Pentax Q10

Released September, 2012
  • 12 MP
  • 1/2.5" 6.17 x 4.55 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
The Pentax Q10 shoots Full HD quality video, recording high-definition video at 1920 x 1280 pixel resolution at 30fps in the Quicktime MOV format.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
8.1 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Pentax Q10

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Pentax Q10
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Pentax Q10
focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Pentax Q10
Nikon 1 V3
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Pentax Q10
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Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Pentax Q10

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax Q10

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Pentax Q10
183 ISO
889 ISO
Nikon 1 J4
426 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Pentax Q10
5 fps
Nikon 1 V3
60 fps
Nikon 1 V1
60 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Pentax Q10
270 photos
360 photos
Nikon 1 V1
350 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Pentax Q10
21.1 bits
22.8 bits
Pentax Q
20.2 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Pentax Q10
10.9 ev
12.3 ev
Pentax Q
11.1 ev

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax Q10

The Pentax Q10 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.

This performance is in line with compact cameras using similar sized backlit CMOS sensor technology, but falls way short of the high ISO capabilities of cameras equipped with larger sensors.


7.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The same reduced size Q-mount has been used, along with the relatively small 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor format that produces a crop factor of 5.5x..
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)
The RAW samples illustrate just how much processing the camera does by default, as they're noisier and much less sharp at all ISO values than their JPEG counterparts.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
Images are captured by a 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, which provides ISO sensitivities up to ISO 6400 for shooting in low light conditions.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)


Autofocus is reasonably quick with the standard 5-15mm zoom lens, performing especially well at the wide angle setting.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)
Image stabilisation via the camera body is a great feature that works very well when hand-holding the camera in low-light conditions or when using a telephoto zoom lens.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
It's essentially a dumbed-down but still useful mode for beginners, rather than a magic way of improving the bokeh at wide-open apertures.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

Image quality

Although the Q can microalign images before combining them, allowing hand-held HDR shots to be taken, for best results it's important to always use a tripod to prevent camera shake from blurring the HDR image, and it doesn't work very well for moving subjects.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
The HDR mode greatly expands the dynamic range of a JPEG by combining three differently exposed images in-camera.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
In practice I found that it does make a noticeable difference, as shown in the examples on the Image Quality page.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)


It provides quick access to the ISO, Burst, White Balance and Flash settings.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
The Pentax Q10 also features a new handgrip, faster auto-focusing, Full 1080p HD movie recording, sensor-shift Shake Reduction mechanism, dust removal system, cleverly designed built-in pop-up flash, external flash hotshoe, 5fps continuous shooting, a 3 inch LCD monitor with 460k dots, ISO range of 100-6400, full range of automatic and manual shooting modes, RAW support, in-camera High Dynamic Range and an extensive range of Digital Effects.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
By ISO 1600, images are noticeably softened due to the heavy-handed nature of the noise reduction system, although images taken at this and higher ISO settings should still be fine for sharing at low resolutions on the web.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)


The 25-point AF system offers fairly generous scene coverage and the camera also happily achieves focus indoors and in low-light situations, helped by the AF Assist lamp.
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
To compensate for the dearth of lenses, Pentax has also announced a $249.95 K-mount adapter for the Q series, which will allow you to use older lenses with manual focus only.
by c|net (Sep, 2012)
Although focusing speeds are noticeably quicker than the previous model, there is still quite a delay between attempting focus and achieving it.
by TechRadar (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 12 MP
Resolution 4000 x 3000
Size 1/2.5"
Area 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Crop factor 5.8x
Pixel size 2.3 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 25


Min 30 s
Max 1/8000 s

form factor

Size 102 x 58 x 34 mm
Thickness 34 mm
Weight 200 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Image stabilization Sensor shift


Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 460 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None


Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Battery life 270 photos
Continuous shooting 5 fps, JPEG
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