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Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm Digital Camera

MILC 12.4MP CMOS 2/3" Mar 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Optical Sensor Size Release Date
Six industry awards
High price
No clip on viewfinder
88 Reviews + 6 Awards
pcforalla.idg.se Good Choice Ephotozine Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice M3.idg.se Recommended

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Reviews

Six Industry Awards

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by review sites Ephotozine, M3.idg.se and Pcactual.com all of whom thought that this low megapixel digital camera was good.

An other two expert review sites both endorsed this low megapixel digital camera. This Pentax digital camera received an Onfoto.ru "Best Design" award and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from review website Photoreview.com.au who decided it was marvellous.

One more expert review site concluded that this camera was good. Pcforalla.idg.se gave this Pentax camera a "Good Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on fourty-six expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this camera is 73%.

Pentax Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

Based on 2,026 owner and expert reviews (including 37 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers. 100% of those that bought a Pentax digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Picture Quality

4000 X 2664 Still Image Resolution

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this type and age. This camera has a 4000 x 2664 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras of this age and spec have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Pentax camera have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2992 x 2992, 3456 x 1944 and 3456 x 2592 and 4000 x 2248. Across all comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago the best still image resolution is 4032 x 3024 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Light Exposure

Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 400, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 125 and 6400 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Power

Battery Life

Six owners said in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Digital Versus said in their review of this digital camera “Limited battery life”. Macworld.co.uk said “Battery life could be boosted”.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size

Thirty-eight people concluded that it was compact. Cnet.co.uk said in their Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm review “Extremely compact”. Hereshow.ca wrote “Amazingly compact camera and lens”. Six years ago Pocket Lint said “Its super-small, better than many high-end compact cameras”.

Two people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was a good body shape. Three years ago Avhub.com.au mentioned “Mooi ontworpen zeer compacte body” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only rated the product 14 out of 100.

One person considered that the product was thin. Three years ago Avhub.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “Slim ingebouwde uitklapbare flitser”. One owner who purchased this digital camera considered that it was good structurally.

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Average Weight

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has a pretty typical weight (180 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X10 (330g) which is also cheaper.

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Design

Stylish Retro Design

Five owners agreed that this digital camera was well designed. Digital Versus mentioned six years ago “Nice design and handling” but despite that they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Techradar wrote “Well designed built-in flash”. What Digital Camera wrote “Small design, sharp low noise images at ISO 125400 settings, long lenses small in size, faster flash sync due to leaf shutter lenses (limited to 1250th sec with external flash” but in spite of that they rated this digital camera 18.8 out of 100.

Two customers who bought the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm considered that it was good looking. Expert website Gadgetspeak.com said in their review of the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm five years ago “The Pentax Q has the appearance of a compact camera yet it offers the user an interchangeable lens facility”.

One owner said in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Great build quality and good ergonomics considering the size” although they gave it a rating of 14 out of 100.

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Build Quality

Ten owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well made. Avhub.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera “Style rtro russi, trs compact, construction soigne” but even so they scored this digital camera 14 out of 100. Techradar said “Excellent build” however despite that they only scored the product 1 stars. Six years ago Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Tiny body yet still sports a rugged-feel build” although they only gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100.

One person who bought it said that it was strong and durable. Hereshow.ca mentioned “The Pentax Q offers diminutive size and light weight in a rugged, classy package;” in their review of this digital camera.

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Easy to Use

Three customers who bought the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm agreed that it was easy to use. Expert website Photographyblog.com said six years ago “It actually proves to be a lot more full featured and intuitive to use in practice” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Digitalversus.com said “However, we're willing to make an exception in this case, as the Pentax Q is an interchangeable lens compact that's very nice to use and which” and gave the product a score of 7 stars.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to handle. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote “Its lack of good handling features, as well as sub-par performance in our color” and scored this digital camera 6 stars.

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus.

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Build Quality

Fifteen customers who purchased it thought it was good quality. Dcresource.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm “Good photo quality at low ISOs” but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Dcresource.com also said “Solid build quality” in their review. In the same month Digital Versus wrote “Stylish retro design, very compact, good build quality” in their review of this digital camera although they only scored the product 1 stars.


Built-In Flash

Six people wrote in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Avhub.com.au said in their review of this digital camera three years ago “Large dport du flash une fois dploy” although they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Digital Versus said six years ago “Articulated arm positions the flash well” in their review of the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm. Techradar wrote in the same month “Standard flash hotshoe” but despite that they only gave it a rating of 1 stars.

Amazingly Compact Camera and Lens

Eleven people reckoned that it had a good lens. Macworld.co.uk wrote “Fits conveniently in a pocket if the lens is removed” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only gave the product a score of 18.8 out of 100. Six years ago Dcresource.com said “Smallest interchangeable lens camera in the world”. Technobuffalo.com said in their Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm review “It's a great portable interchangeable lens camera system, which will appeal to more advanced shooters”.

Two owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Six years ago Dcresource.com wrote “Sensorshift image stabilization” in their review of the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm but in spite of that they only rated this digital camera 1 stars. Five years ago It Reviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on IT Reviews.com “Image stabilisation”.

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Superb Pics

Sixteen people wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Digital Versus mentioned six years ago “Good picture quality considering its tech specs” however despite that they scored this digital camera 18.8 out of 100. In the same month Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “The Q has been designed by photographers, not the marketing departments”. Dpexpert.com.au also mentioned “One look at the external controls indicates that this is for a serious photographer who wants extreme portability” in their review.

Four owners who reviewed the product considered that it had a good image sensor. Avhub.com.au wrote “Sensor beeldstabilisatiefunctie” but despite that they gave it a rating of 14 out of 100. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “The Pentax Q is an ultra compact mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, with a compact camera sized sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au said “Built around a standard compact camera CMOS sensor of 12.4MP it was tested with the f1.9 8.5mm lens (47mm equivalent” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Two customers who purchased it concluded that it was good in low light. Dcresource.com said six years ago “Sharp 3inch LCD display has 460k pixels, good low light visibility” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Good low light performance” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Five years ago Hereshow.ca mentioned “Specialeffects options in shooting and playback mode” however they only rated the product 1 stars. One owner who bought it concluded that it had a good ISO range. Trusted Reviews wrote in their review of the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm “Surprisingly good ISO performance” however they gave the product a rating of 1 stars.

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No Clip On Viewfinder

Four owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have a good viewfinder. It Reviews.com mentioned “Lacks optical viewfinder”. Dpexpert.com.au mentioned “There is an optional optical viewfinder which might be necessary”. T3.com said “No clip on viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer considered that the product was not mirrorless. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm “Picture quality can't match other mirrorless compacts”. One owner who reviewed it concluded that it did not have a good screen. What Digital Camera mentioned “Poor LCD screen, small sensor size means lack of shallow depth of field control” .

One customer who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it did not have an electronic viewfinder. What Digital Camera said “BC (Bokeh Control) mode is flawed and poor, function dial placed awkwardly by lens, not possible to fit an EVF, slow Raw shooting due to small buffer, expensive”.

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Movie Mode a

Nine people who bought this digital camera concluded that it was not good for video recording. Six years ago Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Sound quality in videos isn't great”. Also six years ago Engadget.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Multiple issues with video capture”. Computeractive.co.uk mentioned “Only mono sound for video clips”.


Price

Very Expensive

Four people who bought this digital camera thought it was expensive. Hereshow.ca said in their review of the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm “Pricey with the optional 515mm zoom lens”. Pocket Lint said “Small sensor limits depth of field control, stiff dials, awkward layout, expensive”. Pc Mag said “Very expensive”.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has an HDMI, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm supports Full HD video, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Fujifilm X10 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution across all low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Camera

Has a Tripod Mountable

The Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a tripod mountable.

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Support

Full Manual Controls, With RAW Support (including the Ability to Turn the Last JPEG Taken Into a RAW Image

Three people who reviewed the product concluded that it had good technical guidance. Dcresource.com mentioned “Full manual controls, with RAW support (including the ability to turn the last JPEG taken into a RAW image” however they gave the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm a score of 14 out of 100. Expert website Alphr.com mentioned “A few lenses and accessories to help smaller, cheaper kit bridge the gap between compacts”. Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm six years ago “The Pentax Q offers a good amount of manual controls in video mode, including the ability to set aperture, shutter speed”.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm supports video capability. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also support video capability.

Alternative cameras which support video capability currently available which you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm X10 which is cheaper.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at including cheaper cameras such as the Fujifilm X10.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Does Not Have a Video Out

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm does not have a video out. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also do not have a video out.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of cameras of this age and spec is 1" and the largest is 3.5". The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has a fairly large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Audio

Silent Operation

Two owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Five years ago expert website Popphoto.com mentioned “Small sensor is noisy at high ISOs” in their review of this digital camera. One person who reviewed it wrote that it was quiet. Pc Mag said “Silent operation”.

Features Voice Recording

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm features voice recording, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Q + SMC PENTAX 5-15mm has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Features

Great Feature Set

Four people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. T3.com said “Great feature set”. Five years ago Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “This camera boasts some nice features when compared to prosumer type cameras, with an advantage that the Q offers the ability to swap le”.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This low megapixel digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax q10lenskitsilver, pentax q10lenskitblack, pentax pentaxq10wbk, q10silvzoom5151545, pentax q10bodysr, pentax type02, pentax 12195, pentax 12585
Barcodes 00027075207783, 00027075207950, 00027075208070, 00027075213166, 00027075213173, 00027075220140, 00027075220256, 00027075220959, 00027075221062, 00027075221291, 00027075221307, 00027075221406, 00027075225947, 00027075226043, 00027075226074, 00027075226449, 00027075226630, 00270752212918, 04549212220173, 04549212220289, 04549212220982

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