Pentax Q Interchangeable Lens Camera
Hoya! Pentax has released the Q, a compact small-sensor digital camera that accepts interchangeable lenses. Unlike the trend toward large sensors, the Pentax Q has surprisingly opted to stay with a small (tiny?) 1/2.3 inch CMOS image sensor, and thus to remain in the compact point-and-shoot category.
This camera is definitely not in the Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) or Compact Mirrorless or Compact System Camera (CSC) categories since these new categories were introduced to account for the new large sensor DSLRs that got rid of their redundant mirror. [High resolution Live View LCD and EVF are so much more precise than the view through an optical viewfinder since you are seeing not only what comes through the lens but also what strikes the image sensor.] As such we’re surprised that some photography sites have fallen into the marketing trap and refer the Q as an ILC or compact mirrorless. There is, I believe, within the photography community a tacit understanding that these terms deal strictly with large-sensor cameras. I mean otherwise we should call the Pentax Auto 110 and all other compact cameras “mirrorless” ??? Used incorrectly, these distinct terms will start to lose their true meaning.
We are also left wondering to whom Pentax is targeting the Q. Point-and-shoot photographers don’t really care about interchangeable lenses; after all, they can get a small sensor 10x compact ultra zoom for far less than it would cost to buy the Q and all 4 lenses. Advanced amateur photographers want large sensors to avoid the image quality problems of small sensors. But keep posted to the news since Pentax may yet surprise us. But oh, how we miss the Pentax of the Spotmatic fame!
PENTAX UNVEILS THE PENTAX Q
The World’s Smallest, Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera
GOLDEN, CO. (June 23, 2011)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Q – the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera (ILC).* The Q offers the versatility and precision of an advanced DSLR in a body that is significantly smaller than every other digital ILC body available on the market today.
* The world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 15, 2011 (based on PENTAX research).
The camera’s tiny size, lightweight design, and superior image quality are made possible by an innovative PENTAX-developed imaging system. With a high-resolution 12.4 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS image sensor, the Q carves out an entirely new camera category that extends beyond traditional digital compact, APS-C or 4/3 digital cameras. The backlit sensor is a highly efficient light-gathering instrument that produces very little noise at high sensitivity levels particularly in low light settings. Further, the new Q lens mount is a perfect match with the new sensor and every interchangeable Q lens is designed for more advanced image quality than may be found on traditional compact digital cameras. This innovative PENTAX design is the foundation of the Q’s position as the world’s smallest, lightest ILC system with superior image quality.
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