Excerpt: This camera gets a bad rap because folks like the metal original Q or the larger sensor in the Q7 and Q-S1. But the fact is that it's a really nice camera. I'm consistently amazed by the image quality of the Q10, and as so many others have said, there's just something fun about using a Q-series camera.
Pros: Small, light. Easy to grab and take with you
Summary: There is something about this camera that makes it fun to shoot. It is really tiny and I could easily put it into a coat pocket. I was taken a back by the size of the manual. For such a little thing, it does pack in a lot of options. When you see them on the menu system of the camera, they are well laid out and easy to follow. Image quality is very good when using a low ISO.
Excerpt: CMos Sony imx078cqk : Exmor R tech' = on chip column-parallel A/D Convertion. R = backside illuminated : IMO the GQE (green efficiency) should be ~75% ! that was just incredible a few years ago for a Bayer Filtered sensor ! 75% is current QE for Unfiltered Astro imaging CCD sensors. The ratio between the DxoMark Low-Light ISO score and Sensor Area versus Canon APSc : - Eos 60d, 60d-Astro, 600d = ISO ~800 for ~15 x 22.5 mm = 2.37 ISO / mm² - Pentax Q, Q10 = ISO ~186 / 4.6...
Summary: I guess you get what you pay for. This presents as though it would be an improvement/upgrade to a good point-and-shoot...but it is not. The features seem about the same; more importantly - the picture quality seems about the same. Definitely disappointed.
Summary: I found this for a friend who wanted to try photography. I couldn't resist the price and bought one for myself. I haven't owned a Pentax for 30 years but I must say that the controls were much like my Nikon DSLR and my Canon point and shoots. I find that I prefer to grab this camera for casual shoots because it is so convenient and the photo quality is good.