Pentax Q Mirrorless Camera
Pentax is the latest company to get on the band wagon of petite interchangeable lens cameras
(MILC) while they introduce the Q. Encompassing a 1/2.3 inch
CMOS image sensor, the Q’s debut comes with a selection of five lenses: 02 27.5mm to 83mm standard zoom,
03 Fish-Eye Lens, 04 35mm wide Toy and
05 100mm Toy Lens Telephoto to pay tribute to its retro-type design.
Making itself as the smallest interchangeable camera in the world, the Q will shoot in
JPEG, includes a number of easy to use
creative modes, and
capture video at 1080p. U.S. shipping is set for fall of 2011 with pricing around $800 USD, including a 49mm (a 35mm equivalent) optical lens.
The Pentax is a first for digital camera makers: a compact
small-sensor digital featuring exchangeable lenses. It's early in the game, but I think the new Pentax Q might end up giving the enthusiast compact digital cameras such as the G12 plus those compact interchangeable cameras a ride for the price, if it's not too tiny in size for most
Exchangeable lenses that are light weight and compact. Very compact size that's comfortable to take with you anywhere. Still maintains physical on camera controls where other camera makers creating smaller cameras have chosen other solutions.
Price and Availability: At first, the PENTAX Q camera system will begin shipping in Japan. Projected shipping date to the U.S. is early in the Fall of 2011 and priced about$800 including a standard lens kit.
The sensor makes a cripple out of the system. You could get the Canon G12 or some other
digital compact camera with a similar size sensor.
Particularly as the kit (including a 50mm equivalent lens) will be priced around $800 when it arrives in the fall. I’d say you'd be way ahead buying a
Micro Four Thirds camera system, allowing you can choose from many body shapes and sizes, starting in the identical price range.
Tiny buttons and tiny size might prove too difficult for some to use. Image
quality is likely to fall behind other CSC digital cameras, especially poor
light shots. Because the fixed aperture lenses, people are already starting to
call the Pentax Q a Digital Diana.
June 23, 2011
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