Hands-On Q in AP


Crossed-up

Link Posted 06/09/2011 - 19:26
http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/Pentax_Q_Hands_on_preview_news_309496.html
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johnriley

Link Posted 06/09/2011 - 20:24
Nice thoughful first view!
Best regards, John

Smeggypants

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 01:41

"This is a brand new backlit high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, made by Sony and not yet used in any other camera."


[sigh]
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
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cabstar

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 01:47
25 focus points???
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Don

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 03:45
Q is selling well in Japan.......
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 04:40
I can't see the point or the target market of this camera.

It has the Image Quality of a 200 camera yet costs 600 without the added extras.

Even the 'Amateur' photographer review says:

While the additional lenses are reasonably priced, the optical viewfinder accessory is a significant 239, meaning for the dual kit and viewfinder you will need to spend almost 1,000.

Even accounting for the silly claim that the lenses are 'reasonably priced' they are admitting that the price of admission is extortionate.

The IQ of this camera is something that aligns itself with the desires of the casual shooter who just wants something to snap themselves and their mates drunk at the bar or a for a few holiday snaps or pet pictures.

Those sort of people aren't going to spend 600 on a camera, they aren't bothered about interchangeable lenses and definitely not 240 add on optical viewfinders, etc, etc.

People more serious into photography, like most of us here, aren't going to spend all that money on a system with interchangable lenses, etc, etc and end up with the IQ of a 200 point and shoot compact.

Look at us serious snappers... if we are going to go out with a few different lenses and accesories to capture images we might as well sling our DSLR over our shoulder and put a couple of lenses in a bag, bum bag or jacket pocket.

The whole point of having a 2nd, compact camera, is to take pics in a situation where you don't want to be carrying around extra lenses, etc no matter what size they are.

The Q is trying to be both worlds and fails at both IMO.

We're all avid photographers here.... Surely if you are embarking on am outing which is a proper shoot you take your DSLR kit as usual and intend to capture pics with the quality you expect from your DSLR system?

But also if you are embarking on an outing where photography is a secondary issue do you really want to go out with a camera system, like the Q, with a bunch of interchangeable lenses and so on?
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 07:53
According to reports on the other forum, the Q is going down quite well (to say the least) with young families and couples in Japan. The image quality is light years ahead of any 200 quid compact, and the camera is just plain desirable. Sure there are 'better' options IQ wise, but they tend to be slightly larger and less elegantly designed.
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johnriley

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 08:55
Yes, I suspect there will be lots of buyers who want something well made, versatile and very compact. A whole new world of things to appeal to new photographers in particular.

Desireable sells and I'm sure the Q will continue to cause quite a stir.
Best regards, John

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 09:22
Here it is, ranked no. 11 (white version). Ahead of any Sony NEX model. And the APSC Pentax DSLRs don't even appear in the top 30

http://bcnranking.jp/category/subcategory_0008.html

I am not in the Q's target market, and would take a larger sensor over small size any day (at that price anyway), but I'm pleased that new people are being attracted into the brand, and if/when they feel the Q limits them, they will hopefully look to buying a Pentax DSLR as well.
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Last Edited by Pentaxophile on 07/09/2011 - 09:25

johnriley

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 09:42
Thanks for the ranking list, very interesting!
Best regards, John

DrOrloff

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 09:54

johnriley

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 10:03
It shows positions of the top 80 cameras in Japan, so far as I can tell from the bits of English amongst the Japanese. White and Black Qs are both in the top 20, the DSLRs are lower down in the low 30s and lower positions.

The white Q at No 11 is the highest ranking Pentax camera at this moment, so it looks as though it's selling very well indeed. I think the black version was at No 17 or so. Add those together and the total might be quite exciting.
Best regards, John

DrOrloff

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 10:12
Over what time period? There will always be a mad rush to buy a new tech product in Japan. It's what happens next momth that's interesting.
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nass

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 10:35
Backs up what I'm seeing. Judging by the amount of noise across various twitter accounts, I have to say Q has generated quite a bit of excitement, esp. in Japan.
... just another middle-aged guy with a hobby. I have an extreme macro learning site at extreme-macro.co.uk - Pentax-centric, your feedback and comments would be appreciated!

johnriley

Link Posted 07/09/2011 - 10:38
I wasn't clear what time period the chart was over - too little English on the page. Perhaps someone else can expand on it for us?
Best regards, John
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