Pentax Q: Lab Test Results & Comments

Like a standard compact camera, the Pentax Q system uses a very small sensor system, 1x2.33”. It offers an interchangeable lens system with the new Q mount. Pentax offers three lenses: a standard zoom (5-15mm f/2.8-4.5, equivalent to 27.5-83mm), a fisheye lens (3.2mm f/5.6, equivalent to 17.5mm), and a third, with which we did our tests, a fixed focal length of 8.5mm, equivalent to 47mm. Pentax brands this lens as the “Standard PRIME 8.5mm f/1.9 AL [IF].” Pentax also offers two additional “Toy” lenses with a fixed aperture size: the Toy Lens Wide 6.3mm f/7.1 and the Toy Lens Tele 18mm f/8.

The Pentax Q is the first camera of the company’s new CSC camera system. It uses a 12MP image sensor that has the same size as image sensors in compact cameras. The camera offers numerous manual controls, but there’s no optical viewfinder or EVF.

The camera has a standard sized LCD on the back (3”), which offers standard resolution (460,000 RGB dots). For menu navigation it uses a standard four-way cursor field and a setup dial on the top. This allows for fast and efficient setting for all parameters.

The camera has a small mode dial on the top. The photographer can choose standard modes like P, Tv, Av, and M and some scene modes. The “BC” mode will create images with a blurred background. This can be used to shoot portrait images with a shallow depth of field.

Using a complex “boom” for the integrated flash places it high above and set off to the side of the optical axis. This helps avoid the redeye effect.

The camera is very compact and is in fact smaller than most standard compact cameras, yet the design is more akin to the compact camera class, not to SLRs (like the Panasonic GH2) or to classic 35mm film cameras (like the Olympus PEN series). It has a very small grip on the right-hand side and nearly no space for larger function setting controls. The mode dial and the setup dial on the top are very small. The interfaces are located on the bottom of the camera while the rechargeable battery is placed on the left-hand side of the body and the card slot is located on the right-hand side.

One special and very handy feature is located on the front side of the camera: the setup dial near the lens allows the user to switch between four custom-defined camera settings very fast and efficiently.

The camera has an internal anti-shake system (based on CMOS shift technology) which will work with every lens system attached to the Pentax Q. During our tests it worked well and allowed us to take images with longer shutter speed settings (two to three stops longer when compared to shooting without the stabilizer system activated).

The Pentax Q offers all standard exposure modes like P, S, A, and M (Aperture priority is called “Av” and Shutter Speed priority mode is called “Tv” on the mode dial). In addition, it offers 18 scene modes with standards such as Portrait and Landscape plus special modes like “HDR” (which shoots three images to generate one single image with higher dynamic range) or “Backlight Silhouette.”

The camera has an internal digital 2x ND filter system, which while less useful for motion blur shots in bright sunlight can be used to attain somewhat wider aperture settings to create a shallow depth of field for portrait shots. To further enhance portraits the camera offers an additional special scene mode, which is directly available on the mode dial on the top, dubbed “BC” (for “Blur Control”) that will create a soft focus in the background to enhance the shallow depth of field effect.

The camera is able to record Full HD video (1920x1080 pixels, 30 frames per second) and can shoot interval movies (fully configurable interval time between two frames and overall recording time).

The on-board flash system uses a small flash on a complex boom, which is very large and allows the user to lift the flash high above the optical axis to help avoid the redeye effect. In addition, the camera has an anti-redeye flash mode. The camera also offers a standard accessory shoe for external flash systems.

The Pentax Q doesn’t offer an optical viewfinder or EVF system. The LCD screen on the back is the sole viewfinder. The 3” monitor has a resolution of 460,000 RGB dots, which is on an average level for compact or CSC cameras, but doesn’t obtain the high quality or high resolution of some competitive LCDs (on Panasonic or Sony cameras, for example) or AMOLED systems like on Samsung’s new NX200.

The automatic exposure setting created a slightly dark version of our standard portrait shot. Just like the standard test box shot, a slight shift into a blue cast is noticeable, especially in the light gray background.

The colors in our standard test shot have a slight cool touch. The image has a slight soft touch due to the resolution, which is comparable to a good compact system with a 12MP sensor.

GretagMacbeth test chart.

Image Quality
Color:
The automatic white balance system worked very well. Nevertheless, you will notice a slight cool touch in our test images, especially in the standard test box shot. You can see the same behavior in the shot of the GretagMacbeth test chart, because the neutral gray fields are shifted into the more bluish area. Overall, the color errors are on a low level and there is only a little oversaturation.

Sharpness: Resolution results are on an average level for compact cameras with 12MP sensors. The Pentax Q reproduced the ISO 12,233 chart with 2109 lines per picture height, which is a low result. Even with its intense USM filtering, which causes some double contours on contrast lines, the camera is considerably far from its nominal resolution of 3000 lines per picture height. This created a slightly little soft character in our two test shots in total, but some harsh differences in the hair structure in the portrait shot.

The differentiation of red colors is also a little soft. The red spool in the upper right of the test box shot shows nearly no difference between single threads on the red spool.

Noise: The luminance noise is on a very low level for a camera with a 1/2.33” sensor. However, color noise is clearly visible in an image taken with ISO 400 or higher. Color noise is filtered, but the noise artifacts are visible as color clouds/color smear and are quite annoying. Images taken with the highest speed setting of ISO 6400 are extremely smoothed by anti-noise filtering and it is not advisable to use that ISO setting for prints.

Scorecard
Pro

• Extremely compact and lightweight CSC camera
• Sophisticated/clever built-in flash system

Con
• Very small sensor compared to CSC cameras with MFT or APS-C sensor
• Missing optical viewfinder or EVF

Image Tech
Image Tech is where we publish web-exclusive lab reports on cameras. To read the reports please go to the Shutterbug homepage at www.shutterbug.com and click on the Image Tech tab on the top navigation bar. New reports are published frequently, so check Image Tech for updates. The following reports are available now:
• Canon 5D Mark III
• Canon EOS-1D X
• Leica X1
• Ricoh GR Digital IV
• Nikon P7100
• Olympus E-P3
• Panasonic FZ48
• Sigma SD1

Lab results and test images by BetterNet, our TIPA-affiliated testing lab. Edited by George Schaub.

Share | |
COMMENTS
pasha's picture

Cool activities. onlines game

lichfieldestateagents's picture

Numerous firms choose management and regulation related graduates and post graduates. Estate agent contracts Constantly read any literature the estate agent gives you, and most importantly, study the agreement thoroughly. It doesn't really need to price a lot of funds in costs to offer house these days. These agents have massive databases of diverse qualities available for sale with full specifics about their plans, lay-outs and pictures alongside with prevailing cost construction for every site. The enormous nearly all of people searching to industry a residence use auctions with valid cause. estate agents in lichfield

quora30's picture

I'm quite glad to have seen this blog, thank you so much for all the great information on cameras and wonderful pictures, I'll be sure to pass the url on to my more artistic family and friends
Margahayuland | Margahayuland | Yurosie | ide bagus

beginner713's picture

. These agents have massive databases of diverse qualities available for sale with full specifics about their plans, lay-outs and pictures alongside with prevailing cost construction for every site.

memoir writing

barbie games's picture

4 color printing allow us to right of entry into a rich lake of colors that affects the chart communication of print designs.dog Games |school Games |Cat Games |
girls dress up Games

alvinaruby's picture

Them, as well, back-number esteemed imperilled because the middle eighties. It is herbivores and accept one and the same particular food for thought drutherses, herbaceous plant*,
outdoor home escaltors

alishajohn's picture

Yamaha motorbikes are a great option if you are looking to purchase your first motorbike. With the help of a Yamaha motor bike dealer, you will be well on your way to living your dream. buymotorbike

alishajohn's picture

As this research shows you can’t treat customer channel preferences in isolation – people will want to use different channels at different times but do expect consistency across every interaction. Organisations need to invest in centralised knowledge to power every channel, rather than adopting a silo-based approach which will create inconsistency and waste a customer’s time. onlinedatastoragesite

alishajohn's picture

Lord Cope said the committee wanted UKTI and UKEF to “blow their own trumpets and promote their services for SMEs”, working with business organisations theseniorlifeinsurance

alvinaruby's picture

On that point is considerations that average that other people bear nay mind from their category inclinations.deuce-ace rivers bunged the ballpark, the Nugu inch the center,
online horse racing

alvinaruby's picture

This is a great content, I’m so glad that I’ve found this high quality blog!
back pain treatment lexington

reshhia's picture

Effective work. live resume examples. Good day!

awenetjacker's picture

Excellent work here, a really quality post and a great blog. Will be following your future updates with an interest. Thank you so much!

kawasan industri dan gudang bandung

kawasan industri dan pergudangan bandung

Tujuan Instruksional dalam Proses Belajar Mengajar

Mengukur Hasil Desain Proses Belajar Mengajar

Karakteristik Siswa - Learner Characteristics

Perencanaan Desain Instruksional

DEMONSTRASI DAN SIMBOLISISASI

Suara Rakyat - Maksimalkan Subsidi Pertanian

Sefty Sanustika Istri Ahmad Fathanah

Psikologi Agama dan Pendidikan Islam

AGAMA MENURUT PERSPEKTIF PSIKOLOGI

Kata Inspirasi Ustadh Jefry Al Bukhori

Berpikir dalam Perspektif Al - Qur’an

Fenomena Caleg Perempuan atau Pemimpin Perempuan

BIMBINGAN dan KONSELING Metode Dakwah Alternatif

Belajar Menjadi Pers Mahasiswa yang Baik

Foto dan Biodata Fatin Shidqia Lubis

Foto dan Biodata Mikha Angelo

Khasiat Air Kelapa Muda

Khasiat dan Kandungan Air Kelapa Muda

Blog RAM system

10 Fakta Seputar Status Jomblo

Daftar Kontestan Master Chef Session 3

Foto Lengkap Kontestan Master Chef Indonesia Session 3

Orientalisme dan Para Orientalis

dinamika pemikiran islam

Sefty Sanustika Istri Ahmad Fathanah

aliran pemikiran Islam

Juara Stand Up Comedy Session 3

Pembagian Tugas Komisi DPRD

Koleksi Lengkap Foto Mikha Angelo

Margahayuland

Margahayuland

Margahayuland

Margahayuland

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

Tips Sukses Bisnis

Keuntungan Perusahaan Memberikan Karyawan Hadiah Kartu

Gagasan Bagus, Hadiah untuk Karyawan

Membangun Hubungan Baik dengan Kolega

Membeli Hadiah untuk Perusahaan

Tips Sederhana dan Efektif Cara Membuat Bisnis Kecil Anda Sukses

Promo Produk Hadiah Perusahaan

Memulai Bisnis Usaha Kecil

Hadiah Parsel untuk Karyawan

3 Poin Negosiasi Ketika Kehilangan Pekerjaan

5 Teknik Mencari Pekerjaan

Ambil Pekerjaan dan Tunjukkan Bahwa Anda Hebat

Perusahaan Membutuhkan Orang Professional

Pro Kontra dalam Membangun Bisnis

Pertimbangan Matang Menutup Usaha Kecil

Cara Cepat Mencari Kerja

Tips untuk Bersaing dengan Pengusaha Besar

Apakah Perusahaan Membutuhkan Jasa Tim Organizer Profesional?

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

Ceritaku Hari ini

Ceritaku Hari ini

Ceritaku Hari ini

Ceritaku Hari ini

Ceritaku Hari ini

Ceritaku Hari ini

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

DE PRIMA TERRA KAWASAN INDUSTRI DAN GUDANG BANDUNG INDONESIA

barbie games's picture

color noise

X
Enter your Shutterbug username.
Enter the password that accompanies your username.
Loading