Pentax Q10 review

January 26, 2013

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Pentax Q10

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It’s a tiny, 12.4-million-pixel compact system camera with a range of six lenses, but what advantage does this offer the enthusiast photographer? Read the Pentax Q10...

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Pentax Q10 review – Features

Image: The fisheye lens can be used to produce some interesting images

The defining feature of the Pentax Q10 has to be its sensor, a 12.4-million-pixel, 1/2.3in, backlit, CMOS unit. Although it is of the same resolution as the original Pentax Q, the company has tweaked it to improve image quality. The sensor measures 6.17×4.55mm, which is the same size as that found in a standard or travel-zoom compact camera. To put this into perspective, the surface area of the Q10 sensor is 28.5mm2 compared to around 370mm2 on an APS-C-sized sensor.

For such a small camera, the Q10 has an imposing feature set. Alongside JPEG image capture, it is also possible to save DNG raw images. There is also a full range of manual and automatic exposure modes, as well as evaluative, centreweighted and spot metering. In-camera lens corrections can be turned on or off for JPEG shooting, and there is also a dynamic-range function that allows for separate adjustment of both the highlight and shadow areas.

Sitting on the camera’s top-plate is a pop-up flash with an interesting double hinge, which pushes the tiny flash diagonally upwards away from the lens, thus helping to reduce the effects of redeye. The Q10 even has a hotshoe that is compatible with Pentax flashguns.

It really is impressive just how many features the Q10 packs in. Going through the menu system, it has nearly everything an enthusiast photographer would want, including multiple exposure and interval shooting modes.

  • Tested as: Entry-level CSC

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