Pentax Q Compact Digital Camera with Standard F1.9 Lens (8.5mm / 47mm 35mm equiv) - White


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About Pentax Q

The Pentax Q Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera (White) features the designed Q-mount lens system for convenient interchangeability with a variety of specialty Q lenses. Choose from a selection of prime, zoom, fisheye lenses and more to suit just about any photographic need. The Q system will be available in a standard kit that includes the 8.5mm lens (equivalent to 47mm).

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, the backlit CMOS sensor is a highly efficient light-gathering instrument designed specifically to produce very low noise at high levels of sensitivity. Experienced photographers will enjoy the power and flexibility of traditional DSLR shooting modes such as Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority and Metered Manual exposure control. Yet casual shooters will appreciate the highly convenient automatic modes such as the set-it-and-forget-it PENTAX Auto Picture and 21 scene modes.

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. The Q assists the experienced and casual photographer alike by offering a fine degree of extra control over image bokeh via an in-camera filter operation.

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, which can also be assigned to the Q's Quick Dial.

Pentax Q Features

  • Focal length equivalent to 47mm in the 35mm format
  • Maximum aperture of F1.9 for superb light gathering and depth of field control
  • Two high-grade aspherical lens elements to minimize aberrational effects
  • Pentax lens coating technology for beautifully defined, high contrast images with minimal flare
  • Lens shutter features 5 aperture blades and syncs with the Q's built in flash at speeds up to 1/2000 sec
  • Neutral Density filter allows for open aperture photography in bright settings
  • Newly designed PentaxQ-mount lens system for specialty Q lenses including prime, zoom, fisheye lenses and more
  • Exceptional image quality in 12.4 megapixels with a backlit CMOS image sensor designed specifically to produce very low noise at high levels of sensitivity for both 12 bit DNG RAW and JPG files
  • Surprisingly durable, sporting lightweight, scratch resistant magnesium alloy covers
  • Combines traditional DSLR shooting modes (P, Av, Tv, M) with powerful automatic modes (Auto Picture, Scene)
  • Choose from a variety of creative modes, Smart Effect options, or camera settings to assign to the Q's Quick Dial
  • In-camera HDR capture mode blends 3 images of varying exposures into a single, highly detailed shot
  • Full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second using high quality h.264 compression for superior color and detail
  • Sensor-shift Shake Reduction system with integrated DRII Dust Reduction for stabilized, blur and dust free images even in low lighting
  • Large 3 inch LCD monitor features HVGA resolution with 460,000 dots, as well as wide viewing angles
  • Capture up to 5 FPS continuous shooting mode for fast action situations
  • Effortless bokeh control with a dedicated bokeh filter designed to enhance lens depth of field for casual and experienced shooters
  • New Smart Effects modes enhance digital photography by applying a series of effects to achieve high quality finishing
  • Powerful USER modes save a series of favorite camera settings, filters and custom image modes for instant reuse
  • Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 30 seconds with bulb mode
  • Built-in popup flash with extra-high extension covers 23 feet at 200 ISO
  • A built-in micro HDMI port outputs video and sound to modern HDTVs
  • Optional shoe-mounted viewfinder attachment is available for glare-free image composition

Pentax Q Specifications

Lens Mount
PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
Image Sensor
Type: CMOS sensor with a primary color filter
Size: 1/2.3-inch
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.4 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.75 megapixels
Dust Removal
Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II"
Sensitivity(Standard Output)
AUTO: ISO 125 to 6400 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600
Image Stabilizer
Sensor shift Shake Reduction
File Format
RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Recorded Pixels
: [4:3] 12M (4000x3000), 9M (3456x2592), 5M (2688x2016), 3M (1920x1440)
[3:2] 10M (4000x2664), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792), 2M (1920x1280)
[16:9] 9M (4000x2248), 6M (3456x1944), 4M (2688x1512), 2M(1920x1080)
[1:1] 9M (2992x2992), 6M (2592x2592), 4M (2016x2016), 2M (1440x1440)
: [4:3] 12M (4000x3000)
Quality Level
RAW (12bit): DNG
JPEG: (Best), (Better), (Good)
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
Color Space
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Storage Medium
SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory Card
Storage Folder
Date (100_1018, 100_1019...)/PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX...)
LCD: Type
TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing
LCD: Size
3.0 inches
LCD: Dots
Approx. 460,000 dots
LCD: Adjustment
Brightness and colors adjustable
LCD: Display
Field of View: approx. 100%, Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram
White Balance: Auto
TTL by CMOS image sensor
White Balance: Preset
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L:Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
White Balance: Manual
Configuration on monitor
White Balance: Fine Adjustment
Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Autofocus System: Type
Contrast detection AF
Autofocus System: Brightness Range
EV1 to 18(ISO125)
Autofocus System: Focus Method
AF/MF switching
Autofocus System: Autofocus Method
Face Detection, Tracking, AF Select (25 Points), Select, Spot
Autofocus System: AF Assist Light
Dedicated LED AF assist light
Autofocus System: MF Assist
Metering: Type
TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, center weighted metering and spot metering
Metering: Exposure Compensation
EV1.3 - 17 (ISO 125, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter setting or using the ND filter
Metering: Exposure Modes
: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest
: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, Food, Quick Macro, Pet, Kids, Forest, Surf & Snow, HDR, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Blur ControlJPEG only
Metering: EV Compensation
± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Metering: AE Lock
Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu
Continuous as long as the shutter release button is pressed halfway
Metering: Shutter
Lens shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds (1/3EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), BulbShooting at 1/8000 - 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter
Metering: Aperture
From wide open to F8 (Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter)
Metering: ND Filter
Off/On (Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter)
Mode Selection
Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, remote control)
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / Continuous Hi): up to 5 frames
Approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / Continuous Lo): up to 100 frames
Built-in Flash
Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide number: approx. 5.6 (ISO125/m) / approx. 7 (ISO200/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash Modes
P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Sync Speed
Lens shutter: 1/2000 seconds
Electronic shutter: 1/13 seconds
Flash Exposure Compensation
-2.0 to +1.0 EV
Custom Image
Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
Noise Reduction
Dynamic Range Setting
Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Lens Correction
Distortion Correction
Digital Filter
Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye
HDR Capture
Auto, HDR 1, HDR 2
Number of shots: 2-9, Exposure adjusted automatically
Interval Shooting
Shooting interval: 1 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time
Number of shots: up to 999 images
Smart Effect
Brilliant Color, Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Cross Processing, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Water Color, Vibrant Color Enhance, USER 1 to 3
Movie File Format
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Built-in monaural microphone
Recording Time
Up to 25 minutes (automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high)
Interval Movie
Recording interval: 1 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min., 30 min., 1 hr
Recording time: 5 sec. to 99 hr
Start Interval setting: immediately, from the set time
Playback View
Single frame, image comparison, multi-image display (4, 9, 20, 42, 90 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright/dark area warning, detailed information display, folder display, calendar display, slideshow
Playback Delete
Delete single image, delete all images, select & delete, delete folder, delete instant review image
RAW Development
File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction
Playback Edit
Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide or delete selected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving buffer as a RAW file
Custom Functions
13 items
Mode Memory
12 items
Button/Dial Customization
Green/Delete button: Green Button, Preview, One Push File Format, AE Lock, Enable AF
Quick Dial: Smart Effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio
World Time
World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)
English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Japanese
Battery Type
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
AC Adapter
AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 (optional)
Battery Life
Number of recordable images: approx. 230 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 250 images (without flash usage)
Playback time: approx. 160 minutes
Connection Port
USB 2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)
USB Connection
Video Output Format
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX
Dimensions (W x H x D)
98.0 x 57.5 x 31.0 mm / 3.85 x 2.26 x 1.22 (excluding the operation parts and protrusion)
200 g / 7.05 oz (loaded and ready with the dedicated battery and SD Memory Card)
180 g / 6.34 oz (body only)
Included Lens - Lens Mount
Standard Prine Lens
Included Lens - Focal Length
8.5mm (47mm Equiv.)
Included Lens - Angle of View:
49.5 degree
Included Lens - Closest Focusing
Included Lens - Maximum Magnification
Included Lens - Weight
1.31 oz
Included Lens - Diaphragm Control
Fully Automatic
Included Lens - Connstruction
8 Elements in 5 Groups
Included Lens - Aperture Range
F8 - F1.9
Included Lens - Filter Diameter
Included Lens - Dimensions
1.8 x 0.9"
Included Lens - Lens Hood
MH-RA 4035mm (optional)
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