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Pentax Q10 review

The world's smallest, lightest CSC

Our Verdict

For

  • Reasonable price
  • Compact size
  • Good build
  • Accepts interchangeable lenses
  • Novel built-in flash

Against

  • No dedicated video button
  • Heavy-handed noise reduction
  • Some controls are fiddly

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Heavy handed noise reduction can result in a blotchy appearance at high sensitivities.

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The supplied 5-15mm lens has a closest focus distance of 30cm (1ft).

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Low light ability is on a par with similar advanced compact cameras, but not up to the standards set by other CSCs.

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Built in shake reduction enables you to take sharp hand-held images at lower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible.

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The automatic HDR feature can result in unnatural-looking images with bright halos around contrasty edges.

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Although the Pentax Q10 performs well in the lab, dynamic range is limited in real world images, and the roll over into burnt out highlights can look unnatural in certain circumstances.

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Image quality is good with bright, even lighting.

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Auto white balance performs well, retaining enough of a colour cast to keep the atmosphere of a scene.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.4 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourSilver
Optical Zoom3x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NamePentax
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Time Lapse Function, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC
Weight (Approximate)180 g
Minimum Focus Distance299.72 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedD-LI68
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height58.4 mm
Width101.6 mm
Depth33 mm
Autofocus Points25
Focal Length5 mm to 15 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerRicoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
Product ModelQ10
Product NameQ10 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number12160
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.ricoh.co.uk
Marketing Information

COMPACT PORTABILITY, LIFE-SIZE CAPABILITY

Portability meets capability with the introduction of the Q10 to the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system. Featuring exceptional image quality and an upgraded auto focus system and the Q10 will capture detailed, blur and dust free images all while comfortably fitting in your pocket. With the Q, you no longer need to sacrifice capability for portability.

Battery Life250 Shot
Package Contents
  • Q10 Mirrorless Camera
  • Pentax 02 Standard Zoom Lens
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Strap O-ST131
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
  • Battery Charger D-BC68P
  • Hot Shoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Software (CD-ROM) S-SW115
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone