When a company runs out of fresh ideas, there's usually two options: 1) put out a new color or 2) miniaturize the hell out of it. The Pentax Q is the latter — the world's smallest interchangeable lens camera that only weighs 7.1 ounces, but packs a wallop in features.
We're no strangers to interchangeable lens cameras. From full-frame DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II to Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Olympus E-P1 PEN micro or to point and shoots like the awesome slim Sony Cyber-Shots, we've probably seen and heard about them. That's why it surprised us when we caught wind of the Pentax Q — camera with a monster hidden within its 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2-inch body.
Not only does the Pentax Q feature a throwback design from an era of film cameras (look at those lovely dials!), it comes with the whole nine yards: 12.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, an accessory shoe mount (that little socket at the top of the camera), pop-up flash, 3.0-inch display and a stock 47mm f/1.9 lens (additional lenses can be purchased as well).
For video recording, the Pentax Q will shoot 1080p HD at 30 frames per second and still pictures can be shot with ISO (light sensitivity) of up to 6400 — all stored to a standard SD card.
At $800, the Pentax Q is not cheap. Nut then again, when have miniaturized gadgets with style ever not commanded a premium? If we had the cash, we'd drop down on one in a heartbeat, presuming the pictures are sharp and the video is clear. Pentax will be shipping these little cameras out late September to early October, so watch out and start saving those pennies if you're itching to buy one.