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PentaxQ Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White)
 
4.9

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Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good image quality (5)
  • Image stabilization (5)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
  • Quiet (4)

Cons

  • Short battery life (4)
  • Noisy at high ISO (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (6)
  • Family photos (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Low light (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

An Artist's Camera

By David Spero Peligro

from Venice, CA.

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Pentax Q Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White):

    Here's a SUPER LATE review of a magnificent tiny camera.
    This amazing little powerhouse will knock your socks off!
    I'm sure you all know about it's size - so I'll spare you all the rave.
    Now - what i'm most impressed with is it's pure "physicality".
    In terms of shot composure, this camera goes where no digital camera has gone before - it's so hard to explain, but I'll try.
    The combination of available lenses, comfort, weight, and balance allows one to lean in and compose shots that take one beyond the norm. The combination of these things allows one to see and feel things differently - the camera becomes more than a shooter. It becomes an extension of vision, it reaches a creative zone that I can't reach with other cameras.
    *The image quality is fantastic.
    I'm still experimenting with video - so far, I've had some amazing results.
    I recommend watching some videos to go over the specifications. *The most accurate and enthusiastic video review is by Blunty. (Look him up)
    Another very interesting feature is the possibility of using other lenses via an adapter (C and D Mount, Nikon, Canon, Etc)…
    If you happen to see this camera available at B&H Used Department, go for it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    I need some better Crow recipes

    By Lauren

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Q Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White):

    I am a lifelong Pentaxian, and initially I hated the Q. I thought it took resources away from the mythical Pentax FF that will someday appear. When the price finally dropped to a level where I could try it out, I went for the Q. Sigh. I must say, everything I thought negative about this camera was wrong. The Q is so much more than the sum of it's technical bits, and fits such a wonderful niche in my camera bag. I own K5s a K30 and a medium format 645. The Q is such a pleasure to live with, that it goes with me everywhere. As for my negativity when I didn't understand it? I am eating crow every time I speak about the Q. Hence the need for a new recipe. Get a Q. You'll love it.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Love this guy

    By Toe the traveler

    from San Diego, California

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Pentax Q Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White):

    I bought this camera to travel with. I did not want my carry on luggage to be all about my camera. I travelled all over the Mediterranean with this guy and was totally impressed with the pictures it took. This is true especially as I was on a cruise and constantly running after tour guides who don't give you much time to take pics LOL. It focused quickly and ended up using the museum feature quite a bit as many places allow you to take pictures, but do not allow flash. The camera is light weight and easy to travel with. I am a BIG fan.

    Do get an extra battery though.

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    • No

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    4.0

    What a camera is supposed to be

    By Jon

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Metal Chassis
    • Pocketable
    • Quiet
    • Video Stills Timelapse

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • No Viewfinder
    • Reflective Lcd
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Candid
    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Pentax Q Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White):

    I got this camera to be fun and to take anywhere with me. So far it has not disappointed. It is solidly built and feels like a camera and not a tech gadget. This little camera has a manual that is 250 pages! It does a lot and I am still discovering what it can do. One of my favorite recent discoveries is that if you are shooting JPEG and not RAW (DNG) you have the ability to save the RAW data from the last JPEG shot.I read a lot of online reviews. Most people loved the camera, but hated the price. That was when it was first introduced. Now the price, at B&H at least, was cheap enough to make the camera worth a purchase. For me the price was low enough, and the camera does so much for that price, that I am not banging my head saying "if only I spent a [$] more then I'd have something I like." Sure it's no DSLR...but if you are aware of it's weaknesses (small sensor, short battery life) and can embrace it's strengths (small, fun, pro controls, easy to use) then it's a no brainer.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Fun, Fun, Fun

    By JV

    from Winnetka, IL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Street photography

    Comments about Pentax Q Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White):

    This was given to me as a gift from my wife, who was trying to come up with something unique for Christmas. I must admit I was surprised, and quite intrigued by this little guy. Little it is, but the images it has producing have been top notch. Not great in low light, too grainy, but hey that can work in monochrome most of the time. The 8.5 lens is very sharp, and I tend to use it wide open. You'll get flare if you shoot too close to the sun, but it can be addressed in pp. Build quality is excellent. Tough little guy. Easily pocketable in a jacket, and easy to conceal. Fun to shoot on the street. I bought the tely that Pentax has for this camera, and am equally impressed by the quality of the images that both of these lenses produce. Taking this camera out and about is a no brainer. Focusing is fairly fast, and doesn't hunt. There are plenty of manual controls for those of us who use them. I give this little sleeper of a gem two thumbs up.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    A Very Special Camera

    By Jim

    from Arizona

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Q Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White):

      I use Nikon DSLRs professionally. However, there were times that I didn't carry a camera because of the hassle or because I felt my large cameras were too conspicuous. I researched small, capable cameras and decided to try the Q. This camera is so much fun, very capable, and a joy to take with me wherever I go. It has all the versatility of a full size DSLR with the exception of more limited depth of field control because of the small sensor. This camera feels like it was designed by people who care about the craft of photography. If you remember the joy of photographing with a quality film camera, you will love the feel of the Q. It's small and light, but the metal body and precise construction give it a substantial feel. The image quality is better than the small sensor led me to expect. I've used some photographs from the Q(with the cool bleach bypass setting) with wedding clients and they loved them. This camera will be with me all the time.

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      5.0

      I carry it with me almost every day

      By Jennika

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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            Comments about Pentax Q Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White):

            I agree with the previous reviewer that this camera has been knocked a bit in reviews, and I don't think it deserves it either. A little pricey, yes, and it's not meant to replace a DSLR. However, as great as it is, I'm not going to lug my DSLR and big lenses around with me every day. To be honest, I don't like my DSLR much. Oh, it's a fantastic camera but I haven't found a digital camera I like in the way I did my older film cameras. This Pentax Q is the first digital camera, that's well, fun. I enjoy using it. It takes amazingly great photos for the small sensor size, especially in low light. It's tiny and lightweight and I can easily carry it and a couple lenses with me and barely notice it in my bag. The wide angle toy lens is great for street shots, and no one sees it as a "real" camera so it is largely ignored by others. I have all four of the lenses and I have found them to be quite impressive for the low cost. The camera body has all the manual controls you need and the display on the back is quite nice. You can save your top setting combinations and dial them up quickly. The battery lasted longer than I expected. I won't lug that big, heavy DSLR around with me every day, and as much as I love it I don't always want to fuss with film, but I'll be missing far fewer of those "I wish I had my camera" shots because I will always have this camera with me! At first I thought I was a little crazy to pay the steep price, but for how much I use and enjoy this camera, I now think it was a good value.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            The is a Fun Camera!

            By egbphoto

            from Arlington, VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Street photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Pentax Q Digital Camera with 8.5mm Lens (White):

            I have to say I have had this little guy for three days and it is a pure joy to use. It adds pure fun to photography. You can take it anywhere. It gives all the DSLR control in a small, durable and well designed package. It is a great companion to my K-5.

            The Q has, unfairly, beat up in reviews. This camera is not meant to replace a DSLR, but complement it. For its size, it feels like a real camera in your hand and controls are well thought out. IQ is very good for the small sensor size and I feel adds pure artistry to your work.

            I am going out today to do some street photography and I bet no one will notice me! This will never replace my K-5, but if you want a camera with good IQ, take anywhere and major fun factor, consider the Q!

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