• Pentax Q
71
Based on 37 scores, 61 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    2
  • Good:
    15
  • Average:
    8
  • Bad:
    12

Pros:

  • Compact body is in a class of its own compared to other mirrorless cameras, Great build quality and good ergonomics considering the size, Shoots like a real camera, not a gadget, High Performance-series optics match the camera's build quality, Sensor-
  • Sharp images, Excellent video quality, Good low light performance, Built-in flash, Silent operation.
  • Smallest interchangeable lens camera in the world; solid build quality, Good photo quality at low ISOs, Sensorshift image stabilization, Sharp 3inch LCD display has 460k pixels, good low light visibility, Full manual controls, with RAW support (including

Cons:

  • Lens selection is very limited so far, Unique-series lenses are very limited in terms of capability, Shallow depth-of-field is hard to achieve, Blur Control function is hit and miss, Need to use large apertures for maximum sharpness; diffraction-limiti...
  • Very expensive, Slow to start up and process images, Photos lack depth, Included lens doesn’t zoom.

Expert reviews and ratings

By IT Pro Portal on 80

The Pentax Q is a unique camera, and is therefore rather hard to summarise. In terms of sheer image quality it clearly can't compete with its larger-sensored CSC rivals, but such a comparison is rather unfair since it's not really intended as a...

By The Imaging Resource on

When Pentax announced the tiny Pentax Q compact system camera in the middle of last year, it instantly polarized opinions. Some loved it for its truly compact proportions, fulfilling a promise that they felt other mirrorless cameras had failed to...

By GadgetSpeak on 72

The Pentax Q has the appearance of a compact camera yet it offers the user an interchangeable lens facility....

By Here's How on

The Pentax Q offers diminutive size and light weight in a rugged, classy package; and delivers fine image quality at the most frequently-used ISO levels. It should certainly attract point-and-shoot camera owners who want to upgrade to a model that...

By itreviews.com on 60

The world's smallest interchangeable lens camera isn't the best of its kind, but with a recent much-needed price cut – it's one of the best value, for those who value less over more. Would we recommend this over a top quality D-SLR? No...

By Photo Answers on 60

Designed with a mount that’s around two-thirds the size of Pentax’s K-mount, the Pentax Q is compact in every sense of the word with...

By RegHardware on 80

Due to its size and sensor format, the Pentax Q is fighting at a big disadvantage from the start when it comes to image quality. However, it presents itself so well and offers so many enthusiast-friendly features that it’s one underdog...

By Macworld Australia on 80

Being as quick in its responses as a mid-range DSLR, the Pentax Q is more than a curio and we hope, with perhaps larger sensors in subsequent models, it will be the diminutive shape of things to come for compact system cameras.Related Tags: Gavin,...

By Steves Digicams on

With the introduction of the Q, Pentax finally entered the EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) world. This camera boasts some nice features when compared to prosumer type cameras, with an advantage that the Q offers the ability to swap...

By CNET UK on 60

The Pentax Q is certainly the smallest camera in its class, and that has much to do with its appeal. Shrinking its size, though, has unfortunately inflated its price to a level at which more conventional interchangeable lens rivals become a more...

By DigitalVersus on 80

The incredibly slow 3.5-second start-up time usually automatically qualifies a camera for a two-star review. However, we're willing to make an exception in this case, as the Pentax Q is an interchangeable lens compact that's very nice to use and...

By Computeractive on 80

The Q raises the benchmark for what is achievable with a pocket-sized camera...

By DPexpert on

REVIEW—PENTAX Q] by terry on 16 November 2011 Price:$800 So small, so sweet, but… THE LOW-DOWN: The Pentax Q is the smallest compact system camera with interchangeable lenses. Built around a standard compact camera CMOS sensor of 12.4MP...

By PC Pro on 50

A charming new take on the mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera, but not really for the serious...

By TechRadar on 40

Not to be outdone by other manufacturers rushing to release mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras such as the Nikon 1 J1 and the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1, Pentax has stepped into the fray with the Pentax Q, which is currently the smallest and lightest...

By PC Mag on 60

The Pentax Q is the most compact interchangeable lens camera you can buy. But a small sensor that limits fine detail in images, slow start up and processing performance, and a high sticker price hold this small shooter back....

By The Digital Camera Resource Page on

Conclusion In case you haven't noticed, the trend on recent interchangeable lenses has been "smaller". Those of you who thought the Panasonic GF3 and Olympus E-PM1 were small will be shocked to see the Pentax Q in person. As I illustrated at the top...

By Photo Review Australia on 85

With the new Pentax Q, this innovative camera manufacturer has once again challenged convention by producing the smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens camera system currently available. Although the Pentax Q isn't a retread of the company's...

By PhotographyBLOG on 70

The Pentax Q may look like a toy camera at first glance, but it actually proves to be a lot more full featured and intuitive to use in practice. Compact-like image quality and a sky-high price tag, however, combine to seriously detract from what is...

By Trusted Reviews on 70

Irrespective of its overall score, it’s hard not to warm to the Pentax Q. Not only does it look different, it is different, and for that alone kudos must go to Pentax for daring to tread a different path. The Q can deliver solid results when used...