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PentaxQ Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Great resolution (6)
  • Fast shutter speed (5)
  • Large clear LCD (3)

Cons

  • Short battery life (5)
  • No viewfinder (4)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (6)
  • Travel (6)
  • Wildlife (5)
  • Video (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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    • Was this a gift?:
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4.0

The (small) size really matters

By Diogenes

from Boston

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Candids
  • Street Photography

Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (White):

The story of my acquiring the Pentax Q is really the latest chapter of what might be called "My search for a companion camera," which began decades ago with a folding Agfa using 120 film (yes it did fit my pants packet-very uncomfortably) and progressed through an Olympus Pen FT, Minolta 16, Pentax 110, Nikon Pronea S and lately an Olympus E-PL5.

What I have been looking for are small size, pocketability if possible, and good image quality. The Olympus is fantastic, but not small enough to carry all the time. Hence the Pentax Q, which now lives either in my briefcase or on my belt, hanging by a Spider holster.

The camera meets my expectations in terms of size and FUN. Image quality is better than I expected, but far below that of the micro 4/3rds Olympus. The small sensor and short focal lengths produce great depth-of-field, making selective focus difficult. The Q has an in-camera software solution to this problem called "blur control" that allows three degrees of background defocus, but the algorithm is very hit-or-miss. Photoshop is a far a better solution route to throwing things out of focus. The Standard Prime Lens 01(bought from an excellent seller in Japan) is an f/1.9, and at close distances it does produce out-of-focus backgrounds, so that is another solution. Incidentally, f/1.9 is a perfectly usable aperture on this 8.5mm lens, with pictures coming out sharp and contrasty.

The Q has been criticized for slow autofocus and start-up, but I have not found these traits to be troublesome.

In my view, the lack of an electronic viewfinder is a serious deficit; yes, it is entirely possible to compose on the LCD screen, at least if you are not in bright sunlight, but a camera you could put to your eye would be vastly better. (I have long day-dreamed about Pentax engineers modifying the Pentax 110 SLR with a sensor and allowing TTL viewing, but now I see this is not to be.)

My camera turned out to have two DEFECTS. The battery starts fading after about 20 shots. And the intervalometer, which is a terrific feature, shoots the wrong number of pictures- 7 instead of the set ten, for example. I will need to get in touch with Pentax about this.

All told, a very fun companion camera as long as you believe that the best camera is the one that you have all the time-and don't have ambitions of your pictures hanging in MOMA.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 5
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  • No

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4.0

Pretty good for the size.

By Shawn

from Los Angeles, California

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Built like a tank
  • Easy to Use
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Cheap Feeling Focus Ring
  • No Audio In Jack
  • No Viewfinder
  • Poor in Low Light
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Video

Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (White):

It was a hard choice between this and the Nikon one lineup to use as a camera for photos and the occasional school video project. Due to the nikon's higher price, lack of controls, plastic body, and lower quality demo video footage, I decided to opt for the Pentax. The little camera does great under most conditions, but starts to get a little noisy in the dark (as expected with the smaller sensor) and night shoots are best with flash or other bright lighting. I really like the different modes this camera has and it makes shooting fun. In the end my only regret I have not getting the Nikon is the lack of an "audio input" jack, but it's fine if you mostly use it for stills I suppose. Also, with a combination of the small screen and the touchy focus ring, getting a good focus can be nearly impossible in manual mode. Overall, pretty nice little camera.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
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  • No

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5.0

Qute camera

By Sleepnin

from Atlanta, Ga

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Resolution

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (Black):

I'm a hiker and was beating up my Nikon carrying it everywhere...so I started looking for a compact with manual controls and RAW shooting capability.
The Q is a perfect camera for my uses. Yes, the sensor is small, but in good outside light I can barely tell the difference from anything shot on the Nikon. No, it's not great for low light even with long exposures, but I'm not putting this camera on a tripod and trying for those shots anyway. I use my Nikon for that.
The quality is evident in the weight of this little Pentax, and I pleased with the lenses as well. And with the ability to just stick it in my pocket and go, I'm having more fun than ever with my photography.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 10
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  • No

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5.0

Tiny sophisticated wonder

By jack fl

from Sunny Florida

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Resolution

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Video
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (Black):

This is the smallest camera with interchandible lenses and very good image quality. Build in flash actually raises up to prevent red eye problem. This flash setup works really well. However maximum distance is about 8 feet, before flash becomes useless. Pentax Q has huge varietty of options, functins and filters. This includes post editing. More options than most entry level Digital SLR's. If you like manual optins, Pentax Q has also manual focus, P/A/S/M settings as well AV compensation up to 3 shutter speeds. Also B&H price of $[$] makes it unbitable value. That is less than most other places charges for included in the kit 5-15mm zoom lens! This is great little camera, but it has few flows. Battery life is very short, about two hours or less, depending on extra functions and flash. Autofocus in low light works poorly. But the worsed issue is how you can use tracing autofocus of moving objects. The only way to use autofocus is to set the camera to auto scenes/sports or scenes/kids. There is no way to use tracing autofocus in any of A/S/M programs! This was the worsed surprise i got from this camera. You have to keep this in mind, before purchasing this camera, especially if you not comfortable using manual focus. I would still recomend this camera, unless you would not mind spending double on none zoom version of Canon or Nikom mirror less SL cameras. Camera is about 3 times smaller than my Canon T3I. I can keep my Pentax Q in my pocket! Not bad for fully fuction mirrorless SL camera! It is also a lot of fun programing, using and editing this little wonder. It's 12.5MB cmos works better than most 16Mb cmoses from other brands. Pentax Q is a great pocket camera, with interchangeble lenses. You can also add external flash! Pentax Q will make great first camera, or secondary camera you like to keep with you at all times. I'm very happy with my Pentax Q and I recomend this camera to anyone!

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 10
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  • No

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5.0

Pentax Q equals Fun

By Rodney9

from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (Black):

I take the Q with me every day in a small shoulder holster, it's an amazing camera.
You can shoot anywere its so small no one notices it.
It let's you ring out your inner flair.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
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  • No

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5.0

Sweet Little Camera

By Animal Mask Project

from Johnson, VT

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (White):

Had this Camera for a few weeks now and I'm crazy impressed at what such a small package can deliver. The interface is super fluid and takes only a second to learn. Besides that, the camera's a tank; really sturdy alloy body (the Q10 is only a plastic body I believe.) The whole thing feels incredibly solid and delivers great 12mp RAW and even decent JPEG images, HD video is pretty great too. The artistic filters can be a bunch of fun as well.
Now there's only so much that Pentax/Ricoh could squeeze into the Q. The screens only so bright and I feel like the optical viewfinder would be really nice to have. Also, the battery life isn't fantastic. Usually lasts 2-3 straight hours. I just ordered a spare. The amount of processing time needed for HDR or RAW images is a little underwhelming too.
I've heard people complain about the AF speed, but if you download the updates for the camera and lenses off of the Pentax site they work a lot better.
All in all, this camera is great and with the price and amount of options in store makes it a perfect camera for a student, traveler, or even a companion camera for the heavy DSLR shooter. I'm really glad I got this camera and I can't wait to get the other lenses to go with it!

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

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5.0

Great camera!!

By Easy p's

from Tallahassee, FL

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (White):

    Got this camera for my girlfriend and she loves is. It takes great pictures and is great for those with small hands.

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

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    4.0

    value

    By achemist

    from florida

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (White):

    For the money this camera is everything that I was looking for in a easy to use point and shoot hybrid camera. The compact design and weight make it easy to carry anywhere.

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

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    5.0

    Tiny but Mighty

    By Red Head 420

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (White):

      I use this camera for everything! The pictures are a great quality and the features the camera has are awesome. Its ability to shoot video is an added bonus. I get so many compliments and the design of the camera, retro but modern. Love this and highly recommend it!

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

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      4.0

      great small camera

      By Marty

      from Western Ohio

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (Black):

      Although this could be a good step up from a point and shoot, I found it to be a great companion to my dslr. It can fit in a jacket pocket and great as a travel camera or general use when you don't want that big bomb with the huge zoom lens. It really does have many capabilities of an DSLR. A bonus you can get an adaptor which lets you use all pentax lens with a 5.6x lens factor (your 100mm becomes a 560mm) I have yet to find a negative with this little gem

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
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      • No

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      5.0

      very neat camera

      By D

      from New England

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Q Digital Camera with 5-15mm Lens (Black):

            I never really had a nice camera before, so this is my first real one. I take a lot of pictures so i figured it was time to get a decent camera and learn a little more about photography. So far, I love it. Has very cool look, I've gotten a lot of compliments on it!

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            • No

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