Pentax Q10 Compact Digital Camera with 27.5-83mm Lens, 12.4 MP Backlit CMOS - Lilac Body White Trim

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About the Pentax Q10

The Pentax Q10, barely larger than a deck of cards, is like its predecessor, the highly-regarded Pentax Q, which was introduced last year as one of the world's smallest interchangeable-lens digital cameras. The Pentax Q10 represents an expansion and refinement of this growing lineup of photographic tools. Those refinements include a new 12MP CMOS image sensor, improved performance and faster autofocus as well as a new lens and an adapter that allows Q users to mount any Pentax K-mount lens.

Pentax Q10 Key Features:
12.4MP 1/2.3-inch (6.4x4.8mm) back illuminated CMOS sensor
ISO range 100-6400
3-inch LCD monitor
Quick Dial accesses creative visual effects
Full 1080p HD H.264 format video at 30fps
Simplified defocus effect control
Shake Reduction reduces camera motion blur Auto Picture and 21 scene modes
Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual metering
5fps burst rate

Let's take a closer look at the Pentax Q10's features.

Image quality, performance: The Pentax Q10's 12MP sensor offers the same resolution as its predecessor, but the imaging engine has bee souped up. Pentax claims improved overall image quality, and built-in HDR has been added. An upgraded AF algorithm means the Q10's autofocus operation should be much faster than before, even in dimly lit locations or with a telephoto lens. An AF Assist Light is provided on the camera body to optimize focusing accuracy in the dark, while the Face Recognition AF function automatically detects up to 12 faces and pinpoints the focus on a main subject.

Quick Dial: By assigning the creative Smart Effect function to the easy-to-access Quick Dial, positioned on the camera's front panel, the photographer can effortlessly add the desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the effect on the camera's 3 inch LCD display. With four positions on the Quick Dial, the photographer can assign four of their favorite effects from the nine Smart Effect modes in advance. In order to customize the PENTAX Q10 to accommodate specific shooting styles and user preferences, the user can also assign other preferences - such as a custom image setting or a digital filter or an aspect ratio setting - to this dial.

In addition to Custom Image function the Q10 offers 19 Digital Filter functions (Eleven filters such as Toy Camera, Invert Color and Posterization can be applied even during the shooting of still images and movie clips, while the remaining eight are applicable only during playback.) The user can even apply different filters one after another to a single image to create more unique visual effects. The Smart Effect function is used for simple dial control of finishing touches to quickly and effortlessly add a desired finishing touch to an image, while previewing the effect on the camera's LCD monitor. From nine Smart Effect modes, including Brilliant Color, which provides a high saturation finish, and Cross Process, with its dramatic unique-toned finish, the user can preselect up to four favorites to the dial in advance.

Auto Picture Mode automatically selects the most appropriate shooting mode from such options as Portrait, Landscape and Macro for a given subject or scene, then optimizes all affecting parameters, such as shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast and sharpness. It also provides 21 Scene modes including Night Scene Portrait, Pet and Backlight Silhouette.

Video: The Pentax Q10 comes equipped with a Full HD video capture function employing the H.264 recording format, allowing the user to capture high quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. The user can also take advantage of the advanced image processing tools like the Smart Effect modes and other in-body movie editing tools during movie shooting.

Bokeh control: The Pentax Q10 offers a unique bokeh control function that allows the user to create images where their subject stands out by automatically assessing the relative distance between the in-focus subject and obtrusive objects in the field of view. This function simplifies the advanced, SLR-caliber technique of intentional defocusing.

Shake Reduction: Pentax's Shake Reduction mechanism automatically shifts the CMOS image sensor to offset camera shake detected by the camera's motion sensor.

Dust Removal: Since the Pentax Q10 is an interchangeable-lens camera, its sensor is prone to attracting distracting dust. The camera's DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism is claimed to effectively prevent dust spots from degrading captured images after the user changes lenses out in the open. Its supersonic vibration mechanism vibrates the image sensor at high speed to shake the dust off its surface.

Built-in auto flash with pop-up mechanism: The PENTAX Q10 comes with a built-in pop-up flash with a modest guide number of 7 at ISO 200/m). The photographer can use it at the default position, or raise it to the pop-up position with to widen its discharge angle to cover a 28mm angle of view (in the 35mm format).

Pentax Q10 Includes

  • Pentax Q10 Camera
  • 02 3x Standard Zoom Lens
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • Camera Strap O-ST131
  • Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
  • Battery Charger D-BC68P
  • Software (CDROM) S-SW131 (Software: SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0)
  • Hot Shoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cover
  • Pentax 1 Year Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (4) , Easy to use (4)
No viewfinder (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (4) , Travel (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4) , Pro photographer (1)

Pentax Q10 Features

  • Compatible with PENTAX Q-mount lens system that includes prime, zoom, fisheye lenses, and others
  • Exceptional image quality with a 12.4 megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor designed specifically to produce very low noise at high levels of sensitivity for both 12 bit DNG RAW and JPG files
  • Full 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second using high quality h.264 compression for superior color and detail
  • Large 3 inch LCD monitor features HVGA resolution with 460,000 dots, as well as wide viewing angles
  • Sensor-shift Shake Reduction system with integrated DRII Dust Reduction for stabilized, blur and dust free images even in low lighting
  • Built-in pop-up flash with extra-high extension covers 23 feet (at ISO 200)
  • A built-in micro HDMI port outputs video and sound to modern HDTVs
  • Traditional DSLR shooting modes (P, Av, Tv, M) with powerful automatic modes (Auto Picture, Scene)
  • Capture up to 5 frames per second continuous shooting mode for fast action situations
  • Upgraded auto focus algorithm and image sensor provides fast, more accurate autofocus
  • Smart Effects modes enhance digital photography by applying a serie of effects to achieve high quality results

Pentax Q10 Specifications

Camera Type Digital HybridILC
Sensor Type: 1/2.3"Backlit CMOS w/ primary color filter
Effective pixels: 12.4MP
Total pixels: 12.76MP
JPEG Recorded Resolution [4:3] 12M (4000x3000), 9M (3456x2592), 5M (2688x2016), 3M (1920x1440)
[3:2] 10M (4000x2664), 8M (3456x2304), 5M (2688x1792), 2M (1920x1280)
[16:9] 9M (4000x2248), 6M (3456x1944), 4M (2688x1512), 2M (1920x1080)
[1:1] 9M (2992x2992), 6M (2592x2592), 4M (2016x2016), 2M (1440x1440)
RAW Recorded Resolution [4:3] 12M (4000x3000)
Movie Recorded Resolution Full HD (1920x1080, 16:9, 30fps), HD (1280x720, 16:9, 30fps), VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30fps)
Quality Levels: RAW (12bit): DNG, JPEG: Best, Better, Good
RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
LCD Monitor Type: 3.0-inch TFT color LCD monitor, wide angle viewing
LCD resolution: 460,000 dots Adjustable: Brightness and Color
Field of View: approx. 100%
Display info: Grid display (4x4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale display), Bright/dark area warning, Histogram
Focus System Type: Contrast detection AF
Autofocus Method: Face Detection, Tracking, AF Select (25 Points), Select, Spot
Focus Method: AF / MF Switching
Brightness Range: EV1 to 18 (ISO100)
AF Assist Light: Dedicated LED Lamp
Manual Focus Assist: OFF/x2/x4
Flash Type: Built-in retractable P-TTL flash
Guide number: approx. 4.9 (ISO100/m) / approx. 7 (ISO200/m)
Angle of view: coverage: wide angle-lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Flash modes: P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Sync Speed: Lens shutter: 1/2000 seconds, Electronic shutter: 1/13 seconds
Flash Exposure Compensation: -2.0 to +1.0 EV
Storage Media Removable memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Interfaces Ports: USB 2.0 (high-speed compatible) / AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (Type D)
Video out: NTSC, PAL
USB Connection: MSC / PTP
Image Stabilization Still: Sensor shift Shake Reduction
Metering System Type: TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, center-weighted metering, spot metering

Exposure compensation: EV1 - 17 (ISO 100, F1.9 lens), +2EV using the Electronic Shutter setting or using the built-in ND filter
ISO Sensitivity AUTO: ISO 100 to 6400 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode: up to ISO 1600
White Balance AutoTTL by CMOS image sensor
Preset: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White
W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual
Manual: Configured on the monitor
Fine Adjustment: Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis
Shutter Type: Lens shutter: 1/2000 - 30 seconds (1/3EV step, 1/8000 - 30 seconds when Electronic Shutter setting is enabled), Bulb
Shooting at 1/8000 - 2 seconds with Electronic Shutter and Bulb shooting are not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter.
Mode Selection Auto Picture, Program, Manual, USER, Movie, Blur Correction, Av, Tv, Scene: (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue Sky, Night Scene, Night Scene HDR, Night Snap, Forest, Surf & Snow, HDR, Backlight Silhouette, Kids, Pet, Quick Macro, Food, Candlelight, Stage Lighting, Museum)
Green Simplified Mode Yes
Face Detection Yes
Digital Filters Image Tone: (Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing)
Dynamic Range Adjustment Highlight and Shadow correction
Interval Shooting Shooting interval: 1 sec. to 24 hr., Start Interval setting: immediately from the set time. Number of shots: up to 999 images
Drive Modes Single frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote Control (0 sec., 3 sec., continuous), Auto Bracketing (3 frames, remote control)
Continuous Shooting: Approx. 5 fps, JPEG (12M / Best / Continuous Hi): up to 5 frames,, approx. 1.5 fps, JPEG (12M / Best / Continuous Lo): up to 100 frames
Self-timer: Yes (12 sec, 2 sec)
Remote control: Yes
Playback Modes Playback View:Single frame, multi-image display (4, 9, 20, 42, 90 segmentation), display magnification (up to 16x, scrolling and quick magnification available), rotating, histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), bright/dark area warning, detailed information
Playback Filters Monochrome, Toy Camera, High Contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water Color, Posterization, Fish-eye, Retro, Soft, Sketch Filter, Miniature, Frame Composite, Starburst, Base Parameter Adjustment
Playback RAW Developement File Format (JPEG), Aspect Ratio, Color Space, Custom Image, White Balance, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction, Distortion Correction
Playback Edit Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide or deleteselected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving buffer as a RAW file
File Formats Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio adjustment available), Index, Movie Editing (divide or deleteselected frames), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Red-eye Edit, Saving buffer as a RAW file
File Formats Still: RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant
Movie: MOV AVC/H.264(.mov)
Sound: Built-in monaural microphone
Computer Requirements Windows: Windows XP/Vista/7, USB port
Mac: MacOS-X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, USB port
(For device connectivity. Bundled software requirements may vary)
Language Support English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese
Body Construction Reinforced polycarbonate plastic
Battery Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Number of recordable images: approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 270 images (without flash usage)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Dimensions WxHxD 4 x 2.3 x 1.3" (102 x 58 x 33mm)
Weight 6.35 oz (180g) without battery
7 oz (200g) loaded and ready
Specs for 02 Lens Focal length: 5-15mm (27.5-83.0mm equiv)
Mount: Q-mount
AOV: 6.0-29.0°
Blades: 5
MOD: 11.8" (entire zooming range)
Max Magnification: Approx 0.06X
Objective cap: Lens Front Cap O-LC40.5
Aperture ring: n/a
Diaphragm control: Fully automatic
Lens construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
Aperture: F2.8-4.5
Minimum aperture: F8
Filter Diameter: 40.5mm
Dimensions: 1.9 x 1.9"
Weight: 3.4 oz
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