Review and Buying Guide Pentax Q Compact System Camera

Studying how to use this camera but it requires terrific images – i actually love. Nevertheless discovering how to use this camera but it takes wonderful images – i really really like it.

Excellent minor camera, i had meant to invest in a different lens for my dslr to go along with a mounted 50mm, but acquired this rather. So tiny it matches in my pocket, and some exciting consequences – specially the time lapse functionality.

Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

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  • Worlds Smallest and Lightest Compact System Camera
  • 12MP CMOS back-illuminated, high sensitivity sensor
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames/sec
  • 3″ High Definition LCD Screen
  • Full HD Video, 30 fps

At this price, an important buy. I have loved the appear of the q given that it came out, but at 1st release it was just overpriced. Now the price has come down, i’ve acquired a person. And i revise my before opinion of it getting overpriced, it really is that fantastic. Now although, it really is just a deal. It truly is very a great deal a tiny, whole-featured, slr. I really like my large slr but it generally gets still left at residence, or it truly is as well much stress to pull out of its bag, or it intimidates my good friends to have me shove an enormous camera in their faces. This minor beauty genuinely does almost everything my slr does, besides it suits in my pocket, it truly is a helpful measurement and is incredible exciting to use. You can use it as a place-and-shoot, entire with scene modes – or, you can go entire guide, with command around every thing. Spot-metering, trailing-curtain flash, bulb manner, all the factors you can think of are really there in this very small very small camera.

This is a very little gem and superbly built camera, but. I remember when this camera strike the outlets and was gobsmacked at its initial asking cost. Yes, but it was before long lowered substantially, no question reflecting a substantial fall in profits as soon as early adopters had had their fill, or the market place realised its performance was not up to scratch for the value. Unquestionably, this is a tiny gem and fantastically designed camera, no denying that. It is also quite smaller but many may perhaps soon realise, as i did, it is too little to be comfortably dealt with, and i have modest palms. But allow me acquire you on a critical examination, very good and bad. The menu composition and command dials have been well imagined out and the menu is not burdened with superfluous gimik capabilities that one might never ever use. A quick entry dial on the left entrance of the physique can be consumer set to convey up the four most utilized configurations.

Seriously very good camera. A hybrid of stage and shoot and slr. . I am an regular camera person owning a bog regular, but well loved, kodak digital camera and an iphone with a goodish camera on it, but i was pleased to obtain this pentax. I have always wished a ‘proper’ camera but in no way imagined that i would get a person. So, how does this perform?perfectly, thankfully, it will work quite very easily on automobile mode, 1 of its several configurations. It is a thing called a compact system camera, basically a hybrid between an slr and a point and shoot camera. So i believe for lots of persons this could be the long run for photography. When it 1st arrived i was a bit uncertain of it as it is a really serious piece of kit, costly and fantastic hunting. Soon after a few days of utilizing it i am now additional sure of it and i am wanting ahead to bettering my photo albums. Excellent seeking with a retro experience. Good for placing in your bag. . This helps make it less difficult to use straight off and allows to get a really feel for the camera. I have created some good shots from this.

Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black : I bought this as an extra to, not to replace my dslr. One of the reasons i lurched the q was the compact size, and the reviews, oh and price. Having had a fairly good chance to play with it now i am very impressed. I could have spent way more on the q 10, but really couldn’t see the point in all the extra cash for not a great difference. Really good price for a nicely compact, good spec quality feel csc, i was very pleasantly surprised. The cost of extra lenses is not really important to me as the tiny zoom this came with is very good, if i want greater flexibility i would use my dslr. This is a great little camera, packed with features at a price, for an older model agreed, that you would only get a reasonable compace fixed lense camera. Before you purchase a q10, i would say really look at this first, again excellent.


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  1. Colour Name: Black (8.5mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

    Learning how to use this camera but it takes terrific photographs – i really love. Still learning how to use this camera but it takes terrific photographs – i really love it.
  2. Colour Name: Black (8.5mm and 5-15mm Lens Kit)

    This review is from : Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

    This is a little gem and beautifully made camera, but. I recall when this camera hit the shops and was gobsmacked at its original asking price. Yes, but it was soon reduced substantially, no doubt reflecting a significant drop in sales once early adopters had had their fill, or the market realised its performance was not up to scratch for the price. Undoubtedly, this is a little gem and beautifully made camera, no denying that. It is also very small but many may soon realise, as i did, it is too small to be comfortably handled, and i have small hands. But let me take you on a critical examination, good and bad. The menu structure and command dials have been well thought out and the menu is not burdened with superfluous gimik features that one may never use. A quick access dial on the left front of the body can be user set to bring up the four most used settings.
    • Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
      I struggled with the star rating. Its a lovely camera loaded with features and beautifully made. But its not comfy to hold, its too small for my liking but at £146 on sale how can i complain. There are some excellent video reviews of this online.
  3. Colour Name: Black (8.5mm Lens Kit)

    This review is from : Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

    This review is written for the sake of those folk who are looking to buy this camera and are looking for clues/advice from reviews/reviewers. The q is one of many cameras l have tried/tested these past few years and my bottom line opinion is that your money is better spent on something else such as: the sony hx30/50. L have no particular preference for any brand and the cameras mentioned are just a random group of cameras l have used (amongst many others) these past few years. There will be many other like minded cameras of a similar size (to the q) and around the same price (£150-200) and they too would (l believe) be a better choice. There is a certain quirky charm about the q and it has a great deal of novelty value but the cameras mentioned will offer you (at worst) a like minded picture quality and (at best) a better picture quality than the q. In addition to being comparable (or better) with their picture quality the alternative cameras mentioned will (more importantly) give you so very very very much more versatility than the q offers. More scope to take pictures that range from a to z as opposed to the a to f of the pentax q with the prime lens or a to m with the 5-15mm zoom. At this point l must make mention of the fact that l like the pentax q. It is extremely tactile to use and takes fine pictures. It does not (for me) give me as much photographic prowess and scope as the alternatives mentioned (and those not mentioned).
    • Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
      This tiny camera has satisfied my basic need on photography and i enjoy it very much. It’s easy to operate and comes out with great picture.
      • Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
        Had this little thing for several months now so i feel i have ‘run it in’ so to speak and the one thing i can say for certain is that pq in auto mode is awful. Since auto is what i spend most of my time using (since this camera is made for taking everywhere and snapping away with) this is a big disappointment. Everything seems a little dull and microscopically out of focus (my £69 fuji takes sharper, clearer pictures). I’ve fiddled with the hundreds of different modes and can’t get it to be ‘just so’. On the good side though, build quality is fantastic, the flexibility is outstanding (incredible number of modes and ‘art’ settings and filters) and i can’t fault the spec at all. However, picture quality is king is it not?. Doesn’t matter what the camera ‘can’ do if the pics are only ‘hmm’ then nothing else matters. Just glad i got it for only £149 and not the original asking price (£800).
  4. Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit)

    This review is from : Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

    At this price, an essential buy. I’ve loved the look of the q since it came out, but at first release it was just overpriced. Now the price has come down, i’ve bought one. And i revise my earlier opinion of it being overpriced, it’s that good. Now though, it’s just a bargain. It’s pretty much a tiny, full-featured, slr. I love my big slr but it often gets left at home, or it’s too much hassle to pull out of its bag, or it intimidates my friends to have me shove an enormous camera in their faces. This little beauty really does everything my slr does, except it fits in my pocket, it’s a friendly size and is tremendous fun to use. You can use it as a point-and-shoot, complete with scene modes – or, you can go full manual, with control over everything. Spot-metering, trailing-curtain flash, bulb mode, all the things you can think of are actually there in this tiny tiny camera.
    • Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
      Great little camera, i had intended to buy another lens for my dslr to go alongside a fixed 50mm, but bought this instead. So small it fits in my pocket, and some fun effects – especially the time lapse function.
      • Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
        Size hah what size fits in my bumbag you try doing that with your average dslr ,and not walk with a permanent limp, in all honesty fellas if like me your getting on a bit, was born with a camera in your hand like i was and just want something to carry about that’s light responsive and easy to use then this babies for you. Ive had to hunt through my pockets to find it, rather then lump the thing out and prepare myself for some armache. Pictures the same as my my old 35 mm and now dslr what more could you want. I go out for a walk put it around my neck put it inside my jacket and hey i dont look pregnant. The lenses are ok if a little pricey, but if you hunt around i got a 800mm that doubles to 1600mm for under 100 what more do you want. Joking aside professionals (that includes me) out there while you are sorting out what where and why ive taken the shot or several. Its got everything a dslr got only smaller. Ive had to put it down to write this review, now im finished its game on.Shame ive only got two thumbs but one hell of a grin.
  5. Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
    There’s lots to like about this camera, from the ease of use to the wide range of presets that help you take professional looking shots straight out of the box. The manual focus option is a real bonus as well and is what sets it apart from other non-mirror digitals that i’ve used before. The only draw back is that i tend to accidentally change settings (mainly from single shot to multi) as i’m not quite used to such a small camera.
  6. Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

    A nice camera, but for a better photographer than me. If you want a conversation piece camera – this is it. Guys love it because it has all the bells and whistles of a proper dslr (gadget appeal), girls love it because it is tiny and “cute”. We have a proper dslr, which this was supposed to augment, that you can just whip it out and snap away in auto, then if you have the time to be a bit creative, you can adjust away to your hearts content. Trouble is the auto mode on the pentax q is awful and i’m not a good enough photographer to quickly adjust the settings to get a good photo in the semi manual modes. I’m unsure at the moment if i want to persevere with this cool little camera, or cut my losses and whack it on a popular online auction site.
  7. Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

    After previously owning a cheap bridge camera which served me well for a couple years i purchased this little beauty for £150 with lens and after a week or so of testing it performs exceptionally. Pictures can be captured very quickly, colours are great and everything is crisp and in focus.
    • Colour Name: Black(5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
      I bought this as a bit of an impulse purchase after getting more and more annoyed with a canon powershot. Just a few things to add to the other reviews -+ as shipped, the camera and lens firmware was 1. 00, there are updates on the pentax web-site you can load using an sd card (at the time of writing 1. 01)+ i was pleased to find that the raw format files were understood by photoshop elements 11. Each raw is about 20mb+ by default it ships with sound effects turned on, inc. These can all be disabled, but there’s still a slight mechanical click+ there’s no need to load the included s/w, windows 7 had usb drivers ready to go.
  8. Colour Name: Black (8.5mm Lens Kit)

    This review is from : Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

    Largest camera in the world. Despite other reviews stating how small this is i notice from the stated specification that it is actually over 800 feet long.
    • Colour Name: White (8.5mm Lens Kit)
      First of all you are likely to be able to get this camera cheaper by doing a little searching, and i got it for £150 elsewhere – i thought `why not’ as it was a bargain and would say; from such a tiny camera the results are very impressive. I have plenty of cameras and use them for different situations, but for size v function this has to be the best. It has the same features as the pentax dslrs and the same build quality in a tiny magnesium body. The picture quality in terms of pixel resolution is not going to be quite as good as the dslrs, but in terms of exposure latitude, sharpness, colour rendition etc it’s just as good.
  9. Colour Name: Black (8.5mm Lens Kit)

    This review is from : Pentax Q Compact System Camera with 8.5mm Lens Kit – Black

    Underrated and misunderstood. Short review:are you used to using a dslr?. When you have left your dslr at home and taken a compact camera instead, what did you find most frustrating about using the compact camera?a) image quality and high iso performance that doesn’t compare to your dslrorb) the functionality of the camera. The lack of external buttons and controls so that you have to keep accessing the menu to make changes to your settings. If you answered b, this camera is for you. Despite its tiny size, the feels very much like a dslr, in terms of its functionality etc. Long review:it is fair to say the q got mixed reviews. Lots of people didn’t know what to make of the q, or how to categorise it. Others recognised that it was not like any other camera you can buy. Some tried to make comparisons, and claimed that it didn’t compare favourably, and criticised it. Others recognised that it was unique, and loved it. Most reviews compared it to csc cameras, and complained that image quality – and particularly high iso performance – was not quite as good as the competition. But those cameras are much bigger than the q. And even when sony manage to get their cameras unbelievably small (given the size of the sensors) the lenses remain relatively large. The small size of the q’s sensor allows them to use tiny lenses. So other reviews compared the camera to high end compacts, which have similar size sensors, and many reviewers concluded that image was quality similar.
    • Colour Name: Black (8.5mm and 5-15mm Lens Kit) Verified Purchase
      This camera is a wonderful piece of kit, not like a standard point and shoot. But a full fledged miniature slr with interchangeable lenses. Built like a tank a fully featured, small senser but great results and video. Really fun to use, think of it like yoda.

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