Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400

Pentax Q10 front
Sony Alpha a6400 front

Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 Key Specs

Pentax Q10
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Pentax Q Mount
  • 200g - 102 x 58 x 34mm
  • Launched September 2012
  • Superseded the Pentax Q
  • Newer Model is Pentax Q7
Sony A6400
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (Expand to 102400)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 403g - 120 x 67 x 50mm
  • Introduced January 2019
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Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 Overview

Below is a in depth overview of the Pentax Q10 versus Sony A6400, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by rivals Pentax and Sony. There exists a sizable gap between the image resolutions of the Q10 (12MP) and A6400 (24MP) and the Q10 (1/2.3") and A6400 (APS-C) have totally different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The Q10 was manufactured 7 years earlier than the A6400 and that is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the Q10 matches up against the A6400 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax Q10 over the Sony A6400

 Q10 A6400 

Reasons to pick Sony A6400 over the Pentax Q10

 A6400 Q10 
IntroducedJanuary 2019September 2012More recent by 77 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution922k460kClearer display (+462k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Pentax Q10 and Sony A6400

 Q10 A6400 
Manually focus Very exact focusing
Display size3"3"Same display measurements

Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera often, you will need to take into account its weight and size. The Pentax Q10 offers external measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs) and the Sony A6400 has specifications of 120mm x 67mm x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0") with a weight of 403 grams (0.89 lbs).

Contrast the Pentax Q10 versus Sony A6400 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have during that time. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the Q10 and the A6400.

Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the Q10 and A6400 is 92 and 83 respectively.

Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 top view buttons comparison

Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, its difficult to visualise the gap between sensor measurements only by reviewing specifications. The graphic underneath might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the Q10 and A6400.

To sum up, the two cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The Q10 because of its tinier sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field harder and the Sony A6400 will offer more detail due to its extra 12 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop pics way more aggressively. The older Q10 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 sensor size comparison

Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax Q10 Portrait photography info
Sony A6400 Portrait photography info
manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
features face detect focus
supports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has manual focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Pentax Q10 as a Street photography camera
Sony A6400 as a Street photography camera
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW files
lighter than competitors in class (200 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
offers focus by touch
weather proof
above average ISO range (32,000)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Pentax Q10 Sports photography details
Sony A6400 Sports photography details
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (270 shots)
no phase detect auto focus
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
weather proof
sensor has phase detect AF
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Pentax Q10 Travel photography information
Sony A6400 Travel photography information
lighter than competitors in class (200g)
has built in flash
not so great battery pack (270 shots)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
weather proof
connects via bluetooth
offers focus by touch
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Pentax Q10
Landscape photography with Sony A6400
manual focus
change lenses (Pentax Q mount)
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports RAW files
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (270 shots)
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
good sized screen (3 inch)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
above average ISO range (32,000)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax Q10
Vlogging with Sony A6400
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
features face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (200 grams)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
lack of microphone socket
display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
includes face detect focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
includes microphone socket
no image stabilization
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Pentax Q10 vs Sony A6400 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax Q10 and Sony A6400
 Pentax Q10Sony Alpha a6400
General Information
Brand Pentax Sony
Model type Pentax Q10 Sony Alpha a6400
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Launched 2012-09-10 2019-01-15
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 6400 32000
Highest enhanced ISO - 102400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 25 425
Lens support Pentax Q Sony E
Available lenses 8 121
Crop factor 5.8 1.5
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT Color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 5.0fps 11.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m 6.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Trailing-curtain sync Off, auto, on, slow sync, rear sync, redeye reduction, wireless, hi-speed sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/2000 seconds -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, XAVC-S
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 200g (0.44 lbs) 403g (0.89 lbs)
Physical dimensions 102 x 58 x 34mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.3") 120 x 67 x 50mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 2.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 49 83
DXO Color Depth rating 21.1 24.0
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.9 13.6
DXO Low light rating 183 1431
Battery life 270 shots 410 shots
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID D-LI68 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick DUO (UHS-I compliant)
Card slots One One
Price at release $350 $898