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All posts tagged "q mount"


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pentax Q Reviewed by Digital Camera Resource Page

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/pentax/q-review

"Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you: the Pentax Q is actually smaller than this compact Canon ELPH! How did Pentax manage to make such a small interchangeable lens camera? The secret is in the sensor: the Q's sensor is exactly the same size as what you'll find on the ELPH in the above photo: just 1/2.3". That makes it significantly smaller than APS-C, Four Thirds, and even Nikon's new 1-System cameras."

The review begins with the above comparison which neatly shows how small the Pentax Q is. Of course, the sensor is just as tiny in comparison, with a 1/2.3" sensor, making it even smaller than those found in enthusiast compacts like the Panasonic LX5 or the Canon S100. I am not sure where Pentax is going with this. Even the lens lineup shows a pandering towards toy camera users, who can get their kicks from crappy image quality for a tenth of the cost of the Q. Overall image quality is nothing to shout about either, as you can see from the review. I still believe this is some April Fool's prank from Pentax!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pentax Announces Q Interchangeable Lens Camera with Point-n-shoot Sensor; We All Go "Huh"?

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:07 PM

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1106/1...taxqpreview.asp

"Pentax has announced the 'Q' mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The camera is the first to use the company's Q mount and features a compact-camera-sized 1/2.3" image stabilized CMOS sensor."

I have to say, I am complete baffled by this. What is Pentax trying to do? Making a small camera is one thing, but an expensive interchangeable lens compact using one of the smallest sensors in compact camera territory and charging a high price for it? The Pentax Q is mirrorless interchangeable lens camera like the Micro Four Thirds cameras, Sony's NEX or Samsung's NX, but uses a 12.4 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor instead of a much larger sensor. For an idea of how small the sensor is, the focal length crop factor is a whooping 5.7x. Top it off it is going to be even more expensive than many of the other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras I listed above, coming in at US$800 with the kit 8.5mm f/1.9 lens (equivalent to 48mm). While it is small, full-featured, and looks well-built, I can't help but feel Pentax has totally missed the mark here. Looking at the lenses, it appears there are a few "toy" lenses, but with mobile phone cameras (and the software) doing a good job of mimicking the "toy" look, I am sceptical of the market for it. Ships in US in Fall 2011.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

What is Nikon "Q"?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM

http://nikonrumors.com/2010/09/17/w...n-q-part-2.aspx

The rumours are starting to mount: it's looking like Nikon is going to be announcing something big at Photokina, but the speculation is it will be simply an announcement - no product yet. So what is it? Well, Nikon Rumors is guessing that it's going to be Nikon's mirrorless EVIL camera - and given that the "F" mount lenses are what Nikon DSLRs use, calling the new system's lens mount the "Q" makes a certain amount of sense. But in looking at the image above, I'm struck by how much the grip seems to stick out - that's not something you tend to see on EVIL/DILC cameras. On the other hand, it might be part of Nikon's design to make them easier to hold - and if the rest of the camera is quite thin, it might work out OK.

I'm honestly quite excited about whatever Nikon has cooking with their mirrorless camera; I'm an unabashed fan of Nikon and the image quality of their DSLRs, and if I could get near-DSLR image quality in a camera I could fit in my jacket pocket, well, sign me up!


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