Pentax Q

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Pentax Q
Pentax Q 01n2000.jpg
Pentax Q with zoom lens
Maker Pentax
Type Mirrorless
Image sensor type BSI-CMOS sensor
Image sensor size 1/2.3″ (1/1.7″ for Q7 and Q-S1), 12.4 megapixel
Recording medium SD, SDHC, SDXC
Maximum resolution 4:3 native: 4000 x 3000, 3456x2592, 2688x2016, 1920x1440
Lens mount Pentax Q-mount, bayonet, stainless steel mount
Focus autofocus with manual override
Flash built-in: P-TTL, popup extension, GN 7m, 1/2000 s sync (leaf shutter), 1/13 s (electronic); external P-TTL, 1/250 s sync
Frame rate 5-frame burst; 1.5fps sustained
Shutter electronic, leaf shutter in lens where applicable
Shutter speeds 30 s to 1/2000 s mechanical; 2 s to 1/8000 s electronic
Viewfinder optional optical suitable for 8.5mm f1.9 lens
ASA/ISO range 125-6400
Custom WB auto, CTE, manual set; presets: daylight, shade, cloudy, fluorescent (D, N, W, L), tungsten, flash; fine adjustment available in all modes
Rear LCD monitor 360x320x4 luminance-R-G-B HVGA; color LCD
Storage none included
Battery proprietary, rechargeable li-ion battery, Pentax D-LI68
Dimensions 98 x 57 x 31 mm
(3.86 x 2.24 x 1.22")
Weight 180 g (0.40 lb / 6.35 oz)
Data Port(s) USB 2.0
Body composition or special features mechanical sensor-shift image stabilization (photography); electronic image stabilization (video)
Made in Philippines
Video/movie recording 1920x1080 30fps, 1280x720 30fps, 640x480 30fps

The Pentax Q is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera introduced by Pentax on June 23, 2011.


The small sensor size means that the Q has a crop factor of 5.6× and a short flange focal distance (FFD). With the 5.6× crop factor, a 100 mm macro lens (for example) becomes a (35 mm equivalent) 560 mm extreme telephoto or an extreme close-up lens capable of 1:1 macro reproduction. An additional implication of the 5.6x crop factor and associated optics is that depth of field (DOF) is increased proportionally for a given aperture setting (in comparison to the 35mm equivalent depth of field at the corresponding aperture). In some applications this gives the Pentax Q an advantage over more conventional mirrorless sensor formats, which offsets other limitations arising from the smaller sensor size. Moreover the Pentax Q includes bokeh functions to provide additional control over DOF effects so that shallow focus can be achieved if required.

The short FFD of the Pentax Q allows the use of third-party adapters to mount lenses from many manufacturers on the Pentax Q body, including Olympus OM, Canon FD, Minolta, M42 screw mount, C-Mount, D-Mount, Pentax K, and Pentax 6×7.[1] A Pentax adapter for Pentax K-mount lenses was announced for delivery in the spring of 2012, but was delayed until October, 2012.[2]

The camera is equipped with sensor-shift image stabilization technology to improve image quality in low light or when using telephoto lenses.


  1. ^ "Lens Adapters | B&H Photo Video". Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Pentax Adapter Q for K-mount Lenses". PhotographyBLOG. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2013-06-16.