- Focal Length: 5.53x
- Resolution: 12.4 MP
- Sensor size: 6.17 x 4.55 mm
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Type: mirrorless
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Image Stabilizer: Sensor-shift
- Battery Type: Lithium-ion
- Lens Kit: 5-15 mm
Pentax Q10: Reviving the Genre of Cameras with Interchangeable-Lens Compatibility
Compact cameras with interchangeable lenses do sound interesting and with Pentax coming off the ages in this keenly contested market, it’s quite fitting that the latest Q10 does get some recognition. With the metering sensitivity getting improved quite drastically over the predecessor i.e. the Q, Pentax slowly but surely penetrates deeper into the international sphere for showcasing the innovation behind the works and hours put together. Q10 in all readiness is smaller, sleeker and better than most other high-end compact cameras as it includes several minute improvements alongside the drastic ones. While we did see a similar mount but at a reduced size, what stands out is the smaller CMOS sensor which is quite an improvement over the predecessor.
Pros: This camera is reasonably priced whereas the compacter size is certainly something to vouch for. Q10 boasts of a great build which is ably backed up by the interchangeability of the lenses in addition to the novelty of the built-in flash. We did find the 5-15mm lens kit on offer which effectively provides the needed zoom besides the allotted 3X while enhancing the AF priorities a bit better.
Cons: This device lacks a dedicated video tab which does stand for the heavy handed distortion reduction. Regardless of the sturdiness and build quality this device still incorporates a few fiddly controls which can be a tad uncomfortable to manage.
Pentax does charm of lot of us with the fabled Q series and the latest inclusion in the family has made all of us look back at the utilitarian nature of the CSCs. Here is the Q10 reviewed in full detail while keeping a note of the growing popularity.
Design and Handling:
This model also makes us of the high quality plastic whereas the magnesium chassis has been done away with. Here is ne solidly grafted device which is further improved by the soft and rubberized grip offering a firmer holding experience. The articulated limb which comes out with the flash is more of an impairing aspect as it strangely pops up every single time the services are called for. While the company has not included the weatherproofing and dust protection, the dust filter is very well included so as to shake of the accumulated particles in the optical path. The dial sits atop the camera which allows one to access the PASM modes besides the Bokeh control feature. One might also access the Video recording tabs via the dial as this camera lacks a dedicated button for the same. Be it the exposure compensation or the quick navigation scheme, the Q10 has a lot to offer in terms of an exhaustive list of the direct access buttons. We did find a 3 inch LCD at the rear with several raised controls cluttered around the same.
Performance and Image Quality:
In comes a perfect performer in Q10 which can boast of some fantastic autofocusing and metering modes besides the exposure compensation spec. The user can easily shun those underexposed areas with the center-weighted and the spot metering schemes with quite an expansive range. Most of the light conditions are supported as the Auto mode renders the needed perfection to the images thus eliminating the greener tinges seen at times. The ‘Backlit CMOS Sensor’ technology does pose a lot of challenges but the company effectively combats and comes out trumps in this widely contested arena. ISO levels are exceptionally thought of as the images are clear and crisp at ISO 100-400 beyond which softness starts creeping in. At ISO 800 luminance noise can be seen besides the loss in details. If the user is looking to go up to ISO 1600, the performances start taking a hit as even the fantastic CMOS sensor cannot abide by the lack of sharpness and clarity. Other aspects include the extended Dynamic Range followed by the supremely intuitive processing engine. There is the built in Auto HDR which combats the misleading contrast levels whereas the Autofocus comes out to be a winner at the latest Q10 launch. If paired with the standard 5-15mm lens kit, the wide angle layers are perfectly taken care of whereas the speeds are quicker than expected. In comes the assist lamp which allows on to focus in low-light conditions whereas one may often get distracted by the brightness of the same.
This camera is more of a silent performer as the BSI CMOS sensor slowly provides the focal length multiplying factor up to 5.5X. The sensitivity range is quite an exhaustive one with ISO 6400 being dedicated to the low-light conditions. One can also regulate the shutter speeds for focusing better which can do as low as 1/2000 second. Video rendering is smooth at 30fps for 1080p resolution whereas the MOV formats are readily supported as well.
Here is quite an impactful compact system camera which boasts of a high quality image sensor rated at 12.4MP whereas the image stabilizer assumes the form as with the sensor shift mechanism. Prudent sensor dimensioning accounts for the compactness of this device which does come up with a burst shooting rate of 5fps for at most 5 JPEGs! While the Q10 happens to be the best in class camera for the professionals, lens based viewfinder and 25 point contrast detecting AF are some of the attributes which justify the claims and the ventured price range.
Pentax Q10 Rivals:
Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 V1
Canon EOS M
At the time of writing this article, the best available price for Pentax Q10 in India is Rs.43595/-. The price will be updated regularly in this page.