Pentax introduces its Q, the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera that is pocketable and even fits in your palm. The camera uses the newly designed PENTAX Q-mount lens system for convenient interchangeability with a variety of specialty Q lenses including prime, zoom, fish-eye and more.
The Pentax Q is equipped with a 12.4 Megapixel backlit 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor, capable of producing 12 bit DNG RAW and JPG images. With such as small size, the Q manged to offer a 3-inch LCD display with HVGA resolution, a Customizable Quick Dial and built-in pop-up flash. The camera features ISO 125-6400, sensor-shift shake reduction, traditional DSLR shooting modes such as Program, Aperture/Shutter Priority, and Metered Manual exposure control, Bokeh Control Filter and Smart Effects Mode. Pentax Q is able to record 1080 Full HD camera at 30fps and offers In-camera HDR capture mode that shoots 3 images of varying exposures, blending them to bring out the details in even the darkest shadows and brightest highlights of extreme contrast shots. It includes the DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism to help reduce annoying dust spots from spoiling captured images
Though look like a toy camera, the mirrorless Pentax Q camera has a lightweight, scratch resistant magnesium alloy body, making it really durable. It supports SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards and provides HDMI output. The Q will be available in white or black body models and shipped in a Standard Prime lens (available in silver) kit. It will come to the US market in early Fall for about $799.99. For those who want a viewfinder, you can get the O-VF1 External Viewfinder for $249.95.