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Pentax unveils Q as "smallest" interchangeable lens camera

updated 12:15 am EDT, Thu June 23, 2011

Camera offers new Q-Mount lens system

Pentax has launched an entirely new camera system, labeled the Q. The platform aims to compete with Micro Four Thirds SLRs, but with Pentax's own Q-Mount lenses. The company claims it is offering the "world's smallest and lightest body" for an interchangeable design, constructed using a magnesium alloy. Like many small DSLRs, the Q lacks an optical viewfinder; users must rely on a three-inch LCD with 460,000-dot resolution and a viewing angle claimed to reach 170 degrees.

The Q integrates a 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, backlit for low-noise capture at high ISO levels, however its 1/2.3-inch size is significantly smaller than that of Micro Four Thirds and other compact interchangeable-lens platforms. Users will be able to shoot 1080p video at 30fps, ahigher frame-rate than the company's full-size K-5 DSLR. The sensor also benefits from sensor-shift stabilization, which provides the same level of shake reduction with any lens.

The specs also point to still shooting at up to 5 frames per second, with 1/2000- to 30-second shutter speeds. Users will be able to choose from standard DSLR shooting modes, with a customizable quick dial and bokeh control filter for digital alteration of depth-of-field in images.

The Q body will be paired with a variety of specialty lenses, including a range of prime, zoom, and fisheye options, among others. Users will be able to purchase a shoe-mounted optical viewfinder, which provides framing marks for the standard lens.

The Q will be available this fall for $800 with a black or white body and standard 47mm f/1.9 prime lens, while the 24-80mm f/2.8-4.5 lens will fetch an additional $300.







by MacNN Staff

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  1. shawnde

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    1/2.3" sensor .....

    That's the stupidest thing a company could do; build a pro camera, with a point-and-shoot sensor. I don't know how they expect ANYONE to pay $800 for that? And for what?

    You'll get better images out of the EP-L or any Micro 4/3 than this thing. What's the point?

  1. facebook_Geir

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    Well

    It is basically a compact with interexchangeable optics. Probably one of the better compacts too, however it requres someone who want exchangeable optics on his to buy one. Nikon is also rumored to work on a mount like this (small sensor).

    Probably the best way to try find a niche that seperates it from the NEX/NX/m42.

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    world’s smallest interchangeable lens

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    world’s smallest interchangeable lens

    Yes....world’s smallest interchangeable lens
    Pentax Q Series Lens Announced World’s Smallest interchangeable Lens Features & Pricing
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    world’s smallest interchangeable lens

    Yes....world’s smallest interchangeable lens
    Pentax Q Series Lens Announced World’s Smallest interchangeable Lens Features & Pricing
    www.cheatsden.com/pentax-q-series-lens-announced-worlds-smallest-interchangeable-lens-features-pricing/

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