Pentax Q Review

Overall 47
Imaging 13
Features 27
Size 87
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 98 x 57 x 31 mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced by Pentax Q10. Compare

Pentax Q Summary

This review is devoted to Q that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Jun 23, 2011. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Pentax has replaced this product with their most recent model Q10. To learn more about the specs and difference between these two models, check our complete comparison by following this link:
Pentax Q vs. Q10

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #105 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #195 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax Q Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax Q review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 189
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

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Complete Comparison of Pentax Q With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax Q. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax Q

Pentax Q has the following external dimensions 98 x 98 x 31 mm (38.58 x 22.44 x 12.2″) with the weight of 180 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Pentax Q, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax Q is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 31mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax Q with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax Q is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax Q compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Pentax Q — 230 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Pentax Q — 31 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Pentax Q — 180 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Unfortunately, Pentax Q comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax Q comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax Q Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax Q boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Pentax Q has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Pentax Q features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Pentax Q, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 47 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Pentax Q’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Pentax Q is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Pentax Q with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax Q

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax Q is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax Q are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Q features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax Q, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax Q allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Pentax Q provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Pentax Q is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Q to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax Q provides a shooting life of 230, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Pentax Q is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Pentax Q for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax Q’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax Q’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Q to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax Q for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 27. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Pentax Q for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 44. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (98 x 57 x 31 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Pentax Q for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 30. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q can be called a 30 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (189)
  • Small battery life (230 shots)
  • Small size (98 x 57 x 31 mm)

Pentax Q for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (180 g)
  • Small size (98 x 57 x 31 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Pentax Q for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q can be called a 52 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.1)
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (189)

Pentax Q Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model Q
Announced Jun 23, 2011
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Pentax Q
Number of Lenses 8
Focal Length Multiplier 5.53x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.6
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 47
DxO Color Depth 20.2
DxO Dynamic Range 11.1
DxO Low Light ISO 189
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 180 g
Physical Dimensions 98 x 57 x 31 mm
Battery Life 230 shots
Battery Type 230 shots
Battery Model D-LI68
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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