Excerpt: The past few years have the seen the flooding of the consumer camera market with new interchangeable lens camera ranges. A clear focus by all of the major manufacturers on creating affordable mirrorless systems, as alternatives to larger and more expensive DSLR cameras, has resulted in some excellent cameras arriving at lower price points.
Summary: Overall, while the Pentax Q10 has its control-to-size ratio to recommend it, and a number of positive aspects with its design, it’s sorely let down by inconsistent and often lacklustre image quality. Its appeal is confusing when, for around the same money, you can buy an enthusiast compact camera with a larger sensor and zoom lens which will deliver better image quality.
Pros: Light weight; Plenty of physical controls; Decent flash performance
Cons: Some fiddly controls; Image quality; AF could be faster
Excerpt: The Pentax Q10 is an incredibly small interchangeable lens camera by current standards, measuring just 58 (H) x 102mm (W) x 33.5mm (D) (marginally bigger than the original Pentax Q model) and weighing only 180g body only. You really do need to see it in the flesh though to appreciate how tiny the Q10 actually is - at first glance it looks rather like one of the company's DSLRs that has been shrunk in the wash on too hot a cycle.
Pros: Reasonable price, Compact size, Good build, Accepts interchangeable lenses, Novel built-in flash, The Pentax Q10 holds its own well against high-end compact cameras. It is well built, offers plenty of features and is reasonably priced too. As the Q-series lens lineup is growing, and a K-mount lens adaptor is available, having the flexibility of interchangeable lenses is a definite bonus.
Cons: No dedicated video button, Heavy-handed noise reduction, Some controls are fiddly, Real world image quality isn't up to that of similarly priced mirrorless cameras sporting larger sensors. Heavy-handed noise reduction can blur fine detail, and the output from the automatic HDR mode can look very unnatural.
Excerpt: The Pentax Q is an ultra-small interchangeable lens camera, and it's just about to get an update in the form of the Pentax Q10. Shown on the Pentax stand at Photokina 2012 - here snapped in a dashing red colour finish - the first thing that struck us about the Q10 is that it's bigger than its predecessor . So the smallest compact system camera just got slightly larger. How odd.