Ladies and gentlemen, the Pentax Q, the world's first compact camera with a small sensor AND interchangeable lenses!
A 1/2.3-inch sensor, backlit, and fives lenses (two of which are described as "toys"). A French reader commented on the Chasseur d'Images forum that "we already knew the throw-away camera, here's the throw-away format", but I wonder what will really come out of it!
I just cannot imagine why Pentax went with this sensor size. If the hook is the interchangeable lenses, that seems pretty spurious given that they'd all better be f1.0-f1.2 to keep noise down, otherwise the IQ is not any different from the vast number of P&S compacts out there.
Thom Hogan's post today was less than kind, but I would have to agree with much of what he said. Let us hope that Nikon does not follow in the footsteps of Pentax in whatever they release. 4/3rds was small enough. Why go smaller with all of the compact P/S cameras on the market?
The general view seems to be that this will appeal to the the Japanese domestic market, rather than a global audience. I guess they think there's enough money to be made there rather than putting it into a real ILC. So back to the wait for their rumored APS-C compact. In the meantime, this won't give Nikon or Canon any fits...
I think the Pentax Q is really a step in the wrong direction. Unless they've invented something new, the small image sensor size won't be able to compete even with M4/3 sensors. No interest on my part.
Isn't the idea that with the smaller sensor the lenses can be smaller, so the total package can be smaller? The mirrorless DX-size interchangeable lens CAMERAS are pretty small (e.g., Sony), but the LENSES are big, so the total package isn't that compact. The smaller sensor should allow the camera-lens combination to be smaller. At least, that's the way I'm thinking about it.
Very interesting thread! These were the same arguments we had back when Pentax introduced their interchangeable lens 110 film size camera a few decades ago! I guess there will be people who buy into the system as there were people who bought into the 110 system.
I have a soft-spot for Pentax since that was my first DSLR brand. But this...this Q-thing...befuddles me. All I can think is, "What are they thinking???"
Oh well, I'm sure I'm not in their target demographic/market for this camera, anyway. Good luck, Pentax! May be it will develop a cult following that will give them the momentum to develop something more along the lines of what I want: a full frame EVIL...