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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One of the few improvements to the Q10 over its predecessor is its speed of handling and autofocus. The Q10’s start-up time is reasonable when compared to a compact camera. I found I could take an image within around 1.5secs of switching on the camera on.

The Q10’s contrast-detection autofocus is also quite fast in daylight, with the lens snapping into focus relatively quickly, about as fast as a good compact camera might be expected to. In more subdued light it is much slower, although it did manage to find focus without too much hunting back and forth. Overall, the focusing is about as fast as one would expect to find on a good compact camera.

Not all the Pentax Q system lenses have AF, but focus peaking is available to help those attempting to do it manually. A further help is the fact that the lenses produce quite extensive depth of field, so even roughly focusing using the focus-peaking indicator is usually good enough when shooting outdoor scenes.

Given the size of the camera, it is impressive that the Q10 is fitted with a 3in, 460,000-dot screen. The screen’s resolution may not be as high as other current cameras, but this helps keep the cost of the camera down, and the bright, clear screen is perfectly fine to use.

The metering system of the Q10 generally produces bright images; in fact, they are often slightly too bright, producing a little too much burnt-out detail. I found myself adjusting the exposure compensation by around -0.3 to -0.7EV to rein in the exposure a little. Overall, the evaluative metering worked well, and spot and centreweighted metering are on hand should they be required.

Image: Colour and detail reproduction are good at low sensitivities, but for best results it is advisable to shoot raw images

  • Tested as: Entry-level CSC

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