Review: Hand on with the Pentax Q10

8 Jul

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.

Here are a few samples of Q10 images from photographer Steve Wildermuth that are in the Pentax Q10 Gallery.

You can also see additional images from each of the available Q10 lenses like telephoto zoomstandard prime lensfish-eye and toy lens telephoto. Just make your selection and press Go>.

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
ISO: 100-6400
Lens: Standard Q-mount lens system with adjustable focal length of 5-15 mm
Aperture: f/2.8-4.5
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

Get yours at Pentax, QStudio and Adorama.

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3 Responses to “Review: Hand on with the Pentax Q10”

  1. Steve Wildermuth July 29, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    I’m honored that my work has been used in your article on the Pentax Q10. However, I have two problems:
    1.) I was never asked let alone notified that my work would be shown for this article. I happened to see it upon chance when I was surfing the web under Google looking images made by the Q10.
    2.) Of the three pictures you have used, only one was actually taken with the Q10 (the sepia toned riverscape with lighthouse & mountains in the background). The black and white was taken with a Pentax K5 and Pentax DA 18-135mm WR lens and the sunrise over the ocean was taken with the Q10’s predecessor the Q and the 02 zoom. I would note that there are a large number of photos to be found in the Pentax Gallery that actually were taken with the Q10 if you wanted to chose more than one example of it’s capabilties…
    Once again thank you for displaying my work (although I would have appreciated a “heads up” at least) I do enjoy the public recognition.

    • Cameraluv July 29, 2013 at 10:50 am #

      So sorry for the mixup. We try to make it a point to let all photographers know they’ve been featured once a features goes live. Sorry yours somehow slipped through the cracks.

  2. Steve Wildermuth July 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    BTW I find the Pentax Q10 to be a great camera for those of us who don’t want to be lugging their big DSLR and equally large lenses around all day. Especially handy if you’re vacationing and want to limit your luggage. The Q10 with the 01 prime, plus the 02 and 06 zoom lenses cover practically all situations. Actually the Q10 with 01 Prime is pocketable, although the 01 prime is not as easily found as the zooms seem to be…

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