Launched as the latest model of the PENTAX Q series, offering casual, carefree digital-SLR-quality photography to everyone, the PENTAX Q10 was developed based on the popular PENTAX Q (launched in...
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On average, Q10 owners rated this digital camera 90 out of 100.
Good Quality Lens
A number of customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good lens. N. Gratton rated it 5 stars and said on Amazon four years ago “The supplied zoom lens has a reasonable maximum aperture of 1”. N. Gratton also mentioned “Good 135mm lens I had with this which, with the crop factor, gives a field of view equivalent to 742mm in full-frame”. Rob S said on Amazon “Pentax comes nicely packed, Camera and lens are easy to fit as nice” and rated it 5 stars.
Several people concluded that the Pentax Q10 had a good zoom. Four years ago Mandynolan gave it a rating of 5 stars and said “Excellent, comes with zoom lens”. In December last year Mr. N. Allbeury wrote in their Pentax Q10 review “Great, compact camera; with excellent zoom and many gadgets on menu”. Razer mentioned on Amazon two years ago “If you want massive optical telephoto zoom then a DSLR is preferrable for quality purposes anyway”.
A number of Pentax Q10 reviewers reckoned that it had a good autofocus. Arkatos mentioned “The colours, especially reds, are extremely washed out and blurry and the auto focus does an exceptionally bad job of setting the focus, even with brightly lit subjects” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Ed.f said “It's like I only go on holiday to awkward out of focus huge finger land” in their Pentax Q10 review.
Good Quality Pictures
Fourty Pentax Q10 owners who purchased it concluded that it was able to produce good images. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Pentax Q10 on Amazon this year “So cute, takes nice pics, easy to navigate”. Arkatos wrote on Amazon “I get better photos out of my Galaxy S4!Sorry.” in their Pentax Q10 review. Bert wrote in his review of this digital camera two years ago “Takes nice images”.
A few Pentax Q10 reviewers who bought it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Bill Armstrong he said “Resolution and detail amazing! Very easy to get going”. Four years ago Ed.f said “Takes the usual SD card (about 3500 full resolution, 12megapixel images on a 16Gb card); there is a full hotshoe for external devices” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product very highly. J. O'donoghue rated it 5 stars and said on Amazon in December last year “The rear screen has good resolution” in their review.
Some Pentax Q10 reviewers wrote that this digital camera had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “It has a 12.4 megapixel sensor and is available in black, silver or red for £379.00 with a 5-15mm lens, or £539.00 with the 15-45mm lens supplied as well” and gave the Pentax Q10 a rating of 4 stars. Techradar.com wrote on expert website Techradar “Image quality falls short of cameras equipped with a larger sensor”.
A few Pentax Q10 reviewers considered that it was good in low light. Avhub.com.au said in their review “Good low light performance” . Avhub.com.au also mentioned “Sharp 3inch LCD display has 460k pixels, good low light visibility”.
One customer who bought it thought it had a good ISO range. Avhub.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Surprisingly good ISO performance”.
Some Pentax Q10 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was well made. Abererch gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “With mobile phones having ridiculous megapixel cameras built in I suppose these are the "new dinosaurs”. Two years ago Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Brilliant little camera - packed with technology - quality built and feel with great looks”. Last year Infamous Soup mentioned on Amazon “The Q10 is a very well built sturdy little camera, comes in lots of fun colours” nonetheless they gave the Pentax Q10 a rating of 3 stars.
Several people wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Infamous Soup mentioned in their review on Amazon “Sturdy camera” although they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Markus said “Lots to do with it, very compact and sturdy” in his review.
A number of people who purchased the product reckoned that it was good looking. Dr.t mentioned on Amazon “The Q10 is beautiful” and gave the product an excellent review. Avhub.com.au wrote in their Pentax Q10 review “Stylish retro design, very compact, good build quality”. Avhub.com.au also wrote “Style rtro russi, trs compact, construction soigne”.
A number of Pentax Q10 owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was a good design. Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax Q10 on expert website What Digital Camera three years ago “A number of positive aspects with its design”. Ephotozine.com mentioned on Ephotozine “Clearly a lot of thought has gone into its design and it's one of the best looking Pentax cameras you're likely to find, particularly in red! Unfortunately image quality”.
Some Pentax Q10 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was neat. S. Randle mentioned on Amazon “I've been a proud Pentax SLR/DSLR owner for many years currently using the flagship K-3 and the very neat K-500.”. One person said in their reviews that the Pentax Q10 was smooth. Ed.f said “Feeling the smooth "schlick-click" as the lens is secured is almost erotic”.
One customer thought this digital camera was ergonomic. Avhub.com.au said “Great build quality and good ergonomics considering the size” in their Pentax Q10 review.
One person considered that the product was well designed. Avhub.com.au wrote “Well designed built-in flash” in their review.
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Thirty-nine customers reckoned that the Pentax Q10 was compact. Two years ago Dr.t said in their Pentax Q10 review on Amazon “Bought this camera as I have always been disappointed with compact cameras”. Dr.t also said “It is an enthusiasts camera that returns some of the control lost when using a compact camera”. Four years ago Ed.f wrote on Amazon “The big draw is the inter-changeable Q lens system on a compact camera body” in their Pentax Q10 review.
Some customers concluded that it was heavy and bulky. P. Mendham wrote “Great little camera having fun with it ideal when I don't want to take my heavy SLR camera” in their Pentax Q10 review and rated the product as excellent.
Two Pentax Q10 owners reckoned that it was easy to carry around. Roderick Ingham he mentioned in his review of the Pentax Q10 “Trying to decide if I should buy the 01 lens to make it really easy to carry around”. Stocky said “Very easy to carry in times when a DSLR not required” in their review and rated the Pentax Q10 5 stars.
One person wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight. Four years ago N. Gratton rated this digital camera 5 stars and wrote in their review on Amazon “Perfect lightweight second camera for D-SLR owners”. One Pentax Q10 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was thick. Rob S mentioned in his review of the Pentax Q10 on Amazon “User manual is rather thick”.
One Pentax Q10 owner who purchased the Pentax Q10 wrote that it was a good body shape. Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Ephotozine “Has extremely solid, well-built body”.
Good Product Quality
A few customers thought it was good quality. Arkatos wrote on Amazon “I just cannot get the Q10 to produce a good quality snap” in their review of this digital camera. Carol Burns gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Portable, durable, good quality images”. Infamous Soup mentioned on Amazon “Unfortunately the image quality simply isnt good enough” in their review of the Pentax Q10 nonetheless they rated it 3 stars.
Easy to Use
Sixteen Pentax Q10 owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use. Amazon Customer said “Easy to use” in their review of this digital camera. Arheddis Varkenjaab gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon three years ago “It's a friendly size and is tremendous fun to use” in their Pentax Q10 review. Debbie said in her review of this digital camera “Very simple to use and takes lovely images” .
Some customers mentioned that the product was easy to use the menus. Arheddis Varkenjaab mentioned on Amazon “Nearly everything is either accesable from a dedicated button, or from a quick menu” in their review of the Pentax Q10 and gave the product a very good rating. Two years ago Razer wrote “I am an enthusiastic amateur who has two Pentax DSLR's a (K-r and a K-30) - so the prospect of the same menu style” in their review of the Pentax Q10.
One customer said in their reviews that the Pentax Q10 was comfortable and easy to hold. Mandynolan rated it as very good and wrote in their review of the Pentax Q10 “Pros Lovely to look at Great to hold Nice and compact Great lens”.
One customer concluded that it was easy to setup. Rob S said “The menu system the camera uses I found very easy to follow, easy to set up the Continuous shooting which amazingly does 5 frames/sec” and rated the product as very good.
One person who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to handle. Avhub.com.au wrote “Nice design and handling”.
Good Technical Features
A few customers mentioned that it had good features. Ed.f mentioned “The anti-shake and other features worked well, thought the facial recognition does seem to have problems with picking up other features not just faces” and gave the Pentax Q10 a score of 5 stars. Markus mentioned on Amazon “Very good value and very impressive, got so many features” in his review of this digital camera. Susan Brett said in her review of the Pentax Q10 “Need to "play " with it as it has many features”.
On average Pentax MILC cameras have excellent ratings compared to other brands as do all cameras produced by Pentax.
A few Pentax Q10 owners mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Arheddis Varkenjaab mentioned on Amazon three years ago “You can use it as a point-and-shoot, complete with scene modes - or, you can go full manual, with control over everything” in their Pentax Q10 review. Arkatos said on Amazon “Even when switching to full manual the images still come out with a blurry wash” in their review but they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Ed.f gave the product a very good rating and said “It worked much better on manual focus taking quick clear pictures”.
Several people who purchased it said that it had a good flash.
Acceptable Noise Level
A few Pentax Q10 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was quiet. Rob S said “The difference was quiet amazing”. Avhub.com.au said “Silent operation” in their review.
One Pentax Q10 owner who purchased the product thought it was noisy. Avhub.com.au wrote in their review “Small design, sharp low noise images at ISO 125400 settings, long lenses small in size, faster flash sync due to leaf shutter lenses (limited to 1250th sec with external flash”.
Good Battery Life
A number of Pentax Q10 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good battery life. Bill Armstrong wrote in his review of the Pentax Q10 “GREAT BUY ( even if the price did drop by another Tenner a week later! )Would recommend a spare battery and a good case”. Ed.f wrote in their Pentax Q10 review four years ago “The camera has an internal battery with the usual clunky charger block”. S. Randle mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The only thing to watch is battery usage - either pack the charger along with a spare battery or take off things like dust removal” and scored it very highly.
Good Video Capture
One customer mentioned that the product was good for video recording. Avhub.com.au mentioned “Excellent video quality” in their review of the Pentax Q10.
Supports Video Capability
The Pentax Q10 supports video capability, unlike most of the other MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the Q10 which do not support video capability.
There are a number of other digital cameras which support video capability currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony Alpha A5100[plb_2417436_price].
There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video capability which you might also want to look at including the Fujifilm X-E1[plb_1555146_price].
Supports Full HD Video
Like most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Q10, the Pentax Q10 supports Full HD video.
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Has a Built-In Flash
The Pentax Q10 has a built-in flash. Most of the other MILC cameras that were released around the same time as the Q10 also have a built-in flash.
It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1[plb_2070627_price] which has better reviews; or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price], or the Nikon 1 S2[plb_2390010_price] which is cheaper.
SD Compatible Memory Cards
This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.
If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also cheaper.
1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size
The biggest optical sensor size of the Pentax Q10 is 1/2.3"". That's 1% more optical sensor size than a 1/2.33"" digital camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 6.17 x 4.55mm. The optical sensor size of all digital cameras of this age and spec ranges from 1/3"" to 4/3"".
Across all the MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the weights range from 70g to 680g, and the average weight is 330g. The Pentax Q10 is one of the lighter MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Q10 (only 180 grams) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.
Electrical Viewfinder Type
This camera has an Electrical viewfinder type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most compact cameras do not have enough space to accommodate an optical viewfinder and use the display screen on the back as an electrical viewfinder.
Electronic Camera Shutter Type
This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.
Has Three Photo Effectss
The number of photo effects found on the Pentax Q10 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. The most commonly found photo effects is Vivid, but this photo effects is not found on this Pentax digital camera. The photo effectss Black&White, Muted and Neutral are also found on this digital camera.
Has Three White Balances
The Pentax Q10 has a greater number of white balance modes than most MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly found white balance is Auto, but this white balance is not found on this Pentax camera. The white balances Daylight, Fluorescent and Shade are also found on this camera.
Has Five Shooting Modess
The Pentax Q10 has a greater number of shooting modes than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Manual shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Q10. The shooting modess "Auto", "Movie", "Program" and "Scene" are also found on this digital camera.
Has One Image Editing
The Pentax Q10 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Pentax camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most frequently found image editing found on digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q10.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions
This digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.
The Pentax Q10 has a TFT display which is better than most digital cameras of this age and type. Most MILC cameras that are a similar age to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. The display of all MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Q10 ranges from LCD (worst) to AMOLED (best).
Auto Focus Adjustment
This camera has an Auto / Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.
Supports One Power Source Type
The Pentax Q10 has a greater number of power sources than most MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Pentax camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by cameras of this spec and age.
The Pentax Q10 is not waterproof, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Q10 are also not waterproof.
Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer
Most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q10 do not have an image stabilizer. The Pentax Q10 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.
Quite Low Megapixel
Across all the cameras of this age and spec the megapixels range from 2.3MP to 46MP. The Pentax Q10 has one of the lower megapixels (only 12.4 megapixels) amongst MILC cameras of this age.
If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Nikon 1 S2[plb_2390010_price] (14.2MP and cheaper); or the Lumix DMC-GM1[pl_2070627_price] (16MP and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-GF6[pl_2147371_price] (16MP and higher rated) both from Panasonic.
Only Four Point Nine Flash Guide Numbers
The Pentax Q10 is a four point nine flash guide number digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type have between 4 and 10 flash guide numbers.
Only Supports Two Camera File Systems
The Pentax Q10 has a greater number of camera file systems than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. The most commonly supported camera file system is RAW, but this camera file system is not supported by this Pentax digital camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0 and Exif 2.3 are also supported by this digital camera.
Only 1920 X 1080 Still Image Resolution(s)
This camera has a still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080|2992 x 2992|3456 x 1944|3456 x 2592|4000 x 2248|4000 x 2664, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were released more than two years ago.
Quite Few Total Megapixels
The average total megapixels of cameras of this spec and age is 19MP, and the total megapixelss range from 12MP to 48MP. When compared to other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Q10, the Pentax Q10's total megapixels of only 12.75 megapixels is one of the least.
Very Big Maximum Aperture Number
The biggest maximum aperture number of comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Q10 is 2.7 and the smallest is 40. With a maximum aperture number of only 4.5, the Pentax Q10 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers amongst MILC cameras of this age.
Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivitys
The Pentax Q10 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 200, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125 and 6400 are also supported by this digital camera.
Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution
The Pentax Q10 has a higher image resolution than most MILC cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Pentax digital camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras of this age and spec have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution.
A 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the worst image resolution amongst all MILC cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q10.
Amongst comparable types of camera the best image resolution is 6000 x 4000 pixels.
Only 230 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s
The Pentax Q10 is a camera that takes 230 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Q10 take between 220 and 539 battery life (CIPA standard)s.
Only Supports One Image Formats Supported
The number of supported image formats on the Pentax Q10 is more than most MILC cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by digital cameras of this spec and age.
Only ± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction
The Pentax Q10 has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most cameras of a comparable type and age to it.
A ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is actually the worst light exposure correction amongst all MILC cameras that are a similar age to the Q10.
A ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the best light exposure correction amongst comparable types of digital camera.
Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)
With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 6,400, the Pentax Q10 has one of the lower ISO sensitivity (max)s amongst MILC cameras of this age. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of MILC cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 1,600, the highest is 410,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 24,000.
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Released Over Four Years Ago
This camera has been on the market for over four years.
Average Display Diagonal
The Pentax Q10 has a relatively typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years.
We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1[plb_2070627_price] which has better reviews; or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which is cheaper.
If this MILC digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Samsung NX300M[plb_2205970_price] (3.31") which also has a higher rating.
MOS Sensor Type
This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many MILC cameras that were launched more than two years ago.
There are a number of other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider including the Sony Alpha A6000[plb_2165999_price] which has better reviews; or the Pentax Q7[plb_2058121_price] which is cheaper.
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Optical Sensor Size
1/2", 1/2.3", 2/3"
Still Image Resolution(s)
1920 x 1080, 2992 x 2992, 3456 x 1944, 3456 x 2592, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664
Maximum Image Resolution
4000 x 3000
16:9, 1:1, 3:2, 4:3
Image Formats Supported
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Sensor Size
1/2, 1/2.3, 2/3, 1
Colour of Product
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
5 - 15
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Face detection, Spot, Spot Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
Auto, Manual, Auto/Manual
Light Exposure Modes
125, 25, 64, 400, 640, 6400
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Exposure Correction
± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Interval
Shutter Speed Settings
Camera Shutter Type
Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
External Flash Connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
±1EV (1/2 EV step)
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
H.264, MPEG, MPEG4
Analog Signal Format System
640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080
Compatible Memory Cards
SD, SD, SDHC, SD, SDXC
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
Daylight, Fluorescent, Shade
Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene
Black&White, Muted, Neutral
Playback Zoom (max)
Camera File System
DCF 2.0, DCF, Exif 2.3, Exif
Candlelight, Landscape, Museum, Night, Night, Night portrait, Portrait, Portrait
CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, TUR
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, POL, POR, RUS, SWE, TUR
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