Pentax Q disassembly and LCD repair – replacement operation.

Details of invasive surgery and transplant work!

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The Pentax Q is (or was ) the smallest Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC) also commonly called “Mirrorless”. The original flavor Q as pictured and described here also has the distinction of having the smallest sensor of the 1/2.3″ format backlit CMOS (6.17 x 4.55 mm) type. This has the benefit of allowing the lenses to be made very small and also opens up the possibility of using C mount and D mount vintage cine lenses. On the flip side the small sensor has a 5.6x crop factor as compared to a 35mm 24×36 mm FF imager. This means that a 135mm short tele lens becomes in effect a 756mm super telephoto objective. Additionally, extreme macro possibilities are also within the reach of the Q!

Thus the Pentax Q is actually a very versatile cam, even though it has never been a hit in the US market and remains relatively unknown.

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The original Pentax Q pictured with the 03 fish eye lens.

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The Pentax Q with the 03 fish eye lens makes a near perfect Pole Aerial Photography camera!
CLICK for: Aerial / 360 (cylindrical) and super-wide zoomable VR Panoramas page.

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When paired with an old Canon FD SSC 400mm 4.5 lens, the Q pulls in a reach of an effective 2200mm! This is the Flamingo Ranger Station in the Everglades as seen from 6 miles away!!
CLICK for story: Camping on the Johnson Key platform in Florida Bay.

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When paired with a macro lens and a bunch of extension, the versatile Pentax Q can resolve individual sub-pixel phosphors on a television.
CLICK for: ART of Primary Colors – the RGB on my CRT!

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My poor original Pentax Q after ground impact on LCD glass. In this case the display was not damaged and cam still works today!
CLICK for story: A Kayak Aerial Photography Method – a behind (and above) the scenes look!

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:WARNING:

Use any and all information at your OWN RISK!! I am describing to you what has worked for me for educational and entertainment purposes only. If you decide to open up a camera or electronic device, use common sense and be mindful of high voltage capacitors inside. There is a real risk of TOTAL equipment loss! These are NOT instructions and I accept NO liability for any use or misuse of the information herein presented!!

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I acquired this damaged Pentax Q body basically for the cost of shipping. Seller stated the cam turned on, but the LCD was non-functional due to impact. I connected the Q to my TV to see if it worked and it actually did! 🙂

I thus obtained a replacement LCD and a new back panel and proceeded to perform the surgery and transplant. Note that typically only the LCD part is needed and that the “backlight” is actually a separated piece that could be reused!

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Damaged Pentax Q acquired from eBay also with impact damage. In this case the back case was cracked and LCD non-functional!
Disassembly starts with removal of flash hot shoe.

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Pentax Q with the top plate off.

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Pentax Q with the top and back off.

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The two little clear tubes are conduits for the Pentax Q remote IR sensor and wrap to the front of the body. They are attached with a loose sticky adhesive that can be reused.

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The underside of the Pentax Q with the back separated.

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The Pentax Q LCD ribbon cable that needs to be separated from the back.

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Free at last! The entire back of the Pentax Q removed as a unit from the body.

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Pentax Q back control panel buttons on circuit board.

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The two LCD panel ribbon cables attached to the buttons circuit board.

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At this point the LCD panel can be replaced and reconnected and installed into the back panel which I also replaced in this case.

Reassembly was straightforward and I now have a perfectly functional Pentax Q cam again!

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:WARNING:

Use any and all information at your OWN RISK!! I am describing to you what has worked for me for educational and entertainment purposes only. If you decide to open up a camera or electronic device, use common sense and be mindful of high voltage capacitors inside. There is a real risk of TOTAL equipment loss! These are NOT instructions and I accept NO liability for any use or misuse of the information herein presented!!

:WARNING:

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What follows is NOT necessary for an LCD repair / replacement!

It’s just disassembly pr0n as I was curious and took apart the front of the cam also.

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Pentax Q with front panel separated from body.

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Front of Pentax Q with panel removed – note the 300 Volt capacitor that will give a strong shock if you happen to “cross it” the wrong way!!

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Pentax Q disassembled.

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Front of Pentax Q with the mount disassembled. I was curious to see if I could gain access to remove the IR block filter over the sensor.

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The main reason I took apart the front was to see how to remove the IR block filter over the CMOS sensor. Why? Oh this is because I have a board mount (12mm) circular fisheye lens that has a very very short flange back distance and the filter is actually in the way! It looks to be perhaps bonded on, so I didn’t want to risk damaging this working cam and stopped there. Check back as I now have some spare guts to experiment with and will see if I can pry it off!

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Right hand top corner of Pentax Q detail showing the clear IR remote sensor tubes reaching over from the back.

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Detail of the front IR remote sensor on the Pentax Q – the dark square. Note the diagonally positioned sticky glue for the tubes to the rear!

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Pentax Q exploded diagram Fig 1 – click for large version.

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Pentax Q exploded diagram Fig 2 – click for large version.

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Pentax Q exploded diagrams in PDF format on PentaxForums.com

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I hope the information presented may be of use to you in keeping strong with the Q Continuum.

May the Force with with you! 😮

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With that said..
Blessings friends!

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