Pentax Q – Key Ring Sized Micro Four Thirds Lens Changing Camera
The Pentax Q is based around a 1/2.33″ CMOS image sensor more commonly found in compact point-and-shoot cameras.
The Q is therefore capable of shooting 12.4MP images and recording 1080/30 FPS HD video.
Don’t be sizest though! The Pentax Q is still rocking the dSLR qualities you’d expect. It offers a decent ISO range (125 to 6400), built-in photo effects, different shooting modes and HDR.
You even get a 3-inch LCD monitor and a microHDMI port so you can squirt those images and videos on to your HD telly-box.
All that is squeezed into The Pentax Q which measures just under an inch and a quarter thick – its full vitals are 3.9″ x 2.3″ x 1.2″!
I have to admit to liking the fact that it looks like a retro-camera key fob!
You can swap the lenses via the tiny bayonet mount which accepts new Q-mount Pentax lenses.
The camera is expected to hit the US in September, and at launch there will be five different lenses available: A compact 8.5mm f/1.9 standard prime lensâ€”approximately 47mm equivalent with a 5.5x crop factorâ€”will be sold with the camera as a kit.
Pentax will also offer a 5-15mm zoom lens (28-80mm equiv.), a fisheye lens, and wide angle (35mm equiv.) and telephoto (100mm equiv.) “toy” lenses that mimics the vignetting and variable sharpness of classic Holga or Diana plastic cameras – so fans of Instagram, Hipstamatic et al rejoyce!
Prices are still hush-hush though.