The battle of claims and counter-claims is about to heat up later this summer. Panasonic fired the first salvo in proclaiming its Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3 to be the “World’s Smallest & Lightest Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera”. One month later in June, Sony claimed that title with its NEX-C3 digital camera. Today, PENTAX put forth its entry for the title with the PENTAX Q. Mirrorless, PENTAX developed a high-resolution 1 2/3-inch CMOS image sensor capable of 12.4-megapixel. In fact, instead of riding on the coat tail of other digital compact camera systems like the APS-C or the 4/3 sensor designs. The PENTAX Q is a camera system wholly designed by PENTAX, with its own proprietary PENTAX Q-mount lens.
Quipped in a super strong magnesium alloy enclosure, the PENTAX Q functions like a traditional digital SLR camera, with several shooting modes – Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority, and Metered Manual. Photographer will also have PENTAX Auto Picture and 21 scenes to select from in advent of a quick snap shot. Shutter speed range from 1/2000 to 30 seconds, there is even a Bokeh Control filter to simplify the process of creating the optimal image, without taking the photographer’s concentration with the task at hand.
12.4-Megapixel CMOS with the new PENTAX Q-mount lens system ISO 100 – 6400 1920 x 1080 Full-HD High Quality Video Recording Shutter speeds range from 1/2000 to 30 seconds Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards Image formats in RAW and JPEG
In white or black models , the PENTAX Q, along with a Standard Prime lens, will cost approximately $800 with availability set for Fall 2011, just in time for the holiday shopping season.