Pentax Q with zoom lens
|Lens mount||Pentax Q-mount, bayonet, stainless steel mount|
|Image sensor type||BSI-CMOS sensor|
|Image sensor size||1/2.3″ (1/1.7″ for Q7 and Q-S1), 12.4 megapixel|
|Maximum resolution||4:3 native: 4000 x 3000, 3456x2592, 2688x2016, 1920x1440|
|Recording medium||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|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 8.5 mm f/1.9 lens|
|Custom WB||auto, CTE, manual set; presets: daylight, shade, cloudy, fluorescent (D, N, W, L), tungsten, flash; fine adjustment available in all modes|
|Video/movie recording||1920x1080 30fps, 1280x720 30fps, 640x480 30fps|
|Rear LCD monitor||360x320x4 luminance-R-G-B HVGA; color LCD|
|Battery||proprietary, rechargeable li-ion battery, Pentax D-LI68|
|Data Port(s)||USB 2.0|
|Body composition or special features||mechanical sensor-shift image stabilization (photography); electronic image stabilization (video)|
|Dimensions||98 x 57 x 31 mm
(3.86 x 2.24 x 1.22")
|Weight||180 g (0.40 lb / 6.35 oz)|
Introduced as "The world's smallest interchangeable lens system camera…" The Pentax Q system is composed of four bodies (Q, Q10, Q-7, Q-S1) and eight lenses: Three zooms (wide-tele, ultra-wide, telephoto), one prime "normal", and four "specialty" lenses (fish-eye, "toy wide", "toy tele", "mount shield lens"). The zooms and prime lenses have leaf shutters (with built-in neutral density filters) which sync with flash up to 1/2000 of a second. The other lenses (and all adapted lenses) use the camera's electronic shutter.
The camera's small sensor size (1/2.3") means that the Q has a crop factor of 5.6× (compared to full-frame 35 mm cameras), as well as a short flange focal distance (FFD). With the 5.6× crop factor, a 100 mm macro lens (for example) results in a 35 mm equivalent field of view (FOV) of a 560 mm telephoto. An additional implication of the 5.6× crop factor and associated optics is that depth of field (DOF) is increased proportionally for a given aperture setting (in comparison to the 35 mm equivalent DOF at the same aperture). This means that in some applications the small Pentax Q sensor offers an advantage over larger formats. This also allows the Pentax Q lenses to be proportionally smaller than lenses designed for larger formats.
The short FFD of the Pentax Q enables it to accept manual focus lenses from many manufacturers (via adapters) including Nikon F, Leica M and 39M, Olympus OM, Canon FD, Minolta, M42 screw mount, C-Mount, D-Mount, Pentax K, Pentax Auto 110, and Pentax 6×7.
The Pentax Q has a wide range of digital effects and controls including High Dynamic Range (HDR), multiple scene modes, and a bokeh function which, when activated, can enable a pseudo shallow focus effect.
The camera is equipped with sensor-shift image stabilization technology to improve image quality at slow shutter speeds or when using telephoto lenses. It has a "focus peaking" function as well. Sensor shift and focus peaking functions also work with adapted lenses.
The Q7 and Q-S1 models have a larger sensor size (1/1.7") resulting in a crop factor of 4.6×.
Pentax digital interchangeable lens camera timeline
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