'New Firmware Gives Pentax Q Owners Focus Peaking'

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by RT_Panther, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Interesting! Not sure I would want a Q but I think this shows that all any brand needs to do to ADD focus peaking is a change to the firmware. Come Olympus and Panasonic, get with it!!! We want focus peaking!
     
  2. tuanies

    tuanies Mu-43 Veteran

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    Tuan Huynh
    I want a white Q just for the cuteness
     
  3. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    By the way, the Pentax Q price has dropped to $350 officially now.
     
  4. tuanies

    tuanies Mu-43 Veteran

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    Tuan Huynh
    Where do you see it for $350?
     
  5. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
  6. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    $350 is the price this camera should have been to begin with! - IMHO
    The sensor is tiny, 1/2.3 inch, the same size as the better P&S cameras. I do think it has a place in the camera kingdom but NOT at the original price.
     
  7. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Actually, 1/2.3" is the size of the less-good P&S sensors (the ones in budget compacts and superzooms). Good P&Ses like the XZ-1 or LX-5 have a sensor more than 50% larger.
     
  8. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mike
    Yes , but the Q is a really nice camera compared to the XZ-1's for controls and flexibility...I'm currently frustrated/enjoying using an XZ-1 and like the Q way more.

    Here's one with a cheap 50mm:
    P-Q_w50mm_f1_7_MD_w-PP.
     
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  9. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mike
    One more snap with crop...with the same MD 50mm f1.7. Again not professional stuff but pretty good.
    P-Q_w50mm_f1_7_MD_w-PP-2.

    P-Q_w50mm_f1_7_MD_w-PP_Crop.
     
  10. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Note I said "better" and not "best" P&S. The cheapest P&S cameras use the even smaller 1/3" sensor size, of coarse even that is better than the microscopic cell phone size of 1/6".
     
  11. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
  12. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I would gladdly give up the space that the art filters use in exchange for focus peaking! I tested the art filters when I first got the camera but never used them since. If I want a artsy filter added, I will add it with photoshop.
     
  13. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Sorry, didn't mean to drag things off-topic. My point was simply that the Pentax Q's sensor size doesn't distinguish it even among basic P&Ses. 1/2.3" is what you find in your $100 Finepix and Powershot models.

    That's not to say the Q doesn't have a great many good things to offer (including, now, focus peaking!), some of which Panasonic and Olympus would do well to copy.