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Pentax Q (photos)

Pentax's Q interchangeable-lens camera has a compact, great retro design. But it didn't get this small without some potentially significant sacrifices.

Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
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Black model with the 47mm-equivalent f1.9 kit lens. The Quick Dial on the front serves as a shortcut to scrolling through options for a given feature; for instance, to cycle through aspect ratios or adjust the intensity of an effect.

Read more about the Q.
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White model with the 47mm-equivalent f1.9 kit lens.
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The Q's flash pops way up as a red-eye-prevention system.
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For a size comparison, the Q sitting atop an iPhone 4.
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The Q with its kit prime lens and optional 24-80mm-equivalent f2.8-4.5 lens.
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The Q has a die-cast magnesium-alloy body.
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Not only is the Q the smallest ILC, it's got the smallest sensor as well--a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS.
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The cheap ($79.95) "wide-angle" toy lens is only 35mm-equivalent and uses an electronic shutter.
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The $79.95 telephoto toy lens is 100mm-equivalent and uses an electronic shutter.

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