Pentax Q shrinks interchangeable lens digicams to pocketable proportions

Chris Foresman

Pentax Q shrinks interchangeable lens digicams to pocketable proportions

The Pentax Q is so small it could be mistaken for a replica camera key fob.

Pentax announced on Thursday that it plans to release an entirely new compact interchangeable lens digital camera even smaller than the current crop of mirrorless Micro Four Thirds system cameras from the likes of Olympus and Panasonic. Dubbed the Pentax Q, the camera is built around a 1/2.33" image sensor more commonly found in compact point-and-shoot cameras. This allows for a tiny form factor and even smaller lenses, though it comes with an image quality compromise that might turn off shooters that would ostensibly appreciate the benefits of interchangeable lenses.

The Pentax Q camera is slightly larger than a credit card in size and just under an inch and a quarter thick (3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2", to be exact). That is comparable to many compact digital cameras available today. Our friends at Imaging Resource gained access to a pre-production sample and took a few photos to illustrate just how small it really is.

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The Pentax Q’s small size compared to a human hand.

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