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Old Jun 23, 2011, 5:57 PM   #1
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Default Pentax Q series, any comments?

http://www.pentaximaging.com/slr/Q_Black/

Just wondering what people thought of the reincarnated Auto 110 in the form of the new "small-sensor" Pentax Q. It seems to be well thought out but I wonder if there is going to be a sufficient market for this system since the small sensor size may scare people off. The I-Phone 4 uses the same backlit sensor CMOS technology and takes marvelous pictures so a "real" camera with full control over focus, exposure and other photographic parameters should be great for most uses.

I want one but I don't really know if I would buy one.

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Old Jun 23, 2011, 7:10 PM   #2
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Why would you get a point and shot sensor. Might as well wait for the aps-c evil later in the year. You have next to no dof control with such a small sensor, and have very limited low light abilities also.
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It's an interesting idea. If they offer a K to Q adaptor, then put a DA*300 on it - wonder if it would provide better quality than using the lens on a K5 and cropping to the same field of view.
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I'm very unlikely to buy one, but I have to hand it to Pentax for marching to their own drummer.

Mike Johnston has some interesting thoughts on the Q on his blog. Right now it's the second item on the blog, but he adds items all the time so before long you may need to scroll down a bit farther:

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You have to ask yourself just what were Pentax thinking ! The sensor is just fractionally larger (very fractionally) than a standard P&S but with more MPs. WHY ?!

It may be more suited to Asia and may sell well in Japan but I just can't see this doing anything in the rest of the world ..... and naming two lenses 'Toys' *smacks forehead* - sack the marketing dept !

Hopefully the rumoured mirrorless 4/3 size sensor system is still to come.
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it is the same sensor at a standard point at shoot at 1/2.23, but the rumors say aps-c not 4/3 is coming. Do not think pentax will go with a panasonic 4/3 sensor. Sony aps-c is more plausible with their recent change of sensor brands from samsung to sony.
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it is the same sensor at a standard point at shoot at 1/2.23, but the rumors say aps-c not 4/3 is coming. Do not think pentax will go with a panasonic 4/3 sensor. Sony aps-c is more plausible with their recent change of sensor brands from samsung to sony.
I think what is important is camera size & format, mirrorless and quality, if you are right about an APS-C Sony sensor then that's even better than 4/3 !

Now if it were WR too .....
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well m4/3 has gotten pretty darn small also. The new olympus epm1 is the size of a olympus xz1 or panny lx5. very pocketable camera. And you get a much larger sensor. And the new nex c3 is pretty small as well with the aps-c sensor. All these new mirrorless are the size of point and shoots already. That is why going to 1/2.23 for size for that price is very pricey.
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I think this is one cool concept. A pocket full of fun! And for those suffering from LBA, this would be the opportunity to have a handful of lenses in your pocket at all times! <grin>

One cool thing are the "toy" lenses (wide, tele and fisheye). I can see these lenses finding their way into the hands of people that were considering Lomo or Holga cameras, but want to be digital. (You know, I can't wait to see what people start doing with those lenses.)

Would I buy one? If I had the money, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. But as reality sets in, I've already convinced myself that my next purchase is the K-r. After that, who knows . . .
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One cool thing are the "toy" lenses (wide, tele and fisheye). I can see these lenses finding their way into the hands of people that were considering Lomo or Holga cameras, but want to be digital. (You know, I can't wait to see what people start doing with those lenses.)
The problem is Glen that the people likely to buy these (think Paris Hilton etc. ) are not DSLR owners and see the word 'Toy' on a lense and will have no idea it relates to a particular type of image. Most will take it at face value .... a toy. And to be honest who actually uses Lomo / Holga (except maybe in software to play around) except people dabbling / experimenting / not yet able to afford a DSLR (I'm thinking students) ? You don't see experienced amateurs or professionals using those types of cameras, or in fact images taken with them in magazines etc. - except as examples of what they can/can not do.

At the end of the day who is going to pay $800 for the basic kit, $250 just for the viewfinder attachment and ca. $1,500-1,600 for the whole kit and kaboodle ? Japanese & Chinese is my best bet.

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