While we know the Pentax Q10 has been out for several months and a new one (Q7) is on the horizon, we had to test drive it after seeing they boasted 100 colorways .. 100! They even have a fun site Q10 Studio that let’s you play around all the available options you can order (20 body colors/ 5 grip colors) and they’ll put it all together for you and have to your door in a few weeks. We liked playing around with the color pickers (below) and just wish they could have thrown a third red color accent in there and we’d have our own little Cameraluv branded Q10.
Photo gear site Adorama went through the trouble of listing all 100 variations to make ordering even easier.
Ironically, the test model we received was a standard silver/black combo much like what you’d expect from Fuji’s X cameras. We were ok with that, because more than the myriad of personalized color choices, Pentax boasted that the Q10 was the world’s smallest mirror-less interchangeable lensed camera out there and we had to see for ourselves.
After opening the box, the Q10 was even smaller than we thought, even smaller than the Nikon 1 J2. We chuckled as it was dwarfed by our studio Nikon DSLR and at first felt like a toy, but after a day or so of playing with it, we got used to the weight and adjustable 5-15mm zoom and didn’t feel like we were going to break it as some reviews had claimed.
The camera was fun to use and the menus were easy to navigate. One nice thing about the Q10 is the mode dial similar to most DSLRs you’re used to (P, Av, Tv, M). The mode dial also boasted Auto settings , HD Video recording and a Scene mode selector that gives you 21 options for shooting. One stand out feature is the customizable Quick Dial on the front of the camera that allows for digital filter effects like Monochrome, Cross-Processing, Vintage Color and more. We liked the easy to use manual controls and liked all the features that fit into such a small camera.
All in all it was a fun camera to use, although not pocket-portable as many of the compacts out there are due to the interchangeable lens, but I’m sure it’d fit in a purse very nicely. If you’re looking for SLR controls in a small package the Q10 or the Q7 (available for pre-order) may be for you.
Some Q10 Tech Facts:
Dimensions: (W x H x D): Approx. 4″(W) x 2.3″(H) x 1.3″ (D)
Sensor type: 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor
Lens: Standard Q-mount lens system with adjustable focal length of 5-15 mm
Shooting modes: P, Av, Tv, M with powerful automatic modes (Auto Picture, Scene)
Continuous shooting: 5fps
Video capability: Full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second
Flash: Built-in Pop-up covers up to 23 feet (at ISO 200) also has hot shoe.
Monitor: 3″ LCD monitor features HVGA resolution as well as wide viewing angles.
Digital filter effects: 19 (11 selectable at point of capture
Quick Dial: customizable quick dial allows you to save up to 4 creative modes or Smart Effects
File Formats (Still): RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
File Formats (Movie): MOV AVC/H.264 (.mov)
Best Price: $396.95 at Adorama