Pentax Q10 Review

November 15, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |


Camera Type Lens-interchangeable SL digital-still camera
Type 1/2,3’’ CMOS sensor, with primary colour filter
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.4 MP effective - 12,76 MP total
Still File formats: RAW (DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant RAW and JPEG simultaneously recordable
Recorded Pixels: JPEG : [4:3] 12M(4000x3000), 9M(3456x2592), 5M (2688x2016), 3M(1920x1440), [3:2] 10M(4000x2664), 8M(3456x2304), 5M(2688x1792), 2M(1920x1280), [16:9] 9M(4000x2248), 6 (3456x1944), 4M(2688x1512), 2M(1920x1080), [1:1] 9M(2992x2992), 6M(2592x2592), 4M(2016x2016), 2M(1440x1440); RAW : [4:3] 12M(4000x3000), RAW (12bit) : DNG
Quality level JPEG:  ??? (best), ?? (better),  ? (good)
Color: space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Storage medium: SD, SDHC and SDXC Memory card
Storage folder: Date (100_1018, 100_1019….)/PENTX (100 PENTX, 101 PENTX…)

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: Continuous high : Approx. 5 fps up to 5 frames in JPEG (12M, ???)
Continuous low : Approx. 1.5 fps up to 100 frames in JPEG (12M, ???) 
Custom Image: Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing
White Balance: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D:Daylight Color, N:Daylight White, W:Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE, Manual (configuration on monitor).
Fine adjustment (+/-7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis)
Noise Reduction: High-ISO NR
Dynamic Range Setting: Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction
Lens correction: Distortion Correction
Digital Filter: Toy camera, High contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water color, Posterization, Fish-eye
HDR Capture: Auto, HDR1, HDR2
Multi-exposure: Number of shots : 2-9, exposure adjusted automatically
Interval Shooting: Shooting interval : 1 sec. to 24 hr, Start interval setting :
immediately from the set time. Number of shoots : up to 999 images
Smart Effect:Brillant color, unicolor Bold, Vintage color, Cross Processing, Warm Fade, Tone Expansion, Bold Monochrome, Water Color, Vibrant Color enhance, USER 1 to 3

Sensitivity AUTO : ISO 100 to 6400 (1/3 EV steps)
Bulb mode : up to ISO 1600
Shake Reduction
Sensor shift Shake reduction
Sensor Cleaning Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations ‘DRII’
Mount PENTAX bayonet Q-mount
Compatible Lens: Q-mount lenses
Focusing System
Functions Type: Contrast detection AF
Focus mode: AF/MF switching, Face Detection, Tracking , AF Select (25 Points), Select, Spot
Brightness range: EV1 to 18 (ISO125)
AF Assist Light: Dedicated LED AF assist light
Assist: OFF/ x2/ x4
Type Type: 3’’ TFT color LCD monitor, wide-angle viewing, 460k dots
Brightness and colors adjustable

Display: Field of view : approx. 100%, grid display (4x4 grid, Golden section, scale display), Bright/dark area warning, histogram

Built-in retractable P-TTL flash


Guide Number approx. 4.9 (ISO 100/m) / approx.7 (ISO 200/m)
Modes P-TTL, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Trailing Curtain Sync
Angle of View Coverage Wide-angle lens, equivalent to 28mm in 35mm format
Exposure Compensation  -2.0 to + 1.0 EV
Exposure Parameters
Modes Type: TTL image sensor metering, segment metering, center, weighted metering and spot metering              
Exposure compensation: EV1.3-17 (ISO 125, F1.9 lens), +/-2EV using the electronic shutter setting or using the ND filter
Exposure modes: AutoPicture mode (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene Portrait, Night Scene, Blue Sky, Forest), Scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Moving Object, Night Scene Portrait, Sunset, Blue sky, Night scene, Night scene HDR*, Night Snap, Food, Quick Macro*, Pet, Kids, Forest, Surf & snow, HDR*, Backlight silhouette, Candlelight, Stage lighting, Museum, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Blur control* JPEG only
EV Compensation: +/- 3EV (1/3 EV Step)
AE Lock: Can be assigned to the green/delete button from the menu
Continuous as long as the sutter release button is pressed halfway
Shutter: 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
Aperture: From wide open to F8 *Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter
ND Filter: Off/On  * Not available when using a lens that has no lens shutter
Recording File format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Recorded Pixels: Full HD (1920x1020, 16:9, 30fps), HD (1280x720, 16:9, 30fps), VGA (640x480, 4:3, 30fps)
Sound: Built-in monaural microphone
Recording time: Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high
Movie Processing: Custom Image (Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing). Digital Filter (Toy camera, High contrast, Shading, Slim, HDR, Invert Color, Extract Color, Color, Water color, Posterization, Fish-eye)
Interval Movie:  Recording interval : 1 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 5 min., 10 min, 30 min, 1 hr
Recording time : 5 sec. to 99 hr
Start Interval setting : immediately, from the set time
Movie Editing:Divide or delete selected frames, capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie
Special Features
Features Custom functions: 13 items

Mode memory: 
12 items

Button/Dial Customization:
Green/Delete button (Green button, Preview, One Push File format, AE Lock, Enable AF), Quick dial (Smart effect, Custom Image, Digital Filter, Aspect Ratio)

World time:
World time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)

Playback functions:
Single frame, image comparison, multi-image display (up to 90), display magnification (up to 16X), rotating, histogram, bright/dark area warning, detailed information display, folder display, calendar display, slideshow.

RAW Development (file format, Aspect Ratio, Color space, Custom image, White balance, sensitivity, high-ISO NR, Shadow correction, Distortion correction)

Digital filter (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, Starbust, Base parameter Adjustment)

Resize, Cropping, Index, Red-Eye edit, Saving Buffer as a RAW file

English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese


Video Output: AV output terminal, HDMI output terminal (type D), compatible with NTSC/PAL

USB: USB 2.0 (high speed compatible) - MSC/PTP

Source Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
AC Adapter: AC Adapter Kit K-AC115 (optional)
Performance Battery Life:Number of recordable images : approx. 250 images (with 50% flash usage), approx. 270 images (without flash usage)
Playback time : approx. 160 min.
*using a new lithium-ion battery under the temperature at 23°C, tested in compliance
with CIPA standard. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions/
Height 58mm
Width 102mm
Depth 33.5mm

200g (loaded with battery and SD card), 180g (body only)

Included Software Software SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 for PENTAX
Software (CD-ROM) S-SW115—mounted on the camera
Kit Content USB Cable I-USB7
Strap O-ST131
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI68
Battery Charger D-BC68P
Hot shoe cover FK
Body mount cover
Optional PENTAX Standard PRIME 8.5mm f/1.9 AL [IF]
PENTAX Standard ZOOM 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5
PENTAX Fish-Eye 3.2mm F5.6
PENTAX Toy Lens Wide 6.3mm F7.1
PENTAX Toy Lens Telephoto 18mm F8
Optional optical viewfinder
PL Filter  
Remote Control