Pentax Q Digital Camera with Dual Lens Kit, 12.4 Megapixels CMOS Sensor, White


About Pentax Q

The Pentax 15155 (White) Q Digital Camera is a small, lightweight interchangeable lens cam with the look and feel of a rangefinder, but many of the capabilities of a DSLR. Whether you're looking to shoot in stealth mode, or you simply want an easy to carry camera that provides more versatility than a point-and-shoot, the Q was designed with you in mind. Some might consider it a party camera. Pentax simply calls it "evolved".

Whatever you call it, the facts are this ladies and gentlemen, the Q captures in 12.4Mp RAW or JPEG files using it's 1/2.3" CMOS sensor. And in addition to taking detailed still images, the Q also captures 1080p video, as has been the norm for this genre of compact digital cams. Pentax also boasts the durability of the Q, citing its magnesium alloy covers which are also scratch resistant.

A 3.0" LCD screen allows for composition of images and in-camera review of your files. The camera also has a built-in pop-up flash, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot and useful ports, such as an HDMI micro. A nice option for the Q is an external viewfinder, which will give you even more of that old school feel. In regards to DSLR capabilities, the Q features a customizable quick dial, like most DSLRs, which allows for quick access to custom settings that you choose or to creative modes, Smart Effect options and other camera settings.

Another way in which the camera mimics the famed DSLR is with a number of flexible settings like Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority and the like. Another useful feature, HDR Capture, blends 3 images together for images that bring out details in the shadows and extreme highlights for contrast, yet balanced shots. Additional highlight of the Q include a bokeh control filter.

The bokeh filter does what a traditional DSLR controls through the lens aperture, by focusing out the background and bringing the most important part of the image into sharp focus. This not only makes for dynamic photos, it takes the guesswork out of the photographer's hands, guaranteeing beautiful bokeh. Another handy feature is the Smart Effects mode for adding finishes such as Vintage Color, Bold Monochrome and Warm Fade to selected images.

Pentax Q Features

  • Q-Mount Lens System: The Q features the newly designed PENTAX Q-mount lens system for convenient interchangeability with a variety of specialty Q lenses. The Q system will be available in a standard kit that includes the 8.5mm lens (equivalent to 47mm)
  • 12.4 Megapixels: Enjoy exceptional image quality in 12.4 megapixels courtesy of the Q's 1/2.3 inch backlit CMOS image sensor. Capable of producing 12 bit DNG RAW and JPG images
  • Durable: Though extremely compact, the Q is also surprisingly durable, sporting lightweight, scratch resistant magnesium alloy body
  • Traditional DSLR Shooting Modes: Experienced photographers will enjoy the power and flexibility of traditional DSLR shooting modes such as Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority and Metered Manual exposure control
  • Customizable Quick Dial: Choose from a variety of creative modes, Smart Effect options, or camera settings to assign to the Q's Quick Dial located on the front of the camera. The Quick Dial's 4 positions, allows you to concentrate on photography without having to explore the camera's menu system
  • HDR Capture: In-camera HDR capture mode shoots 3 images of varying exposures, blending them to bring out the details in even the darkest shadows and brightest highlights of extreme contrast shots
  • 1080p HD Video: The Q efficiently processes the full HD video using high quality h.264 compression for superior color and detail. Explore creative video effects through the use of custom image modes, digital video filters and interval shooting
  • Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction: Capture stabilized, blur and dust free images even in low lighting courtesy of the Q's sensor-shift Shake Reduction system with integrated DRII Dust Reduction
  • 3 Inch LCD Monitor: Easily capture or review images and video using the Q's large 3 inch LCD monitor. The high quality LCD features HVGA resolution with 460,000 dots, as well as viewing angles up to 170 degrees horizontally and vertically
  • 5 FPS: Capture even the fastest action with a 5 frames per second continuous shooting mode, ideal for sporting events, children at play, or any fast action situation
  • Bokeh Control Filter: Enjoy effortless bokeh control with the Q's bokeh control filter. Traditionally controlled through a DSLR lens's aperture, bokeh is the out of focus part of the background that helps to emphasize the subject, drawing the viewer's eyes to the most important part of the photo
  • Smart Effects Mode: New Smart Effects modes enhance digital photography by applying a series of effects to images to achieve high quality finishing. Brilliant Color, Vintage Color, Warm Fade, Bold Monochrome and Water Color are just some of the Smart Effects available
  • USER Modes For Creativity: Powerful USER modes allow the creative photographer to save a series of favorite camera settings, filters and custom image modes for instant reuse
  • 1/2000 to 30 Second Shutter Speeds: Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 30 seconds, perfect for freezing fast action or capturing long nighttime exposures. Bulb mode adds flexibility for low light photography and motion effects
  • Built-In Popup Flash: The Q's built-in popup flash adds the perfect amount of extra light to an image, while its high extension naturally reduces the redeye effect common to compact cameras. The Q's flash is effective to 23 feet at 200 ISO and covers a wide angle 28 degree field of view
  • HDMI Port: A built-in micro HDMI port is perfect for outputting high resolution images and video, with sound, to modern HDTVs
  • SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Cards: The Q is compatible with the latest generation SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards for ultra-high capacity storage as well as outstanding image file portability
  • RAW File Processing: The Q includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3 software for powerful and flexible RAW file processing. In-camera RAW image development is also supported
  • External Viewfinder Available Separately: The External Viewfinder O-VF1 makes an excellent accessory to the Q, offering outstanding compositional framing, even in the brightest sunlight where viewing an LCD screen is traditionally a challenge

Pentax Q Specifications

Sensor Type
Backlit CMOS with primary color filter and integrated Shake/Dust Reduction sensor-shift system
Sensor Size
Color depth
8 bits/channel JPG, 12 bits/channel RAW
Effective pixels
Total pixels
Recorded resolutions
Still 4:3: 12M (4000x3000), 9M (3456x2592), 5M (2688x2016), 3M (1920x1440)
Still 3:2: 10M (4000x2664), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792), 2M (1920x1280)
Still 16:9: 9M (4000x2248), 6M (3456x1944), 4M (2688x1512), 2M(1920x1080)
Still 1:1: 9M (2992x2992), 6M (2592x2592), 4M (2016x2016), 2M (1440x1440)
Movie (resolution/FPS): 1920x1080p30, 1280x720p30, 640x480p30
Focus System Type
TTL Contrast Detection
AF Sensitivity range
EV 1-18 (ISO 125)
Focus modes
AF Single (w focus lock, focus/release priority selectable), AF Continuous, AF Face Detection, Manual
Focus point adjustment: Auto 25 Point, User-Selectable,
Center AF assist
Yes, via dedicated LED AF assist lamp (MF focus assist available)
LCD Monitor Type
3.0" TFT color LCD
HVGA 460,000 dots
Wide angle viewable
Yes, approx 170deg. horizontal and vertical
TTL by CMOS image sensor
Field Of View
Display Modes
Grid (4x4, Golden Ratio, Scale), Bright/Dark Indication, Histogram
External Flash Type
Hotshoe P-TTL Synchronization
Flash speed
1/250 sec
Ports: USB 2.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out (Type D, Micro)
Video out: HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL
Image Stabilization
Type: Sensor Shift Shake Reduction (4 stops max)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto: ISO 125-6400 (1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600, auto ISO range selectable
Manual: ISO 125-6400 (1/3 steps), Bulb mode up to ISO 1600
Shutter Type
Lens shutter, electronic shutter
Shutter speed
1/2000 to 30 sec (lens shutter), 1/8000 to 30 sec (electronic shutter w a lens shutter lens), Bulb
Drive Modes 1
Mode selection: Single, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self Timer (12s, 2s), Infrared Remote (0s, 3s, continuous), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps, remote enabled)
Continuous FPS: Approx 5 FPS (Continuous Hi: 5 JPG), 1.5 FPS (Continuous Lo: 100 JPG)
Multi-exposure: Yes (2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment)
Interval: Yes (1s to 24h, up to 999 shots, delayed start available)
Drive Modes 2
HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2 (HDR blended images saved in JPG only)
Continuous FPS: Approx 5 FPS (Continuous Hi: 5 JPG), 1.5 FPS (Continuous Lo: 100 JPG)
Multi-exposure: Yes (2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment)
Interval: Yes (1s to 24h, up to 999 shots, delayed start available)
HDR: Auto, HDR1, HDR2 (HDR blended images saved in JPG only)
File Formats
Still: RAW (DNG), JPG (EXIF 2.3), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PIM III
Movie (compression): MP4 (AVC h.264)
Includes: 8.5 mm (Equiv to 47 mm) Lens
Zoom Lens 27.5-83 mm (Equiv)
Computer Requirements
Windows: Windows XP SP3 (32 bit), Vista & 7 (32 & 64 bit), USB port
Mac: MacOS 10.3.9, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, USB port
Lens Mount
Type/construction: PENTAX Q-mount bayonet stainless steel mount
Usable lenses: Q-mount lenses
Built-in Flash Type
P-TTL flash with retractable popup extension
Guide number
7m (ISO 200)
28mm wide angle equivalent
Flash modes
Auto, Auto + Redeye, On, On + Redeye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync + Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Off
Flash exposure compensation
-2 to 1 EV Synchronization speed: 1/2000 sec (w lens shutter), 1/13 sec (w electronic shutter)
Storage Media
Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power Supply
Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI68
Recordable images
Approx 250 (approx 230 w 50% flash, CIPA)
Playback time
Approx 160 min Movie
AC adapter available
DC coupler available
Language Support
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional & Simplified Chinese, Japanese
Metering System
Type: TTL image sensor metering
Sensitivity range: EV 1.3-17.0 (ISO 125, F1.9), +2 EV w electronic shutter or ND filter
Multi-segment: Yes
Center weighted: Yes
Spot: Yes
Exposure compensation: +/- 3 EV (1/3 steps)
Exposure lock: Yes (via half shutter press, can also be assigned to Green button)
Exposure bracketing: Yes (3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps, remote enabled)
White Balance
Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE Manual mode(s): Yes WB fine adjustment available in all modes
Mode selection
One Shot, Multi Image Display (4, 9, 20, 42, 90 thumbnails), Magnification (up to 16X, scrollable, quick zoom), Histogram, Folder, Calendar Filmstrip, Select & Delete, Movie Playback, Bright/Dark Indication, Slideshow Mode pallet: Image Rotation, Digital Filter, Redeye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Index, Protect, Slideshow, Cross Processing, RAW Development, Movie Edit, Image Comparison, DPOF
Digital filters (playback)
Monochrome, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Watercolor, Posterization, Fisheye, Retro, Soft, Sketch, Miniature, Frame Composite, Starburst, Base Param Adj Movie edit: Movie Divide, Delete Frames
Custom Functions
Functions available: 13
Dimensions (W x H x D)
98.0 x 57.5 x 31.0 mm / 3.86 x 2.26 x 1.22 inches
With battery, SD card: 200 g / 7.05 oz
Without battery, SD card: 180 g / 6.35 oz
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