsung's answer to the Panasonic GF, Olympus PEN and Sony NEX - a mirrorless, compact system camera with interchangeable lenses and the attraction of a large APS-C sensor. As well as being smaller and lighter than the more DSLR-like NX10 model, the NX100 offers an innovative i-Function button which allows you to change the camera's key settings simply by pressing a button and turning the focus ring of the lens. With a retail price of around £449.99 / $599.99 with the new 20-50mm kit lens, the Samsung NX100 also offers fantastic value for money. Read our Samsung NX100 review to find out if it's the real deal...

Sigma DP2x

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The Sigma DP2x is a new compact camera featuring a large APS-C DSLR sensor from Foveon and a fixed 41mm lens with a fast aperture of f/2.8. Can Sigma's latest model compete with the recent crop of compact system cameras? Read our in-depth Sigma DP2x review to find out...

Sony NEX-C3

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The NEX-C3 is the third compact system camera from Sony, offering a number of refinements over the previous NEX-3 model. With a 16 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, 720p HD movies, high-res 3 inch tilting screen and external flash, the NEX-C3 also adds a range of Picture Effects, a refined user interface, and longer battery life. Read our in-depth Sony NEX-C3 review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files, and movies.

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