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Pentax Q10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and design. The value for money and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical views about the low light performance and viewfinder.

portability, usability, value for money, design, lens

image quality, sensor, features, viewfinder, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Pentax Q10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 27 reviews)

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Pentax Q10 Preview


The Pentax Q10, based on last year's Pentax Q, was released last fall. And today at CES 2013 Pentax announced the camera -- the world's smallest, lightest digital interchangeable lens camera -- will now be available in an astounding 100 different color...

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Pentax Q10


The Pentax Q10 ($599.95 direct with 5-15mm lens) is the company's second attempt at making a petite camera with interchangeable lenses. Its first, the Q, had a lot of charm, but suffered from some performance issues, and was a tough sell at a steep...

Very compact. Excellent access to manual controls. Raw shooting support

Sluggish. Kit lens is soft at maximum zoom. Images lack detail at very high ISOs. No EVF option

The Pentax Q10 is a tiny interchangeable lens camera with a point-and-shoot sized sensor, but it doesn't perform as well as other cameras in its price range.

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Pentax Q10 Review


Pentax is not a company to sit quietly on the sidelines and watch the traffic go by. The most recent and startling example of this was the introduction of the Marc Newson designed camera, the K-01.


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Pentax Q10 review


The Pentax Q10 isn't much bigger than a credit card, but does the tiny sensor mean it's destined to be any more than a toy?

Intuitive to use ; Reasonable price ; Nicely portable

Small sensor ; Lacks definition ; Average built-in stabiliser

We've been conditioned to believe smaller is better when it comes to consumer electronics, and the Pentax Q10 is the kind of camera you'd be happy to have on you at all times.

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Pentax Q10 review


The Q10 from Pentax is as compact as a compact system camera can be, but is it any good?

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

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

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Pentax Q10 compact system camera review


Worrying statistics to camera manufacturers revealed digital cameras were losing ground to smartphones. So where does the diminutive Q10 fit in?

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Pentax Q10


The Pentax Q10 is probably the smallest removable lens camera I have ever reviewed. It is smaller than most digital cameras but is still a very powerful unit that gives rather good JPG or an option to save your images in RAW format.

The Q10 measures 10x5.5x8.5cm the latter with the lens fully in, fully extended add another 2cm. It weights only 300 grams without attaching the near superfluous neck strap. It is capable of capturing a 12MP image. The lens supplied is a 5-15mm...

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Pentax Q10 review: Truly compact camera


2nd generation of credit card sized Compact System Camera

Compact dimensions and a fairly solid construction in spite of them, classic retro styling, broad range of built in digital effects make this a fun camera to use

The sensor at the Q10’s heart is no larger than that of a £100-£200 snapshot and unless deploying digital filters image quality straight from the camera is little better than that of a snapshot in most shooting situations

What we found most fun about the Pentax was the ability to select on-board Lomo camera-like digital effects at the point of capture by turning a customisable dial on the Q10’s faceplate. There are 19 to choose from in total, with 11 applied at the time...

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Pentax Q10 Hands-On At Photokina


We go hands-on with the new Pentax Q10, the World's smallest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, as well as look at the Pentax Q lens roadmap.

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Pentax Q10 review


The Pentax Q10 features DSLR controls and arrives with a range of fun and functional lenses. It stands out from its CSC peers, but is that necessarily a good thing? Find out in our full Pentax Q10...

Light weight; Plenty of physical controls; Decent flash performance

Some fiddly controls; Image quality; AF could be faster

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/2.3''


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI68


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes