Playback and Editing Features
Overview: The Pentax Q is a tiny interchangeable
lens camera with many high-end photographic features. It comes with the Pentax
01 Standard Prime lens and the 02 Standard Zoom lens. It will accept other Pentax Q-mount lenses to give
you a variety of shooting options. It has a lightweight, but sturdy, magnesium
Compatible Lenses: The Q has a Pentax Q bayonet stainless
steel mount. The Q-series lenses are compatible with the Pentax Q camera. The
Q-series lenses include: 01 Standard Prime,
02 Standard Zoom,
04 Toy lens wide, and
05 Toy lens telephoto.
Supplied Lenses: This Pentax Q kit comes with two lenses:
- 01 Standard
Prime: With its 8.5mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 47mm), the 01 is an
outstanding single focus lens for everyday use. It has two high-grade aspherical
lens elements to minimize aberrational effects, and a magnification similar to
that of the human eye. Its maximum aperture of F1.9 gives you excellent
light gathering and depth of field control. It can focus on subjects as close as
- 02 Standard Zoom: The 02 has a focal length of 5-15mm, which is
equivalent to 27.5-83mm in the 35mm format. It is ideal for wide to medium
telephoto applications where zooming flexibility is required. Four extra-low
dispersion (ED) aspherical lens elements keep chromatic aberrations to a
minimum throughout the zoom range. The aperture range is F2.8-4.5 with a
minimum aperture of F8.
3.0" LCD Monitor: The camera features a large, bright 3.0" LCD monitor
for framing your shots and playing back recorded still images and movies. The
monitor's 460,000-dot resolution gives you crystal clear images, and features
approximately 100% field of view. The camera does not have a separate
viewfinder, however, an optional external optical viewfinder (O-VF1) is
Image Sensor: The Q is equipped with a large, 12.75-megapixel
1/2.3" CMOS image sensor, which delivers high resolution
image quality with accurate colors and low noise. It has 12.75 million total
pixels and 12.4 million effective pixels. The sensor features the DR II Dust Removal
function that shakes the sensor every time the camera is turned on and off.
Shake Reduction (SR): The Q is equipped with the Pentax
Shake Reduction (SR) system, which uses a magnetic force to move the image
sensor at high speeds, compensating for camera shake. The Shake Reduction
function allows you to take pictures at approximately 4 steps slower shutter
speed without risk of camera shake.
Recording Media: The camera can record still images and movies onto SD
Memory Cards, SDHC Memory Cards, and SDXC Memory Cards.
Still Image Formats: The Q can shoot JPEG still images in 4 sizes
in each of four aspect ratios: 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1. You can set the image
quality level (compression ratio) for each size and aspect ratio, to Best,
Better, or Good. In addition, uncompressed RAW images can be recorded using the
full output of the CMOS sensor. The RAW files are recorded in the DNG (Digital
Negative) format. These RAW images must be "developed" and converted into JPEG
files using the RAW Development function in the camera or using the provided
software. When the camera is set to RAW+, images in both JPEG and RAW formats
are captured. Image sizes include:
||4000 x 2664
||3456 x 2304
||2688 x 1792
||1920 x 1280
||4000 x 3000
||3456 x 2592
||2688 x 2016
||1920 x 1440
||4000 x 2248
||3456 x 1944
||2688 x 1512
||1920 x 1080
||2992 x 2992
||2592 x 2592
||2016 x 2016
||1440 x 1440
||4000 x 3000
Movie Recording: High Definition movies can be recorded in the MPEG-4
AVC/H.264 format with monaural audio. You can choose from Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 30
frames per second, or 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. Standard def
movies can also be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels (4:3) at 30 fps. The quality
level can be set to Best, Better, or Good. You can record continuously up to 4
GB or 25 minutes, or until the memory card is full.
Focus Modes: You can set the focus mode to either AF (auto
focus) or MF (manual focus). In Auto Focus mode, the camera automatically
focuses on the subject when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. In
Manual Focus mode, you can adjust the focus by turning the focus ring on the
AF Assist Light: In Auto Focus mode, when the subject is in a dark
location, the AF Assist Light automatically turns on when the shutter release
button is pressed halfway. You can turn off the AF Assist light, if desired.
AF Methods: You can choose from the following five Auto
- Face Detection: Detects and tracks the faces of up to 12 people.
- Tracking: Tracks the subject in focus when shutter release button
is pressed halfway.
- AF Select: Sets the focusing area to the desired area. You can
set the focusing area size by using 1, 3, 5, 9, or all 25 focus areas.
- Select: Sets the focusing area by the number of pixels. (More
detailed than AF Select)
- Spot: Sets the focusing area to a limited area at the center.
Drive Modes: The Q offers several options for shooting single and
multiple images at once. You can choose from the following Drive Modes:
- Single Frame: Photos are taken one at a time with each press of
the shutter release button.
- Continuous: Multiple photos are taken while the shutter release
button is pressed fully. For 12M Best Quality images, up to approximately 5 frames
can be taken continuously at a rate of 5 frames per second (high speed) or
up to 100 frames at 1.5 fps (low speed).
- Self-Timer: A single photo is taken after approximately 12
seconds to allow the photographer to get into the picture. A 2-second self
timer can be used to avoid camera shake when the shutter release button is
- Remote Control: Using the optional remote control, the shutter is
released immediately after the shutter release button on the remote is
pressed. A 3-second delay Remote Control setting is also available. When the
camera is set to Continuous shooting, you can begin and end a series of
shots by pressing the shutter release button on the remote. Pentax
offers the optional F Remote Control or O-RC1 Waterproof Remote Control.
- Auto Bracketing: You can take three consecutive images at three
different exposure levels when the shutter release button is pressed. Three
images are saved with each released, one at standard exposure, one
underexposed, and one overexposed. You can set the order of the exposures as
desired. The bracket value can be set at +/- 3EV at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV
intervals. Auto Bracketing can be combined with Remote Control shooting if
Metering: You can select the portion of the image sensor to use for
measuring brightness and determining exposure:
- Multi-segment: The sensor meters the brightness in multiple
- Center-weighted: Metering is weighted at the center of the
- Spot: The brightness is measured only within a limited area at
the center of the sensor.
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you set the desired
Shooting Mode. You can select from the following:
- Auto Picture: The Auto Picture mode automatically selects the
optimal mode for capturing the subject: Standard, Portrait, Landscape,
Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, and Forest.
- Scene Mode: The Scene Mode lets you choose from specific scenes:
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset,
Blue Sky, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, Food, Quick Macro, Pet, Kids,
Forest, Surf & Snow, HDR1, Backlight Silhouette, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, and Museum.
- Blur Control Mode: Takes pictures while emphasizing a
- Exposure Mode: You can choose from the following modes
to change the shutter speed and aperture value: Program, Shutter Priority,
Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure.
- Movie Mode: Records movies with sound.
Smart Effects: The Q offers several Smart Effects modes to
achieve specific looks. The Smart Effects modes include: Brilliant Color,
Unicolor Bold, Vintage Color, Cross Processing, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold
Monochrome, Water Color, and Vibrant Color Enhance. You can also save some
camera settings and retrieve them later from the Quick Dial as User 1, 2, or 3.
EV Compensation: You can deliberately overexpose or underexpose a
picture using EV Compensation. The compensation value can be set between -3 and
+3 EV. The step interval can be set at 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV.
White Balance: White Balance is a function for adjusting the color of
an image so that white objects appear white. You can choose Automatic White
Balance (AWB), or a preset White Balance depending upon the lighting source:
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light, Tungsten, Flash, CTE (Color
Temperature Enhancement), or Manual.
ISO Sensitivity: You can set the sensitivity to suit the brightness of
the surroundings. The sensitivity can be set to ISO AUTO or manually between ISO 125
and 6400 in 1/3 EV increments. You can also limit the range of ISO Auto from 125
to a selectable upper ISO value of 160 to 3200.
Flash: The Q has a built-in pop-up flash for use in low-light
situations. The flash is effective to 23 feet at ISO200, and covers a wide angle
28° field of view. There are several Flash Modes to choose from:
- Auto Flash: the flash automatically fires based on brightness of
- Auto + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires automatically with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Manual Flash: the flash fires when manually popped up; does not
charge when retracted
- Manual + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires when popped up with a
pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Slow-speed Sync: the flash fires during a slow shutter speed;
lights foreground subject while maintaining a distant lit background
- Slow-speed Sync + Red-eye Reduction: the flash fires during a
slow shutter speed, with a pre-flash for red-eye reduction
- Trailing Curtain Sync: the flash fires immediately before closing
the shutter to capture moving objects as they leave a trail behind.
- Flash Off: the flash does not fire regardless of subject
Hot Shoe: The camera has a top-mounted hot shoe for attaching an
optional external flash unit, such as the AF540FGZ, AF360FGZ, AF200FG, or
Playback and Editing Features
Magnifying Images: Single images can be magnified up to 16 times in
playback mode. Using the E-dial, the image is enlarged 1.2x to 16x in 16 steps.
While the image is magnified, you can use the 4-way controller to move around in
the magnified area.
Slide Show: The Pentax Q allows you to play back still images one
at a time in slide show fashion. You can adjust the interval (3 sec, 5 sec, 10
sec, or 30 sec) and the screen effects (fade, wipe, shrink, no effect).
Thumbnail: You can display multiple thumbnail images on the LCD
monitor. You can choose the number of images to be displayed in the monitor: 4,
9, 20, 42, or 90. Images can also be displayed by folder or in a calendar
Image Editing: The Playback Mode Palette lets you perform playback and
editing functions on recorded images and movies. Some of the functions include:
Image rotation, Digital Filter, Red-eye Edit, Resize, Cropping, Index, Protect, Slideshow,
Save Cross Processing, RAW development, Movie editing, Image Comparison, and DPOF.
HDMI: The Q has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the
camera to an HDTV. A Micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required (sold separately). You
can set the HDMI output resolution to 1080i, 720p, 480p (NTSC), 576p (PAL), or
Auto, corresponding to the maximum resolution of the AV device.
PC/AV: The proprietary PC/AV terminal can be used to connect the
camera to your computer via the supplied I-USB7 cable. The terminal is USB 2.0
High-Speed compatible. You can also connect the camera to a TV using an optional
I-AVC7 AV cable. The cable has composite video and mono RCA audio plugs. The AV
output can be set to NTSC or PAL.
Lithium-Ion Battery: The Pentax Q is powered by the D-LI68
Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V / 1000mAh). The battery charges in
approximately 115 minutes using the supplied D-BC68P battery charger. An optional
AC adapter kit (K-AC115) is available from the manufacturer for connecting the
camera to household current, if desired. The image storage capacity with a fully
charged battery is as follows:
SILKYPIX Developer Studio: The Q comes with SILKYPIX Developer
Studio 3.0 software on CD-ROM. With the software, you can develop RAW files,
adjust the color of the images and other settings, and save the new images in
JPEG or TIFF format.
Compatible Operating Systems: The SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0
software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows XP (SP3 or later, 32-bit Home/Pro)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6