The Pentax Q is a small, lightweight interchangeable lens camera offering 12 Megapixel, CMOS back-illuminated sensor, full HD video capture in Codec H.264 and a new range of dedicated lenses
The Pentax Q captures in 12.4Mp RAW or JPEG files using it's 1/2.3" CMOS sensor. The twin kit ships with an 8.5mm (45mm equivalent) and 5-15mm (28mm - 82mm equivalent) lenses and a number of accessories for getting started from day one. In addition to taking detailed still images, the Q also captures 1080p video.
The Q sports 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.
Also, 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.
A unique feature of the Pentax Q is a bokeh control filter which 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.
Q-Mount Lens System The Q features the newly designed Pentax Q-mount lens system for convenient interchangeability with a variety of specialty Q lenses. Choose from a selection of prime, zoom, fisheye lenses, and more to suit just about any photographic need. This Q System standard kit includes the 8.5mm lens (equivalent to 47mm) 12.4 Megapixel Resolution Enjoy exceptional image quality in 12.4Mp courtesy of the Q's 1/2.3" backlit CMOS image sensor. Capable of producing 12 bit DNG RAW and JPEG image, the backlit CMOS sensor is a highly efficient light-gathering instrument designed specifically to produce very low noise at high levels of sensitivity
DurableProtection Though extremely compact, the Q is also surprisingly durable, sporting lightweight, scratch resistant magnesium alloy covers
Traditional DSLR Shooting Modes Experienced photographers will enjoy the power and flexibility of traditional DSLR shooting modes such as Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority, and Metered Manual exposure control. Yet casual shooters will appreciate the highly convenient automatic modes such as the set-it-and-forget-it Pentax Auto Picture and 21 scene modes
Customizable Quick Dial Conveniently choose from a variety of creative modes, Smart Effect options, or camera settings to assign to the Q's Quick Dial located on the front of the camera. Easily customize the setting or effect using the Quick Dial's 4 positions, allowing you to concentrate on photography without having to explore the camera's menu system
HDR Capture In-camera HDR capture mode shoots 3 images of varying exposures, blending them to bring out the details in even the darkest shadows and brightest highlights of extreme contrast shots 1080p HD Video Shoot high quality motion video with stunning full 1080p HD clarity at 30 frames per second. The Q efficiently processes the full HD video using high quality H.264 compression for superior color and detail. Explore creative video effects through the use of custom image modes, digital video filters, and interval shooting; or select from a variety of Q lenses to realize your perfect artistic vision
Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction Capture stabilized, blur and dust free images even in low lighting courtesy of the Q's sensor-shift Shake Reduction system with integrated DRII Dust Reduction. Body-based Shake Reduction operates independently of the Q's lenses, allowing the same level of stabilization regardless of lens selection 3.0" LCD Monitor Easily capture or review images and video using the Q's large 3.0 inch LCD monitor. The high quality LCD features HVGA resolution with 460,000 dots, as well as viewing angles up to 170 degrees horizontally and vertically
5 Frames Per Second Capture even the fastest action with a 5 frames per second continuous shooting mode, ideal for sporting events, children at play, or any fast action situation
Bokeh Control Filter Enjoy effortless bokeh control with the Q's bokeh control filter. Traditionally controlled through a DSLR lens's aperture, bokeh is the out of focus part of the background that helps to emphasize the subject, drawing the viewer's eyes to the most important part of the photo. The Q assists the experienced and casual photographer alike by offering a fine degree of extra control over image bokeh via an in-camera
Camera Type: Interchangeable lens digital Imaging Resolution: Effective: 12.4Mp, Total: 12.75Mp Imaging Sensor: 1/2.3" backlit CMOSWith primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor-shift system Bit Depth: 8-bits, 12-bits File Formats: Still: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PIM III Movie (compression): MP4 (AVC H.264) File Size: : Auto/Manual: ISO 125-6400 (1/3 steps)Bulb: up to ISO 1600 Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 to 30 sec Bulb: 1/8000 to 2 sec Metering: Type: TTL image sensor metering Sensitivity range: EV 1.3-17.0 (ISO 125, F1.9), +2 EV w electronic shutter or ND filter, Multi-segment: Yes, Center weighted: Yes, Spot: Yes Exposure compensation: +/- 3 EV (1/3 steps)Exposure lock: Yes (via half shutter press, can also be assigned to Green button)Exposure bracketing: Yes (3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps, remote enabled) White Balance: Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash CTE Manual mode(s): WB fine adjustment available in all modes Mirror Lock-Up: N/A Burst Capability: Continuous FPS: Approx 5 FPS (Continuous Hi: 5 JPG), 1.5 FPS (Continuous Lo: 100 JPG)Multi-exposure: Yes (2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment) Self Timer: 12 seconds, 2 seconds Interval Recording: 1 second-24 hoursup to 999 shots, delayed start available Remote Control: Yes, optional Built-in Flash: P-TTL flash retractable pop-up, Guide number: 7m (ISO 200)Modes: Auto, Auto + Redeye, On, On + Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing curtain Sync, Off FlashExposure compensation: -2 to 1 EV Effective Flash Range: 28mm wide angle equivalent External Flash Connection: Hotshoe Max Sync Speed: 1/2000 with lens shutter1/13 with electronic shutter1/250 with external flash Built-in Memory: N/A Memory Card Type: SD/SDHC/SDXC Video Recording: 1080p HD Video Resolution: Movie (resolution/FPS): 1920 x 1080/30p, 1280 x 720/30p, 640 x 480/30pQuality levels: Best, Better, Good Audio Recording: With video Viewfinder Type: N/A - Optional shoe mounted optical viewfinder O-VF1 available for O1 Standard Prime Lens Display: 3.0" LCD (HVGA: 460,000)Wide angle viewable: 170° horizontal and vertical Live View type: TTL by CMOS image sensor, Field of View: 100% Display modes: Grid (4 x 4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark indication, histogram Connectivity: USB 2.0 high-speedA/V outputHDMI Type D, microHD video out (via HDMI) System & Software Requirements: Windows XP SP3 (32 bit), Vista and 7 (32 & 64 bit), USB port Mac: Mac OS 10.3.9, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, USB port Power Source: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI68 Adapter available: Yes DC coupler available: Yes Dimensions: 9.9 x 5.8 x 3.0cm Weight: 200g including battery and memory card