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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Leaked Pentax Marketing Q&As in the P-Q Pre-Release Press Conference (on 6-17)


via: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=38762315

The actual source is unknown and could not be verified, though. But by looking at the contents and the tone of the answers, it seems to be real. Anyway, if you don't believe it, just take those as a grain of salts.

Putting aside those pure marketing talks in the replies, there are yet some interesting things that we still might take a look at, for what it is not well known, e.g. (and my brief remarks are in Italics):-

A1: "Q" stands for Queen and Quality;

A11: Body is made in Philippines, "High Performance" lenses are in Vietnam whereas the "Toy" lenses are made in Thailand. (OEM? As AFAIK there is no Pentax factory in Thailand.)

A17: The flange focal length is 9.2mm. (Just! Pentax have made the shortest back focus register distance mount than ever! Congrats! ;-))

A20: A brand new image processing engine is used. It is NOT a PRIME!

A21: The Q has no AA filter.

A26: There is no PEF (compressed Pentax RAW) file format supported.

A29: Whether AF is available/works under video recording mode is uncertain.

A31: The number of segments for multi-segment metering mode exposure calculation is unknown.

A34: There is only 1EV exposure compensation allowed. (The final published spec is in +/-3EVs. However, it seems that the exposure latitude of this sensor is really narrow if it was true!)

A43: Number of lens aperture blades for the "high performance" lenses is 5.

A49: The size of image circle of the Q lenses cannot be told.

A52: New Q lenses are engineered by Pentax solely.

A55: There is no plan to release a K-mount mirrorless. Concentration and efforts of development will only be put into the existing three lineups, i.e., K-mount APS-C DSLRs, the 645D and the Q system. (My Pardon? The previous rumour was wrong?!)

A56: There is no plan for Full Frame camera in the foreseeable future. (Well, as we all know!)


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