The Pentax Q with 8.5mm (47mm) f1.9 Lens
Today, the most popular buzzword in photography has got to be the MILC / ILC / EVIL cameras. (Mirrorless interchangeable lens compact / interchangeable lens compact / electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens) These new, little cameras are designed to provide amazing performance in small, mirrorless bodies. Which is why we were excited to check out Pentax’s own version, launched earlier this week called the Pentax Q. It claims to be the world’s smallest and lightest MILC camera today, and it is in fact even smaller than some point & shoots. It’s smaller size does have a disadvantage though: it uses a much smaller sensor that gives it about a 5.5x crop factor. Thankfully, the Q is using an improved 12MP backlit CMOS sensor, and should promise great performance despite the smaller surface area.
The Q must be seen to be appreciated – at least for the size. With the pancake 8.5mm (47mm equivalent), it is small enough for most pockets, with a slight bulge. It can shoot 12MP stills, and 1080x30fps videos with sensor shift image stabilization. It comes of course with a bevy of semi-automatic and full manual modes to complement its auto modes and scene presets. It’s body is made of magnesium alloy for rigidity and there’s a popup flash for good measure – not to mention a hotshoe mount for off camera accessories and lighting. It uses the new Pentax Q mount lenses and can shoot in both RAW and JPG.
The Pentax Q is available right now from Camerahaus for PHP 39,990. It comes in Black or White and will come with the 8.5mm f1.9 pancake lens in the box. We’d love to check it out more if we see one again.
If you want to see more of the Pentax Q, check out our preview video below.
To see some sample images and video taken with the Q, check out the gallery and video below.
For more pictures of the event, check out our gallery below.
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We would like to thank you for attending the Pentax q launch, hope to see you again in the future.
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