The Q slims itself down by ditching the optical finder, mirror box, focusing plate and AF sensor that add bulk to a typical dSLR. What’s left inside is an imaging engine with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor capable of shooting 12.4MP images and recording 1080/30 FPS HD video. Pentax Q DSLR includes a wide ISO range (125 to 6400), built-in photo effects, different shooting modes and HDR. Exterior has mount system, a 3-inch LCD monitor and a microHDMI port to watch your images and videos on an HDTV.
The Q offers the versatility and precision of an advanced DSLR in a body that is significantly smaller than every other digital ILC body available on the market today. The world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 15, 2011 (based on PENTAX research). The camera’s tiny size, lightweight design, and superior image quality are made possible by an innovative PENTAX-developed imaging system. With a high-resolution 12.4 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS image sensor, the Q carves out an entirely new camera category that extends beyond traditional digital compact, APS-C or 4/3 digital cameras. The backlit sensor is a highly efficient light-gathering instrument that produces very little noise at high sensitivity levels particularly in low light settings. Further, the new Q lens mount is a perfect match with the new sensor and every interchangeable Q lens is designed for more advanced image quality than may be found on traditional compact digital cameras. This innovative PENTAX design is the foundation of the Q’s position as the world’s smallest, lightest ILC system with superior image quality.
Pentax has announced availability of four new lens. Check out the press release below:-
PENTAX 02 Standard Zoom
With a focal length equivalent to a 27.5-83.0mm zoom lens in the 35mm format, this standard zoom lens is ideal for wide angle to medium telephoto range. With four extra-low-dispersion and low-refractive aspherical optical elements, the lens offers exceptional image rendition while effectively reducing chromatic aberration to a minimum over the entire zoom range. The Standard Zoom features a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) at all focal lengths for close-up photography.to the camera’s top shutter speed of 1/2000 second (or 1/250 second when using an accessory flash unit). The lens price $299.95 USD.
PENTAX 03 Fish-Eye
This ultra wide angle lens offers an extra wide 160 degree angle of view allowing photographers to create a fish-eye visual effect. The distinctive ultra wide angle characteristics produce unique, eye-catching images with an exaggerated, distorted perspective and a pan-focus effect that captures every element in the image field in sharp focus. The lens price is $129.95 USD.
PENTAX 04 Toy Lens Wide and PENTAX 05 Toy Lens Telephoto
With optics designed specifically to retain various lens aberrations, these lenses produce subdued, nostalgic images like photos taken with a traditional toy camera. The Toy Lens Wide is a unifocal wide angle field of view with a focal length equivalent to 35mm in the 35mm format. The PENTAX 05 Toy Lens Telephoto is a unifocal medium telephoto lens with a focal length equivalent to 100mm in the 35mm format. The PENTAX 04 Toy Lens Wide price is $79.95 USD and the PENTAX 05 Toy Lens Telephoto is $79.95 USD.
PENTAX-100 PL Filter
Attached to the PENTAX 01 Standard Prime or PENTAX 02 Standard Zoom, the 40.5mm polarizing filter minimizes reflections on the water or glass surface, which are difficult to remove during digital processing, to assure crisp, high contrast images.
A metallic, dome-shaped lens hood for exclusive use with the PENTAX 01 Standard Prime lens.
PH-SBA 40.5mm Lens
A plastic, square-shaped lens hood for exclusive use with the PENTAX 02 Standard Zoom lens.
Initially, the PENTAX Q system will ship in Japan. Anticipated shipping time to the United States is early Fall 2011 at around $800 for the standard lens kit.
The PENTAX 01 Standard Prime kit lens will not be sold separately.
Each of these lenses may be pre-ordered now on www.pentaxwebstore.com The PENTAX 01 Standard Prime kit lens will not be sold separately. More information is available here: www.pentaximaging.com/news