While interchangeable lens cameras have all managed to shrink in size in the past couple of years, they’re still relatively bulky compared to smaller, slimmer point and shoots. Well, that was before Pentax unveiled their Q interchangeable lens camera, which they tout as being the smallest of its kind in the world. We believe that claim – the Q approaches absurd levels of tiny-ness, yet is still able to pack a whole lot of features into its tiny, adorable frame. If it wasn’t obvious yet, the Q can take different lenses through its Q mount (the Q ships with Pentax’s prime kit lens 8.5mm, with 5 more lenses coming by next month) and offers almost the same level of control that’s available in full size DSLRs. While the Q uses a smaller sized, CMOS sensor (1/2.3-inches) than the A-PSC sized ones on proper micro-four thirds cameras it’s still able to deliver 12.4 megapixels worth of image resolution.
The Q also sports a couple of notable features including the ability to shoot in RAW as well as a couple of other formats, ISO sensitivity of up 64000, a shutter speed range of 30 – 1/2000 seconds and a hot shoe for external flash devices and 3-inch TFT color LCD monitor. You get all of that in a body that measures 98 x 57 x 31mm and barely tips the scales at 180 grams. We’ll get a review up as soon as we get our hands on a unit. The Q will retail for Php 39,990.
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