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Review Summary: Pentax produces a small-sensor digital camera with interchangeable lenses, a first for the digital camera industry. It’s early to tell, but we think the Pentax Q could give both the enthusiast digital cameras like the G12 and the compact system cameras a run for their money, provided it’s not too small for the average user.
Pros: Interchangeable lenses that are also light and compact. Very small size that’s easy to take anywhere. Still has physical controls where other companies seeking small designs have opted for other solutions with a steeper learning curve.
Cons: Small buttons and small size might be too hard to use for some. Image quality is bound to trail other compact system cameras, especially low light shots.
eleased via the slider just behind it. It takes a little practice to release the flash without your fingers getting in the way. Next to that is the Playback button, something we’d have preferred to see on the back, but admittedly there’s very little room on the Pentax Q. The hot shoe looks relatively massive on the Q, compatible with Pentax’s current line of flashes, however large. Five holes mark the position of the speaker. The small power button is right of that, and the gunmetal shutter button rises fairly high from the camera body, offering a very soft half-press with a clean break at full press for a very good feel.
The Mode dial sits atop and dictates the shape of the small fingertip grip, just as the Rear dial describes the shape of the rear thumbgrip. Strap lugs are molded into the top plate of the Pentax Q, presumably also of magnesium alloy.
Tightly fitted into the small chassis is the 460,000-dot, 3-inch TFT LCD with a 170 degree viewing angle. Unlike the Sony NEX-C3 and Panasonic GF3, two cameras also pushing the size barriers for interchangeable lens cameras, the Pentax Q doesn’t take the minimalist approach to the camera’s interface to eliminate buttons. Instead they take the approach that’s worked for pocket digital cameras for years: small buttons; no scroll wheels, soft buttons, or touchscreens. I can see some objecting to the use of such small buttons, but those who don’t like small buttons have no business looking at a camera this small to begin with. Most of the buttons are recessed and stiff enough to avoid accidental activation, yet they yield to gentle, inward pressure with a soft click. The four outer navigation buttons are beveled upward from the center out for easier tactile differentiation from the other buttons, which are admittedly quite close.
A few details about the new Olympus E-P1 have been released. The new camera is believed to have some of the following features:
The new E-P1 will be available in Australia in July 2009
- 12.3 Megapixel
- SLR picture quality
- HD Movie recording
- Interchangeable lenses
- Image Stabiliser built-in
- 3 inch LCD
- ISO 6400 (max)
- Available in the following kits:
- E-P1 with 14-42mm lens kit
- E-P1 with 14-42mm lens & 17mm lens kit
- E-P1 body only (from late Sept 09)