This review is devoted to Q10 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Sep 10, 2012. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Initially, Pentax developed this model to replace their older
and, after some time, Pentax has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent
To learn more about the specs and difference between these models, check our
complete comparison by following these links:
Pentax Q10 vs. Q7
Pentax Q10 vs. Q
In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #108 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #199 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax Q10 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax Q10. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.
Pentax Q10 has the following external dimensions 102 x 102 x 34 mm (40.16 x 22.83 x 13.39″) with the weight of 200 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Pentax Q10, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax Q10 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 34mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax Q10 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax Q10 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax Q10 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Pentax Q10 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Pentax Q10 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Pentax Q10 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Pentax Q10 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Pentax Q10 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Pentax Q10, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 49 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Pentax Q10’s sensor.
Pentax Q10 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Pentax Q10 with other standard sensor sizes.
Pentax Q10 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (optional) ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Pentax Q10 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/8000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Q10 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
In addition, Q10 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Pentax Q10, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Pentax Q10 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Pentax Q10 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Pentax Q10 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect Q10 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Pentax Q10 provides a shooting life of 270, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Pentax Q10 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax Q10’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax Q10’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Q10 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q10 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q10 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q10 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 82. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q10 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q10 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q10 can be called a 63 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q10 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 51. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q10 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax Q10 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 50. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax Q10 can be called a 50 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Sep 10, 2012|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Pentax Q|
|Number of Lenses||8|
|Focal Length Multiplier||5.53x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||5.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||49|
|DxO Color Depth||21.1|
|DxO Dynamic Range||10.9|
|DxO Low Light ISO||183|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||6,400|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||102 x 58 x 34 mm|
|Battery Life||270 shots|
|Battery Type||270 shots|