Pentax Q PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Pentax Q? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Pentax makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the Pentax Q offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Pentax Q below.
In any case, the Pentax Q is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was officially introduced on June 23rd, 2011, which means that, as of today, the camera is 4291 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Pentax Q10 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Pentax's operating manual for the Pentax Q
The camera's operating manual is 258 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the Pentax Q is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Pentax Q manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Pentax's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Pentax Q manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Pentax Q
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your Pentax Q by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Pentax Q is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Pentax Q FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the Pentax Q.
What type of imaging sensor is used in the Pentax Q?
The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Pentax Q?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 6400.
Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?
Yes, Pentax provides the O-VF1 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Pentax Q?
Pentax does not publish a shutter rating for the Pentax Q. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my Pentax Q?
Pentax embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your Pentax Q has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?
No, the Pentax Q has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.
Does the Pentax Q feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The Pentax Q's flash sync speed is 1/2000 sec.
Which battery does the Pentax Q use?
The camera gets its power from the D-LI68, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Pentax Q.
|Camera Model||Pentax Q|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Pentax Q mount lenses|
|Launch Date||June 2011|
|Launch Price||USD 649|
|Sensor Format||1/2.3" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||7.7 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||12 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 000 x 3 000 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||1.53 μm|
|Pixel Density||42.74 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||125 - 6 400 ISO|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||47|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||20.2|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||11.1|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||189|
|Viewfinder Type||Viewfinder optional|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||460k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||Intervalometer Built-in|
|Image Stabilization||In-body stabilization|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||D-LI68 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||230 shots per charge|
98 x 57 x 31 mm
(3.9 x 2.2 x 1.2 in)
|Camera Weight||180 g (6.3 oz)|
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