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
Conclusion: Those looking for a quirky alternative to the current crop of compact system cameras, with portability being their main concern, may be well served by the Pentax Q10, so long as you're well aware of its strengths, and its weaknesses.
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.
Conclusion: When compared to advanced compact cameras, the Pentax Q10 has a lot going for it. Image quality falls short of cameras equipped with a larger sensor. This camera is better suited to those who value compactness above all else. Those looking for a quirky alternative to the current crop of compact system cameras, with portability being their main concern, may be well served by the Pentax Q10, so long as you're well aware of its strengths, and its weaknesses.