Pentax Q Review

3.5
October 27, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Type
Camera Type
  • Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera
  • PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
  • Q-mount lenses
Sensor
Type
  • Sensor Type 1/2,3’’
Size
  • CMOS sensor, with primary colour filter
Total Pixels
  • 12,75 MP total
Effective Pixels
  • Approx. 12.4 MP effective
Sensitivity
  • AUTO : ISO 125 to 6400 (1/3 EV steps) Bulb mode : up to ISO 1600
Shake Reduction
  • Sensor shift Shake reduction
Sensor Cleaning
  • Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations ‘DRII’
Focusing System
Type
  • Type Contrast detection AF
Focus Range (automatic)
  • Focus mode AF/MF switching Face Detection, Tracking , AF Select (25 Points), Select, Spot
Applicable Illumination Range
  • Brightness range: EV1 to 18 (ISO125)
AF assist
  • AF Assist Light Dedicated LED AF assist light
  • MF Assist OFF/ x2/ x4
Screen
Type
  • 3’’ TFT color LCD monitor, wide-angle viewing
Resolution
  • 460k dots Brightness and colors adjustable
Playback
  • Display Field of view : approx. 100%, grid display (4x4 grid, Golden section, scale display), Bright/dark area warning, histogram
Exposure system
Metering
  • Type TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, center weighted metering and spot metering
Exposure Modes
  • AutoPicture mode (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest) Scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue sky, Night scene, Night scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Quick Macro*, Pet, Kids, Forest, Surf & snow, HDR*, Backlight silhouette, Candlelight, Stage lighting, Museum, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Blur control* * JPEG only
  • Shutter Lens shutter : 1/2000—30 seconds (1/3EV step, 1/8000—30 seconds when electronic shutter setting is enabled), Bulb
    * Shooting at 1/8000—2 seconds with electronic shutter and bulb shooting are not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter
  • Aperture From wide open to F8 *Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter
  • ND Filter Off/On * Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter
Auto Exposure Lock
  • AE Lock Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu
    Continuous as long as the sutter release button is pressed halfway
Compensation
  • Exposure compensation EV1.3-17 (ISO 125, F1.9 lens), +/-2EV using the electronic
  • Exposure compensation EV1.3-17 (ISO 125, F1.9 lens), +/-2EV using the electronic
Flash
Type
  • Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
  • Guide number : approx.5.6 (ISO 125/m) / approx.7 (ISO 200/m) Angle of view : coverage : wide-angle lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Modes
  • Flash modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
  • Sync Speed Lens shutter : 1/2000sec., electronic shutter : 1/13 sec.
Exposure Compensation
  • -2.0 to + 1.0 EV
Movie
Recording
  • Drive modes Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), remote control (0 sec. 3 sec. continuous), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, remote control)
  • Continuous shooting Continuous hi : Approx. 5 fps up to 5 frames in JPEG (12M, ???)
  • Continuous lo : Approx. 1.5 fps up to 100 frames in JPEG (12M, ???)
  • Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
  • White Balance Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual (configuration on monitor). Fine adjustment (+/-7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis)
    Noise Reduction High-ISO NR
  • Dynamic Range Setting Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
    Lens correction Distortion Correction
  • Digital Filter Toy camera, High contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water color, Posterization, Fish-eye
  • HDR Capture Auto, HDR1, HDR2
  • Multi-exposure Number of shots : 2-9, exposure adjusted automatically
  • Interval Shooting Shooting interval : 1 sec. to 24 hr, Start interval setting : immediately from the set time. Number of shoots : up to 999 images
  • Smart Effect Brillant color, unicolor Bold, Vintage color, Cross Processing, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Water Color, Vibrant Color enhance, USER 1 to 3
Editing
  • File format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Recorded Pixels Full HD (1920x1020, 16:9, 30fps), HD (1280x720, 16:9, 30fps), VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30fps)
  • Quality levels ??? (best), ?? (better), ? (good)
  • Sound Built-in monaural microphone
  • Recording time Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high
  • Movie Processing Custom Image (Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing). Digital Filter (Toy camera, High contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water color, Posterization, Fish-eye)
  • Interval Movie Recording interval : 1 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min, 30 min, 1 hr Recording time : 5 sec. to 99 hr Start Interval setting : immediately, from the set time
  • Movie Editing Divide or delete selected frames, capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
Storage
File Format
  • File formats: RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
  • RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
  • Recorded Pixels: JPEG : [4:3] 12M(4000x3000), 9M(3456x2592), 5M (2688x2016), 3M(1920x1440), [3:2] 10M(4000x2664),
  • 8M(3456x2304), 5M(2688x1792), 2M(1920x1280),
  • [16:9] 9M(4000x2248), 6M(3456x1944), 4M(2688x1512),
  • 2M(1920x1080), [1:1] 9M(2992x2992), 6M(2592x2592),
  • 4M(2016x2016), 2M(1440x1440) RAW : [4:3] 12M(4000x3000)
  • RAW (12bit) : DNG
  • Quality level: JPEG : ??? (best), ?? (better), ? (good)
  • Color space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Storage medium: SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory card
  • Storage folder: Date (100_1018, 100_1019….)/PENTX (100 PENTX, 101 PENTX…)?
Special Features
Features
  • Custom functions: 13 items
  • Mode memory: 12 items
  • Button/Dial Customization: Green/Delete button (Green button, Preview, One Push File format, AE Lock, Enable AF), Quick dial (Smart effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio)
  • World time: World time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
  • Language: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
  • Playback functions: Single frame, image comparison, multi-image display (up to 90), display magnification (up to 16X), rotating, histogram, bright/dark area warning, detailed information display, folder display, calendar display, slideshow.            RAW Development (file format, Aspect Ratio, Color space, Custom image, White balance, sensitivity, high-ISO NR, Shadow correction, Distortion correction)    Digital filter (Monochrome, Toy camera, High contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water color, Posterization, Fish-eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch filter, Miniature, Frame composite, Starbust, Base parameter Adjustment)
  • Edit Resize: Cropping, Index, Red-Eye edit, Saving Buffer as a RAW file
Interface
Interface
  • Video Output AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (type D), compatible with NTSC/PAL
  • USB USB 2.0 (high speed compatible) - MSC/PTP
Power
Source
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
  • AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 (optional)
Performance
  • Number of recordable images : approx. 230 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 250 images (without flash usage)
  • Playback time : approx. 160 min. *using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23°C, tested in compliance with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/ circumstances
Dimensions
Height
  • 57.5mm(H)
Width
  • 98mm(W)
Depth
  • 31mm(D)
Weight
  • 200g (loaded with battery and SD card), 180g (body only)

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